UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Biology General Option

  Fall Semester Spring Semester  
Freshman
Year

ESM 105 Introduction to Environmental Studies ~ 3
ESM 151 Intro to Land Use Theory and Practice ~ 3
BIOL 150 General Biology ~ 3
ENGL 100 Academic Reading and Writing ~ 3
MATH 146 College Algebra ~ 3
Total semester credits ~ 15

Semester 2 (Spring)

CHEM 121 General Chemistry I ~ 5
ENGL 200 Investigating Ideas: Reading, Writing,
and the Disciplines ~ 3
POLS 114 American National, State and Local
Government ~ 3
P ED 108 Health and Fitness for Life ~ 1
Directed electives ~ 3
 
Total semester credits ~ 15


Sophomore
Year

Semester 3 (Fall)

ESM 251 Community Decision-Making ~ 3
ECON 100 Modern Economics
Or GEOG 120 Human Geography
Or SOCI 100 Intro to Sociology ~ 3
GEOG 250 Introduction to Cartography and
Geographic Information Systems ~ 3
CSTA 116 Business and Professional Comm ~ 3
SOIL 210 Introduction to Soil Science ~ 3
Total semester credits ~ 15

Semester 4 (Spring)

ESM 220 Environmental Sustainability:
Theory/Issues and Management ~ 3
ESM 360 Hydrology and Water Quality ~ 4
PHIL 240 Social Ethics ~ 3
ESM 351 Planning for Sustainable Communities ~ 3
GEOG 360 GIS: Theory and Methods ~ 3
Total semester credits ~ 16


Junior
Year

Semester 5 (Fall)

ESM 303 Environmental Policies and Administration ~ 3
ESM 293 Community Analysis ~ 3
ESM 393 Comprehensive Planning ~ 3
POLS 245 Intro to Comparative Politics ~ 3
General Education – Humanities and Fine Arts ~ 3
Total semester credits ~ 15

Semester 6 (Spring)

ESM 305 Environmental Impact Assessment. ~ 2
ESM 333 Remote Sensing of Natural Resources
Or ESM 363 GIS Applications in Resource Management
Or GENG 265 Engineering Graphics ~ 3
PE Activity ~ 0.5
Directed Electives ~ 3
University Requirement – Diversity ~ 3
General Electives ~ 3
Total semester credits ~ 14.5

Summer

ESM 270 Internship 1 ~ 2-4

Senior
Year

Semester 7 (Fall)

ESM 411 Site Planning and Development ~ 4
General Education – Multidisciplinary ~ 3
Directed Electives ~ 4
AGEC/ESM 445 Land Use and Sustainable Agriculture
Law ~ 3
Total semester credits ~ 14

Semester 8 (Spring)

ESM 435 Advanced Land Use Planning and Design ~ 4
ESM 485 Senior Seminar in Resource Mngt ~ 1
ENGL 266 Business Writing
Or ENGL 367 Technical Writing ~ 3
PE Activity ~ 0.5
General Electives ~ 3-5
Total semester credits ~ 15

Summary of Degree Requirements

Summary of Degree Requirements

University Requirements ~ 3 cr. 
General Education ~ 40 cr.
Core ~ 41-43 cr.
Required Supporting Courses ~ 15 cr.
General Electives ~ 17-19 cr.
 
Credits to Degree ~ 120 cr.