ENVIR ST/​SOIL SCI  101 — FORUM ON THE ENVIRONMENT

1-2 credits.

Lectures and discussions about environmental issues. Historical and contemporary environmental impacts of humans on the biosphere. Global futures: population, technology, societal values, resources and prospects for sustainable management.

ENVIR ST/​ATM OCN/​GEOSCI  102 — CLIMATE AND CLIMATE CHANGE

3 credits.

This course describes the basic climate principles governing the climate system. It describes the climate and climate variability at present, climate evolution in the past, and the projected climate change into the future. The scientific principles underlying the natural and anthropogenic greenhouse effect and climate model forecasts are elucidated.

ENVIR ST/​AGROECOL/​AGRONOMY/​C&E SOC/​ENTOM  103 — AGROECOLOGY: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ECOLOGY OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE

3 credits.

Agroecology has blossomed across the world in recent decades as not only a science, but also a practice, and a movement. This course will challenge students to employ the multiple disciplines and perspectives that Agroecology affords to analyze our agricultural and food systems wihin a broader context of dynamic social and ecological relationships.

ENVIR ST/​GEOSCI  106 — ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY

3 credits.

Application of geology to problems resulting from the ever more intense use of the earth and its resources. Lecture and discussion. Open to Fr

ENVIR ST 112 — ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES: THE SOCIAL PERSPECTIVE

3 credits.

Importance of social factors in the generation and resolution of complex environmental problems with an interdisciplinary perspective. Comparison of specific communities in the more and less developed areas of the world.

ENVIR ST 113 — ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES: THE HUMANISTIC PERSPECTIVE

3 credits.

Environmental problems as approached by philosophy, literature, fine arts, history of science, and anthropology. Reflections on the past and present situation of our species and its relationship to the rest of nature offer suggestions toward possible alternative values for future.

ENVIR ST/​E ASIAN/​LCA  115 — ENVIRONMENTAL HUMANITIES: ASIAN/PACIFIC PERSPECTIVES

3-4 credits.

Course offers a case-based approach to environmental studies from a humanistic perspective, taking into account diverse and connected transnational systems of Asia; materials draw on themes like forests, water, disaster, war, and conservation and wildlife. Course introduces disciplines in the Environmental Humanities (literature, religion, music, etc.) through studies in tradition, theory and practice across South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia and ocean and Pasifik regions including Aotearoa, New Zealand. Throughout the course we ask, how are environmental worldviews cast as the basis for action and understanding in the present?

ENVIR ST/​GEOG  120 — INTRODUCTION TO THE EARTH SYSTEM

3 credits.

Introduces students to how the Earth system works and what makes Earth livable. Through this course you will gain a deeper appreciation for how the atmosphere, oceans, life, and earth's surface interact to shape our local, regional and global landscapes. Many students take this course to fulfill their physical science requirement. Others use it as a gateway to majors and careers in Geography, Environmental Studies, and Environmental Science.

ENVIR ST/​ATM OCN/​GEOG  121 — ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY

2 credits.

Changing interactions between humans, other animals and plants, and the atmospheric environment, both in time and space.

ENVIR ST/​HIST SCI/​HISTORY  125 — GREEN SCREEN: ENVIRONMENTAL PERSPECTIVES THROUGH FILM

3 credits.

From Teddy Roosevelt's 1909 African safari to the Hollywood blockbuster King Kong, from the world of Walt Disney to The March of the Penguins, cinema has been a powerful force in shaping public and scientific understanding of nature throughout the twentieth and twenty-first century. How can film shed light on changing environmental ideas and beliefs in American thought, politics, and culture? And how can we come to see and appreciate contested issues of race, class, and gender in nature on screen? This course will explore such questions as we come to understand the role of film in helping to define the contours of past, present, and future environmental visions in the United States, and their impact on the real world struggles of people and wildlife throughout the world.

ENVIR ST/​ILS  126 — PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

4 credits.

This course relates principles of environmental science to our daily activities, with an eye to sustainability, conservation, and systems thinking. It introduces science as a process of inquiry and discovery rather than just a pre-established set of facts. Topics relate to energy, water, and land use, and include food, electric power, materials, buildings, transportation, and waste.

ENVIR ST/​GEOG  127 — PHYSICAL SYSTEMS OF THE ENVIRONMENT

5 credits.

Climatic regimes, landforms, soils, waters and life forms at the earth's surface in terms of energy-transforming processes, locational patterns, and changes through time.

ENVIR ST/​GEOG  139 — LIVING IN THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT: AN INTRODUCTION TO PEOPLE-ENVIRONMENT GEOGRAPHY

3-4 credits.

This course provides an exploration of the global and local nature of environmental problems facing us, including issues of climate change, food, energy, economic globalization, deforestation and land use change, biodiversity loss, resource scarcity and access, environmental justice, and population. Through group and individual work, this course considers how we should analyze and act on environmental problems as we confront the apparently daunting scale of such issues. The theme of this course is that what appear to be single global environmental problems are actually composed of many smaller context-specific and place dependent problems or conflicts. Through an interdisciplinary and geographic perspective, these can be understood and addressed at the scale of our lived lives.

ENVIR ST/​ENGL  153 — LITERATURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT

3 credits.

An introduction to literature in English about the natural world and humankind's relationship with it; specific topics will vary.

ENVIR ST/​ATM OCN  171 — GLOBAL CHANGE: ATMOSPHERIC ISSUES AND PROBLEMS

2-3 credits.

Atmospheric problems of global significance. Greenhouse warming, ozone layer, acid rain, climate change. Study based on elementary principles of atmospheric science. Systems approach applied to changing atmospheric composition. Interactions among geochemical cycles, anthropogenic inputs and other parts of the environment.

ENVIR ST 199 — DIRECTED STUDY

1-2 credits.

ENVIR ST 200 — SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

1-4 credits.

Topics vary each term, within the scope of the environmental physical sciences. These may encompass areas such as energy systems, earth system sciences, quantitative methods for environmental analysis, and application of scientific and engineering concepts to real-world environmental issues. Open to Fr

ENVIR ST/​ENTOM  201 — INSECTS AND HUMAN CULTURE-A SURVEY COURSE IN ENTOMOLOGY

3 credits.

Importance of insects in man's environment, emphasizing beneficial insects, disease carriers, and agricultural pests that interfere with man's food supply. Environmental problems due to insect control agents.

ENVIR ST/​MED HIST  213 — GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY INTRODUCTION

3 credits.

The course provides an introduction to the intersections of health and environment on a global scale. Exposes students to a range of problems in global environmental health, including climate change, disease ecology, and the globalization of disease.

ENVIR ST/​GEOG/​SOIL SCI  230 — SOIL: ECOSYSTEM AND RESOURCE

3 credits.

Soils are fundamental to ecosystem science. A systems approach is used to investigate how soils look and function. Topics investigated include soil structure, biology, water, fertility, and taxonomy as well as the human impact on the soil environment.

ENVIR ST/​A A E  244 — THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMY

3 credits.

The "economic way of thinking" about global and regional environmental issues. Topics include climate change, biodiversity preservation, ocean fisheries, environmental impacts of international trade, poverty and the environment, and sustainability.

ENVIR ST 250 — INTRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE

3 credits.

Course introduces issues connected with "Sustainability Science," the study of coupled human-natural systems with implications for resource use, human well-being, and the environment. Methods include risk assessment, life-cycle assessment, and conceptual modeling, as well as basic background on natural systems such as climate, water, and land use, and engineered systems including energy, transportation, land use, and materials.

ENVIR ST/​BOTANY/​ZOOLOGY  260 — INTRODUCTORY ECOLOGY

3 credits.

For nonbiology students: the relationships of organisms and the environment. Population dynamics and community organization, human-environment relationships, action programs. Does not count toward Botany or Zoology major

ENVIR ST/​RELIG ST  270 — ENVIRONMENT AND RELIGION

3-4 credits.

What are sources on which members of religious communities draw in order to understand and address environmental change? This course explores how religious persons and communities confront global environmental questions and challenges today, with case studies drawn from culturally and religiously plural societies such as India and Indonesia. Introducing diverse varieties of Christianity, Islam, and Hindu and Buddhist systems, course gives overview of some approaches in the environmental humanities related to philosophy, history, sociology and anthropology, and ethics. Fulfills requirement for Environmental Studies and Religious Studies degree programs.

ENVIR ST 307 — LITERATURE OF THE ENVIRONMENT: SPEAKING FOR NATURE

3 credits.

19th and 20th century British and American literature.

ENVIR ST/​GEOG  309 — PEOPLE, LAND AND FOOD: COMPARATIVE STUDY OF AGRICULTURE SYSTEMS

3 credits.

Introduction to how and why humans have transformed natural landscapes around the world, including tropical deforestation. Exploration of different agricultural systems, and topics such as food security, land scarcity, bioenergy and the impacts of food production on the environment.

ENVIR ST/​M H R  310 — CHALLENGES & SOLUTIONS IN BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY

3 credits.

This course provides students with central knowledge and skills to tackle challenges at the intersection of business and sustainability. Students will study the failures in market and decision making systems that lead to sustainability challenges, and learn how to address these challenges on the policy, organizational, and individual level.

ENVIR ST/​ZOOLOGY  315 — LIMNOLOGY-CONSERVATION OF AQUATIC RESOURCES

2 credits.

General limnology. Physical, chemical and biological characteristics and processes of lakes. Environmental problems and rehabilitation of lakes.

ENVIR ST/​SOIL SCI  324 — SOILS AND ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

3 credits.

Interaction of soils with environmental contaminants and the role of soils in pollution control.

ENVIR ST/​GEOG  325 — ANALYSIS OF THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT

4 credits.

Selected associations of natural and human environments illustrative of the broad principles of physical geography. Practical application of data collection and the use of laboratory and field methods to Wisconsin examples employing quantitative and nonquantitative analytical methods; field trips; lab section.

ENVIR ST/​HISTORY  328 — ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY OF EUROPE

3 credits.

This class explores a new approach to a part of the world with a very old history, but one that is now as 'modern' as any. The changing, complex relations between Europeans and their environments from antiquity to the twenty-first century offer instructive comparison with American and current global environmental concerns. Approaching Mediterranean and Western civilizations from an environmental viewpoint also offers fresh perspective on these enduring cultures.

ENVIR ST/​ATM OCN/​GEOG  331 — CLIMATIC ENVIRONMENTS OF THE PAST

3 credits.

Climatic change at timescales from the last 1,000,000 years to the last 1000 years. Examines how climate variability arises from interplay between external forcings, feedbacks within the earth system, and (more recently) human activity.

ENVIR ST/​ATM OCN/​GEOG  332 — GLOBAL WARMING: SCIENCE AND IMPACTS

3 credits.

Climate change is underway and will continue into the foreseeable future. This course offers a fundamental understanding of how and why global warming is happening, and what to expect in the future. Together, we will investigate and discuss the evidence for change, the science that explains these observations, predicted impacts on humans and ecosystems, and the societal debate over proposed solutions. Freshmen permitted only with consent of instructor

ENVIR ST/​GEOG  337 — NATURE, POWER AND SOCIETY

3 credits.

Explores the links between nature, power and society in today's world. The course considers the complex relationships between humans and the earth's resources, including food, energy, physical materials, water, biota, and landscapes; it considers issues linked to population and scarcity, resource tenure, green consumerism, political economy, environmental ethics, risks and hazards, political ecology, and environmental justice. Not open to students who took Geog/Env 139 in 2010-11, 2011-12 or 2012-13.

ENVIR ST/​GEOG  339 — ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

4 credits.

Examines major environmental conservation approaches in the U.S. and developing countries and how they are influenced by sociopolitical factors, cultural values and scientific understandings of nature. Historical and contemporary cases are explored with emphasis on biodiversity and climate change issues.

ENVIR ST/​A A E/​ECON  343 — ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS

3-4 credits.

Microeconomic principles underlying the use of natural resources such as air, water, forests, fisheries, minerals and energy. These principles are applied in the examination of pollution control, preservation vs. development, deforestation, and other environmental issues.

ENVIR ST 349 — CLIMATE CHANGE GOVERNANCE

3 credits.

Climate change is being felt, and addressed, at every level of society, from the individual to the global scale. This course examines efforts to mitigate climate change. We will learn about initiatives that are being implemented through international treaties; national, state, and municipal government policies; corporate programs; and individual behavior. We will examine the advantages and disadvantages of each approach, their successes, and the obstacles they have faced. We will also evaluate various forms of climate activism as a means of pushing for meaningful action on climate change.

ENVIR ST/​HIST SCI  353 — HISTORY OF ECOLOGY

3 credits.

The development of the science of ecology and related scientific issues and social attitudes, with a primary emphasis on developments from the late nineteenth century to the present.

ENVIR ST/​HIST SCI/​LCA/​RELIG ST  356 — ISLAM, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, AND THE ENVIRONMENT

3-4 credits.

Survey of Muslim religious understandings of science, technology, nature and environment. Lectures and readings present a global perspective through case studies, covering sources such as the Qur'an, theology and law, and traditions of esoteric piety (mysticism), and historical and contemporary issues like medical ethics, virtual realities, and environmental change, challenge and crisis.

ENVIR ST/​F&W ECOL/​ZOOLOGY  360 — EXTINCTION OF SPECIES

3 credits.

A comprehensive treatment of the ecology, causes, and consequences of species extinction. Ecology and problems of individual species, habitat alteration and degradation, socio-economic pressures and conservation techniques and strategies. An intro biology course strongly recommended

ENVIR ST/​LAND ARC  361 — WETLANDS ECOLOGY

3 credits.

Types, origins, settings, and structure of wetlands. Physical, biological, and cultural values, uses and assessments. Physical and biological characteristics and dynamics. Protection, management and restoration. Field trips, literature review, term paper, and personal observations required.

ENVIR ST/​BSE  367 — RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS

3 credits.

Students will learn about the state-of-the-art in renewable energy applications including biomass for heat, electric power and liquid fuels as well as geo-energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydro power. Students will do engineering calculations of power and energy availability of renewable energy sources and learn about requirements for integrating renewable energy sources into production, distribution and end-use systems.

ENVIR ST/​M&ENVTOX/​PL PATH  368 — ENVIRONMENTAL LAW, TOXIC SUBSTANCES, AND CONSERVATION

2 credits.

Development of and need for "environmental law"; an introduction to the legal system; public and private rights in the environment; regulation of pesticides and toxic substances; environmental legislation and rulemaking; environmental impact statements; professionals as expert witnesses. No prior knowledge of law assumed. For scientists and others dealing with environmental issues in academia, industry and government.

ENVIR ST/​F&W ECOL/​G L E/​GEOG/​GEOSCI/​LAND ARC  371 — INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL REMOTE SENSING

3 credits.

Introduction to the Earth as viewed from above, focusing on use of aerial photography and satellite imagery to study the environment. Includes physical processes of electromagnetic radiation, data types and sensing capabilities, methods for interpretation, analysis and mapping, and applications.

ENVIR ST/​F&W ECOL/​G L E/​GEOG/​GEOSCI/​LAND ARC  372 — INTERMEDIATE ENVIRONMENTAL REMOTE SENSING

3 credits.

Examines intermediate-level concepts in information extraction, data processing and radiative transfer relevant to remote sensing of the environment. Includes transforms, image correction, classification algorithms and change detection, with emphasis on applications for land use planning and natural resource management.

ENVIR ST/​N E  373 — NUCLEAR ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

3 credits.

Fission and fusion processes, nuclear reactors, power plants, radioactivity, biological effects, radiation and thermal releases, governmental regulations' impact on society.

ENVIR ST 375 — FIELD ECOLOGY WORKSHOP

3 credits.

Lecture labs wholly in field for intensive study of behavior of plants and animals and their relationship to environments and human impacts. Individual and group observations, measurements, interpretation, reports, typing personal experience with specifics to basic principles.

ENVIR ST/​CIV ENGR/​GEOG  377 — AN INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS

4 credits.

Design, implementation and use of automated procedures for storage, analysis and display of spatial information. Covers data bases, information manipulation and display techniques, software systems and management issues. Case studies. Meets with Civil Environmental Engineering 357.

ENVIR ST 400 — SPECIAL TOPICS IN THE ENVIRONMENT: BIOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF ENVIR ST

1-4 credits.

Topics vary each term, within the scope of the environmental biological sciences. These may encompass areas such as conservation biology, environmental ecology, issues in ethnobotany and tropical ecology, environmental health, ecotoxicology, biodiversity, endangered resources, biological systems analysis, and field studies. Authorization may be required

ENVIR ST 401 — SPECIAL TOPICS: ENVIRONMENTAL PERSPECTIVES IN THE PHYSICAL SCIENCES

1-4 credits.

Topics vary each term, within the scope of the physical environmental sciences. These may encompass issues in energy resources, environmental measurement and analysis, modeling, remote sensing and GIS, environmental engineering and transportation, air and water resources, and global climate change. Authorization may be required

ENVIR ST 402 — SPECIAL TOPICS: SOCIAL PERSPECTIVES IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

1-4 credits.

Topics vary each term, within the scope of the environmental social sciences. These may include issues in environmental policy, law, economics, land use, sustainability, food systems, energy policy, conflict resolution, environmental justice, and international development. Authorization may be required

ENVIR ST 404 — SPECIAL TOPICS: HUMANISTIC PERSPECTIVES IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

1-4 credits.

Topics vary each term, within the scope of the environmental humanities. These may encompass themes in environmental ethics, literature, art, film, aesthetics and design, history, and indigenous knowledge. Authorization may be required

ENVIR ST/​GEOSCI  410 — MINERALS AS A PUBLIC PROBLEM

3 credits.

Distribution of mineral resources; present and future problems of mineral supply; conservation of minerals, and mineral resources in relation to national and international policy.

ENVIR ST/​GEOSCI  411 — ENERGY RESOURCES

3 credits.

Sources, availability of fuels. Energy conversion and efficiency. Consumption patterns and trends. Environmental consequences of energy production and use. Policy considerations and alternatives.

ENVIR ST/​LEGAL ST  430 — LAW AND ENVIRONMENT: RIGHTS AND RESOURCES

3 credits.

This class explores the burgeoning field of environmental studies through a focus on the historical development of legal rights in land and natural resources. It examines rights in natural resources in pre-modern European and non-Western traditions, traces the development of modern Anglo-American and selected global approaches to environmental law and governance, and considers the recent development of international environmental law.

ENVIR ST/​C&E SOC/​GEOG  434 — PEOPLE, WILDLIFE AND LANDSCAPES

3 credits.

This course explores the relationship between humans and wildlife amidst diverse landscapes, both historic and contemporary, tropical and temperate. We study how humans shape wild animal populations by modifying physical environments, and by hunting, domesticating and introducing species.

ENVIR ST/​GEOG  439 — US ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND REGULATION

3-4 credits.

This course covers a broad cross-section of American environmental policy by focusing on specific statutes and policy arenas. In this course we will survey the basic elements of American environmental policy and regulation with a particular focus on the specific people, sites and scales at which environmental decision-making happens through primary-source case material. Understanding environmental outcomes in a complex society depends on observing both the structure of regulations and the geographic and social context in which such regulations emerge. This course will maintain a dual focus on (a) the legal and regulatory aspects of environmental regulation and (b) the specific geographic and social features of actual cases in which regulations and policy are used.

ENVIR ST/​PHILOS  441 — ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS

3-4 credits.

Adequacy of ethical theories in handling such wrongs as harm to the land, to posterity, to endangered species, and to the ecosystem itself. Exploration of the view that not all moral wrongs involve harm to humans. Inquiry into the notion of the quality of life and the ethics of the "lifeboat" situation.

ENVIR ST/​CIV ENGR/​G L E/​GEOSCI  444 — PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS OF GPS SURVEYING

2 credits.

Global positioning system surveying for field applications. Signals. Coordinate systems. Datums. Cartographic projections. Satellite orbits. Choosing hardware. Strategies for data collection and analysis. Assessing uncertainty. Geocoding satellite images. Integrating data with Geographic Information Systems. Emerging technologies.

ENVIR ST/​ECON/​POLI SCI/​URB R PL  449 — GOVERNMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES

3-4 credits.

Problems of public policy and administration for development and use of natural resources.

ENVIR ST/​F&W ECOL/​HISTORY  452 — WORLD FOREST HISTORY

3 credits.

Examines world forest history, with attention to links between societal change and forest change. Examines how different peoples have used or abused the forest, how societies have struggled to establish policies governing forests, and how perceptions of forests have evolved.

ENVIR ST/​GEOG/​HISTORY  460 — AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY

4 credits.

Survey of interactions among people and natural environments from before European colonization to present. Equal attention to problems of ecological change, human ideas, and uses of nature and history of conservation and environmental public policy.

ENVIR ST/​AN SCI/​DY SCI/​SOIL SCI  468 — MANAGING THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF LIVESTOCK OPERATIONS

2 credits.

Introduces nonpoint pollution policies and regulations and environmental losses impacting air and water quality. Discuss management practices that influence the cycling and balance of nitrogen and phosphorus across a farm and its components (livestock, crop and soil).

ENVIR ST/​GEOG/​HISTORY  469 — THE MAKING OF THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE

4 credits.

Surveys the historical geography and environmental history of the United States by tracing the evolution of the American landscape from precolonial times to the present, with special emphasis on teaching students skills they can use to interpret landscape history themselves.

ENVIR ST/​POP HLTH  471 — INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

3 credits.

Impact of environmental problems on human health; biological hazards to human health from air and water pollution; radiation; pesticides; noise; problems related to food, occupation and environment of the work place; accidents. Physical and chemical factors involved.

ENVIR ST/​PHYSICS  472 — SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND TO GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS

3 credits.

A one-semester course designed to provide those elements of physics, atmospheric sciences, chemistry, biology and geology which are essential to a scientific understanding of global environmental problems. Specific examples of such problems include global warming, stratospheric ozone depletion, acid rain and environmental toxins. Three lectures per week.

ENVIR ST/​POP HLTH  502 — AIR POLLUTION AND HUMAN HEALTH

3 credits.

Toxicologic, controlled and epidemiologic studies on major air pollutants. Overview of study methods, lung physiology and pathology; air pollution sources, types, meteorology, sampling methods, controls and regulations.

ENVIR ST 506 — MODELING AND ANALYSIS OF ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS

3 credits.

Systems modeling; applications to environmental problems; systems methods.

ENVIR ST/​ZOOLOGY  510 — ECOLOGY OF FISHES

3 credits.

Interactions of fishes with their physical, chemical, and biotic environment; physiological ecology, community ecology and fisheries sciences. Lake Mendota perch fishery and Shedd Aquarium field trips.

ENVIR ST/​ZOOLOGY  511 — ECOLOGY OF FISHES LAB

2 credits.

Anatomy and taxonomy of Wisconsin fishes and projects in fish ecology.

ENVIR ST/​HIST SCI/​MED HIST  513 — ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

3 credits.

Explores the historical relationships between environmental change and human health from the 17th through the 20th century. Topics include colonialism and disease, medical geography, urban pollution and reform, workplace hazards, environmental risk, and the anti-toxics and environmental justice movements.

ENVIR ST/​F&W ECOL  515 — NATURAL RESOURCES POLICY

3 credits.

This course examines natural resources policy and law in the United States relating to forests, wildlife, and other natural resources. The course investigates the policy-making process and the role of science, values, property, economics, and justice in the development of federal and state resources policy. Students are trained in professional written and oral communication and ethical engagement in resources policy and administration.

ENVIR ST/​ATM OCN  520 — BIOCLIMATOLOGY

3 credits.

How climate systems and biological organisms operate and interact at the global scale and the implications of this for climate change, ecosystem ecology and human land use.

ENVIR ST/​PHILOS  523 — PHILOSOPHICAL PROBLEMS OF THE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

3 credits.

Problems raised by genetics, evolutionary theory, and taxonomy: patterns of explanatory force and dispensability of teleology; objectivity of taxonomy.

ENVIR ST/​ATM OCN/​GEOG  528 — PAST CLIMATES AND CLIMATIC CHANGE

3 credits.

Climatic change throughout geologic time, especially in the last 10 millennia; mechanisms of change, evidence, and criteria, paleogeography and paleoclimatology, climate models.

ENVIR ST/​GEOG  534 — ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE: MARKETS, STATES AND NATURE

3 credits.

This class is designed to help students answer real-world questions of how the environment is managed and governed through state policy, economics, and social institutions. We will cover strategies within and outside of the formal institutions of government, and extend the discussion to the commodification of nature and the use of science to understand and govern the environment. The last third of the class will consist of students engaging with case studies of environmental governance in water, carbon, species, and urban sustainability.

ENVIR ST/​ATM OCN  535 — ATMOSPHERIC DISPERSION AND AIR POLLUTION

3 credits.

Physical principles of atmospheric transport processes. Variation of transport in time and place. Local and regional concentrations of pollutants. Environmental implications of air pollution and control strategies.

ENVIR ST/​GEOG  537 — CULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT

4 credits.

Geographic approaches to culture-nature relationships, including human perception of, use of, and adaptation to the physical environment, with emphasis on traditional subsistence systems; selected topics from contemporary and historical sources.

ENVIR ST 539 — AIR RESOURCES SCIENCE AND POLICY

3 credits.

Overview of modern scientific methods, state-of-understanding, and current policy problems related to weather prediction, climate change, air pollution, and energy use. Problem sets, discussion, final paper with drafts.

ENVIR ST/​C&E SOC/​SOC  540 — SOCIOLOGY OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, ENVIRONMENT, AND SUSTAINABILITY

3 credits.

Sociological analysis of relationships among economic growth, environmental sustainability and social justice in the developing world. Considers frameworks for understanding poverty, hunger, educational and technological inequality, and the impact of globalization on prospects for socially and ecologically sustainable development.

ENVIR ST/​CIV ENGR/​LAND ARC  556 — REMOTE SENSING DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING

3 credits.

Techniques of enhancement and quantification of remote sensing imagery. Emphasis on processing and analyzing data gathered by airborne and satellite sensors. Techniques to quantitatively analyze data from photography, electro-optical scanners, satellite systems, and radar and passive microwave systems. A 5-week practicum with applications to: agriculture and forestry, geology and soils, water quality, and urban and regional planning.

ENVIR ST/​GEOG  557 — DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENT IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

3 credits.

Examines the political, socio-cultural, economic and ecological aspects of contemporary development and human-environment relations in mainland Southeast Asia, applying a critical and theoretically informed perspective, and focusing largely on rural issues.

ENVIR ST/​POP HLTH  560 — HEALTH IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE

3 credits.

Covers contemporary methods of impact assessment in a framework to address global environmental health threats (e.g., global climate change, deforestation and biodiversity loss, and urban sprawl). Issues dovetail well (but do not overlap) with Introduction to Environmental Health.

ENVIR ST/​A A E/​CIV ENGR/​URB R PL  561 — ENERGY MARKETS

3 credits.

Energy resources are an essential element of the world's business, political, technical and environmental landscape. Analytic tools provided by the discipline of economics expands our understanding of this critical issue. Energy supply markets reviewed include both fossil fuels and renewable resources. Energy demand sectors include residential, commercial, industrial and transportation. Electricity represents an intermediate energy market. The interactions among these markets participants indicate how scarce resources are allocated among competing needs in the world economy.

ENVIR ST/​SOIL SCI  575 — ASSESSMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

3 credits.

Overview of methods for collecting and analyzing information about environmental impacts on agricultural and natural resources, including monitoring the physical environment and relating impacts to people and society. Authorization may be required

ENVIR ST 600 — ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES MAJOR CAPSTONE

3 credits.

Investigation of a selected complex interdisciplinary environmental problem, e.g., desertification; energy in an age of scarcity; world hunger. Readings, papers, individual and team research, intensive discussions.

ENVIR ST/​GEN BUS  601 — SYSTEMS THINKING AND SUSTAINABLE BUSINESSES

3 credits.

Introduces students to the concept of systems thinking so as to allow them to use systems to bring about large scale social change, both within the business community and within our societal infrastructure.

ENVIR ST 602 — SUSTAINABILITY IN PRACTICE: CAPSTONE

3 credits.

An integrative capstone experience involving interdisciplinary teams applying the triple bottom line principals of sustainability to local, regional and global challenges.

ENVIR ST/​BOTANY/​F&W ECOL/​ZOOLOGY  651 — CONSERVATION BIOLOGY

3 credits.

Application of ecological principles and human dimensions to the conservation of biological diversity. Topics: biodiversity science; conservation planning; population ecology; habitat loss, species exploitation, invasive species, pollution; human attitudes and activities as they affect the biosphere; approaches to monitoring interventions.

ENVIR ST/​A A E/​F&W ECOL  652 — DECISION METHODS FOR NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGERS

3-4 credits.

Applications of quantitative methods, including optimization and simulation, to the management of natural resources, especially forests.

ENVIR ST/​URB R PL  668 — GREEN POLITICS: GLOBAL EXPERIENCE, AMERICAN PROSPECTS

3 credits.

An examination of the writings and activities of green parties and movements around the globe in order to assess the potential of an explicit, radical environmental politics for the United States.

ENVIR ST/​A A E/​ECON/​URB R PL  671 — ENERGY ECONOMICS

3 credits.

The method, application, and limitations of traditional economic approaches to the study of energy problems. Topics include microeconomic foundations of energy demand and supply; optimal pricing and allocation of energy resources; energy market structure, conduct, and performance; macro linkages of energy and the economy; and the economics of regulatory and other public policy approaches to the social control of energy.

ENVIR ST 681 — SENIOR HONORS THESIS

3 credits.

ENVIR ST 682 — SENIOR HONORS THESIS

3 credits.

ENVIR ST 691 — SENIOR THESIS

1-3 credits.

ENVIR ST 692 — SENIOR THESIS

1-3 credits.

ENVIR ST/​LAND ARC/​SOIL SCI  695 — APPLICATIONS OF GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS IN NATURAL RESOURCES

3 credits.

Course has four components: 1) Detailed review of GIS concepts; 2) Case studies; 3) GIS implementation methods; 4) Laboratory to provide "hands-on" GIS experience.

ENVIR ST 699 — DIRECTED STUDY

1-3 credits.

ENVIR ST 707 — PROFESSIONAL SKILLS FOR GLOBAL SYSTEMS ANALYSIS

1 credit.

Trains students in interdisciplinary skills needed to research environmental sustainability and vulnerability in linked human, non-human natural systems. Instruction involves communication simulations, facilitation training, cross-disciplinary listening exercises, and other hands-on activities. Content is linked with Environmental Studies 506.

ENVIR ST/​M H R  710 — CHALLENGES & SOLUTIONS IN BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY

3 credits.

This course provides students with central knowledge and skills to tackle challenges at the intersection of business and sustainability. Students will study the failures in market and decision making systems that lead to sustainability challenges, and learn how to address these challenges on the policy, organizational, and individual level.

ENVIR ST/​HIST SCI/​MED HIST  713 — STUDIES IN ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH

1 credit.

Advanced readings in primary and secondary literature of environment and health, with emphasis on current historiographic issues.

ENVIR ST/​CIV ENGR/​URB R PL  717 — WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT PRACTICUM PLANNING SEMINAR I

1 credit.

This is the first of two seminars used for planning the activities of the Summer Session Water Resources Management Practicum (ENVIR ST/​CIV ENGR/​URB R PL  719).

ENVIR ST/​CIV ENGR/​URB R PL  718 — WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT PRACTICUM PLANNING SEMINAR II

2 credits.

This seminar is used for planning the field work, analysis and reporting of the Summer Session Water Resources Management Practicum (ENVIR ST/​CIV ENGR/​URB R PL  719).

ENVIR ST/​CIV ENGR/​URB R PL  719 — WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT SUMMER PRACTICUM

4 credits.

Interdisciplinary team of students and staff working with agency personnel, citizen groups, and/or private sector representatives on the analysis of a contemporary, problem-oriented water resource issue. Physical, biological, economic and social aspects of the issue analyzed. Comprehensive written report results, practicum's findings and management recommendations.

ENVIR ST/​AGROECOL/​AGRONOMY  724 — AGROECOSYSTEMS AND GLOBAL CHANGE

3 credits.

Impacts of global change drivers (climate change, atmospheric chemistry, bioenergy, urbanization, policy) on agroecosystems and their associated goods and services; environmental impacts of agricultural land use and feedbacks to climate; modeling approaches; critical review of current scientific literature.

ENVIR ST/​ATM OCN  745 — METEOROLOGICAL SATELLITE APPLICATIONS

2-3 credits.

Use of satellite imagery and measurements in meteorological research and operations; orbital characteristics; navigation; instrumentation.

ENVIR ST/​ATM OCN/​GEOSCI/​ZOOLOGY  750 — PROBLEMS IN OCEANOGRAPHY

3 credits.

Introduction to techniques used in the study of the biology, chemistry, geology, and physics of the marine environment.

ENVIR ST 761 — COLLOQUIUM IN AIR POLLUTION

1 credit.

ENVIR ST/​CIV ENGR  772 — PRACTICUM IN TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT AND POLICY

3 credits.

Integrative capstone course in transporation management and policy. Interdisciplinary team esperience in the application of theoretical knowledge and analytical tools for developing policy and making management decisions on "real-world" problems.

ENVIR ST 806 — LOCAL & REGIONAL APPROACHES TO SUSTAINABILITY & VULNERABILITY

3 credits.

Evaluates what local-scale, place-based and social science / humanities approaches offer to analyses of environmental change, sustainability and vulnerability. Stresses interdisciplinary, both through content and through assignments that require students to bring their own disciplinary training and work together in teams.

ENVIR ST 807 — PROFESSIONAL SKILLS FOR REGIONAL AND LOCAL SUSTAINABILITY

1 credit.

Trains students in the skills needed to research environmental vulnerability and sustainability from a regional or local perspective. Training in qualitative methods, cross-disciplinary presentation, and other hands-on activities. Content will be linked with ENVIR ST 806.

ENVIR ST 808 — INTEGRATED RESEARCH METHODS & PROF SKILLS: HUMANS & THE GLOBAL ENV

4 credits.

Trains students to conduct research, review alternatives, and promote solutions to environmental problems through team-based projects. Teams integrate research across scales and disciplines and learn to present and publicize their ideas to peers, media, and the public.

ENVIR ST/​PUB AFFR/​URB R PL  809 — INTRODUCTION TO ENERGY ANALYSIS AND POLICY

3 credits.

Interdisciplinary seminar for the Energy Analysis and Policy Curriculum. Strategy and policy problems in energy policy, both national and international.

ENVIR ST/​PUB AFFR/​URB R PL  810 — ENERGY ANALYSIS SEMINAR

1-3 credits.

Interdisciplinary seminar for the Energy Analysis and Policy Curriculum. Quantitative energy content and energy flows as an aid to problem analysis and policy formulation.

ENVIR ST/​URB R PL  821 — RESOURCES POLICY ISSUES: REGIONAL AND NATIONAL

2-3 credits.

Resource policy issues frequently faced by local and state governments and the federal government. Emphasis: (1) techniques for analysis of resource issues; (2) methods of collating knowledge from natural and social science disciplines which can make meaningful contributions to resolution of resource issues; (3) identification and analysis of strategic points of decision making in the legislative and executive branches of government; and (4) the application of planning techniques for accomplishing resource goals.

ENVIR ST/​JOURN/​LSC  823 — SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT COMMUNICATION

3 credits.

Course uses available scholarship and commentary to track the evolution of mass media coverage of science and the environment. Emphasis on how journalists utilize evidence, the influence of scientific and journalistic norms on stories, and the effects of mass media on science and environment messages to the public.

ENVIR ST/​URB R PL  843 — LAND USE POLICY AND PLANNING

3 credits.

Critical evaluation and analysis of land use policies and programs in relation to comprehensive planning and growth management issues in the U.S. The role of legislative and judicial processes and emerging public land use social values and philosophies in the development, regulation, and effectuation of innovative land use policies. Alternative land policy and growth guidance systems of select European countries.

ENVIR ST/​URB R PL  865 — WATER RESOURCES INSTITUTIONS AND POLICIES

3 credits.

Governmental processes and policies for water resources management: major substantive problems and issues; political processes of decision making; problems of governmental organization and intergovernmental arrangements.

ENVIR ST/​POLI SCI/​PUB AFFR  866 — GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE

3 credits.

In-depth examination of the political and policy challenges posed by global environmental degradation. Analysis of international institutions for managing the global environment.

ENVIR ST/​A A E/​POP HLTH/​PUB AFFR  881 — BENEFIT-COST ANALYSIS

3 credits.

This course will present the welfare economics underpinnings for evaluating the social benefits and costs of government activities. Issues such as uncertainty, the social discount rate, and welfare weights will be discussed; case studies from the environmental, social policy, and agricultural areas will be studied.

ENVIR ST 900 — SEMINAR

1-3 credits.

Special topics selected with each offering.

ENVIR ST 901 — GRADUATE ORIENTATION SEMINAR

1 credit.

This course provides incoming graduate students with an introduction to the organizational structure, policies and practices of the Nelson Institute, with an emphasis on the opportunities and challenges of being a student in a cross-campus interdisciplinary program.

ENVIR ST/​ATM OCN/​BOTANY/​CIV ENGR/​GEOSCI/​ZOOLOGY  911 — LIMNOLOGY AND MARINE SCIENCE SEMINAR

1 credit.

Sections in various fields of zoological research.

ENVIR ST/​URB R PL  917 — PUBLIC PARTICIPATION FOR PLANNING AND POLICY MAKING

3 credits.

Examines public participation for planning and policymaking in both urban and natural environments; considers different types of participation from agency consultation to negotiation; designing, conducting, and evaluating citizen participation are major features.

ENVIR ST 922 — HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL METHODS IN ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH

3 credits.

This course introduces graduate students from a wide array of departments and programs to different disciplinary and interdisciplinary methods for studying past environmental change and the human cultural contexts within which such change occurs. The course explores the disparate forms of evidence that can be used to reconstruct past environmental changes and their human meanings. The course also strives to build a strong sense of community among graduate students and faculty members at UW-Madison who share an interest in past environmental change by creating a context within which students from different departments and programs can work together while also getting to know faculty members associated with the Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE).

ENVIR ST/​URB R PL  923 — SEMINAR-LAND PROBLEMS: INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

2-3 credits.

Land tenure and utilization research and policy problems.

ENVIR ST/​ATM OCN  925 — SEMINAR-CLIMATOLOGY

1-2 credits.

Historical climatology with emphasis on the last few centuries.

ENVIR ST/​CIV ENGR  950 — ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING SEMINAR

1 credit.

Current research and literature dealing with environmental remote sensing and geographic information systems.

ENVIR ST 951 — CONSERVATION OF BIODIVERSITY

3 credits.

This online course will cover theory, advanced research, and the professional practice of conservation of biodiversity in interdisciplinary, international perspective. The course will be divided into approximately 50% biodiversity science and 50% human dimensions of biodiversity conservation, fully integrated with each other in readings, hands-on online simulations, peer-to-peer discussions, and writing assignments. Within lectures, students will learn about biodiversity science; human activities that threaten biodiversity; conservation project planning; conservation interventions against habitat loss, species exploitation, invasive species, and pollution; human values, attitudes, and activities as they affect controversial endangered species; and approaches to conservation research and monitoring. Furthermore, students will learn to plan conservation interventions systematically with optimal participation of stakeholders and using adaptive management practices. This course includes online, asynchronous discussions with peers and instructors to address advanced topics. Wolf recovery in Wisconsin is featured prominently as a conservation challenge. Students will: 1. Absorb information and nuance about complex ecological systems in comparative international and interdisciplinary perspectives 2. Learn systematic and strategic planning of biodiversity conservation projects 3. Experience the optimization challenges and trade-offs associated with setting policy for complex human-wildlife interactions 4. Manage and understand political clashes and value conflicts over biodiversity 5. Practice critical analysis and constructive synthesis of the latest scientific peer-reviewed literature 6. Gain experience in technical, scientific writing and peer review.

ENVIR ST/​AGRONOMY/​ATM OCN/​BOTANY/​ENTOM/​F&W ECOL/​GEOG/​ZOOLOGY  953 — INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGY RESEARCH AT UW-MADISON

1-2 credits.

This seminar course will introduce new graduate students to the diversity of ecologists across the UW-Madison campus. Course meetings will include discussions of key topics in professional development, research presentations by faculty members, and discussions of assigned papers with senior graduate students.

ENVIR ST/​CIV ENGR  970 — COLLOQUIUM IN TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT AND POLICY

1 credit.

Current issues, case studies, research, and literature dealing with transportation management and policy development.

ENVIR ST 972 — CONSERVATION PLANNING

4 credits.

Preparation of students to plan, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of conservation projects and programs. Systematic and adaptive processes of conservation planning will be learned through lectures, readings, discussions, and work in small groups to prepare a conservation plan and/or review case study projects (e.g., a protected area, a landscape) with a conservation organization.

ENVIR ST 974 — ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION COHORT SEMINAR

1 credit.

Professional development course for incoming Environmental Conservation graduate students. Introduces students to important aspects of communication, collaboration, and professional practice as they relate to Environmental Conservation.

ENVIR ST 975 — ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION LEADERSHIP SEMINAR

1 credit.

Professional development course for Environmental Conservation graduate students. Introduces students to important aspects of communication, negotiation, and cross-cultural professional practice as they relate to Environmental Conservation.

ENVIR ST 976 — THE PRACTICE OF CONSERVATION BIOLOGY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

1 credit.

A weekly series of presentations by persons who have direct experience in the practice of conservation biology and sustainable development. Presenters may be students, faculty staff or agenncy persons.

ENVIR ST 977 — SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - INTEGRAL PERSPECTIVE

3 credits.

This interdisciplinary graduate seminar has four main objectives: 1) review core concepts and history of sustainable development; 2) introduce students to innovative frameworks to sustainable development, including integral framework, institutional analysis, and the often overlooked cultural, philosophical and psychological underpinnings of environmental decision-making; 3) analyze case studies and examples through the lens of the frameworks presented; 4) provide a forum for graduate students to present their own research interests and examples regarding sustainable development. Some of the examples and case studies discussed are from Latin America, but will also include some from Wisconsin and the global level depending on the group's interests.

ENVIR ST 978 — ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION TOOLS MODULES

1 credit.

Tools modules for Environmental Conservation graduate students. Modules will provide training in specific tools and methods related to environmental conservation. Topics may include GIS, conservation finance, conservation governance institutions, biodiversity monitoring, and science communication environmental mediating.

ENVIR ST 979 — ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

3 credits.

This course provides an online environment for the development and practice of the skills needed to be an environmental conservation professional and leader. It will help students analyze options and make good professional conservation judgments in complex and uncertain environmental, political, and economic settings. It will also give students the tools needed to assess and revise those judgments. The course will include exercises on the politics of environmental decisions, internal and external communication strategies, and program development and assessment strategies. The course builds on earlier classes' discussions of online communication and presentation skills.

ENVIR ST/​ATM OCN/​BOTANY/​F&W ECOL/​GEOG/​GEOSCI/​ZOOLOGY  980 — EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE SEMINAR

1 credit.

Topics in earth system science. Emphasis on the coupling between atmospheric, oceanic and land surface systems, involving physical geochemical and biological processes, and including interactions with human systems.

ENVIR ST 990 — RESEARCH

1-12 credits.

ENVIR ST 993 — APPROACHES TO INTERDISCIPLINARY ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH

2 credits.

A course to assist students undertaking interdisciplinary research. Preparation of a proposal or manuscript to professional standards. A review of other topics relevant to interdisciplinary work. Formal presentation of a research plan or other product to peers for review and evaluation. Authorization may be required

ENVIR ST 999 — ADVANCED INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 credits.