Graduate Courses

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

For courses numbered 299 and below, please see our undergraduate-level courses page.

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

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: High School biology. Open to Fr. Restricted to Wildlife Ecology majors

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, Historical Ecology, Conservation of White-tailed Deer, Introduction to Remote Sensing, Intermediate Remote Sensing
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 Spring.
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.
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 Spring (odd 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 Lorimer, offered Spring, Forest Science majors should enroll for the optional lab and take for 4 credits, all other students should not enroll in the optional lab and take for 3 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, Professor Langston, offered Spring.
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 Renewable Resources Policy, 3 cr, Professor Rissman, offered Spring (beginning Spring 2013).
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: Forestry 410 or Wl Ecol 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.
Course Description: Occurrence, principles, concepts and significance of disease in wildlife.
Pre-Reqs: Jr st

F&W ECOL 550 Forest Ecology, 3-4 cr, Professor Gower, offered Fall, Forest Science majors should enroll for the optional lab and take for 4 credits, all other students should not enroll in the optional lab and take for 3 credits.
Course Description: Integrative study of processes in terrestrial ecosystem which affect emergent properties of energy and water flow and nutrient cycling. Special attention given to interactions between plants and soils. Implications for impacts of management and pollution loading discussed throughout.
Pre-Reqs: Five credit botany course

F&W ECOL 561 Wildlife Management Techniques, 3 cr, Professors Lutz and Pauli, offered Spring.
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 Fall.
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.
Pre-Reqs:

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 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

F&W ECOL 749 Social Policy and Management of National Parks and Protected Areas, 3 cr, Professor Rissman, offered occasionally.
Course Description: Explores the relationship of social policy to the formation and management of U.S. National Parks in the past, present and future. Implications of social policy for park systems and preserves throughout the world are addressed.
Pre-Reqs: Grad st or cons inst

F&W ECOL 790 Special Problems, 1-4 cr.
Course Description: None provided.
Pre-Reqs: Cons inst

F&W ECOL 799 Practicum in Forestry and Wildlife Ecology Teaching, 1-3 cr.
Course Description: Instructional orientation to teaching at the higher education level in the agricultural and life sciences, direct teaching experience under faculty supervision, experience in testing and evaluation of students, and the analysis of teaching performance.
Pre-Reqs: Grad st & cons inst

F&W ECOL 840 Metapopulations and Other Advanced Topics, 3 cr, Professor Ribic, offered occationally.
Course Description: Explore the use of metapopulation models in ecology and conservation. The course will review population dynamics, present the concepts of metapopulations and the implications to wildlife management and conservation biology.
Pre-Reqs: A basic crse in population dynamics

F&W ECOL 875 Special Topics, 1-4 cr.
Course description: Subjects of current interest to undergrads. See the Course Guide for current topics. Recent topics have included Stable Isotope Ecology, Historical Ecology, Biodiversity Conservatn&Sustaind Devlpmnt in China.
Pre-Reqs: Cons inst

F&W ECOL 879 Advanced Landscape Ecology, 3 cr, primary department: Zoology.
Course Description: Landscape ecology emphasizes spatial patterning--its development and importance for ecological processes--and often focuses on large regions. Concepts, methods, and applications of landscape ecology will be learned through lectures, readings, exercises in quantitative approaches, and an independent project.
Pre-Reqs: Grad st & cons inst 

F&W ECOL 901 Colloquium in Forestry and Forest Products, 1 cr.
Course Description: Lectures, seminars, and discussion on current topics in forest biology, forest management, forest products, and recreation.
Pre-Reqs: none listed

F&W ECOL 955 Practical Research Design and Methods of Empirical Inquiry, 3 cr, primary department: Urban & Regional Planning.
Course Description: Provides a practical introduction to basic concepts of research question formulation, research designs and alternative methods of inquiry, implications for internal validity of the research and generalizability of the findings, operational definitions and measurement validity, reliability, utility and precision.
Pre-Reqs: Grad st

F&W ECOL 961 Wildlife Seminar, 1 cr.
Course Description: Monthly research reports and special topics.
Pre-Reqs: none listed

F&W ECOL 980 Earth System Science Seminar, 1 cr, primary department: Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences.
Course Description: Topics in earth system science. Emphasis on the coupling between atmospheric, oceanic and land surface systems, involving physical geochemical and biological processes, and including interactions with human systems.
Pre-Reqs: Grad st

F&W ECOL 990 Research and Thesis, 1-12 cr.
Course Description: None provided.
Pre-Reqs: Grad st and cons inst

F&W ECOL 999 Advanced Independent Study, 1-3 cr.
Course Description: None provided.
Pre-Reqs: Cons inst

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