Below is a list of both online and face-to-face courses offered for Applied Master's students. Though this list is kept as up-to-date as possible, it may not be entirely comprehensive. To join our mailing list to be updated on course offerings, email Jessica Tomaszewski at Jessica.Tomaszewski@uwsp.edu To search for a course, enter your search criteria in the empty text boxes above the course list and hit "Enter".
Economics and Environmental Issues (1 cr - face to face) Study of economic principles in the analysis of environmental problems. Issues to be discussed include: pollution reduction, energy efficiency, waste disposal including recycling, plus population growth, and health risks. Types of economic analysis will include: competitive markets, economic incentives, externalities, and game theory. Teaching strategies for introducing economics into environmental education will be discussed, and instructional materials at all grade levels will be provided.
Study contemporary scholarship in English. Subtitle will designate area. May repeat for credit with different subtitles.
Study of types, levels, and sources of environmental contaminants that impact human health; discussion of individual and community risk related to environmental contaminants; availability of personal and community environmental health resources; and importance ofbuilding personal awareness and knowledge of environmental health issues. May repeat for up to 3 credits with different subtitles.
Examine environmental, economic and societal elements of sustainability to build basic knowledge
Explore background information, discuss importance, research issues, investigate threats, review values, and examine solutions in biodiversity and conservation biology. Also effects of economics, education, politics, lifestyle.
How to interpret major ecological communities of Wisconsin, their relationship to landforms and climate, key plants and animals, their interrelation-ship and the effect of human activities. Subtitle will designate emphasis. May repeat for 3 credits max with different subtitles
Wisconsin’s natural, social, and economic factors influencing quality of environment; ecological relationships/principles and their relation to population growth, pollution, resource allocation and depletion, conservation, technology, and urban/rural planning.
Identify, evaluate, and apply instructional resources for K-12 environmental ed. Subtitle will designate resource. May repeat for 3 cr max.
Major concepts and problems in an area of natural resources. May repeat for credit with different subtitles.
Environmental concepts/issues with emphasis on K-12 teaching methods. May repeat for credit with different subtitles.
Basic ecological concepts and their relationship to understamding and evaluating environmental issues. Prereq: 411/611 or cons instr.
Plan and evaluate environmental ed curriculum materials and teaching methods.
Investigate, evaluate, and apply instructional resources for K-12 environmental ed. Includes curriculum, print, audiovisual materials, computer software and networks, organizations, people and places. Culminating project links resources encountered to grade level taught and individual areas of interest.
Web-based course which examines Wisconsin’s forest resources and the role our forests play in our past, current, and future ecological, economic, and social well-being.
Role of economics principles in analysis of environmental issues; competitive markets, externalities, environmental regulations, economic incentives, pollution reduction, energy efficiency, waste disposal, population change, and economic development; teaching strategies and instructional materials to integrate economics and environmental education.Prereq: Certified elementary and secondary teachers only.
Examine effects that earth materials and geologic processes have on humans and society, emphasizing natural geologic hazards. Exposure to resources for teaching environmental geology including the Internet. Prereq: Bachelor’s degree.
This web-based course provides you with a foundational knowledge of EE and the skills to become a more effective educator. Several states require EE in K-12 curriculums and many others support its inclusion. This course is a great way for you to develop the skills and knowledge to include EE in your instruction. You will develop a better sense of what EE is and expand your skills as an educator. You will become familiar with many resources that will assist the environmental educator in you.
Assessment and experiences to develop leadership capacity in natural resources organizations. Individual and small group activities to explore current theories and practices in leadership and implications for successful organizational and personal development.
Examine personal lifestyles in light of ecological consideration. Identify ecologically sound lifestyles that foster environmental quality and quality of life.Prereq: 570 or con reg; 611, 612, and 613 or con reg.
Explore variety of human, cultural, technological, and natural resources to enrich environmental ed curricula; field trips to integrate environmental ed with classroom instruction.
Prereq: 570 and 614 or; 611, 612, 613, and 614.
Relationship of current environmental ed developments to outdoor teaching sites. Philosophy, design, construction, and use of outdoor sites, schools and school forests. Practical experiences in developing outdoor teaching site strategies.
Explore how continued existence of humans is linked to conservation of plant diversity; use of plant resources to provide food, medicine, fiber, shelter and other needs of past and present cultures throughout the world; evolutionary ecology of domesticated plants; preservation of traditional knowledge of useful plants; conservation strategies/techniques for maintaining plant diversity for future generations.
Hands-on activities, discussions, classroom application and assignments to help teachers analyze energy information and create strategies and techniques to enhance understanding of what energy is, where it comes from, and how it affects our lives. Includes KEEP energy education activity guide. OK for infusion across K-12 curric.
Builds on KEEP program with next step in renewable energy to help teachers enhance understanding of energy. Highlights renewable energy K-12 curriculum. May repeat for 3 cr max with different subtitles.
Concepts relating to energy definitions, natural laws of energy and energy flows in living/nonliving systems, and their relationships to understanding/evaluating environmental issues. Analyze concepts and synthesize strategies/activities for the classroom. May repeat 3 cr max.
Study energy use in Wisconsin schools. K-12 teachers use school building as energy education learning tool. Develop action plans highlighting energy efficiency and conservation opportunities.
Fundamentals of renewable energy, how to incorporate renewable energy into daily work/home, pros and cons of using renewable energy. Includes case studies and guest speakers.
Principles, activities, techniques for K-12 teaching aboutimportance of forests to our ecological, economic, and social wellbeing. Includes LEAF Program Forestry Education Guide.
Materials and methods to teach K-12 students about current forestry topics, concepts, issues. May repeat for credit with different subtitle.
Prereq: 740, con reg, or cons instr.
Planning and administration of Wisconsin School Forest Program.Organize school forest committee, understand propertymanagement plans, develop educational plans, locateresources/financial support. Class and Web instruction.
This course is designed to provide participants with the basic knowledge and skills needed to make EE relevant to culturally diverse audiences. Through this course you will broaden your perspective of EE to encompass interests and issues of concern to culturally diverse audiences, assess barriers to participation among these audiences, and appraise the role and significance of building relationships and partnerships with members of an audience you intend to work with in the future. As part of this course you will adapt a component of your program to make it more relevant for a culturally diverse audience of your choice.
Examine current theories of behavior change. Use primary and secondary information sources to investigate environmental issues and develop a case study. Explore strategies for issue analysis/resolution. May not take both 705 and 478/678.
Discussion of methods, literature, and current issues in research as they relate to student projects. Additional sections may be offered in Qualitative and Quantitative Methods.
The goal of this course is to provide participants with basic concepts of natural and cultural interpretation and how they can be applied in a professional setting.This course will provide history of the profession, the philosophy, principles, and theory that guide interpretation today, the wide array of professional opportunities available to interpreters, and the planning process used to provide effective interpretive services.
Conduct a needs assessment to develop or revise your programs, products or services to meet the needs of EE/I audiences, program providers, and organization.
Introduction to models of leadership and their use at different scales. Introduction to principles of followership and strategic planning.
Explore the concept of sustainablity and uncover the many interrelationships among economics, society, and ecology - the three pillars of sustainablity.
Cohesive curricular components representing a broad array of educational philosophies and teaching methods in social, information-processing, personal, and behavioral models. Each model has a distinctive curricular orientation and a direct link to supportive instructional environments and curricular methods.
Learn to evaluate environmental education and outreach programs by designing evaluation tools such as questionnaires, observation forms, and interview and focus group guides. This course was designed for environmental educators, natural resource professionals, and graduate students who can apply the tools they develop to a specific education program or research study.
Presentation and discussion of theoretical and practical background in leadership skills for implementation beyond the classroom.
Understand and apply human resource skills such as employee development and evalutation, leading effective teams, and employment law. May repeat for credit with different subtitles.
Advanced Interpretive Media provides opportunities for professionals in the field of Environmental Education and Interpretation to gain advanced skills in effective design of non-personal interpretive media, such as wayside exhibits, brochures, newsletters, booklets, interpretive trail signage, interior exhibits, and digital applications. The class incorporates a hands-on lab component, which provides training using Adobe InDesign and Photoshop to produce actual media. The course content will focus on effective design elements, analysis of existing media, interpretive message writing, comparison of modern sign materials, fabrication methods, and current research in the field that involves media. Discussion forums allow classmates to interact, share, and explore media options at their own facilities. The Adobe software tutorials are presented at a basic level, so no prior knowledge of Adobe products is needed.