Environmental Science

Faculty Top of Page

Dr. Deborah Augsburger, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Dr. William Bajjali, Professor of Geology/Geographic Information Systems
Dr. Andy Breckenridge, Professor of Geology
Dr. Ed Burkett, Professor of Biology
Dr. Maria Stalzer Wyant Cuzzo, Professor of Legal Studies
Dr. Nicholas Danz, Professor of Biology
Dr. Eric Edwards, Associate Professor of Sociology
Dr. Sakib Mahmud, Associate Professor of Sustainable Management and Economics
Dr. Lorena Rios Mendoza, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Kurt Schmude, Professor of Biology
Dr. Jeffrey Schuldt, Professor of Biology
Dr. Matthew TenEyck, Director of the Lake Superior Research Institute
Dr. Alisa von Hagel, Associate Professor of Political Science
Dr. Michael Waxman, Professor of Chemistry

Environmental Science Major (Comprehensive) Top of Page

Environmental Science at the UW-Superior is an interdisciplinary comprehensive science degree that emphasizes the human relationship to the environment.  It requires 65 credits as part of a 120 credit degree.  The goal of the program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to enter the workforce or to continue on to graduate school.  Community engagement is a focus of this major, where students will participate in collaborations with research centers on campus as well as partnerships with local businesses, environmental groups, and government agencies.

Student Learning Outcomes Top of Page

The Environmental Studies major coursework and senior year experience are designed to provide students with three broad learning outcomes:

  1. Disciplinary Knowledge - students will acquire fundamental knowledge of environmental science concepts.
  2. Communication Skills - students will be able to communicate effectively (orally and in writing) about issues and principles related to the environmental sciences.
  3. Analytical Skills - students will develop and practice problem solving and critical thinking skills related to environmental sciences.
  4. Field and Technical Skills - students will develop and practice field and technical skills related to environmental sciences.

Environmental Science Curriculum Top of Page

65 total credits

Core Classes [49+ credits required]

Environmental Science -- 2.00 credits
Principles of Biology I -- 4.00 credits
Principles of Biology II -- 4.00 credits
General Chemistry I -- 5.00 credits
General Chemistry II -- 4.00 credits
The Dynamic Earth -- 4.00 credits
Algebra with Applications -- 3.00 credits
People and the Environment: Challenges & Actions -- 3.00 credits
Economics in Society -- 3.00 credits
Fundamentals of GIS I -- 4.00 credits
Ecology -- 4.00 credits

Ecological Economics -- 3.00 credits


Economics in Society and Sustainability -- 3.00 credits


Environmental Science Research Methods -- 2.00 credits
Environmental Law and Regulation -- 3.00 credits

Required Capstone course (1 credit required):

Research in Environmental Science -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Internship in Environmental Science -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits

Note: MATH 115, MATH 151, or MATH 240 may be completed in place of MATH 113.

Elective Classes [at least 16 credits from at least two disciplines (i.e., prefixes); 12 credits must be taken at the 300 level or higher]

Environmental Anthropology -- 3.00 credits
Marine Biology -- 3.00 credits
Forest Ecology and Management -- 4.00 credits
Evolution -- 3.00 credits
Biogeography and Conservation -- 3.00 credits
Plant Taxonomy -- 4.00 credits
Aquatic Entomology -- 3.00 credits
Limnology -- 4.00 credits
Microbiology -- 4.00 credits
Parasitology -- 4.00 credits
Entomology -- 4.00 credits
Ornithology -- 4.00 credits
Vertebrate Biology -- 4.00 credits
Ichthyology -- 4.00 credits
Field Biology -- 1.00 credits
[[CHEM 205]] [[CHEM 206]]
Chemistry Of Natural Waters -- 3.00 credits
Fundamentals of GIS II -- 4.00 credits
Advanced Topics in Human/Environment Interaction -- 3.00 credits
Our Water Resources -- 4.00 credits
Climatology -- 3.00 credits
Geomorphology -- 4.00 credits
Watershed Hydrology -- 4.00 credits
Environmental Ethics -- 3.00 credits
Environmental Politics & Policy-Making -- 3.00 credits
Renewable Energy for Sustainable Management -- 3.00 credits
Environmental Sociology -- 3.00 credits