Careers in Environmental Studies

Conservation Biology/Field Ecology

2009 Curriculum, recommended second major: Biology

2010 Curriculum, recommended emphasis: Environmental Science, Ecology/Biology Track.

Specially recommended courses:

Biology

  • 230: Biology of Animals
  • 231: Biology of Plants and Microbes
  • 325: Field Ecology
  • 326: Limnology
  • 330: Ichthyology
  • 332: Entomology
  • 367: Field Ornithology
  • 376: Population and Community Ecology
  • 386: Ecosystems Ecology

Environmental Studies

  • 345: History of American Wilderness

Geography

  • 314: Environmental Conservation
  • 414: Natural Resource Management
  • 471: Geographic Information Systems

History

  • 342: U.S. Environmental History

Skills: field ecology analysis, including plant and animal identification, water monitoring, measurement of biodiversity, etc.

Experiences: internships with land conservancies; volunteer water monitoring; DNR training in wildlife tracking; summer internship/job with the DNR or U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; summer internship with SCA, etc.

Environmental Enforcement (Park Warden)

2009 Curriculum, recommended second major: Criminal Justice

2010 Curriculum, recommended emphasis: Environmental Policy & Values Track, Policy, Planning & Resource Management Track.

Specially recommended courses:

Criminal Justice

  • 288: Police in Modern Society
  • 304: Criminal Investigation
  • 333: Illegal Bias in the Criminal Justice System

Geography

  • 314: Environmental Conservation
  • 414: Natural Resource Management

Urban and Regional Studies

  • 317: Land Use Regulations.

Skills: knowledge of and teaching recreational safety; conflict resolution techniques.

Experiences: DNR recreational safety education classes (as student and volunteer instructor); volunteer monitoring of boats for invasive specie; DNR conservation warden ride-along program; DNR warden internship program; leadership in a student or youth organization.

Fisheries and Limnology

2009 Curriculum, recommended second major: Biology

2010 Curriculum, recommended emphasis: Environmental Science Emphasis, Ecology/Biology Track

Specially recommended courses:

Biology

  • 326: Limnology
  • 327: Microbial Ecology
  • 330: Ichthyology
  • 336: Freshwater Algae
  • 358: Freshwater Invertebrates
  • 376: Population & Community Ecology
  • 386: Ecosystems Ecology

Geography

  • 314: Environmental Conservation
  • 414: Natural Resource Management
  • 364: Water Resource Management

Geology

  • 365: Hydrogeology
  • 370: Field Hydrogeology I
  • 371: Field Hydrogeology II

Skills: water quality monitoring; population surveys.

Experiences: summer internship/job with the DNR or U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Natural Resource Management

2009 Curriculum, recommended second major or minor(s): Geography or Biology double major, or double minor in both Biology and Geography.

2010 Curriculum, recommended emphasis: Both emphases work well with this specialty.

Specially recommended courses:

Biology

  • 230: Biology of Animals
  • 231: Biology of Plants and Microbes
  • 325: Field Ecology
  • 326: Limnology
  • 330: Ichthyology
  • 332: Entomology
  • 367: Field Ornithology
  • 376: Population and Community Ecology
  • 386: Ecosystems Ecology

Environmental Studies

  • 345: History of American Wilderness

Geography

  • 314: Environmental Conservation
  • 414: Natural Resource Management
  • 471: Geographic Information Systems

Geology

  • 365: Hydrogeology
  • 370: Field Hydrogeology I

History

  • 342: U.S. Environmental History

Urban and Regional Studies

  • 317: Land Use Regulations

Skills: communication skills; research; critical thinking.

Experiences: internships with land conservancies; volunteer water monitoring; DNR training in wildlife tracking; summer internship/job with the DNR or U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; summer internship with SCA; etc.

Environmental Chemist/Toxicologist

2009 Curriculum, recommended second major: Chemistry

2010 Curriculum, recommended emphasis: Environmental Science Emphasis (all three tracks work well)

Specifically recommended courses:

Biology

  • 312: Medical Bacteriology
  • 315: Virology
  • 325: Field Ecology
  • 326: Limnology
  • 386: Ecosystems Ecology

Chemistry

  • required courses for the major.

Skills: testing water and soil quality.

Experiences: water and soil monitoring program.

Environmental Geologist

2009 Curriculum, recommended second major: Geology

2010 Curriculum, recommended emphasis: Environmental Science Emphasis, Earth Science Track

Specially recommended courses:

Geography

  • 471: Geographic Information Systems

Geology

  • 320: Geomorphology
  • 344: Field Geology
  • 365: Hydrogeology
  • 370: Field Hydrogeology I
  • 371: Field Hydrogeology II

Skills: writing; research; critical thinking; field analysis.

Experiences: summer job or internship doing geological analysis.

 

Geographic Information Systems

2009 Curriculum, recommended second major: Geography

2010 Curriculum, recommended emphasis: both emphases work well with this specialty.

Specially recommended courses:

Geography

  • 314: Environmental Conservation
  • 371: Cartography
  • 382: Remote Sensing of the Environment
  • 391: Computer Cartography
  • 414: Natural Resource Management
  • 471: Geographic Information Systems
  • 472: Advanced Geographic Information Systems

Skills: cartography; remote sensing of the environment; G.I.S.

Experiences: internship using cartography and G.I.S.

Environmental Business Management

2009 Curriculum, recommended second major: Business Administration.

2010 Curriculum, recommended emphasis: Environmental Policy and Values, Policy, Planning & Resource Management Track.

Specially recommended courses:

Business Administration

  • 450: Environmental Management

Economics

  • 355: Natural Resources Economics
  • 360: Environmental Economics and Policy

Geography

  • 471: Geographic Information Systems

Public Administration

  • 221: Introduction to Public Administration.

Skills: writing, public speaking, economic analysis and research, marketing, accounting

Experiences: internship with a business; leadership in a student organization, etc.

Environmental Journalism

2009 Curriculum, recommended second major: Journalism

2010 Curriculum, recommended emphasis: Environmental Policy & Values Emphasis (both tracks work well)

Specially recommended courses:

Economics

  • 355: Natural Resources Economics
  • 360: Environmental Economics and Policy

Journalism

  • 327: Reporting
  • 341: Press and Society
  • 413: Feature Writing
  • 428: Advanced Reporting

Political Science

  • 395: Global Environmental Politics.

Skills: writing; research; critical thinking; reporting.

Experiences: reporter with student newspaper, internship with a newspaper.

International Relations and Global Environment Politics

2009 recommended, second major: International Studies or Political Science (triple major is possible)

2010 recommended, emphasis: Environmental Policy & Values (both tracks work well)

Specially recommended courses:

  • Environmental Studies 380: Globalization
  • Political Science 395: Global Environmental Politics

Skills: writing; research; critical thinking; economic analysis

Experiences: Model U.N.; leadership in student activist organization.

Environmental Advocacy

2009 Curriculum, recommended second major or minors : Communication or Political Science double major, or minors in both. Also consider the minor in Social Justice.
2010 Curriculum, recommended emphasis: Environmental Policy & Values Emphasis (either track works well)

Specially recommended courses:

Communication

  • 214: Interpersonal Speech Communication
  • 215: Small Group Communication
  • 275: Argumentation and Debate
  • 303: Advanced Public Speaking
  • 319: Persuasion
  • 326: Communication and Conflict
  • 348: Media Criticism

Economics

  • 355: Natural Resources Economics
  • 360: Environmental Economics and Policy

Political Science

  • 305: Constitutional Law and Judicial Policy-Making I
  • 306: Constitutional Law and Judicial Policy-Making II
  • 310: Urban Government
  • 321: American Public Policy
  • 350: Political Behavior
  • 392: Judicial Process in America
  • 394: Community Power Systems

Public Administration

  • 221: Introduction to Public Administration.
  • 363: American Bureaucracy and Political Process

Skills: writing, public speaking, critical thinking; research, conflict resolution, building community, grant writing.

Experiences: leadership in student environmental advocacy groups; summer work with environmental advocacy organizations; SCA.

Environmental Education/Interpretation

2009 Curriculum, recommended second major or minors: Minors in Biology and Geography and Geology.

2010 Curriculum. recommended track: Environmental Science Emphasis (all three tracks work well)

Specially recommended courses:

Biology

  • 230: Biology of Animals
  • 231: Biology of Plants and Microbes
  • 325: Field Ecology
  • 326: Limnology
  • 330: Ichthyology
  • 332: Entomology
  • 327: Microbial Ecology
  • 367: Field Ornithology
  • 373: Biology Field Trip
  • 376: Population and Community Ecology
  • 386: Ecosystems Ecology

Education Studies

  • 316: Teaching Science and Environmental Education in the Elementary/Middle School

Environmental Studies

  • 345: History of American Wilderness

History

  • 342: U.S. Environmental History

Geography

  • 314: Environmental Conservation
  • 414: Natural Resource Management
  • 471: Information Systems

Geology

  • 320: Geomorphology
  • 331: Structural Geology
  • 335: Glacial Geology
  • 344: Field Geology
  • 361: Lake Superior Trip
  • 399: Geology of Wisconsin – Field Course.

Skills: Plant and animal identification; geological and geographical identification; field ecology analysis

Experiences: Volunteer at a nature education center; internship in environmental education.

Environmental Policy

2009 Curriculum, recommended second major or minors: Political Science double major, or Economics double major, or double minor in Political Science and Economics.

2010 Curriculum, recommended emphasis: Environmental Policy & Values Track, Policy, Planning & Resource Management Track.

Specially recommended courses:

Economics

  • 355: Natural Resources Economics
  • 360: Environmental Economics and Policy

Environmental Studies

  • 380: Globalization

Geography

  • 314: Environmental Conservation
  • 377: Population and Environment
  • 414: Natural Resource Management
  • 471: Geographic Information Systems

Political Science

  • 395: Global Environmental Politics

Public Administration

  • 391: Environmental Energy Management

Urban and Regional Studies

  • 317: Land Use Regulations

Skills: writing; research; critical thinking; G.I.S.

Experiences: leadership in student activist organization; internship with environmental advocacy group.

Land Use Planning

2009 Curriculum, recommended second major: Urban and Regional Studies double major.

2010 Curriculum, recommended emphasis: Environmental Policy & Values Emphasis, Policy, Planning & Resource Management Track.

Specially recommended courses:

Economics

  • 339: Urban and Regional Economics and Policy
  • 355: Natural Resources Economics
  • 360: Environmental Economics and Policy

Environmental Studies

  • 345: History of American Wilderness

Geography

  • 314: Environmental Conservation
  • 324: Urban Geography
  • 377: Population and Environment
  • 414: Natural Resource Management
  •  471: Geographic Information Systems

Geology

  • 365: Hydrogeology

History

  • 342: U.S. Environmental History

Political Science

  • 366: Politics of Urban Growth

Sociology

  • 311: Sociology of the Modern City

Urban and Regional Studies

  • 300: Planning
  • 317: Land Use Regulations

 

  • and many others

Skills: writing; research; critical thinking; G.I.S.

Experiences: internship with a land use planning department of a municipality.

Environmental Studies

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