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Natural Sciences


2012-2014 Catalog

Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences Department

University of Wisconsin-Superior

Barstow Hall 202
Belknap and Catlin
P.O. Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880

ph. 715-394-8322

Mission Top of Page

Welcome to the Department of Natural Sciences! We are a multidisciplinary group with programs in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology and Geography. Our curriculum focuses on using scientific inquiry as a way of knowing and applying scientific knowledge to societal issues of local, regional, and global importance.

Faculty and Staff Top of Page

For the current Faculty listing, please visit the Department website.

Course Descriptions Top of Page

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AIRS - Aerospace StudiesTop of Page
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
AIRS 101Foundations of the U.S. Air Force1.00
Part one of two-part survey of the U.S. Air Force. Role of the military in U.S. society; military history; officership; professionalism; core values; career opportunities; customs/courtesies; communicative skills. AIRS 111 Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets, must be taken at the same time, and complements this course by providing followership experiences.
Prerequisites:
Corequisite for taking this course is AIRS 111.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
AIRS 102Foundations of US Air Force1.00
Part one of two-part survey of the U.S. Air Force. Role of the military in U.S. society; military history; officership; professionalism; core values; career opportunities; customs/courtesies; communicative skills. AIRS 112 Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets, must be taken at the same time, and complements this course by providing followership experiences.
Prerequisites:
AIRS 112 is corequisite for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
AIRS 111AFROTC GMC Leadership Laboratory0.00 - 1.00
Practical environment giving leadership training while being instructed on military customs and courtesies, physical fitness, military drill and the general Air Force environment. Two physical fitness attendances each week; a physical fitness diagnostics test and a physical fitness test are all required. Pass-Fail only.
Prerequisites:
AIRS 101 is co-requisite for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
AIRS 112AFROTC GMC Leadership Laboratory0.00 - 1.00
Practical environment giving leadership training while being instructed on military customs and courtesies, physical fitness, military drill and the general Air Force environment. Two physical fitness attendances each week; a physical fitness diagnostics test and a physical fitness test are all required. Pass-Fail only.
Prerequisites:
AIRS 102 and AIRS 111 are corequisites for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
AIRS 189Aerospace Studies Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
Typically Offered:
AIRS 201Evolution of the US Air Force Air and Space Power1.00
Air Force heritage; development/deployment of air power, a primary element of U.S. national security; leadership; ethics and values. Leadership development based on student participation in group problem solving. Oral/written communication development. AIRS 211 Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets, must be taken at the same time, and complements this course by providing followership experiences.
Prerequisites:
AIRS 211 is corequisite for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
AIRS 202Evolution of the US Air Force Air and Space Power1.00
Air Force heritage; development/deployment of air power, a primary element of U.S. national security; leadership; ethics and values. Leadership development based on student participation in group problem solving. Oral and written communication development. AIRS 212 Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets, must be taken at the same time, and complements this course by providing followership experiences.
Prerequisites:
AIRS 212 is corequisite for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
AIRS 211AFROTC GMC Leadership Laboratory0.00 - 1.00
Practical environment giving leadership training while being instructed on military customs and courtesies, physical fitness, military drill and the general Air Force environment. Two physical fitness attendances each week; a physical fitness diagnostics test and a physical fitness test are all required. Pass-Fail only.
Prerequisites:
AIRS 201 is corequisite for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
AIRS 212AFROTC GMC Leadership Laboratory0.00 - 1.00
Practical environment giving leadership training while being instructed on military customs and courtesies, physical fitness, military drill and the general Air Force environment. Two physical fitness attendances each week; a physical fitness diagnostics test and a physical fitness test are all required. Pass-Fail only.
Prerequisites:
AIRS 202 and AIRS 211 are corequisite for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
AIRS 250Aerospace Power,Forces,Field Training6.00
Five-week course required for all students enrolled in the two-year AFROTC program and conducted during the summer at Maxwell Air Force base, Alabama. The academic phase of this training includes 60 hours of instruction in Aerospace Forces Today and the Development of Aerospace Power. Additional areas of instruction include the Air Force environment, junior officer training, career orientation, aircraft and aircrew orientation, base functions, survival and physical training.
Typically Offered:
Summer Only
AIRS 251Four-Week Field Training2.00
Required for all POC students enrolled in the four-year AFROTC program and conducted during the summer at Maxwell Air Force base, Alabama. Major areas of study are junior officer training, aircraft and aircrew orientation, base function, survival, Air Force environment, and physical training.
Typically Offered:
Summer Only
AIRS 289Aerospace Studies Elective0.60
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
Typically Offered:
AIRS 301Air Force Leadership Studies3.00
Comprehensive study of leadership/quality management fundamentals; professional knowledge; organizational doctrine and ethics; and communications skills required of today's Air Force officer. Leadership and management case studies. Providing advanced leadership experiences and the opportunity to apply the leadership and management principles of this course.
Prerequisites:
AIRS 311 is corequisite for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
AIRS 302Air Force Leadership Studies3.00
Comprehensive study of leadership/quality management fundamentals; professional knowledge; organizational doctrine; ethics; and communications skills required of today's Air Force officer. Case studies examine leadership/management situations as a means of exercising practical application of concepts being studied.
Prerequisites:
AIRS 312 and consent of instructor are prerequisite for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
AIRS 311AFROTC POC Leadership Laboratory1.00 - 2.00
Practical environment giving leadership training through teaching freshmen and sophomores military customs and courtesies, physical fitness, military drill and the general Air Force environment. Two physical fitness attendances each week; a physical fitness diagnostics test and a physical fitness test are all required. Pass-Fail only.
Prerequisites:
AIRS 301 is corequisite for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
AIRS 312AFROTC POC Leadership Laboratory1.00 - 2.00
Practical environment giving leadership training through teaching freshmen and sophomores military customs and courtesies, physical fitness, military drill and the general Air Force environment. Two physical fitness attendances each week; a physical fitness diagnostics test and a physical fitness test are all required.
Prerequisites:
AIRS 302 and AIRS 311 are corequisites for this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
AIRS 389Aerospace Studies Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent ot a UW-Superior course.
Typically Offered:
AIRS 401National Security Affairs3.00
Advanced leadership development; national security processes, regional studies, doctrine, the military as a profession, civilian control of the military. Must take AIRS 411 Leadership Laboratory at the same time, providing advanced leadership experiences and the opportunity to apply the leadership and management principles of this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
AIRS 402Preparation for Active Duty3.00
Advanced leadership development; advanced leadership ethics, doctrine, the military as a profession, officership, military justice. Must take AIRS 412 Leadership Laboratory at the same time, providing advanced leadership experiences and the opportunity to apply the leadership and management principles of this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
AIRS 411AFROTC POC Leadership Laboratory1.00 - 2.00
Practical environment giving leadership training through teaching freshmen and sophomores military customs and courtesies, physical fitness, military drill and the general Air Force environment. Two physical fitness attendances each week; a physical fitness diagnostics test and a physical fitness test are all required. Taken concurrently with AIRS 401.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
AIRS 412AFROTC POC Leadership Laboratory1.00
Practical environment giving leadership training through teaching freshmen and sophomores military customs and courtesies, physical fitness, military drill and the general Air Force environment. Two physical fitness attendances each week; a physical fitness diagnostics test and a physical fitness test are all required. Taken concurrently with AIRS 402.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
AIRS 420Leadership Practicum1.00 - 4.00
Leadership techniques and their practical application in structured problems and realistic situations. Consent of instructor.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
AIRS 421Leadership Practicum1.00 - 4.00
Practical application of leadership and management in structured realistic situations.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
AIRS 489Aerospace Studies Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
Typically Offered:
 
BIOL - BiologyTop of Page
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
BIOL 100Environmental Science2.00
Basic course in human ecology for students with limited training in science. Emphasizes environmental problems related to human activity in the modern world. Meets the General Education environmental science requirement and meets the Wisconsin Teaching Certification Requirement for Environmental Science. Does not count toward the Biology major. No prerequisite. (Lecture two hours.)
General Education Attributes:
NS Natural Science-Environmental
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
BIOL 111Plants and People4.00
(P) Provides an avenue to investigate botanical marvels that have influenced our past and will change our future. Designed to develop and sustain student interests in plants, regardless of prior background or knowledge. Scientific topics such as morphology, physiology, and ecology are integrated with everyday aspects of plants, including commercial uses, agriculture, nutrition, human health, and horticulture. Laboratory includes hands-on experiments in applied botany that utilize the University greenhouse. Students come away with plants to keep and activities to be used in public school classrooms. No prerequisite. Does not count towards the Biology major, but counts towards the plant requirement for Secondary Education certification. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
General Education Attributes:
NS5 Natural Science with Lab
Typically Offered:
Every Fall and Odd Spring Term
BIOL 115Human Biology4.00
General education course investigating the structure and function of the human body as related to areas of health and disease. Designed to meet the General Education requirement for laboratory science. Does not count toward the Biology major. Not open to those having taken BIOL 270, or 280. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours).
General Education Attributes:
NS5 Natural Science with Lab
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
BIOL 123Concepts In Biology4.00
Introduction to important biological concepts including chemistry, cell biology, genetics, evolution, plant and animal form and function, and ecology. Laboratory exercises are integrated with lectures and designed to be experimental and inquiry driven. Fulfills the General Education requirement for laboratory science. Recommended for Elementary Education majors. Does not count toward the Biology major. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
General Education Attributes:
NS5 Natural Science with Lab
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
BIOL 130Principles of Biology I4.00
Introduction to important principles of chemistry, cellular, molecular, and evolutionary biology, and the diversity of life. Laboratory experiments are inquiry driven. Intended as the first of a two-course sequence for biology majors, and students with a strong interest in the life sciences. Fulfills the General Education laboratory science requirement. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
General Education Attributes:
NS5 Natural Science with Lab
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
BIOL 132Principles of Biology II4.00
The second course in a two-course sequence intended for Biology majors or minors, and other students with a strong interest in the life sciences. Introduces students to the development, structure and function of both plants and animals and the basic principles of ecology. Laboratory exercises are integrated with lectures and designed to be experimental and inquiry driven. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours).
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of BIOL 130 or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
BIOL 181Special Topics1.00 - 4.00
In-depth study of specialized current topics in biology selected by the faculty on the basis of student/community interest. May include workshops, seminars, field trips, special problems, independent study, etc. Course may be repeated when topics are different. Instructor permission to enroll in this course.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
BIOL 189Biology Elective1.00 - 99.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
Typically Offered:
BIOL 270Human Anatomy and Physiology I4.00
First semester of a two-semester sequence investigating the structure and function of human body systems and mechanisms for maintaining homeostasis within and across each system. Examination of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, and sensory systems. . (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of BIOL 130 or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
BIOL 280Human Anatomy & Physiology II4.00
Continuation of a two-semester sequence investigating the structure and function of human body systems and mechanisms for maintaining homeostasis within and across each system. Examination of the digestive, circulatory, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed BIOL 270.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
BIOL 281Special Topics1.00 - 4.00
In-depth study of specialized current topics in biology selected by the faculty on the basis of student/community interest. May include workshops, seminars, field trips, special problems, independent study, etc. Course may be repeated when topics are different. Instructor permission to enroll in this course.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
BIOL 289Biology Elective1.00 - 50.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
Typically Offered:
BIOL 300Marine Biology3.00
Introduction to the biology and ecology of marine plants and animals, coral reefs, the deep sea, rocky shores, marine mammals, fisheries, aquaculture, pollution, and the conservation of marine resources.(Lecture three hours).
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Odd Years Only
BIOL 303Forest Ecology and Management3.00
Overview of major factors affecting forests, including disturbance, succession, wildlife, harvest systems, and ecosystem management. Emphasis on forests of the western Great Lakes region. Field trips develop identification and measurement skills and test ecological hypotheses. One weekend field trip. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
BIOL 305Evolution3.00
A view of the scope, significance and mechanisms of evolutionary concepts in modern biology. (Lecture three hours.)
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
BIOL 312Biogeography and Conservation3.00
Study of the geographical distribution of plants and animals across space and time. Topics include environmental causes of species range structure, species diversity, island biogeography, evolutionary diversification, and conservation biogeography. (Lecture three hours.)
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Odd Years Only
BIOL 315Plant Physiology4.00
(P) Study of functions and physiological properties of plants, from the molecular scale up through ecosystem scale of biological organization. Main topics include water and nutrient transport, cell structure and function, nutrient relationships, photosynthesis, growth and development, and metabolism. Lab exercises emphasize experimental approaches using modern technology. (Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours.)
Prerequisites:
BIOL 132 AND CHEM 106 are prerequisites for this class
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Even Years Only
BIOL 316Medical Terminology2.00
Study of basic medical terminology. Prefixes, suffixes, word roots, combining forms, special endings, plural forms, abbreviations, and symbols are emphasized. A programmed learning, word-building systems approach is used to learn, construct, and analyze new terms as they relate to the function and location of body systems. No prerequisite.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
BIOL 318Immunology3.00
Study of the body's defense mechanisms against disease. Includes discussion of the roles of lymphocytes and their products, the accessory cells, and structures related to the immune response. Highly recommended: BIOL 355 and/or BIOL 330. (Lecture three hours.)
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Odd Years Only
BIOL 325Plant Taxonomy4.00
(P) Provides the skills and background to identify flowering plants of northern Wisconsin and Minnesota. Lecture topics focus on floral structure, classification, and distribution of plant families of regional importance, while labs focus on identification of living plant materials using dichotomous keys. Each student will prepare a plant collection. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Odd Years Only
BIOL 330Genetics4.00
Principles and techniques of classical and modern molecular genetics.(Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
BIOL 132 and CHEM 105 are prerequisites for this course
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
BIOL 335Aquatic Entomology3.00
(A) Introduction to the identification and ecological relationships of freshwater insects and related invertebrates of the north central United States. (Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Even Years Only
BIOL 340Ecology4.00
Introduction to basic principles of ecology emphasizing interactions between organisms and their environment. Local ecosystems examined. CHEM 105 is recommended. (Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours.)
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
BIOL 350Limnology4.00
Study of freshwater biology including the physical and chemical attributes of the environment as well as plants and animals found in lakes and streams. CHEM 105 is recommended. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Odd Years Only
BIOL 355General Microbiology4.00
Structure, function, and genetics of microorganisms including bacteria, viruses and fungi. Medically important microbes, the host response to infection, and the roles of microbes in nature and industry are studied. The laboratory involves culture and identification techniques as well as modern applications of molecular biology. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
CHEM 106 is a pre-requisite for this class
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
BIOL 360Parasitology4.00
A structure, habits, life cycles, classifications and identification of parasites and the diseases they cause. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours)
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Odd Years Only
BIOL 365Entomology4.00
A study of the anatomy, physiology, classification and identification of hexapods (insects). Includes a survey of hexapod orders, their economic and medical importance, and ecological topics. Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Odd Years Only
BIOL 367Ornithology4.00
An introduction to the study of birds. General principles of classification, structure, distribution, migration, life histories, and habits are covered in lecture and text. Laboratory periods devoted largely to identification of birds in the field. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Even Years Only
BIOL 380Vertebrate Biology4.00
Life histories, habits, habitats, distribution, classification, and recognition of common vertebrates of the north central United States. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Even Years Only
BIOL 382Ichthyology4.00
An introduction to the classification, structure, physiology, distribution, and life histories of fishes. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Odd Years Only
BIOL 389Biology Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer Credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalen to a UW-Superior course.
Typically Offered:
BIOL 400Animal Physiology4.00
A study of normal and abnormal functions and vital processes of organ systems and how these processes are important to animals as they adapt to their environments.(Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
BIOL 405Neurobiology3.00
Introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system, including neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and systems neurobiology. Topics include the properties of neurons, glia, and the mechanisms and organization underlying neural signaling; sensation and sensory processing; movement and its central control; and diseases and disorders of the nervous system. Discussions of neurobiological methods and reading of current neurobiological literature will be included.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is successful completion of PSYC 350, Biological Psychology, or BIOL 132, Principles of Biology II.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Even Years Only
BIOL 420Field Biology1.00
Study of plants and animals in nature through field trips and observation. Topics change each semester. (Laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Even Years Only
BIOL 431Animal Behavior (Ethology)3.00
An introduction to animal behavior with special attention to behavioral mechanisms and the function of behavior. (Optional concurrent enrollment in BIOL 432.)
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Odd Years Only
BIOL 432Animal Behavior Laboratory1.00
Project-oriented course designed to explore the experimental aspects of animal behavior.
Prerequisites:
BIOL 431 is a corequisite for this class
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Odd Years Only
BIOL 440Cell Biology4.00
Study of the morphology, physiology and genetics of cells. Covers research techniques and modern application of molecular biology. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
BIOL 330 & CHEM 106 ARE PRE-REQUISITES
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
BIOL 465Laboratory Techniques in Biochemistry and Cell/Molecular Biology2.00
Principles and practices of techniques used in biochemistry and in cell and molecular biology. Includes protein isolation and analysis, enzyme kinetics, carbohydrate analysis, immunological techniques for analysis, and techniques of gene cloning and manipulation. Recommended: CHEM 462, BIOL 355 AND BIOL 440 or concurrent enrollment. (Lecture one hour, laboratory three hours) Cross-listed as: BIOL/CHEM 465.
Prerequisites:
BIOL 330 and CHEM 360 are pre-requisites for this class
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Even Years Only
BIOL 481Special Topics1.00 - 4.00
In-depth study of specialized current topics in biology selected by the faculty on the basis of student/community interest. May include workshops, seminars, field trips, special problems, independent study, etc. Course may be repeated when topics are different. Instructor permission to enroll in this course.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is Junior standing or Instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
BIOL 484Fish Population Ecology and Management4.00
Focuses on two important ecological questions regarding fish populations: 1) What factors cause changes in the size of fish populations? 2) What factors influence the total number of species found in a particular environment? These questions are addressed by investigating how individual fish allocate time and resources in response to environmental conditions, and how different allocation schemes influence individual fitness. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
BIOL 132, MATH 102 or equivalent are prerequisites
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Even Years Only
BIOL 489Biology Elective0.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
Typically Offered:
BIOL 491Research in Biology1.00 - 4.00
A course developed in cooperation with faculty or area research laboratories designed to provide students with practical experience in experimental biology. Candidates for this course must outline a research problem. Registration for credit can only be made after all supervisory and support requirements have been assured and the formal research plan is approved. (May be repeated for a total of four credits.) Instructor consent required.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
BIOL 492Biology Seminar1.00
Study of a topic through literature research. Student studies a topic and effectively summarizes the available information in written and oral form. Presentation techniques are emphasized. Must be a Senior Biology major.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
BIOL 496Internship1.00 - 4.00
On-the-job experience with local agencies such as the Wisconsin DNR. Provides students with realistic opportunities to apply their skills to practical problems. Instructor consent required. Registration for credit can only be made after all supervisory and support requirements have been assured.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
 
CHEM - ChemistryTop of Page
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
CHEM 100Our Chemical Environment2.00
Introduces the concepts of chemistry into the interpretation of chemical effects on the environment. Prerequisite: None. Meets the General Education requirement for Natural Science (environmental component). Credits cannot be counted toward a Chemistry major or minor.
General Education Attributes:
NS Natural Science-Environmental
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
CHEM 101Elements & The Environment3.00
Introduction to basic concepts of chemistry and their importance in gaining a better understanding and appreciation of our environment. Many topics of current environmental concern will be discussed. Meets the General Education requirement for Natural Science (environmental component). Credits cannot be counted toward a chemistry major or minor. Students cannot earn credit for both CHEM 100 and 101.
General Education Attributes:
NS Natural Science-Environmental
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
CHEM 102Chemistry of Everyday Phenomena4.00
Explores the chemistry of foods, drugs, household chemicals, personal hygiene products, agricultural chemicals, materials and other types of chemistry relevant to the student. Current chemistry topics in the popular press will be critically examined. Topics not usually addressed in other science general education courses will be presented. A small part of the course will be devoted to elementary statistics (evaluation, not calculation) to enable students to understand science and medicine as it is commonly reported. An important but minor part of the course involves discussion of the role of research in technology development and standard of living, and the impact of the chemical industry on the national and world economies. Meets the General Education requirement for Natural Science (laboratory component). Credits cannot be counted toward a Chemistry major or minor. Prerequisite: None. (Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory.)
General Education Attributes:
NS5 Natural Science with Lab
Typically Offered:
CHEM 105General Chemistry I5.00
Introduction to physical and chemical properties of the elements, chemical reactions, gas laws, chemical nomenclature, structure of atoms, chemical bonding, and solutions. (Four lectures and one three-hour laboratory.)
General Education Attributes:
NS5 Natural Science with Lab
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
CHEM 106General Chemistry II4.00
Continuation of CHEM 105 studying chemical equilibria, kinetics, electrochemistry, chemical compounds and reactions, qualitative analysis of ions, organic chemistry and nuclear chemistry. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory.
Prerequisites:
Chemistry105 is a pre-requisite for Chem 106
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
CHEM 181Introductory Topics1.00 - 2.00
Introductory studies of special interest selected by a student and/or faculty member. The course may be independent-study, and it may be either lecture, laboratory, or both. The study most commonly will be introductory laboratory research work by a student considering a chemistry major, but also may be used for other special studies by a highly prepared student in chemistry. Pre- or corequisite: varies with topic and permission of instructor. Individual sections of the course may be offered for a grade or may be offered pass-fail only. May be repeated for a maximum of two credits. Offered upon sufficient demand.
Typically Offered:
CHEM 189Chemistry Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
Typically Offered:
CHEM 205Quant Analysis Lecture3.00
Introductory lecture course in quantitative chemical analysis with major emphasis on classical, wet chemical methods and chemical equilibria. Topics include: concentration calculations, chemical reaction stoichiometry, equivalent weights and normality, titrimetric and gravimetric determinations, acid-base theory, solubilities and precipitation separations, basic electrochemistry, potentiometry, introduction to uv-visible absorbance spectrophotometry. (Three lectures.)
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of CHEM 106, and corequisite is CHEM 206.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
CHEM 206Quantitative Analysis Laboratory2.00
Introductory laboratory course emphasizing wet chemical methods of quantitative analysis. Representative experiments include titrimetry and basic instrumental determinations. Applications of statistics to data analysis are discussed and applied. (One four-hour lecture/laboratory.)
Prerequisites:
CHEM 205 is corequisite for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
CHEM 281Selected Topics1.00
Individual studies of a special interest selected by a student and/or faculty member. The study may involve seminars, special laboratory study. Prerequisites: varies with topic and consent of instructor. (May be repeated for up to two credits.) Offered on sufficient demand.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
CHEM 289Chemistry Elective1.00 - 9.00
Chemistry Elective
Typically Offered:
CHEM 300Chemistry Of Natural Waters3.00
Emphasizes experimental methods used in investigations of the chemistry of natural water systems and the interpretation of chemical parameters indicative of water quality. Does not count toward chemistry major. (Two lectures and one three-hour laboratory.)
Prerequisites:
CHEM 106 is a pre-requisite for this class
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Even Years Only
CHEM 312Organic Chemistry--A Short Course3.00
One-semester survey in organic chemistry covering material which describes the structure, properties, preparation and reactions of the major classes of organic compounds. Additional topics will be selected from chemical bonding, kinetics, mechanisms and spectroscopy. Does not count toward a chemistry liberal education major. Counts toward a chemistry secondary education major. (Three lectures.)
Prerequisites:
CHEM 312 prerequisites and corequisites
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Odd Years Only
CHEM 313Intro Organic Chem Lab2.00
One-semester laboratory designed to accompany CHEM 312. Work consists of laboratory preparation and study of the chemical and physical properties of compounds of the types covered in CHEM 312. Co-requisite: CHEM 312. Does not count toward chemistry liberal arts major. Counts toward a chemistry secondary education major. (One-hour lecture-demonstration and one three-hour laboratory.)
Prerequisites:
CHEM 312 and CHEM 313 are corequisites
Typically Offered:
CHEM 320Organic Chemistry Lecture I3.00
First of a two-semester sequence of courses which make up a standard one-year course in beginning organic chemistry. Study of the structures, properties, preparation and reactions of the major classes of organic compounds. Also includes basic principles of chemical bonding, kinetics, mechanisms and molecular spectroscopy. (Three lectures.)
Prerequisites:
CHEM 320, CHEM 322 AND CHEM327 are co-requisites. CHEM 106 is a pre-requisite
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
CHEM 321Organic Chem Lecture II3.00
Second of a two-semester sequence of courses which make up a standard one-year course in beginning organic chemistry. Work is made up of the study of the structures, properties, preparation and reactions of the major classes of organic compounds. Also includes basic principles of chemical bonding, kinetics, mechanisms and molecular spectroscopy. (Three lectures.)
Prerequisites:
CHEM 321 and CHEM 323 are co-requisites
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
CHEM 322Organic Chemistry Lab I2.00
First of a two-semester sequence of laboratory courses which accompany CHEM 320 and 321. Consists of laboratory preparation and study of the chemical and physical properties of compounds of the types covered in CHEM 320-321. Some applications of molecular spectroscopy. (One-hour lecture-demonstration and one three-hour laboratory.)
Prerequisites:
CHEM 320, CHEM 322 AND CHEM327 are co-requisites. CHEM 106 is a pre-requisite
Typically Offered:
CHEM 323Organic Chemistry Lab II2.00
Second of a two-semester sequence of laboratory courses which accompany CHEM 320 and 321. Consists of laboratory preparation and study of the chemical and physical properties of compounds of the types covered in CHEM 320-321. Some applications of molecular spectroscopy. (One-hour lecture-demonstration and one three-hour laboratory.)
Prerequisites:
CHEM 321 and CHEM 323 are co-requisites
Typically Offered:
CHEM 327Molecular Spectroscopy I1.00
Elementary introduction to the spectroscopic techniques most frequently used by chemists. Brief summaries of the mechanics of the techniques will be given, but major focus is interpretation of spectra generated by the following techniques: mass spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, proton and carbon nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and ultraviolet spectroscopy. Students will be expected to identify and sketch structures of simple organic compounds based on spectral interpretation. (One lecture.)
Prerequisites:
CHEM 320 is a corequisite for this class
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
CHEM 345Physical Chemistry Lect I4.00
Exposes students to the main principles of modern thermodynamics and chemical kinetics and their applications. Key points of both areas will be illustrated with the examples of thermodynamics of polymer blends and the effect of formation of meta-stable states in polymer thin films. (Four lectures.)
Prerequisites:
CHEM 345 requisites
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
CHEM 346Physical Chemistry Lecture II3.00
Continuation of CHEM 345 emphasizing quantum theory, lasers, spectroscopy, molecular transport, and molecular reaction dynamics. Key points of many of these areas will be illustrated with the phenomenon of surface light-induced drift. (Three lectures.)
Prerequisites:
CHEM 346 prerequisites and corequisites
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Odd Years Only
CHEM 347Physical Chemistry Lab I1.00
Laboratory work studies laser photochemistry and other applications of lasers in chemistry, as well as thermodynamical properties of gases and liquids, and calorimetry. (One four-hour laboratory meeting during the last eight weeks of the semester.)
Prerequisites:
CHEM 347 and 345 are the corequisites
Typically Offered:
CHEM 348Physical Chemistry Lab II2.00
Continuation of CHEM 347 consisting of laboratory studies of the applications of lasers in chemistry, including kinetic measurements, thermodynamical properties of liquids and macromolecules, electrochemistry, and spectroscopy. . (One four-hour laboratory.)
Prerequisites:
CHEM 348 prerequisites and corequisites
Typically Offered:
CHEM 360Introduction to Biochemistry3.00
One-semester survey of principles of biological chemistry. Study of the principal compounds of biochemical importance: proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, their chemistry, metabolic breakdown and biosysthesis, enzymes, co-factors, nucleic acids, regulation of cellular systems. Three lectures.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of CHEM 321 and CHEM 323 or CHEM 312.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
CHEM 365Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry3.00
Survey of the basic chemistry of most elements of the periodic table, including natural abundances, typical compounds in the natural state, purification techniques, and modern uses. Periodic trends will be explored and used as an organizing tool in understanding this chemistry. Includes topics such as crystal packing and ionic structures of solids, acid-base theory, and redox reactions.
Prerequisites:
CHEM 365 prerequisites
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
CHEM 366Inorganic Chemistry3.00
Theoretical approach to the study of inorganic chemistry with emphasis on theories of bonding. Particular attention is given to group theory and molecular orbital theory. Also addresses advanced topics such as organometallic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry and materials science.
Prerequisites:
CHEM 366 prerequisites
Typically Offered:
CHEM 367Inorganic Chemistry Lab1.00
A variety of experiments including the study of a number of chemical reactions as well as synthetic methods for the preparation of inorganic compounds and physical measurements of the compounds.
Prerequisites:
CHEM 367 prerequisites
Typically Offered:
CHEM 375Instrumental Analysis Lecture3.00
Survey of chemical instrumentation and instrumental methods of analysis. Instrumental methods discussed include: atomic and molecular spectroscopy and spectrometry, chromatography, potentiometry, and voltammetry. Discussion also includes: detection limits and detectability, sensitivity, and methods of data analysis. (Three lectures.)
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is CHEM 205, CHEM 345, and Pre or Corequisite is CHEM 346, and Corequisite is CHEM 376.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Odd Years Only
CHEM 376Instrumental Analysis Lab2.00
Representative experiments in many of the analytical methods discussed in CHEM 375. Some experiments involve digital data acquisition. Computerized methods of data analysis are employed. Corequisite: CHEM 375. (One four-hour laboratory.)
Typically Offered:
CHEM 381Intermediate Topics1.00 - 3.00
May be offered for individualized or multiple-student instruction on a particular topic. May be independent study, lecture or laboratory. Topic(s) selected based upon student interest with approval of instructor. Prerequisites: varies with topic. Offered on sufficient demand.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
CHEM 389Chemistry Elective1.00 - 12.00
Typically Offered:
CHEM 420Advanced Organic Chemistry3.00
Study of various advanced topics in organic chemistry, including bonding, stereochemistry, reactive intermediates in organic reactions and reaction mechanisms. Prerequisites: CHEM 321 and 346. (Three lectures.) Offered on sufficient demand.
Typically Offered:
CHEM 462Advanced Biochemistry3.00
Second semester of a year sequence involving a study of the chemistry of living systems. Takes a more in-depth look at principles covered in the first semester: structure and properties of amino acids and proteins, enzymes, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism and nucleic acids, and covers additional topics including enzyme mechanisms, vitamins and co-factors, protein metabolism and bioenergetics. Prerequisites: CHEM 321, CHEM 360, CHEM 345. Corequisite: CHEM 465.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Even Years Only
CHEM 465Laboratory Techniques in Biochemistry and Cell/Molecular Biology2.00
Principles and practices of techniques used in biochemistry and in cell and molecular biology. Includes protein isolation and analysis, enzyme kinetics, carbohydrate analysis, immunological techniques for analysis, and techniques of gene cloning and manipulation. Recommended: CHEM 462, BIOL 355 AND BIOL 440 or concurrent enrollment. (Lecture one hour, laboratory three hours) Cross-listed as: BIOL/CHEM 465.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Even Years Only
CHEM 481Special Topics1.00 - 6.00
In-depth study of specialized current topics in chemistry selected by the faculty on the basis of student/community interest. May include workshops, seminars, field trips, special problems, independent study. May be repeated when topics are different. Prerequisite: varies with topic.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
CHEM 489Chemistry Elective1.00 - 9.00
Chemistry Elective
Typically Offered:
CHEM 491Senior Research1.00 - 4.00
Individual laboratory investigation of a selected problem to include a study of the related literature and formal reports. Prerequisites: CHEM 346 and approval of instructor. (May be repeated for up to four credits.)
Typically Offered:
CHEM 496Senior Paper1.00
Preparation of a formal paper on an advanced chemistry topic. Topic must be approved by instructor. Instructor consent required. Topic chosen for CHEM 496 may not be appropriate for CHEM 497. Consult instructor of CHEM 497. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 345.
Typically Offered:
CHEM 497Senior Seminar In Chemistry1.00
Each student prepares and gives one or more oral reports on a chemical topic of interest to the student and approved by instructor. Prerequisites: CHEM 345 or senior standing in Chemistry. One lecture-discussion. Does not count toward 400-level credits for ACS certification.
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GEOG - GeographyTop of Page
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
GEOG 100World Regional Geography3.00
Develops basic factual knowledge and awareness of the physical and cultural features of the world environment. Explores regional and world scale patterns of resources, climate, applied technology and trade, political alignments, and other aspects of the current world. All world political units are analyzed from a regional perspective. Students gain significant knowledge of world spatial relationships.
General Education Attributes:
NW Non-Western
SS Social Sciences
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
GEOG 102Cultural Geography3.00
Explores the influence of culture on perceptions, decisions, and interpersonal relations on both planetary and local scales of life. A broad range of cultural topics are considered, including the origins of culture, human development, political and social organization, religions and languages, and evolving human landscapes. Prepares students to be well-informed citizens of our increasingly interconnected global community.
General Education Attributes:
NW Non-Western
SS Social Sciences
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
GEOG 189Geography Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
Typically Offered:
GEOG 241Fundamentals of GIS I4.00
Broad introduction to cartography and Geographic Information Systems with emphases on both theory and practice. Fundamental principles of numerical data entry, digitizing, data manipulation and analysis, and interpretation of spatially referenced data will be explored. Additional topics include cartographic basics such as mapping, coordinate systems, projections and remote sensing. Students are introduced to the skills necessary to run a vector-based GIS. The GIS lab offers students an opportunity to use GPS systems and GIS(ArcGIS10.x) to improve their conceptual and technical GIS skills while working one-on-one with the instructor. In the lab each student will carry a real world project using ArcGIS software. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.) ITS 108 or basic computer skills recommended.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
GEOG 281Special Topics1.00 - 6.00
In-depth study of specialized topics in geography selected by the faculty on the basis of student interests/needs. May include workshops. seminars, special issues, etc. This course may be repeated when topics are different. Offered on demand.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
GEOG 289Geography Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
Typically Offered:
GEOG 298Independent Study1.00 - 4.00
Advanced study for students who have shown themselves capable of independent work, carried out under the direction of a faculty member chosen by the student. Offered on demand. Instructor consent required.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
GEOG 302Economic Geography3.00
Study of how spatial organization of economic activities affects such issues as economic growth, employment, investment patterns, mobility, and the prices paid for goods. Industrial economic activities are examined by addressing issues such as why some areas are more suitable than others for economic activities and how markets function in the real world. Transportation networks that connect areas and issues of global interdependence are central themes in this course. (lecture two hours, laboratory two hours)
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course for TRSP majors is completion of ECON 250 and ECON 251. Non-TRSP majors are required to take a GEOG course or consent of instructor.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
GEOG 343Fundamentals of GIS II4.00
Introduction to GIS-specific content, including database, topology, and basic and advanced analysis operations. Also covers statistical and spatial analytical techniques including attribute analysis and site suitability and models. Introduces students to ArcGIS software (ArcCatalog, ArcMap, and ArcToolbox and 3-D Analysis. Laboratory activities include students examining a wide range of GIS functions such as analysis, cartography, geocoding, and data management tools. Each student is required to complete a real world project using ArcGIS software.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of GEOG 241.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
GEOG 350Geography of Wisconsin3.00
A spatial examination of the state of Wisconsin utilizing both physical and human considerations. It synthesizes and emphasizes the 20th and 21st century environmental issues that are related to physical characteristics such as geologic history, hydrologic, and climatic forces as well as how these physical factors have impacted the human development of the state. Examples of human issues include indigenous and immigrant settlement, economic, and political patterns.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
GEOG 389Geography Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
Typically Offered:
GEOG 402Urban Planning and Transportation Systems3.00
Comparative examinations of planning theories and practices that shaped the geography of 19th and 20th century urban and suburban areas. Introduction to the intraurban and interurban influences of transportation systems on land use and planning will be explored. Stresses the ways in which planners and planning ideologies have responded to different social, economic, political and technological (transportation and communication) innovations and pressures. The class includes an examination of 21st Century problems, pressures and solutions to urban and transportation needs. Cross-listed as GEOG/TRSP 402.
Prerequisites:
For non-DBE majors, completion of GEOG 302 or consent of Instructor. For DBE majors, completion of GEOG 302 and admission to the DBE program.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
GEOG 442Advanced Principles of GIS4.00
Students learn how to develop and implement various GIS application projects. Covers spatial data conversion, spatial database management and spatial analysis. Introduces image analysis and geostatistical analysis techniques. Each student designs a project based on their specialty (biology, environmental science, land use, transportation, hydrogeology, demographics, economic analysis, etc.) and utilizes the extensions of ArcGIS (Spatial Analyst, Geostatistical Analyst, and Network Analyst) and Remote Sensing (IDRISI and Topo Image.) Course builds on the principles introduced in GEOG 343 and gives a more in-depth understanding of the technical aspects involved in spatial data handling, analysis, and modeling. Very advanced principles of ArcGIS as well as ArcInfo will be used as theoretical and applied aspects are examined through a series of practical exercises and assignments culminating in the development of a prototype GIS. Prerequisite: GEOG 343.
Prerequisites:
GEOG 342 prerequisites: GEOG241 and GEOG243
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
GEOG 450Research for Teachers3.00
Specifically intended for the pre-service or in-service teacher. While the content relates most specifically to geography, because of geography's inherently interdisciplinary nature, this course is pertinent to teachers in any of the physical or social sciences. Applicable for both elementary (715 EA-A) and secondary (72 MC-EA) education majors.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
GEOG 481Special Topics1.00 - 6.00
In-depth study of specialized topics in geography selected by the faculty on the basis of student interest/need. May include workshops, seminars, special issues, etc. Course may be repeated when topics are different. Offered on demand.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
GEOG 489Geography Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
Typically Offered:
GEOG 491Undergraduate Research1.00 - 4.00
A course developed in cooperation with faculty or area geography specialists to provide practical experience in experimental geography. Candidates for this course must outline a research problem or focus of study. Registration for credit can only be made after all supervisory and support requirements have been assured and the formal research plan is approved. May be repeated for a total of four credits.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of two GEOG courses and consent of instructor.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
GEOG 492Geography Seminar1.00
Study of a topic through literature research. Each student studies a topic and effectively summarizes the available information in written and oral form. Prerequisite: Two prior geography courses and consent of instructor.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
GEOG 496Internship1.00 - 4.00
On-the-job experience with local agencies such as the Department of Transportation, urban and/or regional planning agencies, historical societies, or other approved geography-related organization designed to provide students with realistic opportunities to apply their skills to practical problems. Registration for credit can only be made after all supervisory and support requirements have been assured. Prerequisite: Two prior geography courses and consent of instructor. Offered on demand.
Typically Offered:
GEOG 498Independent Study1.00 - 4.00
Advanced study for students who have shown themselves capable of independent work, carried out under the direction of a faculty member chosen by the student. Offered on demand. Instructor consent required.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
 
GEOL - GeologyTop of Page
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
GEOL 110The Dynamic Earth4.00
An introductory science class that emphasizes the foundational principles and concepts of geology. Topics include: minerals, rocks, Earth's internal structure, plate tectonics, geologic structures, the rock cycle. Climate change, glaciers, groundwater, geologic structures, the rock cycle, climate change, glaciers, groundwater, geologic resources and earthquakes. One weekend field trip. (lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours).
General Education Attributes:
NS5 Natural Science with Lab
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
GEOL 112Historical Geology4.00
Surveys the 4.5 billion year history of continents and ocean basins, and reviews the evolution of the atmosphere, hydrosphere and life on Earth. Analyzes continental development and alteration. One weekend field trip. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours)
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
GEOL 130Environmental Geology4.00
An investigation of how human activities affect and are affected by physical Earth processes. Topics include: an overview of Earth's development and internal processes such as plate tectonics, minerals and rocks, surface processes, the use of natural resources, waste disposal and pollution, global climate and related topics. (Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours) Fall Semester, Distance Learning Center course and Spring Semester course is offered on campus.
General Education Attributes:
NS Natural Science-Environmental
NS5 Natural Science with Lab
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
GEOL 170Earth Science3.00
Broad survey of basic concepts and principles of astronomy, geology, oceanography and meteorology. Emphasizes the relationship between Earth processes and the fundamentals of chemistry, physics, and biology. Designed especially for elementary education majors in order to fulfill an earth science requirement. This class does not meet the General Education requirement for a laboratory science. (Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours.)
Typically Offered:
GEOL 189Geology Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
Typically Offered:
GEOL 281Special Topics1.00 - 4.00
In-depth study of specialized current topics in Geology selected by the faculty on the basis of student/community interest. May include workshops, seminars, field trips, special problems, independent study, etc. May be repeated when topics are different. Offered on demand. Instructor consent required.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
GEOL 289Geology Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
Typically Offered:
GEOL 315Climatology3.00
Exploration of the processes that control Earth's climate and affect the environment on timescales of hundreds of millions to tens of years. Discussions include how and why the environment was different in the era of the dinosaurs (relative to today) and concerns about future global warming. Prerequisite: lab science course.
Typically Offered:
GEOL 350Physical Oceanography3.00
Emphasizes the physical and chemical processes that operate in the world's oceans. Topics include: the history of oceanography, plate tectonics of the ocean basins, ocean basin sedimentation, ocean water physical and chemical characteristics, ocean currents, waves and tides, and environmental issues of concern to marine scientists. (Lecure 3 hours)
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of GEOL 110 or GEOL 130 or instructor permission.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
GEOL 360Geomorphology4.00
Geomorphology is the study of landscapes and landforms. Geomorphology entails the systematic description of landforms, analysis of the processes that form them, and understanding their response to changes in climate, tectonics, human disturbance, and the progression of time. Includes field trips. (Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours)
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of GEOL 110 or GEOL 130 or instructor permission.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Odd Years Only
GEOL 389Geology Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
Typically Offered:
GEOL 400Watershed Hydrology4.00
A study of water properties, occurrence, distribution, and movement and their relationship with the environment within each phase of the hydrological cycle. Examines water quantity and quality issues, and water management policies. Uses mix of lecture- and problem-based approaches. Students will be introduced to techniques used in addressing environmental problems such as flooding, water supplies, and groundwater contamination. Recommended for science students interested in the environmental sciences and/or securing a position in the environmental field. Prerequisite: GEOL 110 or 130, and CHEM 105, MATH 115 recommended, or permission of instructor. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for GEOL 300: CHEM 105 and either GEOL 110 or GEOL 130
Typically Offered:
GEOL 481Special Topics1.00 - 4.00
In-depth study of specialized current topics in Geology selected by the faculty on the basis of student/community interest. May include workshops, seminars, field trips, special problems, independent study, etc. May be repeated when topics are different. Offered on demand. Instructor consent required.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
GEOL 489Geology Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
Typically Offered:
GEOL 491Undergraduate Research1.00 - 4.00
Course developed in cooperation with faculty and area research facilities designed to provide students with practical experience in geological research. Candidates for this course must outline a research problem. Registration for credit can only be made after all supervisory and support requirements have been assured and the formal research plan is approved. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Offered on demand.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
GEOL 496Internship1.00 - 4.00
On-the-job experience with local agencies and research laboratories to provide students with practical knowledge of careers in the field of geology. Designed to provide students with realistic opportunities to apply their skills to practical problems. Registration for credit can only be made after all supervisory and support requirements have been made. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Offered on demand.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
 
PHYS - PhysicsTop of Page
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
PHYS 100Astronomy4.00
Includes a brief history of astronomy, the study of the motions and structures of the Earth, the moon, the sun, planets, stars and galaxies and consideration of cosmological theories. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.) Meets the General Education requirement for Natural Science laboratory class.
General Education Attributes:
NS5 Natural Science with Lab
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PHYS 107Algebra-Based Physics I4.00
Designed for students majoring in the humanities, education, medical sciences, or biological sciences. Not open to students with a major in Chemistry or Mathematics. Prerequisite: high school algebra. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.) Meets the General Education requirement for Natural Science laboratory class.
General Education Attributes:
NS5 Natural Science with Lab
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PHYS 108Algebra-Based Physics II4.00
Continuation of PHYS 107. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite to taking this course is completion of PHYS 107 with a grade of C- or better.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PHYS 160Physical Science4.00
Laboratory-oriented course covering the basic concepts of physics and chemistry. Meets the General Education requirement for Natural Sciences laboratory class, recommended for elementary education majors. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
General Education Attributes:
NS5 Natural Science with Lab
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
PHYS 189Physics Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
Typically Offered:
PHYS 201Calculus-Based Physics I5.00
Mechanics and heat. Meets the General Education requirement for Natural Science laboratory class. (Lecture four hours, laboratory two hours.)
General Education Attributes:
NS5 Natural Science with Lab
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for this course is successful completion of MATH 240.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PHYS 202Calculus-Based Physics II5.00
Electro-magnetism, light and sound. (Lecture four hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is successful completion of PHYS 201 and MATH 241.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PHYS 205Calculus Applications in Introductory Physics I1.00
Supplemental to introductory non-calculus-based PHYS 107 course. Covers the calculus applications which are normally covered in the calculus-based course Physics 201. Students who have taken PHYS 107 may decide to supplement their physics background with this course to gain access to higher level courses which have calculus-based physics as a pre-requisite. Pre-requisite of PHYS 107, pre or co-requisite of MATH 240 and permission of instructor. Offered upon sufficient demand.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PHYS 206Calculus Applications in Introductory Physics II1.00
Supplemental to introductory non-calculus based PHYS 108. Covers the calculus applications which are normally covered in the calculus-based course PHYS 202. Students who have taken PHYS 108 may decide to supplement their physics background with this course to gain access to higher-level courses which have calculus-based physics as a pre-requisite. Pre-requisites: PHYS 108, pre or co-requisite of MATH 241 and permission of instructor. Offered upon sufficient demand.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PHYS 281Selected Topics1.00 - 6.00
May be offered for individualized or multiple-student instruction on a particular topic. May be independent study, lecture or laboratory. Topics(s) selected based on student interest with approval of instructor. Prerequisites: At least one semester of physics. Offered upon sufficient demand.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PHYS 289Physics Elective1.00 - 99.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent ot a UW-Superior course.
Typically Offered:
PHYS 300History and Philosophy of Science3.00
Examines the nature of science, the history of science, and the nature and history of the impact of science on human life and thought. Provides some understanding of the methods of science, the difference between science and pseudo science, the political and ideological uses of science, and the moral responsibilities of scientists and science educators. Cross listed as PHIL/PHYS 300.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PHYS 311Mechanics4.00
Classical mechanics, mathematical techniques using vector calculus, conservation laws and their relation to symmetry principles, rigid body dynamics, accelerated coordinate systems, and introduction to the generalized coordinate formalisms of LaGrange and Hamiltion. (Lecture four hours.)
Prerequisites:
Completion of PHYS 202 or 206 or instructor consent is prerequisite for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PHYS 321Electrical Circuits and Electronics2.00 - 4.00
Laboratory based course in analog and digital circuits, AC and DC circuits, resonance, filters, transistors, operational amplifies, logic, memory, microprocessors and computer architecture.
Prerequisites:
Completion of PHYS 202 or 206 or instructor consent is prerequisite for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PHYS 325Wave Motion and Optics3.00
Wave phenomena with specific applications to plane electromagnetic waves, reflection, refraction, guided waves and the process of radiation.
Prerequisites:
Completion of PHYS 202 or 206 or instructor consent is prerequisite for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PHYS 375Physics Laboratory1.00 - 3.00
Extended laboratory experiments selected to give experiences in advanced physics concepts and techniques. Experiments are agreed upon between the instructor and student. (Laboratory two-six hours.) May be repeated when topics are different.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PHYS 381Intermediate Topics1.00 - 6.00
May be offered for individualized or multiple-student instruction on a particular topic. May be independent study, lecture or laboratory. Topic(s) selected based on student interest with approval of instructor. May be repreated when topics are different.
Prerequisites:
Completion of PHYS 202 or 206 or instructor consent is prerequisite for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PHYS 389Physics Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
Typically Offered:
PHYS 398Physics Tutorial Project1.00 - 4.00
Tutoring students in 100-level physics courses under supervision of a physics staff member. (Three hours per week per credit.)
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of PHYS 108 or PHYS 202.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PHYS 448Atomic And Quantum Physics3.00
Introduction to the philosophy and mathematics of quantum mechanics, including uncertainty, wave-particle duality, problem solving in tunneling and boundary conditions, time-dependent wave functions, the quantum mechanics of hydrogen, alkali metals, and chemical bonding. (Lecture three hours.)
Prerequisites:
Completion of PHYS 202 or 206 or instructor consent is prerequisite for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PHYS 481Special Topics1.00 - 6.00
In-depth study of specialized current topics in physics selected by the faculty on the basis of community interest. May include workshops, seminars, field trips, special problems, independent study. May be repeated when topics are different. Instructor consent required.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PHYS 489Physics Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
Typically Offered:

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