UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Majors & Minors

Conservation Option Academic Plan

Bachelor of Science Degree. Conservation and Environmental Planning. Conservation Option. Advising Plan.

Visit the Plant and Earth Science Department Conservation and Environmental Planning page to learn more about the program.

 Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year

ESM 151 Land Use Theory and Practice – 3
General Education CW (ENGL 100) – 3
General Education EC (ESM 105) – 3
General Education M (MATH 146) – 3
General Education SB/HF – 3
Total semester credits – 15

ESM 220 Environmental Sustainability – 3
SOIL 120 Introduction to Soil Science – 3
General Education SI (BIOL 150) – 3
General Education CA (ENGL 200) – 3
General Education SB/HF – 3
Total semester credits – 15

Sophomore Year

ESM 303 Environmental Policies and Administration – 3
BIOL 210 Botany or BIOL 230 Zoology – 3
ESM 109 Introduction to Forestry – 2
General Education SI (CHEM 115) – 4
General Education CS (COMS 101 or COMS 116) – 3
Total semester credits – 15

BIOL 360 Ecology – 3
AGEC 230 Agricultural Economics I – 3
GEOG 250 Introduction to Geographic Information Science (GISci) – 3
CHEM 215 Chemistry Laboratory Concepts and Techniques – 1
General Education SB/HF – 3
Total semester credits – 13

Junior Year

ESM 245 Foundations of Ecological Restoration – 2
General Elective – 3
General Education HW (P ED 108) – 1
General Education SB/HF – 3
Global Perspective GP (GEOL 350) - 3
American Cultural Diversity ACD (ENGL 228) - 3
Total semester credits – 15

ESM 333 Remote Sensing or ESM 363 GIS Applications in Natural Resources – 3
ESM 360 Hydrology and Water Quality – 4
Directed Elective Course – 3
General Elective – 6
Total semester credits – 16

Senior Year

BIOL 344 Wildlife Biology – 4
AGEC 450 Introduction to Natural Resource Economics – 3
GENG 235 Surveying – 3
Directed Elective Course – 3
Total semester credits – 13

ESM 485 Seminar: Resource Management – 1
SOIL 440 Soil and Water Conservation – 4
Directed elective courses – 9
Total semester credits – 14

Summary of Degree Requirements

University Requirements – 6 cr.
General Education – 35 cr.
Core – 23 cr.
Required Supporting Courses – 10 cr.
Conservation Option – 22 cr.
Directed Electives – 15 cr.
General Electives – 9 cr.
Credits to Degree – 120 cr.

ESM 270 Internship I – 4: Usually taken by the student during the summer after the freshman, sophomore, or junior year.

This academic plan is an example of how students might choose to fulfill program requirements within a period of four years. After consulting with their advisers, students may make other course choices which would meet the program requirements and be more suitable for them.