Undergraduate Courses

Please use the links below to jump different course-levels.

For courses numbered 700 and above, please see our graduate-level courses page.

Check the Course Guide or with the Student Services Coordinator for specific course offerings in a given semester.  Only courses activley taught are listed below.

F&W ECOL 001 Cooperative Education/Co-op in Forest & Wildlife Ecology, 1 cr.
Course Description: Full-time off-campus work experience which combines classroom theory with practical knowledge of operations to provide students with a background upon which to base a professional career. Students receive credit only for the term in which they are actively enrolled and working. The same work experience may not count towards credit in F&W Ecol 399.
Pre-Reqs: So st, and consent of supervising instructor and academic advisor.

F&W ECOL 100 Introduction to Forestry, 2 cr, in Fall 2017 this course will only be available in a FIG.
Course Description: Relationship of humans to forest resources. Roles of the forester in manipulating the forest environment to produce goods and services desired by contemporary society. Current issues in forest resource management and policy, with emphasis on the relation to environmental quality and natural resources.
Pre-Reqs: Open to Fr.

F&W ECOL 101 Orientation to Wildlife Ecology, 1 cr, Ms. Nack, offered Fall.
Course Description: Introduction to the Wildlife Ecology major and the profession of wildlife management/conservation. Emphasis on preparing students for a successful career.
Pre-Reqs: For Wl Ecol majors, if you are wish to declare wildlife ecology as your major, please see how to declare). Open to Fr

F&W ECOL 110 Living with Wildlife - Animals, Habitats, and Human Interactions, 3 cr, Dr. Berkelman, offered Fall.
Course Description: A general survey course of wildlife and wildlife conservation for non-majors. Basic characteristics and management of wildlife populations and habitats. Human perceptions and interactions with wildlife. Current issues in wildlife management and conservation. Prereqs> Open to all undergrads
Pre-Reqs: none

F&W ECOL 248 Environment, Natural Resources, and Society, 3 cr, primary department: Community & Environmental Sociology
Course Description: Introduces the concerns and principles of sociology through examination of human interaction with the natural environment. Places environmental issues such as resource depletion, population growth, food production, environmental regulation, and sustainability in national and global perspectives.
Pre-Reqs: Open to Fr

F&W ECOL 289 Honors Independent Study, 1-2 cr.
Course Description: None provided.
Pre-Reqs: Enrolled in the CALS Honors Prgm & So or Jr st. Inter-Ag 288

F&W ECOL 299 Independent Study, 1-3 cr.
Course Description: None provided.
Pre-Reqs: Open to Fr, So or Jr st & written cons inst

F&W ECOL 300 Forest Biometry, 4 cr, Professor Radeloff, offered Spring.
Course Description: Basic concepts of statistical inference and sampling theory as applied to forestry. Estimation of tree and forest characteristics. Use of aerial photographs; principles of data processing; information gathering and decision making under uncertainty.
Pre-Reqs: Stat 201 or Stat 224 or Stat 301 or equiv 

F&W ECOL 306 Terrestrial Vertebrates: Life History and Ecology, 4 cr, Professor Pidgeon, offered Spring.
Course Description: Life history, ecology, distribution, and taxonomy of reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. Birds will be covered only briefly. North American (particularly Wisconsin) species will be emphasized. Designed as a foundation for detailed study of vertebrates or to satisfy a basic interest in natural history.
Pre-Reqs: So st & an elementary crse in Zool

F&W ECOL 309 Diseases of Trees and Shrubs, 3 cr, Professor Stanosz, primary department: Plant Pathology, offered Fall.
Course Description: Fundamental disease concepts, pathogens and causal agents, diagnosis, and biologically rational strategies and practices for management of diseases of woody landscape plants. For professionals and degree students. One lecture/discussion and one lab/field trip per week.
Pre-Reqs: One semester of plant sci or cons inst

F&W ECOL 318 Principles of Wildlife Ecology, 3 cr, Dr. Berkelman, offered Fall.
Course Description: Major environmental factors affecting wildlife; structure and behavior of wildlife populations; regional wildlife communities and their conservation.
Pre-Reqs: For Wl Ecol majors, if you are wish to declare wildlife ecology as your major, please see how to declare). Open to Fr

F&W ECOL 335 Human/Animal Relationships: Biological and Philosophical Issues, 3 cr, primary department: Zoology.
Course Description: An interdisciplinary approach to our complex and often contradictory relationships with non-human animals, including information about the nature, needs and behavior of human and non-human animals in relation to our personal and professional interactions with them.
Pre-Reqs: So st

F&W ECOL 360 Extinction of Species, 3 cr, Professor Peery, offered Fall, Dr. Berkelman, offered Summer.
Course Description: A comprehensive treatment of the ecology, causes, and consequences of species extinction. Ecology and problems of individual species, habitat alteration and degradation, socio-economic pressures and conservation techniques and strategies.
Pre-Reqs: So st. An intro biology course strongly recommended 

F&W ECOL 371 Introduction to Environmental Remote Sensing, 3 cr, Professor Schneider, primary department: Environmental Studies, offered Fall.
Course description: Introduction to the Earth as viewed from above, focusing on use of aerial photography and satellite imagery to study the environment. Includes physical processes of electromagnetic radiation, data types and sensing capabilities, methods for interpretation, analysis and mapping, and applications.
Pre-Reqs: Math 114 & Sophomore standing

F&W ECOL 372 Intermediate Environmental Remote Sensing, 3 cr, Professor Schneider, primary department: Environmental Studies, offered Spring.
Course description: Examines intermediate-level concepts in information extraction, data processing and radiative transfer relevant to remote sensing of the environment. Includes transforms, image correction, classification algorithms and change detection, with emphasis on applications for land use planning and natural resource management.
Pre-Reqs: Envir St 371 or consent of instructor, sophomore standing

F&W ECOL 375 Special Topics, 1-4 cr.
Course description: Subjects of current interest to undergrads. See the Course Guide for current topics. Recent topics have included Wildlife Habitat Relationships, Conservation of White-tailed Deer, Conservation Genetics
Pre-Reqs: Cons inst

F&W ECOL 379 Principles of Wildlife Management, 3 cr, Professor Lutz, offered Spring.
Course Description: Ways of conserving desired numbers of animals for the overall best interests of society, be they aesthetic, ecological, economic, commercial or recreational; includes management of endangered species, exploited species, wildlife communities in nature reserves, and wildlife pests.
Pre-Reqs: F&W ECOL  318 or equiv

F&W ECOL 399 Coordinative Internship/Cooperative Education, 1-8 cr.
Course Description: None provided.
Pre-Reqs: So, Jr or Sr st and cons of supervising inst, advisor, and internship program coordinator

F&W ECOL 400 Study Abroad in Forest and Wildlife Ecology, 1-6 cr.
Course Description: Provides an area equivalency for courses taken on Madison Study Abroad Programs that do not equate to existing UW courses.
Pre-Reqs: Current registration in a U.W.-Madison Study Abroad Program

F&W ECOL 401 Physiological Animal Ecology, 3 cr, Professor Karasov, offered Fall.
Course Description: Physiological adaptation and function in wild animals, primarily birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians. Focus on interactions between animals and their environment, and relationships between animal physiology and the ecology and dynamics of populations.
Pre-Reqs: Jr st and basic zoology course

F&W ECOL 402 Dendrology, 2 cr, primary department: Botany, offered Fall.
Course Description: Identification, ranges, uses, and some ecological characteristics of evergreen and deciduous woody plants, both native and cultivated; lab and field work.
Pre-Reqs: A 5 cr intro college crse in bot or equiv

F&W ECOL 404 Wildlife Damage Management, 3 cr, Professor Drake, offered Fall (even years).
Course Description: Theory and application of wildlife management from a species-specific and situational perspective. Introduction to career options in wildlife damage management.
Pre-Reqs: F&W ECOL 379, or cons inst

F&W ECOL 410 Principles of Silviculture, 3-4 cr, Professor Stanosz, offered Spring, Forest Science majors must enroll for the optional lab and take for 4 credits.
Course Description: Ecologically-based forest management principles for sustainable timber production, maintenance or restoration of biological diversity, and maintenance of aesthetic quality and site productivity. Includes coverage of even-aged and uneven-aged management, reforestation principles, and ecological restoration techniques.
Pre-Reqs: Intro crse in ecology & Jr st, or cons inst

F&W ECOL 415 Tree Physiology, 3 cr, Professor Kruger, offered Fall.
Course Description: Physiological basis of development of forest trees and stands, factors affecting tree growth.
Pre-Reqs: Botany 350 or 500 or cons inst

F&W ECOL 424 Wildlife Ecology Summer Field Practicum, 2 cr, offered Summer (odd years).
Course Description: Two week field class emphasizing research and habitat management techniques through individual and group field work, tours, demonstrations and lectures. Class held in northern Wisconsin, transportation and lodging provided.
Pre-Reqs: Open to wildlife ecol majors only, Jr/Sr st or cons inst, students must apply for permission to enroll in wildlife summer camp

F&W ECOL 452 World Forest History, 3 cr, not currently offered.
Course Description: Examines world forest history, with attention to links between societal change and forest change. Examines how different peoples have used or abused the forest, how societies have struggled to establish policies governing forests, and how perceptions of forests have evolved.
Pre-Reqs: none

F&W ECOL 455 The Vegetation of Wisconsin, 4 cr, primary department: Botany.
Course Description: Ecology of Wisconsin plant communities: floristic composition, community structure; relationship to history, climate, soil, and geology; response to human perturbation. Lecture and lab.
Pre-Reqs: Botany 100, or Botany 130, or Botany/Zoology 151-152, or Biocore 313

F&W ECOL 460 General Ecology, 4 cr, primary department: Botany
Course Description: Ecology of individual organisms, populations, communities, ecosystems, landscapes, and the biosphere. The interaction of organisms with each other and their physical environment. These relationships are studied, often in quantitative terms, in both field and laboratory settings; lecture and lab.
Pre-Reqs: Intro crse in botany & zoology, or Bot/Zoo 151-152, or Biocore 301 or 333; for biol sci majors only

F&W ECOL 500 Insects in Forest Ecosystem Function and Management, 2 cr, primary department: Entomology, offered Fall (odd years).
Course Description: Roles of insects in the functioning of healthy forest ecosystems, tactics for addressing challenges they pose to sustainable natural resource management, and emerging issues such as biological invasions, habitat alteration, and climate change that influence interactions among insects, their microbial associates, forests, and humans.
Pre-Reqs: Botany 151 & 152 or equiv

F&W ECOL 501 Forest Fire Behavior and Management, 1 cr, Professor Lorimer, offered Spring (odd years).
Course Description: Principles and applications of forest fire behavior, prediction, control and use; current policy issues in fire management.
Pre-Reqs: Forestry 100 or college level plant ecology course

F&W ECOL 515 Natural Resources Policy, 3 cr, Professor Rissman, offered Spring.
Course Description: Historical and philosophical basis for and principal laws relating to forest, wildlife and related resources; roles of science and values in natural resources policy making; the policy process; the main federal and state renewable resource management agencies; ethics and professionalism..
Pre-Reqs: F&W ECOL 410 or 379 or cons inst

F&W ECOL 531 Natural Resource Economics, 3 cr, primary department: Agricultural & Applied Economics.
Course Description: Economic concepts and tools relating to management and use of natural resources, including pricing principles, cost-benefit analysis, equity, externalities, economic rent, renewable and nonrenewable resources, and resource policy issues.
Pre-Reqs: Econ 301 and Math 211, or equiv

F&W ECOL 548 Diseases of Wildlife, 3 cr, primary department: Surgical Sciences, offered Fall.
Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the issues involved across a wide range of wildlife diseases, presented within the context of ecosystem health or "one health". The primary focus of the lectures will be on the biological, epidemiological, clinical, public health and, in some cases, sociopolitical ramifications of wildlife diseases. The course will cover a wide variety of wildlife diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, prions, and environmental contaminants. Consequences associated with environmental changes on the manifestation of wildlife diseases will also be discussed. This range of diseases will be presented in order to familiarize students with the many facets involved in disease management, from animal and human health issues, to ecological and environmental considerations, to the role of society in contributing to, and managing, these diseases.
Pre-Reqs: Junior st

F&W ECOL 550 Forest Ecology, 3 cr, Professor Townsend, offered Fall.  Forest Science majors must take both lecture (F&W ECOL 550) and lab (F&W ECOL 551) to receive credit for the major.
Course Description: Introduction to major abiotic and biotic factors that influence forest ecosystem composition, structure, and function. Reviews important processes that influence structure and function of forest ecosystems. Uses basic ecosystem concepts to elucidate influence of anthropogenic (including forest management) and natural disturbances on forest ecosystem structure and function.
Pre-Reqs: Five credit botany course

F&W ECOL 551 Forest Ecology Lab, 1 cr, Professor Townsend, offered Fall.  Forest Science majors must take both lecture (F&W ECOL 550) and lab (F&W ECOL 551) to receive credit for the major.
Course Description: Forest Ecology laboratory is the companion course for the lecture-based Forest Ecology (F&W ECOL 550). The objective of the forest ecology laboratory is to review concepts that are presented in the classroom by exposing students to the key concepts and processes discussed in lecture that can best be seen in the field or illustrated with the use of ecosystem models.
Pre-Reqs: Previous or concurrent enrollment in F&W ECOL 550

F&W ECOL 561 Wildlife Management Techniques, 3 cr, Professors Lutz and Pauli, offered Fall.
Course Description: Preparation of collections, analyses of food habits, sex and age determinations, censuses, trapping and banding, planting food and cover, research techniques.
Pre-Reqs: Cons inst

F&W ECOL 565 Principles of Landscape Ecology, 2 cr, Professor Mladenoff, offered Spring (odd years).
Course Description: Landscape ecology emphasizes the importance of spatial patterns at broad scales. Concepts and applications are emphasized, especially for seniors and graduate students in applied natural resource fields. The course is also a prerequisite for Zoology/Forest Ecology 665, Advanced Landscape Ecology. Lecture format with discussion.
Pre-Reqs: Botany/Zoology/Forest 460, or Forest 550, a crse in stats, & cons inst

F&W ECOL 571 Statistical Methods for Bioscience I, 4 cr, primary department: Statistics.
Course Description: Descriptive statistics, distributions, one- and two-sample normal inference, power, one-way ANOVA, simple linear regression, categorical data, non-parametric methods; underlying assumptions and diagnostic work.
Pre-Reqs: College algebra: Grad st or cons inst

F&W ECOL 572 Statistical Methods for Bioscience II, 4 cr, primary department: Statistics.
Course Description: Continuation of Forestry 571. Polynomial regression, multiple regression, two-way ANOVA with and without interaction, split-plot design, subsampling, analysis of covariance, elementary sampling, introduction to bioassay.
Pre-Reqs: Stats/Forestry/Hort 571

F&W ECOL 590 Integrated Resource Management, 3 cr, Professor Kruger, offered Fall.
Course Description: Resource management planning in state and federal land management agencies. Students apply principles by working in teams to develop a management plan for a real property by inventorying resources; developing management objectives and alternatives; and analyzing their ecological, social and institutional implications.
Pre-Reqs: none listed

F&W ECOL 599 Wildlife Research Capstone, 3 cr, Dr. Berkelman, offered Spring.
Course Description: Capstone synthesis for wildlife ecology majors preparing themselves for a wildlife research career. Students develop a professional-quality research proposal for an extended project, carry out a pilot ecological field study, and design and implement a social survey questionnaire.
Pre-Reqs: Sr st & Wl Ecol 561

F&W ECOL 606 Colloquium in Environmental Toxicology, 1 cr, primary department: Soil Science.
Course Description: Lectures by resident and visiting professors on toxicology and problems related to biologically active substances in the environment.

F&W ECOL 632 Ecotoxicology: The Chemical Players, 1 cr, primary department: Molecular & Environmental Toxicology.
Course Description: Introduction to natural and man-made toxins/toxicants, their distribution, transport, and fate in the environment. Includes lectures, current research presentations, and discussions.
Pre-Reqs: 2 sem intro biol & 1 sem organic chem, or cons inst

F&W ECOL 633 Ecotoxicology: Impacts on Individuals, 1 cr, primary department: Molecular & Environmental Toxicology.
Course Description: Addresses absorption, biotransformation, elimination of toxins in a wide variety of taxa (plants, invertebrates, vertebrates), and includes lectures, current research presentations, and discussions.
Pre-Reqs: M&EnvTox 632, or 2 sem intro biol & M&Envtox 631, or cons inst

F&W ECOL 634 Ecotoxicology: Impacts on Populations, Communities and Ecosystems, 1 cr, primary department: Molecular & Environmental Toxicology.
Course Description: Focuses on the impact of toxicants on populations, communities, ecosystems, and includes risk evaluation. Includes lectures, current research presentations, and discussions.
Pre-Reqs: M&EnvTox 633, or M&EnvTox 625, 626 & 631, or cons inst

F&W ECOL 635 Forest Stand Dynamics, 1-2 cr, Professor Lorimer, offered Spring (even years).
Course Description: Changes in forest species composition and structure at the stand and landscape level resulting from tree growth, competition, succession, and disturbance. Methods for reconstructing past stand development and forecasting future trajectories. Selected applications in forest management and natural areas management.
Pre-Reqs: Crse in silviculture or ecology (Botany 460 or equiv) & crse in stats. Sr or Grad st

F&W ECOL 651 Conservation Biology, 3 cr, primary department: Environmental Studies.
Course Description: Application of ecological principles and human dimensions to the conservation of biological diversity. Topics: biodiversity science; conservation planning; population ecology; habitat loss, species exploitation, invasive species, pollution; human attitudes and activities as they affect the biosphere; approaches to monitoring interventions.
Pre-Reqs: An ecology crse (eg, Botany/Zoology 460)

F&W ECOL 652 Decision Methods for Natural Resource Managers, 4 cr, Professor Bowe, offered Spring.
Course Description: Applications of quantitative methods, including optimization and simulation, to the management of natural resources, especially forests.
Pre-Reqs: Math 211 or equiv & Comp Sci 132 or equiv

F&W ECOL 655 Animal Population Dynamics, 3 cr, Professor Van Deelen, offered Spring.
Course Description: Fluctuations of animal populations: techniques of study, documentation, controls.
Pre-Reqs: Wl Ecol 318 or equiv, and crse in stats

F&W ECOL 660 Climate Change Ecology, 3 cr, Professor Zuckerberg, offered Fall.
Course Description: The evidence that the Earth's climate is changing at unprecedented rates is now overwhelming. Environmental tipping points are being crossed and many species are adapting or failing to adapt. Climate change poses a significant problem for conserving and managing wildlife and their habitats. In this class, students will be introduced to climate change and its ecological impacts through engaging class discussions, online climate exercises, and group projects aimed at developing climate change adaptation plans.
Pre-Reqs: Junior or Senior standing as a Forest Science or Wildlife Ecology major; graduate student standing; F&W Ecol/Zoology/Botany 460; or consent of instructor

F&W ECOL 672 Historical Ecology, 2 cr, Professors Mladenoff and Hotchkiss, offered Spring.
Course Description: Historical Ecology is an area of ecology that considers the importance of past events for current ecosystems. Concepts and applications are emphasized. Multidisciplinary emphasis, for seniors and graduate students in biological sciences, social studies, and humanities. Discussion format.
Pre-Reqs: Graduate or senior standing and consent of instructor

F&W ECOL 675 Professional Development in Forest & Wildlife Ecology, 1 cr, varies, offered Fall and Spring.
Course Description: This special topics course provides opportunities for students in Forest and Wildlife Ecology to receive additional training in professional development skills relevant to their careers in natural resources.  See the Course Guide for current topics.
Pre-Reqs: Forest Science or Wildlife Ecology major or graduate standing

F&W ECOL 658 Forest Resources Practicum, 3 cr, Professors Kruger and Radeloff, offered Summer (even years).
Course Description: Field training and experience; exposure to forestry operations, equipment, procedures, and management problems.
Pre-Reqs: Cons inst

F&W ECOL 681 Senior Honors Thesis, 2-4 cr.
Course Description: Forestry research; an independent and original study guided by a staff member.
Pre-Reqs: Hon candidacy

F&W ECOL 682 Senior Honors Thesis, 2-4 cr.
Course Description: Continuation of 681.
Pre-Reqs: Honors program candidacy & Forest 681

F&W ECOL 699 Special Problems, 1-4 cr.
Course Description: None provided.
Pre-Reqs: Sr st & cons inst

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