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20-806-201-00 Principles of Biology  (SCI)
Introduces the biological principles common to plants and animals. Emphasizes preparing for subsequent biology courses and understanding the health, ecological, and environmental issues facing our society. Lecture/Lab. 4 credits.

20-806-205-00 Topics in Biology  (SCI)
Pursues advanced or specialized applied biology topics. Requirements and topics are developed in advance by the instructor. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-806-207-00 Physical Geography Landforms  (SCI)
Introduces landforms: their origin, classification, and distribution on the earth's surface. Field trip required. Lecture/Lab. 4 credits.

20-806-208-00 Physical Geography Weather and Climate  (SCI)
Studies the elements of weather, weather forecasting, and distribution of the earth's surface. Lecture/Lab. 4 credits.

20-806-209-00 General Botany  (SCI)
Survey of plant science, covering morphology, life cycles, taxonomy, ecology, physiology of bacteria, algae, fungi , and non-flowering and flowering plants. Previous college biology course or equivalent recommended. Lecture/Lab. 5 credits.

20-806-210-00 General Ecology  (SCI)
Covers organism/environment interrelationships, including human impacts and changes. Discusses evolution, ecological processes, species interactions, communities, and local ecosystems. Designed for those interested in natural resources. Lecture/Lab. 4 credits.

20-806-211-00 Introduction to Soil and Water Resources  (SCI)
Integrated concepts of soil and water resources at the landscape level. Physical, chemical, and biological interactions relating to watershed processes and response to land use and management. Lecture/Lab. 4 credits.

20-806-212-00 Geographic Information Systems  (SCI)
Includes working with map layers and attribute tables, mapping basics, map design, chloropleth maps, pin (point) maps, hyperlinks, data sources, entry, editing, metadata, GIS outputs (print layouts, custom templates, report, graphs), geodatabases, importing spatial and attribute data, map projections, vector spatial data formats, and export data. Additional topics include photos and satellite images, digitizing new features, spatially adjusting vector data, table manipulation, geocoding, basics of spatial analysis, vector and raster data analysis, spatial data processing, terrain models, spatial analysis, optimal routing and location, and site selection. Special project development analysis: Capstone Project. Explores the creation of a model of a problem, gathering data, use spatial analysis tools to edit and manipulate data, solving the problem, and creating a layout of the solution with a map, chart, and table. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-806-212-01 Geographic Information Systems A  (SCI)
Includes working with map layers and attributed tables, mapping basics, map design, chloropleth maps, pin (point) maps, hyperlinks, data sources, entry, editing, metadata, GIS outputs (print layouts, custom templates, reports, graphs), geodatabases, importing spatial and attribute data, map projections, vector spatial data formats, and export data. Lecture. 1 credit.

20-806-212-02 Geographic Information Systems B  (SCI)
Builds on GIS Part A (working with map layers and attribute tables, mapping basics, map design, chloropleth maps, pin (point) maps, hyperlinks, data sources, entry, editing, metadata, GIS outputs (print layouts, custom templates, reports, graphs), geodatabases, importing spatial and attribute data, map projections, vector spatial data formats, and export data) and adds topics including photos and satellite images, digitizing new features, spatially adjusting vector data, table manipulation, geocoding, basics of spatial analysis, vector and raster data analysis, spatial data processing, terrain models, spatial analysis, optimal routing and location, and site selection. 20-806-21202 Pre requisite. Lecture. 1 credit.

20-806-212-03 Geographic Information Systems C  (SCI)
Uses skills gained in GIS Parts B: Includes working with map layers and attribute tables, mapping basics, map design, chloropleth maps, pin (point) maps, hyperlinks, data sources, entry, editing, metadata, GIS outputs (print layouts, custom templates, reports, graphs), geodatabases, importing spatial and attribute data, map projections, vector spatial data formats, and export data. Additional topics include photos and satellite images, digitizing new features, spatially adjusting vector data, table manipulation, geocoding, basics of spatial analysis, vector and raster data analysis, spatial data processing, terrain models, spatial analysis, optimal routing and location, and site selection. GIS Part C adds capstone project development and analysis: Explores the creation of a model of a problem, gathering data, use spatial analysis tools to edit and manipulate data, solving the problem, and creating a layout of the solution with a map, chart, and table. 20-806-21203 Prerequisite. Lecture. 1 credit.

20-806-213-00 General Zoology  (SCI)
Survey of animal science, covering structure, function, life histories, ecology, and classification of major invertebrate and vertebrate groups. Lecture/Lab. 5 credits.
20-806-215-00 Environmental Science
Develops an understanding of environmental concerns and current issues including water resources, total land use, air pollution, biocides, energy use, population, pollution, and health. Examines, ecological, economic, historical, and philosophic views of issues. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-806-230-00 Physical Geology  (SCI)
Introduces the student to the composition and structure of the earth, the processes and systems that produce earth's features, and provides a better understanding of why the earth's features are constantly changing. Provides a hands-on examination of topographic and geologic maps, earth processes, and identification of rocks and minerals. Lecture/Lab. 4 credits.

20-806-231-00 Historical Geology  (SCI)
Examines earth history through three main themes: plate tectonics, organic evolution, and geologic time. Students will come to understand that the dynamic history of the earth, and the complex interaction between the evolution of life and the evolution of the earth. Students develop a new understanding of the fantastic interactions that have resulted in earth's current state. Students will learn the principles of historical geology and how these principles are applied to unraveling earth's biologic and geologic history. Lecture/Lab. 4 credits.

20-806-232-00 Intro to Forestry Fisheries and Wildlife  (SCI)
Integrates principles of managing forests, fisheries, and wildlife. Focus will be on maintaining ecosystem integrity while meeting human needs for goods and services. Lecture/Lab. 4 credits.

20-806-234-00 Intro to Environmental Study and Education (SCI)
Lecture and discussion sections of the course explore an overview of K-12 environmental education content and methods:  the natural, social, and economic factors that influence the quality of our environment; ecological relationships and principles; the compounding factors of population growth, pollution, resource allocation and depletion, conservation, technology, and urban/rural planning; along with potential solutions to environmental issues through education, public participation, and thoughtful lifestyle changes. This course fulfills the WI teacher certification environmental education requirement for pre-service teachers. Lecture/clinical. 4 credits.

20-806-235-00 Topics in Geology  (SCI)
Pursues advanced or specialized geology topics in a traditionally structured, independent study, or service-learning format. Depending on the structure, Requirements and topics are developed in advance by the instructor or by the student in consultation with the instructor. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-806-240-00 Survey of Chemistry  (SCI)
Introduces aspects of chemistry that are important for the life sciences, including the study of biochemical processes using atomic theories, structure-reactivity relationships, and thermodynamics. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-806-241-00 Introductory Chemistry  (SCI)
Deals with the composition, characteristics, and changes of atoms and molecules. A laboratory based course, designed specifically for liberal arts students. Lecture/Lab. 5 credits.

20-806-245-00 College Chemistry I  (SCI)
First semester of a two-semester sequence in general college chemistry which includes the topics of measurement, chemical nomenclature, chemical reactions and stoichiometry, atomic structure, gas laws, thermochemistry, chemical bonding, and solution chemistry. Laboratory work assists in understanding chemical concepts and developing problem-solving skills. Prerequisite: 20-804-220. Lecture/Lab. 5 credits.

20-806-249-00 College Chemistry II  (SCI)
A continuation of 20-806-245. This course includes applications of principles to and mathematical treatment of the topics of kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, coordination compounds, nuclear chemistry, organic structures, and nomenclature. Prerequisite: 20-806-245 and 20-804-220, including exponentials and logarithms or its equivalent. Lecture/Lab. 5 credits.

20-806-261-00 Intro to Geospatial Technologies  (SCI)
Introduces several aspects of geospatial technologies - Google Earth, GIS, Air Photo Interpretation - with an emphasis on hands-on application of theoretical concepts concerning spatial interaction. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-806-265-00 Survey of Organic Chemistry  (SCI)
Introduces the basic concepts of organic chemistry. Prerequisite: 20-806-240, 20-806-241, 20-806-245, or 20-806-249. Lecture/Lab. 4 credits.

20-806-276-00 College Physics I  (SCI)
First semester course of a one-year introductory algebra-based college physics sequence. Appropriate for students wishing to pursue a program of study in the liberal arts, general education, life sciences, or pre-professional programs. Develops a conceptual understanding of the basics of physics and provides practical hands-on laboratory experiences to broaden the understanding of physics and the scientific method. Covers the properties of motion, force, energy, momentum, rotation, fluids, heat, and sound. Stresses developing good problem-solving strategies. Prerequisite: 20-804-220. Lecture/Lab. 4 credits.

20-806-280-00 College Physics II  (SCI)
Second semester course of a one-year introductory algebra-based college physics sequence. Appropriate for students wishing to pursue a program of study in the liberal arts, general education, life sciences, or pre-professional programs. Continues to develop the student's problem solving skills and conceptual understanding of physics through lecture, demonstrations, and practical hands-on laboratory experiences. Topics studied include electricity, magnetism, geometric and physical optics, and the basics of modern physics. Prerequisite: 20-806-276. Lecture/Lab. 4 credits.

20-806-286-00 College Physics I Calculus Based  (SCI)
First semester course of a one-year introductory calculus-based college physics sequence. Intended for students wishing to pursue a program of study in the natural sciences or engineering fields. Students will develop a conceptual understanding of physics, as they explore the theoretical and experimental treatment of mechanics, material properties, fluids, heat, sound, and wave motion. Critical thinking and sound problem solving skills are stressed. Pre/corequisite: 20-804-236. Lecture/Lab. 5 credits.

20-806-287-00 College Physics II Calculus Based  (SCI)
Second semester course of a one-year introductory calculus-based college physics sequence. Intended for students wishing to pursue a program of study in the natural sciences or engineering fields. Topics covered include electricity, magnetism, electro-magnetic waves, optics, and an introduction to modern physics. Completion of the sequence provides a background for more advanced work in these fields. Prerequisite: 20-806-286. Lecture/Lab. 5 credits.