environmental-studies-cert

WHY CHOOSE AN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES CERTIFICATE?

The Environmental Studies Certificate Program allows undergraduate students at UW–Madison to explore the environmental intersections that complement their major, but with fewer curricular requirements than the major. Students completing the certificate also benefit from participation in the Nelson academic community and gain invaluable access to a network of multidisciplinary problem-solving colleagues. The certificate program is available only to UW–Madison students pursuing a bachelor's degree through the university's regular academic departments.

Completion of the certificate program is noted on a student’s academic transcript.

HOW TO DECLARE

Students interested in declaring the environmental studies certificate can email undergrad@nelson.wisc.edu or request a declaration appointment. Information about declaring the certificate can be found at undergraduate advising.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CERTIFICATE

Students are required to take five courses/15 credits to include two courses in the Foundation section and three courses in the thematic areas. A minimum of 6 credits overall must be at the intermediate or advanced level (I/A/D). A minimum of 8 credits must be taken in residence. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in certificate courses.  

ENVIRONMENTAL HUMANITIES/SOCIAL SCIENCE (TAKE ONE COURSE)

ENVIR ST 112 Environmental Studies: The Social Perspective3
ENVIR ST 113 Environmental Studies: The Humanistic Perspective3
ENVIR ST/​HIST SCI/​HISTORY  125 Green Screen: Environmental Perspectives through Film3
ENVIR ST/​GEOG  139 Living in the Global Environment: An Introduction to People-Environment Geography3-4
SOC/​C&E SOC  140 Introduction to Community and Environmental Sociology3
ENVIR ST/​A A E  244 The Environment and the Global Economy3
SOC/​C&E SOC/​F&W ECOL  248 Environment, Natural Resources, and Society3
ENVIR ST/​RELIG ST  270 The Environment: Religion & Ethics3-4
ENVIR ST/​GEOG  339 Environmental Conservation4
ENVIR ST/​GEOG/​HISTORY  460 American Environmental History4
ENVIR ST/​HISTORY  465 Global Environmental History3-4

ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSICAL SCIENCE/ECOLOGY (TAKE ONE COURSE)

ATM OCN 100 Weather and Climate3
ATM OCN 101 Weather and Climate4
ENVIR ST/​GEOSCI  106 Environmental Geology3
GEOSCI 110 Evolution and Extinction4
PHYSICS 115 Energy3
ENVIR ST/​GEOG  120 Introduction to the Earth System3
ENVIR ST/​ILS  126 Principles of Environmental Science4
ENVIR ST/​GEOG  127 Physical Systems of the Environment5
ATM OCN/​SOIL SCI  132 Earth's Water: Natural Science and Human Use3
ENVIR ST/​GEOG/​SOIL SCI  230 Soil: Ecosystem and Resource3
BOTANY 240 Plants and Humans3
ENVIR ST 250 Introduction to Sustainability Science3
ENVIR ST/​BOTANY/​ZOOLOGY  260 Introductory Ecology3
SOIL SCI 301 General Soil Science4
ENVIR ST/​ATM OCN/​GEOG/​GEOSCI  335 Climatic Environments of the Past3
ENVIR ST/​ATM OCN/​GEOG  332 Global Warming: Science and Impacts3
F&W ECOL 401 Physiological Animal Ecology3
F&W ECOL/​BOTANY/​ZOOLOGY  460 General Ecology4
F&W ECOL 550 Forest Ecology3

THEME

  • Students are required to take three courses (min 9 cr.) from the thematic areas listed below.
  • Courses may be concentrated in one area or taken in multiple areas.
  • Courses taken in the thematic areas cannot also be used in foundation.

Note: Nelson Institute topic numbers (ENVIR ST 400, ENVIR ST 401, ENVIR ST 402, ENVIR ST 404)  all count in the theme portion of the curriculum. Because of the changing nature and titles of topics courses, they are not listed individually under the section headings.

BIODIVERSITY

ENVIR ST/​ENTOM  201 Insects and Human Culture-a Survey Course in Entomology3
ENTOM/​ZOOLOGY  302 Introduction to Entomology4
F&W ECOL 318 Principles of Wildlife Ecology3
GEOG/​BOTANY  338 Environmental Biogeography3
ENVIR ST/​F&W ECOL/​ZOOLOGY  360 Extinction of Species3
ENVIR ST/​LAND ARC  361 Wetlands Ecology3
SOIL SCI/​AGRONOMY/​BOTANY  370 Grassland Ecology3
ENVIR ST 375 Field Ecology Workshop3
BOTANY 401 Vascular Flora of Wisconsin4
BOTANY/​ANTHRO/​ZOOLOGY  410 Evolutionary Biology3
BOTANY 422 Plant Geography3
ENVIR ST/​C&E SOC/​GEOG  434 People, Wildlife and Landscapes3
BOTANY/​ZOOLOGY  450 Midwestern Ecological Issues: A Case Study Approach2
BOTANY/​F&W ECOL  455 The Vegetation of Wisconsin4
BOTANY/​F&W ECOL/​ZOOLOGY  460 General Ecology4
AN SCI/​F&W ECOL/​ZOOLOGY  520 Ornithology3
AN SCI/​F&W ECOL/​ZOOLOGY  521 Birds of Southern Wisconsin3
ATM OCN/​AGRONOMY/​SOIL SCI  532 Environmental Biophysics3
GEOG 538 The Humid Tropics: Ecology, Subsistence, and Development4
F&W ECOL/​SURG SCI  548 Diseases of Wildlife3
F&W ECOL 550 Forest Ecology3
F&W ECOL 551 Forest Ecology Lab1
AGRONOMY/​ENTOM/​F&W ECOL/​M&ENVTOX  634 Ecotoxicology: Impacts on Populations, Communities and Ecosystems1
ENVIR ST/​BOTANY/​F&W ECOL/​ZOOLOGY  651 Conservation Biology3
BOTANY/​F&W ECOL/​ZOOLOGY  672 Historical Ecology2

CLIMATE

ENVIR ST/​ATM OCN/​GEOSCI  102 Climate and Climate Change3
ENVIR ST/​ATM OCN  171 Global Change: Atmospheric Issues and Problems2-3
A A E 246 Climate Change Economics and Policy3
GEOG 321 Climatology3
ENVIR ST/​ATM OCN/​GEOG/​GEOSCI  335 Climatic Environments of the Past3
ENVIR ST/​ATM OCN/​GEOG  332 Global Warming: Science and Impacts3
ENVIR ST 349 Climate Change Governance3
GEOG/​GEOSCI  420 Glacial and Pleistocene Geology3
ATM OCN 425 Global Climate Processes3
M E 466 Air Pollution Effects, Measurements and Control3
ENVIR ST/​PHYSICS  472 Scientific Background to Global Environmental Problems3
ENVIR ST/​ATM OCN  520 Bioclimatology3
ATM OCN 522 Tropical Meteorology3
GEOG/​GEOSCI  523 Quaternary Vegetation Dynamics3
GEOG/​GEOSCI  527 The Quaternary Period3
ENVIR ST/​ATM OCN/​GEOG  528 Past Climates and Climatic Change3
ENVIR ST/​ATM OCN  535 Atmospheric Dispersion and Air Pollution3

ENERGY

E C E 356 Electric Power Processing for Alternative Energy Systems3
ENVIR ST/​BSE  367 Renewable Energy Systems3
ENVIR ST/​N E  373 Nuclear Energy and the Environment3
ENVIR ST/​GEOSCI  411 Energy Resources3
BSE 460 Biorefining: Energy and Products from Renewable Resources3
M E 461 Thermal Systems Modeling3
M E 466 Air Pollution Effects, Measurements and Control3
ENVIR ST/​ATM OCN  535 Atmospheric Dispersion and Air Pollution3
ENVIR ST/​A A E/​CIV ENGR/​URB R PL  561 Energy Markets3
ENVIR ST/​A A E/​ECON/​URB R PL  671 Energy Economics3

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE

ENVIR ST/​AGROECOL/​AGRONOMY/​C&E SOC/​ENTOM  103 Agroecology: An Introduction to the Ecology of Food and Agriculture3
FOOD SCI 120 Science of Food3
NUTR SCI 132 Nutrition Today3
SOC/​C&E SOC  222 Food, Culture, and Society3
HIST SCI/​C&E SOC  230 Agriculture and Social Change in Western History3
AGRONOMY 300 Cropping Systems3
ENVIR ST/​GEOG  309 People, Land and Food: Comparative Study of Agriculture Systems3
C&E SOC/​A A E/​SOC  340 Issues in Food Systems3-4
A A E/​AGRONOMY/​INTER-AG/​NUTR SCI  350 World Hunger and Malnutrition3
CNSR SCI 360 Sustainable and Socially Just Consumption3
HORT 370 World Vegetable Crops3
AGRONOMY 377 Cropping Systems of the Tropics3
FOLKLORE 439 Foodways3
SOC/​C&E SOC  650 Sociology of Agriculture3

HEALTH

ENVIR ST/​MED HIST  213 Global Environmental Health: An Interdisciplinary Introduction3
A A E/​AGRONOMY/​INTER-AG/​NUTR SCI  350 World Hunger and Malnutrition3
POP HLTH 370 Introduction to Public Health: Local to Global Perspectives3
CIV ENGR 422 Elements of Public Health Engineering3
CIV ENGR 423 Air Pollution Effects, Measurement and Control3
M E 466 Air Pollution Effects, Measurements and Control3
ENVIR ST/​POP HLTH  471 Introduction to Environmental Health3
ENVIR ST/​POP HLTH  502 Air Pollution and Human Health3
ENVIR ST/​HIST SCI/​MED HIST  513 Environment and Health in Global Perspective3
GEN&WS/​INTL ST  535 Women's Global Health and Human Rights3
POP HLTH/​HIST SCI/​MED HIST  553 International Health and Global Society3
ENVIR ST/​POP HLTH  560 Health Impact Assessment of Global Environmental Change3
CIV ENGR/​M&ENVTOX/​SOIL SCI  631 Toxicants in the Environment: Sources, Distribution, Fate, & Effects3
AGRONOMY/​ENTOM/​F&W ECOL/​M&ENVTOX  632 Ecotoxicology: The Chemical Players1
AGRONOMY/​ENTOM/​F&W ECOL/​M&ENVTOX  633 Ecotoxicology: Impacts on Individuals1
AGRONOMY/​ENTOM/​F&W ECOL/​M&ENVTOX  634 Ecotoxicology: Impacts on Populations, Communities and Ecosystems1

HISTORY AND CULTURE

ENVIR ST/​ENGL  153 Literature and the Environment3
ENVIR ST/​RELIG ST  270 The Environment: Religion & Ethics3-4
ENVIR ST/​AMER IND  306 Indigenous Peoples and the Environment3
ENVIR ST 307 Literature of the Environment: Speaking for Nature3
ENVIR ST/​HISTORY  328 Environmental History of Europe3
F&W ECOL/​ZOOLOGY  335 Human/Animal Relationships: Biological and Philosophical Issues3
GEOG/​ENVIR ST  337 Nature, Power and Society3
ENVIR ST/​GEOG  339 Environmental Conservation4
ENVIR ST/​HIST SCI  353 History of Ecology3
ENVIR ST/​HIST SCI/​RELIG ST  356 Islam, Science & Technology, and the Environment3-4
ENVIR ST/​HISTORY  369 Thinking through History with Animals3-4
ENVIR ST/​HISTORY/​LEGAL ST  430 Law and Environment: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives3
ENVIR ST/​PHILOS  441 Environmental Ethics3-4
LSC/​AMER IND  444 Native American Environmental Issues and the Media3
ENVIR ST/​SPANISH  445 Culture and the Environment in the Luso-Hispanic World3
ENVIR ST/​F&W ECOL/​HISTORY  452 World Forest History3
ENVIR ST/​GEOG/​HISTORY  460 American Environmental History4
HISTORY/​CHICLA  461 The American West to18503-4
HISTORY 462 3-4
ENVIR ST/​HISTORY  465 Global Environmental History3-4
ENVIR ST/​GEOG/​HISTORY  469 The Making of the American Landscape4
ANTHRO 477 Anthropology, Environment, and Development3
HISTORY/​AMER IND  490 American Indian History3-4
ENGL/​ENVIR ST  533 Topic in Literature and the Environment3
ENVIR ST/​GEOG  537 Culture and Environment4
ENVIR ST/​GEOG  557 Development and Environment in Southeast Asia3
BOTANY/​F&W ECOL/​ZOOLOGY  672 Historical Ecology2

LAND USE

ENVIR ST/​GEOG/​SOIL SCI  230 Soil: Ecosystem and Resource3
GEOG/​URB R PL  305 Introduction to the City3-4
A A E/​ECON/​REAL EST/​URB R PL  306 The Real Estate Process3
ENVIR ST/​GEOG  309 People, Land and Food: Comparative Study of Agriculture Systems3
ENVIR ST/​SOIL SCI  324 Soils and Environmental Quality3
ENVIR ST/​GEOG  325 Analysis of the Physical Environment4
ENVIR ST/​GEOG  337 Nature, Power and Society3
BOTANY/​GEOG  338 Environmental Biogeography3
ENVIR ST/​GEOG  339 Environmental Conservation4
GEOG 344 The American West3
BSE/​DS/​LAND ARC  356 Sustainable Residential Construction3
CNSR SCI 360 Sustainable and Socially Just Consumption3
ENVIR ST/​GEOSCI  410 Minerals as a Public Problem3
F&W ECOL 410 Principles of Silviculture3
ECON/​REAL EST/​URB R PL  420 Urban and Regional Economics3
ENVIR ST/​C&E SOC/​GEOG  434 People, Wildlife and Landscapes3
LSC/​AMER IND  444 Native American Environmental Issues and the Media3
ENVIR ST/​ECON/​POLI SCI/​URB R PL  449 Government and Natural Resources3-4
F&W ECOL/​SOIL SCI  451 Environmental Biogeochemistry3
ENVIR ST/​F&W ECOL/​HISTORY  452 World Forest History3
ENVIR ST/​GEOG/​HISTORY  460 American Environmental History4
LAND ARC/​URB R PL  463 Evolution of American Planning3
GEOG/​URB R PL  505 Urban Spatial Patterns and Theories3
ENVIR ST/​F&W ECOL  515 Natural Resources Policy3
ENVIR ST/​GEOG  537 Culture and Environment4
GEOG 538 The Humid Tropics: Ecology, Subsistence, and Development4
ENVIR ST/​GEOG  557 Development and Environment in Southeast Asia3
ENVIR ST/​SOIL SCI  575 Assessment of Environmental Impact3
URB R PL 601 Site Planning3
ENVIR ST/​BOTANY/​F&W ECOL/​ZOOLOGY  651 Conservation Biology3
LAND ARC 668 Restoration Ecology3
LAND ARC 677 Cultural Resource Preservation and Landscape History3
ENVIR ST/​LAND ARC/​SOIL SCI  695 Applications of Geographic Information Systems in Natural Resources3

POLICY

A A E/​ENVIR ST  244 The Environment and the Global Economy3
POLI SCI 272 Introduction to Public Policy3-4
ENVIR ST/​GEOG  309 People, Land and Food: Comparative Study of Agriculture Systems3
ENVIR ST/​M H R  310 Challenges & Solutions in Business Sustainability3
ENVIR ST/​GEOG  339 Environmental Conservation4
ENVIR ST/​A A E/​ECON  343 Environmental Economics3-4
ENVIR ST/​AMER IND/​GEOG  345 Managing Nature in Native North America3
ENVIR ST 349 Climate Change Governance3
BSE/​DS/​LAND ARC  356 Sustainable Residential Construction3
ENVIR ST/​M&ENVTOX/​PL PATH  368 Environmental Law, Toxic Substances, and Conservation2
OTM 370 Sustainable Approaches to System Improvement3
CURRIC/​C&E SOC/​ENVIR ST  405 Education for Sustainable Communities3
F&W ECOL 410 Principles of Silviculture3
ENVIR ST/​HISTORY/​LEGAL ST  430 Law and Environment: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives3
ENVIR ST/​GEOG  439 US Environmental Policy and Regulation3-4
LSC/​AMER IND  444 Native American Environmental Issues and the Media3
ENVIR ST/​ECON/​POLI SCI/​URB R PL  449 Government and Natural Resources3-4
M E 466 Air Pollution Effects, Measurements and Control3
ENVIR ST/​F&W ECOL  515 Natural Resources Policy3
CIV ENGR 522 Hazardous Waste Management3
ENVIR ST/​PHILOS  523 Philosophical Problems of the Biological Sciences3
ECON/​A A E/​F&W ECOL  531 Natural Resource Economics3
ENVIR ST/​GEOG  534 Environmental Governance: Markets, States and Nature3
ENVIR ST 539 Air Resources Science and Policy3
ENVIR ST/​C&E SOC/​SOC  540 Sociology of International Development, Environment, and Sustainability3
SOC/​C&E SOC  541 Environmental Stewardship and Social Justice3
ENVIR ST/​GEOG  557 Development and Environment in Southeast Asia3
SOC/​C&E SOC  573 Community Organization and Change3
SOIL SCI/​CIV ENGR/​M&ENVTOX  631 Toxicants in the Environment: Sources, Distribution, Fate, & Effects3
R M I 650 Sustainability, Environmental and Social Risk Management3
SOC/​ECON  663 Population and Society3
ENVIR ST/​URB R PL  668 Green Politics: Global Experience, American Prospects3

WATER

ATM OCN/​GEOSCI  105 Survey of Oceanography3-4
ATM OCN/​SOIL SCI  132 Earth's Water: Natural Science and Human Use3
CIV ENGR 311 Hydroscience3
ENVIR ST/​ZOOLOGY  315 Limnology-Conservation of Aquatic Resources2
ZOOLOGY 316 Laboratory for Limnology-Conservation of Aquatic Resources2-3
CIV ENGR 320 Environmental Engineering3
CIV ENGR 322 Environmental Engineering Processes3
SOIL SCI 322 Physical Principles of Soil and Water Management3
ENVIR ST/​LAND ARC  361 Wetlands Ecology3
ENVIR ST/​ZOOLOGY  510 Ecology of Fishes3
ENVIR ST/​ZOOLOGY  511 Ecology of Fishes Lab2
G L E/​GEOSCI  627 Hydrogeology3-4
G L E/​GEOSCI  629 Contaminant Hydrogeology3

Certificate students may enroll in a capstone course after the majors have enrolled, and the capstone course will be allowed to count in the thematic requirement. Junior standing is required for enrollment.

PASS/FAIL COURSES

Courses in the environmental studies major cannot be taken on a pass/fail basis.

Courses listed under more than one category in the curriculum may be used to satisfy only one category.

Certificate COMPLETION REQUIREMENT

This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.

1. Explain the social and historical processes that impact our current environments. Interpret the meanings, values, and aesthetics that are created, shaped, and revealed as humans interact with and modify the environments they inhabit.

2. Explain ecological processes and fundamental principles of environmental sciences relating to humanity’s key environmental challenges of the past, present, and future.

3. Apply perspectives and techniques drawn from a coordinate major to develop interdisciplinary responses to environmental questions.

4. Recognize through critical thinking a diversity of viewpoints, ethical commitments, and disciplinary approaches to environmental concerns across various scales from the local to the global.

5. Demonstrate excellent reading, writing, communication, and research skills, both individually and in interdisciplinary teams.

Environmental studies students are represented in majors across campus and in most undergraduate schools and colleges. Environmental studies certificate students should utilize the career office for their home school as appropriate. All students, not just Letters & Science students, can also benefit from SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science.