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Environmental Sciences B.S.

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  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 120
  • This program requires summer terms.
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
The BS in environmental sciences is designed to provide students with the scientific background and practical skills needed to successfully address environmental issues and the background required to be successful applicants to graduate programs. Students may choose from advanced courses designed to emphasize studies in biological remediation technologies, water quality, or agriculture while participating in a common core of courses which provide knowledge in the basic principles relevant to all areas.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the graduation requirements.
Program Requirements
Environmental Sciences Core Requirements
A maximum of two D grades are allowed for courses required in the program, subplan/emphasis, and technology requirements. This includes grades earned at UMC or transferred in from another institution. Required Courses - 44 credits
AGRO 3030 - Research Techniques in Agriculture and Natural Resources (3.0 cr)
BIOL 1805 - Nature of Life (2.0 cr)
BIOL 1009 - General Biology [BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
BIOL 2032 - General Microbiology (4.0 cr)
BIOL 3420 - Ecotoxicology (3.0 cr)
BIOL 3899 - Pre-Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
BIOL 3900 - Internship (1.0-2.0 cr)
BIOL 3901 - Post-Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
ECON 1010 - Global Trade Economics [GLOB PERSP] (3.0 cr)
ECON 2101 - Microeconomics [HI/BEH/SSC] (3.0 cr)
ENSC 2055 - Hazardous Waste Worker Training (3.0 cr)
ENSC 3124 - Environmental Science and Remediation Techniques (3.0 cr)
ENSC 3720 - Fate of Chemicals in the Environment (4.0 cr)
ENSC 4022 - Risk Assessment and Environmental Impact Statements (3.0 cr)
ENSC 4100 - Capstone in Environmental Science (2.0 cr)
NATR 3374 - Ecology [BIOL SCI] (4.0 cr)
WRIT 3303 - Writing in Your Profession (3.0 cr)
Chemistry Core Requirements
Required Courses - 17 credits. Some courses may also count towards the liberal education requirements.
CHEM 1061 - Chemical Principles I [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1062 - Chemical Principles II (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1065 - Chemical Principles I Laboratory [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (1.0 cr)
CHEM 1066 - Chemical Principles II Laboratory (1.0 cr)
CHEM 2301 - Organic Chemistry I (3.0 cr)
CHEM 2310 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (2.0 cr)
CHEM 3022 - Chemical Analysis in the Biological and Environmental Sciences (4.0 cr)
Math and Physics Core Requirements
Required Courses - 11 credits. Some courses may also count towards the liberal education requirements.
MATH 1150 - Elementary Statistics [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)
MATH 1271 - Calculus I [MATH THINK] (4.0 cr)
PHYS 1101 - Introductory College Physics I [PHYS SCI] (4.0 cr)
Liberal Education Requirements
A minimum of 40 liberal education credits are required. Students must complete the 10 goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum with the following specific liberal education courses required.
COMP 1011 - Composition I [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
COMP 1013 - Composition II [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
SPCH 1101 - Public Speaking [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
Technology Requirement
Students must take 3 credits from the following courses. (If applicable, the course selected from below may be used to satisfy both the program and technology requirements.)
CA 1xxx
or CA 2xxx
or CHEM 3022 - Chemical Analysis in the Biological and Environmental Sciences (4.0 cr)
or MATH 1150 - Elementary Statistics [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Agricultural Environmental Stewardship
The BS in environmental sciences with an emphasis in agricultural environmental stewardship trains students with the scientific background and practical skills needed to successfully address environmental issues, by providing them with the background of agricultural operations that enables them to understand the fate of chemicals in the environment and the impact agriculture can have on the fate and transport of chemicals in the environment. Students also learn about techniques in various fields of agriculture that minimize the impact on the environment while still producing the food, energy, shelter, and other commodities needed to sustain the human population. Graduates with this emphasis will: Be ideally suited to bridge the gap between agricultural production and environmental science. Be ideally suited for employment with government agencies such as NRCS, USDA, EPA, and others.
Agricultural Environmental Stewardship Requirements
Required Courses - 15 credits
AGRO 1183 - Field Crops: Production Principles (3.0 cr)
ANSC 3004 - Livestock Facilities and Environmental Systems (3.0 cr)
ASM 2200 - Introduction to Renewable Energy Systems (3.0 cr)
NATR 2630 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3.0 cr)
SOIL 1293 - Soil Science (3.0 cr)
Agricultural Environmental Stewardship Electives
Students must complete enough electives credits from the following courses to satisfy the 120 credit requirement for graduation.
Take 1 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AGRO 3130 - Forages (3.0 cr)
· AGRO 3444 - Crop Production (4.0 cr)
· AGRO 3640 - Weed Science (3.0 cr)
· ANSC 1205 - Beef and Dairy Production Techniques (2.0 cr)
· ANSC 2104 - Feeds and Feeding (4.0 cr)
· ANSC 3204 - Dairy Production (4.0 cr)
· ASM 3009 - Surveying (4.0 cr)
· ASM 3202 - Solar, Wind, and Geo-Thermal Systems (3.0 cr)
· ASM 3360 - Applications in Precision Agriculture (3.0 cr)
· NATR 3344 - Land Use Planning (3.0 cr)
· NATR 3635 - Geographic Information Systems Applications (3.0 cr)
· SOIL 3414 - Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition (4.0 cr)
· SWM 3009 - Hydrology and Water Quality (4.0 cr)
· SWM 3224 - Soil and Water Conservation (4.0 cr)
· SWM 3225 - Watershed Management (3.0 cr)
Environmental Ecology
The BS in environmental sciences with an emphasis in environmental ecology is designed to not only provide students with the scientific background and practical skills needed to successfully address environmental issues, but also to provide graduating students with an ecological perspective on the relationships and interdependence of organisms in terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Students electing to pursue this emphasis area become familiar with water quality issues, soil quality issues, and research techniques used to analyze various substrates for environmental contaminants. Students learn the impact that human activities can have on these biota, but also how the biota can be used in biological remediation techniques to remove the contamination caused by human activities. Graduates with this emphasis will: Be ideally suited for environmental consulting firms. Understand the ecological relationships between biota and also how the ecosystems can be impacted by human activities. Understand how to protect sensitive ecosystems and how to restore ecosystems that have already been impaired by human activities.
Environmental Ecology Requirements
Required Courses - 19 credits
BIOL 2022 - General Botany (3.0 cr)
GEOL 1001 - Introductory Geology [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (3.0 cr)
NATR 3480 - Ecological Restoration (3.0 cr)
NATR 3699 - Integrated Resource Management (3.0 cr)
SOIL 1293 - Soil Science (3.0 cr)
SWM 3009 - Hydrology and Water Quality (4.0 cr)
Environmental Ecology Electives
Students must complete enough electives credits from the following courses to satisfy the 120 credit requirement for graduation.
Take 1 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ANSC 3004 - Livestock Facilities and Environmental Systems (3.0 cr)
· BIOL 3131 - Plant Physiology (3.0 cr)
· NATR 2630 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3.0 cr)
· NATR 3364 - Plant Taxonomy (3.0 cr)
· NATR 3376 - Wetland and Riparian Ecology and Management (3.0 cr)
· NATR 3486 - Conservation Biology (3.0 cr)
· NATR 3488 - Invasive Species Ecology and Management (3.0 cr)
· NATR 3580 - Advanced Ecological Restoration (2.0 cr)
· NATR 3660 - Prairie Ecosystem Management (2.0 cr)
· NATR 3699 - Integrated Resource Management (3.0 cr)
· PHYS 1102 - Introductory College Physics II [PHYS SCI] (4.0 cr)
· SOIL 3414 - Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition (4.0 cr)
· SWM 3224 - Soil and Water Conservation (4.0 cr)
Environmental Health
The BS in environmental sciences with an emphasis in environmental health trains students with the scientific background and practical skills needed to successfully address environmental issues while also providing them with an understanding of how environmental or occupational factors (physical, chemical, and biological) interact with a human body causing an adverse impact on human health or the ecological balances essential to long-term human survivorship. Graduates with this emphasis will: Understand how environmental or occupational factors impact human health. Be able to make recommendations as to when an environmental or occupational hazard needs to be remediated due to its impacts on human health. Be ideal candidates for environmental health graduate programs, and as government health officials and environmental health and safety specialists within any organization.
Environmental Health Requirements
Required Courses - 18 credits
BIOL 2012 - General Zoology (4.0 cr)
BIOL 2103 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4.0 cr)
BIOL 2104 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4.0 cr)
ENSC 3104 - Toxicology (3.0 cr)
PUBH 3102 - Issues in Environmental and Occupational Health (UMTC) (3.0 cr)
Environmental Health Electives
Students must complete enough electives credits from the following courses to satisfy the 120 credit requirement for graduation.
Take 1 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AGRO 3640 - Weed Science (3.0 cr)
· CHEM 3021 - Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
· ENSC 3132 - Air, Water, and Human Health (3.0 cr)
· ENSC 3524 - Global Climate Change and Human Health (3.0 cr)
· HSCI 1123 - Fundamentals of Nutrition [BIOL SCI] (3.0 cr)
· PHYS 1102 - Introductory College Physics II [PHYS SCI] (4.0 cr)
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
The BS in environmental sciences with an emphasis in environmental toxicology and chemistry trains students with the scientific background and practical skills needed to successfully address environmental issues while also providing them with an understanding of the impacts of environmental contaminants on the biota. Chemical and toxicological aspects of environmental science are emphasized. Graduates with this emphasis will: Understand what factors (chemical, biological, physical) impact the fate and transport of chemicals in the environment. Understand phase partitioning and how to determine the ultimate fate of a chemical released into the environment. Be ideally suited for environmental consulting firms, pharmaceutical companies, and government agencies such as EPA, USGS, and others. Be ideal candidates for graduate programs in environmental toxicology, chemistry, ecotoxicology, or any other science based graduate program.
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Requirements
Required Courses - 17 to 18 credits
CHEM 2302 - Organic Chemistry II (3.0 cr)
CHEM 2311 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (2.0 cr)
CHEM 3021 - Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
ENSC 3104 - Toxicology (3.0 cr)
SOIL 1293 - Soil Science (3.0 cr)
BIOL 2012 - General Zoology (4.0 cr)
or BIOL 2022 - General Botany (3.0 cr)
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Electives
Students must complete enough electives credits from the following courses to satisfy the 120 credit requirement for graduation.
Take 1 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AGRO 3640 - Weed Science (3.0 cr)
· ENSC 3133 - Global Change and Biogeochemistry (3.0 cr)
· ENSC 3143 - Environmental Microbiology (3.0 cr)
· ENSC 4608 - Biodegradation and Bioremediation (3.0 cr)
· GEOL 1001 - Introductory Geology [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (3.0 cr)
· NATR 3699 - Integrated Resource Management (3.0 cr)
· PHYS 1102 - Introductory College Physics II [PHYS SCI] (4.0 cr)
· SOIL 3414 - Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition (4.0 cr)
· SWM 3009 - Hydrology and Water Quality (4.0 cr)
Individualized Environmental Sciences
The BS in environmental sciences with an emphasis in individualized environmental sciences allows students and advisors to select courses from the entire list of environmental science electives for the environmental sciences major. This allows students to work out an individual plan of study in cooperation with their academic advisors to prepare them for any particular aspect of environmental sciences that may not be covered by one of the existing emphasis areas. This emphasis area also allows great flexibility for individual students while maintaining the strong background in the sciences needed to be a successful environmental scientist.
Individualized Environmental Sciences Electives
Students must complete enough electives credits from the following courses to satisfy the 120 credit requirement for graduation.
Take 20 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AGRO 3130 - Forages (3.0 cr)
· AGRO 3444 - Crop Production (4.0 cr)
· AGRO 3640 - Weed Science (3.0 cr)
· ANSC 1205 - Beef and Dairy Production Techniques (2.0 cr)
· ANSC 2104 - Feeds and Feeding (4.0 cr)
· ANSC 3004 - Livestock Facilities and Environmental Systems (3.0 cr)
· ANSC 3204 - Dairy Production (4.0 cr)
· ASM 3009 - Surveying (4.0 cr)
· ASM 3202 - Solar, Wind, and Geo-Thermal Systems (3.0 cr)
· ASM 3360 - Applications in Precision Agriculture (3.0 cr)
· BIOL 3131 - Plant Physiology (3.0 cr)
· CHEM 2302 - Organic Chemistry II (3.0 cr)
· CHEM 2311 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (2.0 cr)
· CHEM 3021 - Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
· ENSC 3104 - Toxicology (3.0 cr)
· ENSC 3132 - Air, Water, and Human Health (3.0 cr)
· ENSC 3133 - Global Change and Biogeochemistry (3.0 cr)
· ENSC 3143 - Environmental Microbiology (3.0 cr)
· ENSC 3524 - Global Climate Change and Human Health (3.0 cr)
· ENSC 4608 - Biodegradation and Bioremediation (3.0 cr)
· HSCI 1123 - Fundamentals of Nutrition [BIOL SCI] (3.0 cr)
· NATR 2630 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3.0 cr)
· NATR 3344 - Land Use Planning (3.0 cr)
· NATR 3364 - Plant Taxonomy (3.0 cr)
· NATR 3376 - Wetland and Riparian Ecology and Management (3.0 cr)
· NATR 3635 - Geographic Information Systems Applications (3.0 cr)
· NATR 3660 - Prairie Ecosystem Management (2.0 cr)
· NATR 3699 - Integrated Resource Management (3.0 cr)
· PHYS 1102 - Introductory College Physics II [PHYS SCI] (4.0 cr)
· SOIL 3414 - Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition (4.0 cr)
· SWM 3009 - Hydrology and Water Quality (4.0 cr)
· SWM 3103 - Meteorology and Climatology (3.0 cr)
· SWM 3224 - Soil and Water Conservation (4.0 cr)
· SWM 3225 - Watershed Management (3.0 cr)
Water Quality
The BS in environmental sciences with an emphasis in water quality trains students with the scientific background and practical skills needed to successfully address environmental issues while also providing them with an understanding of water movement in terrestrial and aquatic systems and how this water movement impacts pollutant movement. In addition students will understand how the presence of pollutants in aquatic systems impacts the water quality and how watersheds can be managed to minimize the presence of pollutants and their impact on human and environmental health. Graduates with this emphasis area will: Understand water movement and how water movement impacts pollutant movement. Be ideally suited for environmental consulting firms, government agencies such as USGS, and others.
Water Quality Requirements
Required Courses - 23 credits
BIOL 2022 - General Botany (3.0 cr)
BIOL 3722 - Limnology (3.0 cr)
GEOL 1001 - Introductory Geology [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (3.0 cr)
SOIL 1293 - Soil Science (3.0 cr)
SWM 3009 - Hydrology and Water Quality (4.0 cr)
SWM 3224 - Soil and Water Conservation (4.0 cr)
SWM 3225 - Watershed Management (3.0 cr)
Water Quality Electives
Students must complete enough electives credits from the following courses to satisfy the 120 credit requirement for graduation.
Take 1 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AGRO 3640 - Weed Science (3.0 cr)
· ENSC 3133 - Global Change and Biogeochemistry (3.0 cr)
· ENSC 3143 - Environmental Microbiology (3.0 cr)
· ENSC 4608 - Biodegradation and Bioremediation (3.0 cr)
· NATR 2630 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3.0 cr)
· NATR 3376 - Wetland and Riparian Ecology and Management (3.0 cr)
· PHYS 1102 - Introductory College Physics II [PHYS SCI] (4.0 cr)
· SOIL 3414 - Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition (4.0 cr)
· SWM 3103 - Meteorology and Climatology (3.0 cr)
 
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AGRO 3030 - Research Techniques in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Experimental design and methodology in agriculture and natural resources research. Basic philosophy, data interpretation and analysis, and application of research information to practical management situations. prereq: Math 1150, Jr or Sr
BIOL 1805 - Nature of Life
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: Biology major
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to biology program, faculty, coursework, and expectations. Mandatory camping trip to Itasca State Park. prereq: Biology major
BIOL 1009 - General Biology (BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Major concepts of modern biology. Molecular structure of living things. Energy recruitment/utilization. Flow of genetic information through organisms/populations. Principles of inheritance, ecology, and evolution. Lab. prereq: High school science courses
BIOL 2032 - General Microbiology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Fundamental principles of microbiology. Bacterial metabolism, growth, and genetics. Biology of viruses/fungi. Microorganisms and disease. Applied microbiology. prereq: Biol 1009 or 1009H or 2103, Chem 1001 or 1021
BIOL 3420 - Ecotoxicology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Overview of ecotoxicology ranging from molecular to global issues. Major classes of contaminants, bioaccumulation, toxic effects, and risks. prereq: CHEM 1001
BIOL 3899 - Pre-Internship Seminar
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Expectations/responsibilities of internship. Preparing for graduate school application/job search. Presentations about internship experiences by those who have recently completed 3900 (internship). Discussions between students, staff, and invited guests.
BIOL 3900 - Internship
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Credit given for professional work experience outside an academic deparment. prereq: 3899, department approval, consent of instructor
BIOL 3901 - Post-Internship Seminar
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Students who have recently completed internships prepare/deliver PowerPoint presentation on experience. Discussions between post-/pre-internship students, staff, and invited guests. prereq: 3900
ECON 1010 - Global Trade Economics (GLOB PERSP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Overview of ecological/demographic/economic factors influencing current agricultural, industrial, environmental development issues.
ECON 2101 - Microeconomics (HI/BEH/SSC)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Basic economic principles of pricing, resource allocation, consumption. Supply/demand, cost of production, consumer behavior. Competition/influences of market structure. prereq: Math 0991 or 2 yrs high school algebra or equiv
ENSC 2055 - Hazardous Waste Worker Training
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
History of chemical emergency response laws and regulations, hazard assessments, fire and explosions, oxidizers, ionizing radiation, environmental stresses and hazards, site characterization, air monitoring, protective clothing and respiratory protection, site control, decomtamination and site emergencies will be covered.
ENSC 3124 - Environmental Science and Remediation Techniques
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Advanced understanding of environmental science. Issues surrounding ecosystem management, risk assessment, sustainable energy, water quality, air quality. Remediation techniques(traditional/nontraditional), environmental laws.
ENSC 3720 - Fate of Chemicals in the Environment
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
How chemicals released into the environment are distributed in water, air, etc., based on chemical/physical properties. prereq: CHEM 2301, CHEM 2310
ENSC 4022 - Risk Assessment and Environmental Impact Statements
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Environmental risk assessments, including cost benefit analysis, risk analysis, risk characterization. Develop environmental impact statements. Toxicity assessment, uncertainty analysis, risk management.
ENSC 4100 - Capstone in Environmental Science
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: Sr
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Explore controversial environmental topics. Capstone project. Journal about/present project to class at end of semester. prereq: Sr
NATR 3374 - Ecology (BIOL SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Interactions among plants, animals, and the physical environment; structure and function of ecosystems; population dynamics, biotic communities; principles of biotic succession and ecosystem management. prereq: Biol 1009, Soil 1293
WRIT 3303 - Writing in Your Profession
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Writing about subjects related to students' academic disciplines and future professions. Developing persuasive writing skills for academic, personal, and professional purposes. Effective communication principles, audiences, formats, and technologies. prereq: Comp 1011 and 1013 or 6 credits of writing
CHEM 1061 - Chemical Principles I (PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Concepts of inorganic chemistry, atomic theory/structure, periodicity of elements. Basic rules of oxidation/chemical combination. Molecular structure (hybridization, molecular orbitals). Thermochemistry, gases, solution process, colligative properties. prereq: 1001
CHEM 1062 - Chemical Principles II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Behavior of gases, thermodynamics, properties of solutions, solution equilibria, oxidation/reduction reactions. Rigorous course. Develops chemical foundations required in some agriculture, environmental, preprofessional programs. prereq: 1061 minimum C- grade, 1065
CHEM 1065 - Chemical Principles I Laboratory (PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Basic laboratory skills. Investigating physical/chemical phenomena associated with lecture material. Experimental design, data collection/treatment, discussion of errors, proper treatment of hazardous wastes. prereq: 1001
CHEM 1066 - Chemical Principles II Laboratory
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Basic laboratory skills. Investigating physical/chemical phenomena associated with lecture material. Experimental design, data collection/treatment, discussion of errors, proper treatment of hazardous wastes. prereq: 1061 minimum C- grade, 1065
CHEM 2301 - Organic Chemistry I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Important classes of organic compounds, their structures/reactions. Relation between structure, reactivity, and properties. Spectroscopic characterization of organic molecules. prereq: 1062, 1066, concurrent enrollment in 2310
CHEM 2310 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Laboratory techniques in synthesis, purification, and characterization of organic compounds. prereq: Concurrent enrollment in 2301
CHEM 3022 - Chemical Analysis in the Biological and Environmental Sciences
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Theories/techniques of quantitative chemical analysis. Covers data handling, atomic/molecular spectroscopies, gas/liquid chromatography, and mass spectrometry. Labs focus on application of quantitative chemical methods to problems encourntered in environmental science/biology. prereq: 2301, 2310
MATH 1150 - Elementary Statistics (MATH THINK)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Descriptive statistics, elementary probability, normal distribution, binomial distribution, confidence intervals, tests of hypotheses, correlation, regression, chi-square, ANOVA. prereq: 0991 or ACT math score of 20 or higher
MATH 1271 - Calculus I (MATH THINK)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Limits, differential calculus of functions of single variable, applications. Introduction to integral calculus of single variable. prereq: 1250 or ACT math score of 28 or higher
PHYS 1101 - Introductory College Physics I (PHYS SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
First of two-semester sequence. Algebra-based introduction to physics and physics problem solving. Motion, forces, torque, momentum, energy, thermal energy/heat. Topics presented in applied context. prereq: Math 1031
COMP 1011 - Composition I (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Process of clear, concrete, and convincing writing. Generation and discovery of subjects, revisions, editing.
COMP 1013 - Composition II (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Writing a research paper/s. Formulating/answering a research question. Developing an organizational/argument strategy for topic/audience. Supporting research question/argument with scholarly sources. prereq: 1011
SPCH 1101 - Public Speaking (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topic selection, research, organization, rehearsal, and extemporaneous delivery of informative and persuasive speeches.
CHEM 3022 - Chemical Analysis in the Biological and Environmental Sciences
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Theories/techniques of quantitative chemical analysis. Covers data handling, atomic/molecular spectroscopies, gas/liquid chromatography, and mass spectrometry. Labs focus on application of quantitative chemical methods to problems encourntered in environmental science/biology. prereq: 2301, 2310
MATH 1150 - Elementary Statistics (MATH THINK)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Descriptive statistics, elementary probability, normal distribution, binomial distribution, confidence intervals, tests of hypotheses, correlation, regression, chi-square, ANOVA. prereq: 0991 or ACT math score of 20 or higher
AGRO 1183 - Field Crops: Production Principles
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles and cultural practices used in growing certain row crops, small grains, oil crops, and specialty crops.
ANSC 3004 - Livestock Facilities and Environmental Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Effects of environment on animal production. Principles of environmental control. Planning open, partial, and total environmentally controlled systems for livestock. Functional, economic, and environmental considerations. Feed handling systems, waste management alternatives. prereq: 1205 or 1206, Math 1031, or instructor consent
ASM 2200 - Introduction to Renewable Energy Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey of energy needs as a nation. Changes in world energy demands. Sources of renewable energy. Employment opportunities in bio-fuels, solar, wind, and geo-thermal. Site tours, guest lectures.
NATR 2630 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Application/use of computer-based information systems, data delivery, and geographic information systems in natural resource management and regional planning. Labs focus on developing basic competence using current suite of ArcGIS software and finding, retrieving and utilizing data currently available from public resource management agencies. prereq: 1244, MATH 1031
SOIL 1293 - Soil Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Formation, classification, and composition of soils, with emphasis on environmental quality, chemical and physical properties affecting growth and nutrition of plants, management principles and practices used to increase productivity and conserve soil and water resources for agronomic crops. prereq: Chem 1001
AGRO 3130 - Forages
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Characteristics, distribution, preservation, and uses of forage crops for pasture, silage, hay, and soil improvement. Cultural practices, disease and insect control, seed production, forage storage. Interrelationships between animals and plants as they relate to selection, production, and utilization of forage crops.
AGRO 3444 - Crop Production
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles, including best cultural practices for crops of particular economic importance to the region. Oilseed, small grain, and specialty crops. prereq: 1183
AGRO 3640 - Weed Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Mechanical, cultural, biological, and chemical weed control practices. Factors affecting control. Classification and modes of action of herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and plant growth regulators. prereq: [BIOL 1009, CHEM 1401, SOIL 1293] or instructor consent
ANSC 1205 - Beef and Dairy Production Techniques
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Skills necessary for successful/economical beef and dairy production.
ANSC 2104 - Feeds and Feeding
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Identification and use of feed grains, forages, supplemental feeds, and additives. Bushel weights, price, and cost per unit calculations. Moisture content calculations. Factors influencing feed quality, feed value, price, and storage. Digestion, ration formulation, and feed processing methods. prereq: 1004, high school chem or Chem 1001
ANSC 3204 - Dairy Production
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Growth/development of dairy cattle. Genetics/breeding, dairy nutrition, growth/development of heifer to first calving. Getting cows into production and their subsequent management, including milking management skills. prereq: 1205 or 1206, 2104
ASM 3009 - Surveying
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles, statistical methods, theory, applications. Measurement of distance, angles, directions using theodolites, electronic distance measurement, transits, total stations. Exercises in leveling, profiling, topographic mapping, traversing, land/construction surveying. Introduction to photogrammetry, GPS, GIS.
ASM 3202 - Solar, Wind, and Geo-Thermal Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Historical development of solar, wind, and geo-thermal industries. Mechanical processes of design/utilization of these renewable energy sources. Economics, current legislation. Site tours, guest lectures. prereq: 2200
ASM 3360 - Applications in Precision Agriculture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to applications of precision agriculture. Hands-on practice of mapping fields. Grid sampling techniques. Variable rate applications. Yield mapping/interpretation. Map information. prereq: ITM 1010, Soil 1293
NATR 3344 - Land Use Planning
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Ecological, economic, and legal principles applied to land use planning in relation to agricultural, industrial, residential, wild land, forestry, recreational, and transportation needs. Legislative, agency, and citizen involvement in environmental law formulation and enforcement. Case studies. prereq: Jr or Sr status
NATR 3635 - Geographic Information Systems Applications
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced principles/applications of geographic information systems. Nature/accuracy of geo-referenced data and methods of data capture, storage, retrieval, modeling, and digital map display. Includes semester-long lab project. prereq: 2630
SOIL 3414 - Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Soil fertility management and its effect on crop growth. Uptake and use of specific important nutrients; use of fertilizers, their composition and characteristics; importance of residue management to maintain high productivity; environmental impact of certain agronomic practices. prereq: Soil 1293, soph, or instructor consent
SWM 3009 - Hydrology and Water Quality
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles/theory of surface/ground water quality, including but not limited to water budget, hydrologic cycle, water quantities, Darcy's Law, water quality units and flow rates, hydraulic conductivity/permeability, and laboratory tests for and maintenance of water quality. prereq: Chem 1001, Math 1031, Soil 1293, jr, or instructor consent
SWM 3224 - Soil and Water Conservation
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Management principles and practices used to increase productivity and conserve soil and water resources for agronomic crops. Maintaining wildland and environmental quality through use of shelterbelts. prereq: Soil 1293, jr, or instructor consent
SWM 3225 - Watershed Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Precipitation, infiltration, evapo-transpiration, runoff from small watersheds. Application to design of structures, water/wind erosion practices. Design principles/techniques in constructing small impoundments and waste holding facilities, and in restoring wetlands. Selecting/applying irrigation/drainage systems.
BIOL 2022 - General Botany
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles of plant biology. Organization, function, growth/development, and reproductive biology of plants and plant-like organisms. Lab included. prereq: 1009 or 1009H
GEOL 1001 - Introductory Geology (PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Survey of Earth, including its composition, structure, and dynamics; internal and surface processes related to theories of sea floor and continental movement; summary of geological history and development of life.
NATR 3480 - Ecological Restoration
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles of restoring/repairing disturbed/damaged ecosystems. Assessing site conditions, establishing reference criteria, determining restoration goals/objectives, manipulating successional trajectories, determining measures of successful restoration. prereq: 3374
NATR 3699 - Integrated Resource Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Team study exploring synthesis of environmental, technical, economic, political, and administrative principles as applied to case studies and current management situations. Emphasis on decision-making process. prereq: Sr or instructor consent
SOIL 1293 - Soil Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Formation, classification, and composition of soils, with emphasis on environmental quality, chemical and physical properties affecting growth and nutrition of plants, management principles and practices used to increase productivity and conserve soil and water resources for agronomic crops. prereq: Chem 1001
SWM 3009 - Hydrology and Water Quality
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles/theory of surface/ground water quality, including but not limited to water budget, hydrologic cycle, water quantities, Darcy's Law, water quality units and flow rates, hydraulic conductivity/permeability, and laboratory tests for and maintenance of water quality. prereq: Chem 1001, Math 1031, Soil 1293, jr, or instructor consent
ANSC 3004 - Livestock Facilities and Environmental Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Effects of environment on animal production. Principles of environmental control. Planning open, partial, and total environmentally controlled systems for livestock. Functional, economic, and environmental considerations. Feed handling systems, waste management alternatives. prereq: 1205 or 1206, Math 1031, or instructor consent
BIOL 3131 - Plant Physiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 2022, Chem 1401
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Plant functions with emphasis on higher plants. Growth and development, mineral nutrition, translocation, water relations, photosynthesis, and nitrogen metabolism. prereq: 2022, Chem 1401
NATR 2630 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Application/use of computer-based information systems, data delivery, and geographic information systems in natural resource management and regional planning. Labs focus on developing basic competence using current suite of ArcGIS software and finding, retrieving and utilizing data currently available from public resource management agencies. prereq: 1244, MATH 1031
NATR 3364 - Plant Taxonomy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles of plant taxonomy with emphasis on higher vascular plants of the Upper Midwest: family characteristics, floral structure, ecology, evolutionary relationships, values to human life, and importance as wildlife food and cover. Methods of field study and collection. prereq: Biol 2022 or instructor consent
NATR 3376 - Wetland and Riparian Ecology and Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Ecology/management of wetland/riparian lands from global, continental, and Minnesota perspective. General ecology, structure/function, delineation, wetland plant identification, restoration/regulation programs. prereq: 3374
NATR 3486 - Conservation Biology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Science underlying methods of conservation of populations, species, ecosystems. Exploration of theory/practice of conservation within social, political, economic context of conservation problems. prereq: Biol 1009
NATR 3488 - Invasive Species Ecology and Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Identification, ecology, control/management of invasive plant/animal species in north central U.S. Characteristics of invasive species/ecological processes that occur when non-native species are introduced into new habitats. Pathways that have led to introduction/spread of invasives. prereq: 3374
NATR 3580 - Advanced Ecological Restoration
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: 3374, 3480
Typically offered: Every Spring
Advanced topics in ecological restoration, including evaluation of case studies. Explore current advancements, topics/emerging issues in theory/practice of restoration. prereq: 3374, 3480
NATR 3660 - Prairie Ecosystem Management
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Description of prairie biome of North America, ecological relationships. Uses by native American, European peoples as setting for art/literature and as habitat for wildlife/livestock, management, restoration. Identification of prairie plants. prereq: NatR 3374
NATR 3699 - Integrated Resource Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Team study exploring synthesis of environmental, technical, economic, political, and administrative principles as applied to case studies and current management situations. Emphasis on decision-making process. prereq: Sr or instructor consent
PHYS 1102 - Introductory College Physics II (PHYS SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Second of two-semester sequence. Algebra-based introduction to physics and physics problem solving. Vibrations, light, sound, electricity, magnetism. Selected modern physics topics (e.g., radiation). Topics presented in applied context. prereq: Math 1031, Phys 1101
SOIL 3414 - Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Soil fertility management and its effect on crop growth. Uptake and use of specific important nutrients; use of fertilizers, their composition and characteristics; importance of residue management to maintain high productivity; environmental impact of certain agronomic practices. prereq: Soil 1293, soph, or instructor consent
SWM 3224 - Soil and Water Conservation
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Management principles and practices used to increase productivity and conserve soil and water resources for agronomic crops. Maintaining wildland and environmental quality through use of shelterbelts. prereq: Soil 1293, jr, or instructor consent
BIOL 2012 - General Zoology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Major animal groups (phyla). Applications of morphological, physiological, and developmental characteristics to define evolutionary relationships. Parasitic forms affecting human welfare. Lab requires dissection, including mammals. prereq: 1009
BIOL 2103 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Systems approach to anatomical structures and physiological functions of human body. Key concepts at chemical, cellular, tissue, and organ levels. Emphasizes spacial relationships of structures and their related functions within integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous and endocrine systems. Lab. prereq: 1009
BIOL 2104 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Systems approach to anatomical structures and physiological functions of human body. Emphasizes spacial relationships of structures and their related functions within circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, and digestive systems. Metabolism, nutrition, urinary/reproductive systems, human development. Genetics concepts. Lab. prereq: 1009
ENSC 3104 - Toxicology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Principles of toxicology, including dose-response curves, classification/toxic action of chemicals from mechanistic approach, target organ toxicities, and risk assessment. Overview of field. prereq: BIOL 1009
PUBH 3102 - Issues in Environmental and Occupational Health (UMTC)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Scope of the field of environmental health. Concepts upon which environmental interventions are based. Consulting literature to identify appropriate interventions for community environmental health problems. Online course through Twin Cities campus.
AGRO 3640 - Weed Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Mechanical, cultural, biological, and chemical weed control practices. Factors affecting control. Classification and modes of action of herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and plant growth regulators. prereq: [BIOL 1009, CHEM 1401, SOIL 1293] or instructor consent
CHEM 3021 - Biochemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamentals of biochemistry. Structure/function of proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates. Metabolism, regulation of metabolism. Quantitative treatments of chemistry equilibria, enzyme catalysis, and bioenergetics. Chemistry basis of genetic information. prereq: Grade of at least C- in [2301 or consent of instructor], BIOL 1009
ENSC 3132 - Air, Water, and Human Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Impact of water quality and air pollution on the development of diseases, including cancer, respiratory diseases, and foodborne illness.
ENSC 3524 - Global Climate Change and Human Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Potential human health effects associated with global climate change. Topics include the effect of rising temperature on climate sensitive diseases, allergies, and food supply.
HSCI 1123 - Fundamentals of Nutrition (BIOL SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Fundamentals of nutrition and metabolism, including carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals, vitamins, and water. Assessment of health risks, health promotion, and disease prevention.
PHYS 1102 - Introductory College Physics II (PHYS SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Second of two-semester sequence. Algebra-based introduction to physics and physics problem solving. Vibrations, light, sound, electricity, magnetism. Selected modern physics topics (e.g., radiation). Topics presented in applied context. prereq: Math 1031, Phys 1101
CHEM 2302 - Organic Chemistry II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Reactions, synthesis, and characterization of organic compounds and biologically significant classes of organic compounds (lipids, carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids). prereq: [Grade of at least C- in 2301 or consent of instructor], concurrent enrollment in 2311
CHEM 2311 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Lab techniques in synthesis, purification, and characterization of organic compounds. prereq: 2310, concurrent enrollment in 2302
CHEM 3021 - Biochemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamentals of biochemistry. Structure/function of proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates. Metabolism, regulation of metabolism. Quantitative treatments of chemistry equilibria, enzyme catalysis, and bioenergetics. Chemistry basis of genetic information. prereq: Grade of at least C- in [2301 or consent of instructor], BIOL 1009
ENSC 3104 - Toxicology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Principles of toxicology, including dose-response curves, classification/toxic action of chemicals from mechanistic approach, target organ toxicities, and risk assessment. Overview of field. prereq: BIOL 1009
SOIL 1293 - Soil Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Formation, classification, and composition of soils, with emphasis on environmental quality, chemical and physical properties affecting growth and nutrition of plants, management principles and practices used to increase productivity and conserve soil and water resources for agronomic crops. prereq: Chem 1001
BIOL 2012 - General Zoology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Major animal groups (phyla). Applications of morphological, physiological, and developmental characteristics to define evolutionary relationships. Parasitic forms affecting human welfare. Lab requires dissection, including mammals. prereq: 1009
BIOL 2022 - General Botany
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles of plant biology. Organization, function, growth/development, and reproductive biology of plants and plant-like organisms. Lab included. prereq: 1009 or 1009H
AGRO 3640 - Weed Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Mechanical, cultural, biological, and chemical weed control practices. Factors affecting control. Classification and modes of action of herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and plant growth regulators. prereq: [BIOL 1009, CHEM 1401, SOIL 1293] or instructor consent
ENSC 3133 - Global Change and Biogeochemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Chemical and energy exchange associated with regional and global environmental problems.
ENSC 3143 - Environmental Microbiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Basic microbiological principles. Microbial metabolism. Identification/interactions of microbial populations responsible for biotransformation of pollutants. Mathematical modeling of microbially mediated processes. Biotechnology/engineering applications using microbial systems for pollution control.
ENSC 4608 - Biodegradation and Bioremediation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Fundamental concepts of microbial transformation of organic compounds and their application to biotechnology and biodegradation. Emphasis on influence of the chemical structure of pollutants and environmental conditions.
GEOL 1001 - Introductory Geology (PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Survey of Earth, including its composition, structure, and dynamics; internal and surface processes related to theories of sea floor and continental movement; summary of geological history and development of life.
NATR 3699 - Integrated Resource Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Team study exploring synthesis of environmental, technical, economic, political, and administrative principles as applied to case studies and current management situations. Emphasis on decision-making process. prereq: Sr or instructor consent
PHYS 1102 - Introductory College Physics II (PHYS SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Second of two-semester sequence. Algebra-based introduction to physics and physics problem solving. Vibrations, light, sound, electricity, magnetism. Selected modern physics topics (e.g., radiation). Topics presented in applied context. prereq: Math 1031, Phys 1101
SOIL 3414 - Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Soil fertility management and its effect on crop growth. Uptake and use of specific important nutrients; use of fertilizers, their composition and characteristics; importance of residue management to maintain high productivity; environmental impact of certain agronomic practices. prereq: Soil 1293, soph, or instructor consent
SWM 3009 - Hydrology and Water Quality
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles/theory of surface/ground water quality, including but not limited to water budget, hydrologic cycle, water quantities, Darcy's Law, water quality units and flow rates, hydraulic conductivity/permeability, and laboratory tests for and maintenance of water quality. prereq: Chem 1001, Math 1031, Soil 1293, jr, or instructor consent
AGRO 3130 - Forages
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Characteristics, distribution, preservation, and uses of forage crops for pasture, silage, hay, and soil improvement. Cultural practices, disease and insect control, seed production, forage storage. Interrelationships between animals and plants as they relate to selection, production, and utilization of forage crops.
AGRO 3444 - Crop Production
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles, including best cultural practices for crops of particular economic importance to the region. Oilseed, small grain, and specialty crops. prereq: 1183
AGRO 3640 - Weed Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Mechanical, cultural, biological, and chemical weed control practices. Factors affecting control. Classification and modes of action of herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and plant growth regulators. prereq: [BIOL 1009, CHEM 1401, SOIL 1293] or instructor consent
ANSC 1205 - Beef and Dairy Production Techniques
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Skills necessary for successful/economical beef and dairy production.
ANSC 2104 - Feeds and Feeding
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Identification and use of feed grains, forages, supplemental feeds, and additives. Bushel weights, price, and cost per unit calculations. Moisture content calculations. Factors influencing feed quality, feed value, price, and storage. Digestion, ration formulation, and feed processing methods. prereq: 1004, high school chem or Chem 1001
ANSC 3004 - Livestock Facilities and Environmental Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Effects of environment on animal production. Principles of environmental control. Planning open, partial, and total environmentally controlled systems for livestock. Functional, economic, and environmental considerations. Feed handling systems, waste management alternatives. prereq: 1205 or 1206, Math 1031, or instructor consent
ANSC 3204 - Dairy Production
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Growth/development of dairy cattle. Genetics/breeding, dairy nutrition, growth/development of heifer to first calving. Getting cows into production and their subsequent management, including milking management skills. prereq: 1205 or 1206, 2104
ASM 3009 - Surveying
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles, statistical methods, theory, applications. Measurement of distance, angles, directions using theodolites, electronic distance measurement, transits, total stations. Exercises in leveling, profiling, topographic mapping, traversing, land/construction surveying. Introduction to photogrammetry, GPS, GIS.
ASM 3202 - Solar, Wind, and Geo-Thermal Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Historical development of solar, wind, and geo-thermal industries. Mechanical processes of design/utilization of these renewable energy sources. Economics, current legislation. Site tours, guest lectures. prereq: 2200
ASM 3360 - Applications in Precision Agriculture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to applications of precision agriculture. Hands-on practice of mapping fields. Grid sampling techniques. Variable rate applications. Yield mapping/interpretation. Map information. prereq: ITM 1010, Soil 1293
BIOL 3131 - Plant Physiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 2022, Chem 1401
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Plant functions with emphasis on higher plants. Growth and development, mineral nutrition, translocation, water relations, photosynthesis, and nitrogen metabolism. prereq: 2022, Chem 1401
CHEM 2302 - Organic Chemistry II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Reactions, synthesis, and characterization of organic compounds and biologically significant classes of organic compounds (lipids, carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids). prereq: [Grade of at least C- in 2301 or consent of instructor], concurrent enrollment in 2311
CHEM 2311 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Lab techniques in synthesis, purification, and characterization of organic compounds. prereq: 2310, concurrent enrollment in 2302
CHEM 3021 - Biochemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamentals of biochemistry. Structure/function of proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates. Metabolism, regulation of metabolism. Quantitative treatments of chemistry equilibria, enzyme catalysis, and bioenergetics. Chemistry basis of genetic information. prereq: Grade of at least C- in [2301 or consent of instructor], BIOL 1009
ENSC 3104 - Toxicology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Principles of toxicology, including dose-response curves, classification/toxic action of chemicals from mechanistic approach, target organ toxicities, and risk assessment. Overview of field. prereq: BIOL 1009
ENSC 3132 - Air, Water, and Human Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Impact of water quality and air pollution on the development of diseases, including cancer, respiratory diseases, and foodborne illness.
ENSC 3133 - Global Change and Biogeochemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Chemical and energy exchange associated with regional and global environmental problems.
ENSC 3143 - Environmental Microbiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Basic microbiological principles. Microbial metabolism. Identification/interactions of microbial populations responsible for biotransformation of pollutants. Mathematical modeling of microbially mediated processes. Biotechnology/engineering applications using microbial systems for pollution control.
ENSC 3524 - Global Climate Change and Human Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Potential human health effects associated with global climate change. Topics include the effect of rising temperature on climate sensitive diseases, allergies, and food supply.
ENSC 4608 - Biodegradation and Bioremediation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Fundamental concepts of microbial transformation of organic compounds and their application to biotechnology and biodegradation. Emphasis on influence of the chemical structure of pollutants and environmental conditions.
HSCI 1123 - Fundamentals of Nutrition (BIOL SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Fundamentals of nutrition and metabolism, including carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals, vitamins, and water. Assessment of health risks, health promotion, and disease prevention.
NATR 2630 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Application/use of computer-based information systems, data delivery, and geographic information systems in natural resource management and regional planning. Labs focus on developing basic competence using current suite of ArcGIS software and finding, retrieving and utilizing data currently available from public resource management agencies. prereq: 1244, MATH 1031
NATR 3344 - Land Use Planning
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Ecological, economic, and legal principles applied to land use planning in relation to agricultural, industrial, residential, wild land, forestry, recreational, and transportation needs. Legislative, agency, and citizen involvement in environmental law formulation and enforcement. Case studies. prereq: Jr or Sr status
NATR 3364 - Plant Taxonomy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles of plant taxonomy with emphasis on higher vascular plants of the Upper Midwest: family characteristics, floral structure, ecology, evolutionary relationships, values to human life, and importance as wildlife food and cover. Methods of field study and collection. prereq: Biol 2022 or instructor consent
NATR 3376 - Wetland and Riparian Ecology and Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Ecology/management of wetland/riparian lands from global, continental, and Minnesota perspective. General ecology, structure/function, delineation, wetland plant identification, restoration/regulation programs. prereq: 3374
NATR 3635 - Geographic Information Systems Applications
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced principles/applications of geographic information systems. Nature/accuracy of geo-referenced data and methods of data capture, storage, retrieval, modeling, and digital map display. Includes semester-long lab project. prereq: 2630
NATR 3660 - Prairie Ecosystem Management
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Description of prairie biome of North America, ecological relationships. Uses by native American, European peoples as setting for art/literature and as habitat for wildlife/livestock, management, restoration. Identification of prairie plants. prereq: NatR 3374
NATR 3699 - Integrated Resource Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Team study exploring synthesis of environmental, technical, economic, political, and administrative principles as applied to case studies and current management situations. Emphasis on decision-making process. prereq: Sr or instructor consent
PHYS 1102 - Introductory College Physics II (PHYS SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Second of two-semester sequence. Algebra-based introduction to physics and physics problem solving. Vibrations, light, sound, electricity, magnetism. Selected modern physics topics (e.g., radiation). Topics presented in applied context. prereq: Math 1031, Phys 1101
SOIL 3414 - Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Soil fertility management and its effect on crop growth. Uptake and use of specific important nutrients; use of fertilizers, their composition and characteristics; importance of residue management to maintain high productivity; environmental impact of certain agronomic practices. prereq: Soil 1293, soph, or instructor consent
SWM 3009 - Hydrology and Water Quality
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles/theory of surface/ground water quality, including but not limited to water budget, hydrologic cycle, water quantities, Darcy's Law, water quality units and flow rates, hydraulic conductivity/permeability, and laboratory tests for and maintenance of water quality. prereq: Chem 1001, Math 1031, Soil 1293, jr, or instructor consent
SWM 3103 - Meteorology and Climatology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamentals of weather/climate. Energy balance, weather chart analysis, composition/circulation patterns of atmosphere, climates of continents. prereq: PHYS 1012
SWM 3224 - Soil and Water Conservation
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Management principles and practices used to increase productivity and conserve soil and water resources for agronomic crops. Maintaining wildland and environmental quality through use of shelterbelts. prereq: Soil 1293, jr, or instructor consent
SWM 3225 - Watershed Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Precipitation, infiltration, evapo-transpiration, runoff from small watersheds. Application to design of structures, water/wind erosion practices. Design principles/techniques in constructing small impoundments and waste holding facilities, and in restoring wetlands. Selecting/applying irrigation/drainage systems.
BIOL 2022 - General Botany
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles of plant biology. Organization, function, growth/development, and reproductive biology of plants and plant-like organisms. Lab included. prereq: 1009 or 1009H
BIOL 3722 - Limnology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Description/analysis of events in lakes, streams, and ponds, beginning with their origins and progressing through their physics, chemistry, and biology. These parameters interrelated with population of aquatic environment. prereq: Biol 2022, Chem 1001, Phys 1012, Math 1031 or 1131 or 1150
GEOL 1001 - Introductory Geology (PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Survey of Earth, including its composition, structure, and dynamics; internal and surface processes related to theories of sea floor and continental movement; summary of geological history and development of life.
SOIL 1293 - Soil Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Formation, classification, and composition of soils, with emphasis on environmental quality, chemical and physical properties affecting growth and nutrition of plants, management principles and practices used to increase productivity and conserve soil and water resources for agronomic crops. prereq: Chem 1001
SWM 3009 - Hydrology and Water Quality
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles/theory of surface/ground water quality, including but not limited to water budget, hydrologic cycle, water quantities, Darcy's Law, water quality units and flow rates, hydraulic conductivity/permeability, and laboratory tests for and maintenance of water quality. prereq: Chem 1001, Math 1031, Soil 1293, jr, or instructor consent
SWM 3224 - Soil and Water Conservation
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Management principles and practices used to increase productivity and conserve soil and water resources for agronomic crops. Maintaining wildland and environmental quality through use of shelterbelts. prereq: Soil 1293, jr, or instructor consent
SWM 3225 - Watershed Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Precipitation, infiltration, evapo-transpiration, runoff from small watersheds. Application to design of structures, water/wind erosion practices. Design principles/techniques in constructing small impoundments and waste holding facilities, and in restoring wetlands. Selecting/applying irrigation/drainage systems.
AGRO 3640 - Weed Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Mechanical, cultural, biological, and chemical weed control practices. Factors affecting control. Classification and modes of action of herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and plant growth regulators. prereq: [BIOL 1009, CHEM 1401, SOIL 1293] or instructor consent
ENSC 3133 - Global Change and Biogeochemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Chemical and energy exchange associated with regional and global environmental problems.
ENSC 3143 - Environmental Microbiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Basic microbiological principles. Microbial metabolism. Identification/interactions of microbial populations responsible for biotransformation of pollutants. Mathematical modeling of microbially mediated processes. Biotechnology/engineering applications using microbial systems for pollution control.
ENSC 4608 - Biodegradation and Bioremediation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Fundamental concepts of microbial transformation of organic compounds and their application to biotechnology and biodegradation. Emphasis on influence of the chemical structure of pollutants and environmental conditions.
NATR 2630 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Application/use of computer-based information systems, data delivery, and geographic information systems in natural resource management and regional planning. Labs focus on developing basic competence using current suite of ArcGIS software and finding, retrieving and utilizing data currently available from public resource management agencies. prereq: 1244, MATH 1031
NATR 3376 - Wetland and Riparian Ecology and Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Ecology/management of wetland/riparian lands from global, continental, and Minnesota perspective. General ecology, structure/function, delineation, wetland plant identification, restoration/regulation programs. prereq: 3374
PHYS 1102 - Introductory College Physics II (PHYS SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Second of two-semester sequence. Algebra-based introduction to physics and physics problem solving. Vibrations, light, sound, electricity, magnetism. Selected modern physics topics (e.g., radiation). Topics presented in applied context. prereq: Math 1031, Phys 1101
SOIL 3414 - Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Soil fertility management and its effect on crop growth. Uptake and use of specific important nutrients; use of fertilizers, their composition and characteristics; importance of residue management to maintain high productivity; environmental impact of certain agronomic practices. prereq: Soil 1293, soph, or instructor consent
SWM 3103 - Meteorology and Climatology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamentals of weather/climate. Energy balance, weather chart analysis, composition/circulation patterns of atmosphere, climates of continents. prereq: PHYS 1012