UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Sustainability-Related Courses

Sustainability-related courses incorporate sustainability as a distinct course component or module, or concentrate on a single sustainability principle or issue. Below is a list of undergraduate level courses offered at UWRF with brief descriptions.

POLS 230 – Contemporary Political Ideologies: The course explores the basic principles of democracy, the range of American liberal and conservative perspectives and significant ideologies that exist outside the U.S. including Socialism, Marxism, Fascism, Environmentalism, Islamist and Liberation thought.
AFES 310 – Agricultural Human Resource Management: This course focuses on human resource management in the context of farms, greenhouses, landscapers, and other small agricultural businesses.
AGEC 250 – World Food and Populations: A survey course of trends and determinants of population growth trends and food production as influenced by environmental, institutional and cultural factors. International efforts in agricultural development and trade, and government policies to address food and population issues will be discussed.
AGEC 450 – Intro. to Natural Resources Economics: This is a survey course emphasizing reasons for natural resource misallocation including property rights and common property resources, externalities, and public good problems. Consideration is given to the equity and efficiency implications of public policies to direct the use of energy resources, minerals, water, forests, and fisheries. Considerable emphasis is placed on the economics of pollution control.
ANTH 100 – Introduction to Anthropology: The course is a survey of the concepts, principles, methods and major findings of anthropology. The way social learning shapes distinctive attitudes and behavior in particular groups is examined in light of the underlying traits shared by all humans. Cultural anthropology is emphasized.
ANTH 348 – Faces of Culture: The full extent of the human imagination is revealed in cultural diversity. The course highlights cultural variation, human adaptability, and the skills of the anthropologist in studying and explaining cultures.
ENGL 235 – American Autobiography: Varieties of Personal Narrative: This course explores the literary, historical, and psychological structures of various forms of autobiography. Students will explore constant and changing cultural, artistic, and psychological concerns and will investigate, analyze, and appreciate the widely differing purposes of such works. The racial and ethnic diversity of American autobiography is a major emphasis in the course.
ENGL 266 – Business Writing: Students will study the forms, strategies and styles of written business communication. Emphasis is placed on the process of writing letters and reports.
ENGL 367 – Technical Writing: Students will study the language, methods, and formats for communicating technical information.
ANSC 115 – Animal Welfare: This course examines the basic concepts of animal welfare and the ethical issues involving the use of animals in our society.
ANSC 222 – Introduction to Biotechnology: This course is primarily intended for non-science and first- or second-year science majors. Students will explore the basics of biotechnology and its application in the industries associated with medicine, food production, forestry and waste management. The social issues raised by the use of biotechnology will also be discussed. The sciences necessary for the understanding of the basics of biotechnology will be provided in the course.
FDSC 110 – The Science of Food: Science of Food offers students unique opportunities to learn where their food supply comes from, how the food is produced and how consumption is met on a global basis. Applying basic science principles to the production of food will enhance student's ability to better understand the phenomena of food production.
BIOL 150 – General Biology: This course serves as a general introduction to fundamental concepts and principles of biology: evolution, classification, ecology, basic chemistry, cell structure and function, energy transformations, cellular reproduction, genetics and molecular biology.
PED 201 – Outdoor Ed Concepts and Skills, Summer: Concepts, skills, and leadership techniques for adventure education summer activities including backpacking, canoeing, climbing, orienteering, and initiative games. Experiences include off-campus experience and at least one over night trip.
PED 202 – Outdoor Ed Concepts and Skills, Winter: Concepts, skills, and leadership techniques for adventure activities including cross country and downhill skiing, winter camping, ice skating, initiative games, and other challenge activities. Instruction includes off-campus sites and at least one overnight trip.
PED 301 – Foundations of Outdoor Leadership: Designed to provide an overview of the philosophy, history, programming and leadership of outdoor adventure education.
HIST 202 – Intro. to Latin American Civilizations: A survey of the major historical forces contributing to the development of modern Latin America with an emphasis upon the blending of Native American, European and African cultures.
HIST 351 – U.S. Colonial History I: An examination of the origins of American civilization from pre-historic times to the early eighteenth century. Topics covered include: Native American foundations, early settlement, the rise and fall of Puritanism, administration of the empire, witchcraft and patterns of demographic and territorial growth.
HIST 389 – Special Topics in History: Description unavailable
PHIL 303 – Environmental Ethics: An examination of ethical issues pertaining to our relationship to the physical environment: obligations to future generations, treatment of animals, species extinction, wilderness preservation, etc.
MARC 100 – Writing for Mass Media: An introduction to the different writing styles used in public relations, advertising and promotions.
MARC 370 – Public Relations: The course considers the role of public relations as a persuasive function serving both the business and public sectors. It stresses the organization and function of public relations, and the theories and ethics or PR practice.
JOUR 101 – Introduction to Mass Communication: An introductory survey and analysis of the role of the mass media in society, their operation and performance as disseminators of entertainment, news and information and determiners of values, opinions and attitudes.
ECON 100 – Modern Economics: This course provides students with an understanding of how to use basic economics concepts to analyze current social issues. Possible issues include poverty, unemployment, agriculture, discrimination, crime, pollution, education, health care, and third world development. The focus is on issues rather than theory.
ECON 150 – International Economic Issues: This course examines the important international economics topics facing our world today. These include international trade, finance, production and development. It is taught with a low level of technicality and with a focus on issues and policies.
ECON 201 – Principles of Microeconomics: Students will study the economic behavior of individual households and firms. Product markets, resource markets, market structures, and income distribution are examined.
ECON 202 – Principles of Macroeconomics: Students will study the operation of the economy as a whole and key indicators such as inflation, unemployment, national income accounting, money and banking, fiscal and monetary policies, and international economics are examined.
ECON 312 – Political Economy of Discrimination: The course examines the role discrimination plays in creating economic barriers in the U.S. economy for the racially defined minorities, and women.
ECON 328 – Domestic Topics in Economic Development: This course covers the economic conditions in the developing countries in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. It include theories and policies pertaining to their economic growth and development; as well as issues of poverty, income distribution, population, labor, migration, urban development, and agricultural development.
ECON 329 – Global Topics in Economic Development: This course provides an overview of the effect of international economic conditions on less developed countries today. Emphasis is on the international issues of trade strategy, foreign investment, foreign aid, technology transfer, debt crisis, structural IMF reforms and others.
CHEM 200 – Chemistry & Environment: A citizen's guide to chemical problems in preserving a clean air, water and land environment. Sources, harmful effects, and abatement procedures are studied for chemical contaminants which result from commercial, industrial, agricultural, and energy production processes.
CHEM 230 – General Organic Chemistry: For those desiring only one semester of organic chemistry. Includes some chemistry of acids and bases and solutions.
CHEM 247 – Synthetic and Analytical Techniques in Organic Chemistry II: Application of classical and modern synthetic and analytical laboratory techniques to synthetic and mechanistic organic chemistry.
GEOG 120 – Human Geography: This course introduces the student to the description and analysis of world patterns of population, race, religion, language, agriculture, industry, levels of economic development, urbanization, and human environmental impact.
GEOG 340 – Europe: The course examines the various environmental, political and cultural elements which give the major European states their unique regional character, and also looks at the ongoing process of European integration.
GEOG 342 – Latin America: This course provides a regional survey of physical, cultural, political and economic patterns of Middle and South America. Topics include distribution of population, landforms and climates, impacts of colonization, cultural and agricultural systems, urban and economic development and current ecological issues.
GEOG 343 – Africa: The course provides a regional survey of physical environments, human settlements, and cultures of the African continent. Topics include landforms and climates, population, cultural and agricultural systems, urban and economic development and current ecological issues. The impacts of the European colonial experience on the continent are explored.
INTS 200 – International Studies: This interdisciplinary course introduces students to the importance of international studies and examines select global issues, such as globalization, interdependence, global environmental issues, disease and health, gender issues, culture, and conflict.
ESM 105 – Introduction to Environmental Science: This course presents an overview of the interrelationships between humans and the environment. The material presented in the first one-third of the course focuses on important ecological concepts. The remainder of the course deals with human influence on the environment. The ecological concepts are used throughout to identify, understand, and provide a basis for proposing possible solutions to contemporary environmental problems.
ESM 251 – Community Decision-making: This course prepares students to understand and integrate local knowledge and values into the public decision-making process. Students will learn to design and implement methods and techniques that inform the public, obtain feedback from the public, analyze that feedback, and make decisions through an inclusive and ethical process.