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Major in Conservation and Environmental Science

In addition to coursework in the major, other skills and background are recommended for this field. Good communication skills are essential; students should take courses in public speaking and technical writing. Computer literacy and knowledge of statistics are also highly desirable. Introductory courses in economics, ethics, political science, and sociology are also recommended.

A list of recommended courses can be obtained from the CES Program Coordinator or from a Letters and Science advisor.

Course of Study

A minimum of 54 credits is required, and at least 25 credits must be in courses at the 300 level and above. All students in the major must take the required courses (Parts I, II, III, and IV totaling 33-40 credits). The remaining credits (14-21) must be chosen from among the approved elective courses for the major (see Parts V and VI). Students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all credits attempted for the major at UWM.

I. Required Introductory Core Courses (19 credits)
BioSci 150: Foundations of Biological Sciences I - 4 credits
BioSci 152: Foundations of Biological Sciences II - 4 credits
CES 210: Introduction to Conservation and Environmental Science - 3 credits
Chem 102: General Chemistry - 5 credits
GeoSci 100: Introduction to the Earth - 3 credits
or
Geog 120: Our Physical Environment - 3 credits
II. Mid-Level Distribution Courses (6-8 credits) - Select 2 of the following 3 courses:
Geog 215: Introduction to Geographic Information Science - 3 credits
GeoSci 102: Principles of Historical Geology - 3 credits
Chem 104: General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis - 5 credits
III. Upper Level Core Courses - 7 Credits
BioSci 310: General Ecology - 4 credits
CES 471: Principles of Natural Resources Management - 3 credits
IV. Research Requirement - 1-6 credits
Students must complete one of the following courses, all of which require students to conduct independent research.
BioSci 611: Seminar on Recent Advances in Limnology and Oceanography: (Subtitle) - 2 credits
BioSci 670: Senior Seminar in Biological Sciences - 1 credit
BioSci 699: Independent Study - 1-3 credits
Chem 691: Senior Research - 1-4 credits
Chem 692:Senior Thesis - 1-6 credits
Chem 697: Senior Seminar - 1 credit
CES 490: Senior Seminar: Conservation and Environmental Science - 1 credit
Geog 600: Perspectives on Geography - 3 credits
GeoSci 414: Structural Geology - 3 credits
Honors 686: Honors Research (Biological Sciences topic) - 2-3 credits
Honors 687: Senior Honors Project (Biological Sciences topic) - 1-6 credits
Honors 689: Senior Honors Thesis (Biological Sciences topic) - 3 credits
V. Descriptions of Recommended Courses for Concentrated Areas
Within the major, students may elect to concentrate their studies in one of four areas:
Land Resources
Water Resources
Environmental Analysis
Biological Resources
VI. List of Approved Elective Courses int he Major
Anthro 103: Digging up the Past: Approaches to Archaeology - 3 credits
Anthro 355: Globalization, Culture, and Environment - 3 credits
Anthro 441: Nature, Knowledge, and Technoscience in Anthropological Perspective - 3 credits
Anthro 448: Cultural and Human Ecology - 3 credits
Arch 350: Green Architecture - 3 credits
BioSci 289: Internship in Biological Sciences, Lower Division - 1-6 credits
BioSci 315: Cell Biology - 3 credits
BioSci 325: Genetics - 3 credits
BioSci 351(301): Invertebrate Function and Evolution - 3 credits
BioSci 358 305): Birds of Wisconsin - 2 credits
BioSci 359(349): Comparative Ecophysiology - 3 credits
BioSci 361(333): Diversity of Fungi, Algae, and Plants - 3 credits
BioSci 370: Animal Physiology - 3 credits
BioSci 383(303): General Microbiology - 4 credits
BioSci 406: Marine Biology - 3 credits
BioSci 407: Plant Systematics and Evolution - 3 credits
BioSci 430(530): Animal Behavior - Ethology - 3 credits
BioSci 435: Identification and Systematics of Flowering Plants - 3 credits
BioSci 458: Community Ecology - 3 credits
BioSci 465: Biometry - 3 credits
BioSci 475: Tropical Biology - 4 credits
BioSci 480: Ecological Genetics - 3 credits
BioSci 489: Internship in Biological Sciences, Upper Division - 3 credits
BioSci 500: Plant Physiology - 3 credits
BioSci 505: Conservation Biology - 3 credits
BioSci 511: Ichthyology - 3 credits
BioSci 512: Limnology I - 3 credits
BioSci 513: Limnology I Laboratory - 1 credit
BioSci 523: Evolution and Ecology of Birds - 3 credits
BioSci 525: Ecology and Evolution of Fishes - 3 credits
BioSci 526: Fish Ecology Laboratory - 1 credit
BioSci 532: Behavorial Ecology - 3 credits
BioSci 540: Microbial Diversity and Physiology - 4 credits
BioSci 562: Topics in Field Biology: (Subtitle) - 1-2 credits
BioSci 605: Concepts and Models of Aquatic Ecology - 3 credits
BioSci 607: Environmental Microbiology - 3 credits
BioSci 611: Seminar on Recent Advances in Limnology and Oceanography: (Subtitle) - 2 credits
CES 289: Internship in Environmental Studies, Lower Division - 1-6 credits
CES 489: Internship in Environmental Studies, Upper Division - 1-6 credits
CES 497: Study Abroad: (Subtitle) - 1-12 credits
CES 499: Ad Hoc: Pratical Approaches to a Sustainable Future - 3 credits
CES 550: Introduction to Science Interpretation - 3 credits
CES 551: Application of Science Interpretation - 3 credits
Chem 221: Elementary Quantitative Analysis - 4 credits
Chem 341: Introductory Survey of Organic Chemistry - 3 credits
Chem 342: Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory - 2 credits
Chem 343: Organic Chemistry - 3 credits
Chem 344: Organic Chemistry Laboratory - 2 credits
Chem 345: Organic Chemistry - 3 credits
Chem 501: Introduction to Biochemistry - 3 credits
Chem 524: Intermediate Analytical Chemistry - 3 credits
Chem 560: Biophysical Chemistry - 3 credits
CivEng 492: Environmental Impact Assessment - 3 credits
Econ 328: Environmental Economics - 3 credits
Econ 525: The Economics of Water - 3 credits
FrshWtr 502: Aquatic Ecosystem Dynamics - 3 credits
FrshWtr 504: Topics in Freshwater Sciences - 1-3 credits
FrshWtr 621 (Bio Sci 521): Benthic Ecology - 3 credits
FrshWtr 690: Undergraduate Seminar in Freshwater Sciences - 1-3 credits
Geog 215: Introduction to Geographic Information Science - 3 credits
Geog 247(447): Quantitative Analysis in Geography - 3 credits
Geog 306: Natural Hazards - 3 credits
Geog 310: General Climatology - 3 credits
Geog 340: Biogeography - 3 credits
Geog 350: Conservation of Natural Resources - 3 credits
Geog 403: Remote Sensing: Environmental and Land Use Analysis - 4 credits
Geog 405: Cartography - 34credits
Geog 415: Hydrogeography - 3 credits
Geog 424: Karst Geomorphology - 3 credits
Geog 450: Climates of the Past and Climate Change - 3 credits
Geog 455: Applied Climatology - 3 credits
Geog 464: Environmental Problems - 3 credits
Geog 475: Geography of Soils - 3 credits
Geog 520: Physical Geography of the City - 3 credits
Geog 525: Geographic Information Science - 4 credits
Geog 547: Spatial Analysis - 3 credits
Geog 564: Urban Environmental Change and Social Justice - 3 credits
Geog 625: Intermediate Geographic Information Systems - 4 credits
GeoSci 301: Principles of Mineralogy - 3 credits
GeoSci 400: Water Quality - 3 credits
GeoSci 409: Process Geomorphology - 3 credits
GeoSci 443: Glacial and Pleistocene Geology - 3 credits
GeoSci 463: Physical Hydrogeology - 3 credits
GeoSci 464: Chemical Hydrogeology - 3 credits
GeoSci 562: Environmental Surface Hydrology - 3 credits
GeoSci 563: Field Methods in Hydrogeology - 3 credits
JAMS 503(JMC 503): Environment and the Media - 3 credits
MthStat 215: Elementary Statistical Analysis - 3 credits
PH 375: Topics in Public Health for Undergrads: Environmental Sustainability - 3 credits
Sociol 450: Environmental Sociology - 3 credits
UrbPlan 591: Introduction to Urban Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Planning - 3 credits

Declaration of Major

In order to be accepted into the CES program, students should be in their sophomore year and have completed:

  • CES 210: Introduction to Conservation and Environmental Science,
  • BioSci 150: Foundations of Biological Sciences I,
    and either
  • GeoSci 100: Introduction to the Earth
    or
  • Geog 120: Our Physical Environment

In addition to course work in the major, good communication skills are essential; students should take courses in public speaking and technical writing. Computer literacy and knowledge of statistics also are highly desirable. Additionally, introductory courses in economics, ethics, political science, and sociology are recommended. The coordinator or a Letters and Science advisor can provide a current list of recommended courses.

Field Work

It is recommended that students obtain at least one semester of practical work or internship experience, either as an employee or as a volunteer, with state or federal resource management agencies, consulting firms, conservation or environmental organizations, or with nature centers or local parks. Internships for credit must be arranged the semester prior to participation.