Undergraduate Minor

The Conservation and Environmental Science minor is intended for individuals majoring in a related discipline and desire an introduction to ecosystem management, natural resources conservation, environmental assessment, and/or environmental interpretation.


Total Required Credits

25 credits

Required Course (3 credits)
  • CES 210 - Introduction to Conservation and Environmental Science, 3 credits
An introductory course in Earth Sciences from the following (3 credits)
  • Geog 120 - Our Physical Environment, 3 credits
  • Geo Sci 100 - Introduction to the Earth, 3 credits
An introductory course in Chemistry selected from the following (4-5 credits)
  • Chem 100 - Chemical Science, 4 credits
  • Chem 102 - General Chemistry, 5 credits
  • Chem 105 - General Chemistry for Engineering, 5 credits
An introductory course in Biology selected from the following (3-4 credits)

  • Bio Sci 102 - Elements of Biology, 3 credits
  • Bio Sci 150 - Foundation of Biological Science I, 4 credits

Note: Students pursuing BS degrees and those interested in taking upper-level natural science classes such as Bio Sci 310 (General Ecology) should take Chem 102 and Bio Sci 150 as part of their introductory core requirements.

An upper-level course selected from the following (3 credits)
  • CES 471 - Principles of Natural Resources Management, 3 credits
  • Geog 350 - Conservation of Natural Resources, 3 credits
Electives (9 credits)

At least 9 upper-level (numbered 300 or above) credits selected from the list of approved elective courses for the CES major. At least 6 of these must be taken outside the student’s major program and at least 3 must be from the natural sciences.

Additional Requirements

At least 12 credits in upper-level (numbered 300 and above) courses. Students must complete at least 9 upper-level credits for the minor in residence at UWM

GPA Requirements

Students must attain a 2.000 GPA on all UWM credits attempted for the minor, including transfer work.