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Knock out a breadth requirement with one of these CALS Summer Term courses

Taking Summer Term classes is a great way for UW undergraduates to get ahead—or stay on track—in their studies, including knocking out a requirement or two. Below are online offerings from the UW–Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences that fulfill breadth and general education requirements in Biological Science, Physical Science, Social Science, Humanities and Ethnic Studies.

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Breadth: Biological Science

Agricultural and Applied Economics 350
World Hunger And Malnutrition
This course focuses on hunger and poverty in developing countries and the United States. Topics include nutrition and health, population, food production and availability, and income distribution and employment.
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3
L&S Credit Type: Counts as LAS credit (L&S)
Dates: 5/18 – 6/14 

Entomology 201
Insects and Human Culture — A Survey Course in Entomology
This course focuses on the importance of insects in man’s environment emphasizing beneficial insects, disease carriers, and agricultural pests that interfere with man’s food supply. Environmental problems due to insect control agents will also be covered.
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3
L&S Credit Type: Counts as LAS credit (L&S)
Dates: 6/15 – 8/9

Forest And Wildlife Ecology 110
Living with Wildlife – Animals, Habitats, and Human Interactions
This is a general survey course of wildlife and wildlife conservation for non-majors. Topics include basic characteristics and management of wildlife populations and habitats; human perceptions and interactions with wildlife; and current issues in wildlife management and conservation.
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3
L&S Credit Type: Counts as LAS credit (L&S)
Dates: 6/15 – 8/9

Food Science 120
Science of Food
Students will learn about the relationship between food, additives, processing and health, how foods are processed, and current food controversies.
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3
L&S Credit Type: Counts as LAS credit (L&S)
Dates: 6/15 – 8/9

Genetics 133
Genetics In The News
The science of genetics is at the heart of many issues facing our society, and as such, genetics is often in the news. This course explores the underlying genetics and methodologies to gain a deeper understanding of the science behind the headlines so that we can make more informed decisions as citizens.
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3
L&S Credit Type: Counts as LAS credit (L&S)
Dates: 6/15 – 8/9

Microbiology 100
The Microbial World
Primarily for non-science majors, this course focuses on the roles of microorganisms and viruses in nature, health, agriculture, pollution control and ecology. Topics include principles of disease production, epidemiology and body defense mechanisms, and biotechnology and the genetic engineering revolution.
Prerequisites: Not open to students with credit for MICROBIO 101 or 303.
Credits: 3
L&S Credit Type: Counts as LAS credit (L&S)
Dates: 6/15 – 8/9

Nutritional Sciences 132
Nutrition Today
This course focuses on nutrition and its relationship to humans and their biological, social, and physical environment. Topics include current issues and concerns that affect the nutritional status of various population groups.
Prerequisites: Not open to students with credit for NUTR SCI 332
Credits: 3
L&S Credit Type: Counts as LAS credit (L&S)
Dates: 6/15 – 8/9

Plant Pathology 123
Plants, Parasites, and People
This course will explore the interaction between society and plant-associated microbes. Topics include the Irish potato famine, pesticides in current agriculture, and the role of economics and consumer preference in crop disease management and the release of genetically engineered organisms.
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3
L&S Credit Type: Counts as LAS credit (L&S)
Dates: 6/15 – 8/9

Genetics 466
Principles of Genetics
This course focuses on genetics in eukaryotes and prokaryotes. Topics ncludes Mendelian genetics, mapping, molecular genetics, genetic engineering, cytogenetics, quantitative genetics, and population genetics. Illustrative material includes viruses, bacteria, plants, fungi, insects, and humans. Students may not enroll for GENETICS 466 and GENETICS 467/468.
Prerequisites: (BIOLOGY/BOTANY/ZOOLOGY 151 or BIOCORE 381 or BIOLOGY/BOTANY 130 or BIOLOGY/ZOOLOGY 101 and 102) and (CHEM 104 or CHEM 109 or CHEM 115). Not eligible to enroll if credit earned for GENETICS 467 or 468
Credits: 3
L&S Credit Type: Counts as LAS credit (L&S)
Dates: 6/15 – 8/9

Breadth: Physical Science

Biological Systems Engineering 367
Renewable Energy Systems
Students will learn about state-of-the-art renewable energy applications including biomass for heat, electric power and liquid fuels as well as geo-energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydro power. Students will do engineering calculations of power and energy availability of renewable energy sources and learn about requirements for integrating renewable energy sources into production, distribution and end-use systems.
Prerequisites: MATH 112 or 114 or graduate/professional standing
Credits: 3
L&S Credit Type: Counts as LAS credit (L&S)
Dates: 6/15 – 8/9

Soil Science 131
Earth’s Soil: Natural Science and Human Use
This course is an overview of the soils of the world and the grand environmental challenges that face humanity. Soils of the USA and Wisconsin are included.
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 1
L&S Credit Type: Counts as LAS credit (L&S)
Dates: 6/8 – 7/5

Biochemistry 501
Introduction to Biochemistry
This course is an introduction to chemistry, nutrition, and the metabolism of biological systems.
Prerequisites: CHEM 341 or 343 or concurrent enrollment; or graduate student
Credits: 3
L&S Credit Type: Counts as LAS credit (L&S)
Dates: 6/15 – 8/9

Soil Science 324
Soils and Environmental Quality
This course focuses on the interaction of soils with environmental contaminants and the role of soils in pollution control.
Prerequisites: CHEM 104, 109, or 116, or graduate/professional standing
Credits: 3
L&S Credit Type: Counts as LAS credit (L&S)
Dates: 6/1 – 7/26

Breadth: Social Science

Community and Environmental Sociology 248
Environment, Natural Resources, and Society
This course introduces the concerns and principles of sociology through examination of human interaction with the natural environment. It will also place environmental issues such as resource depletion, population growth, food production, environmental regulation, and sustainability in national and global perspectives.
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3
L&S Credit Type: Counts as LAS credit (L&S)
Dates: 6/15 – 8/9

Life Sciences Communication 251
Science, Media And Society
This course is an introduction to communication at the intersection of science, politics and society. It will provide an overview of the theoretical foundations of science communication and their relevance for societal debates about science and emerging technologies.
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing
Credits: 3
L&S Credit Type: Counts as LAS credit (L&S)
Dates: 5/26 – 7/19

Nutritional Sciences 377
Cultural Aspects of Food and Nutrition
This course is an exploration of cultural competency and humility as a factor in reducing nutrition-related health disparities and an opportunity to foster community resilience within the United States. Students will analyze how personal cultural perspectives can shape biases and stereotypes that can widen the health disparity gap. Principles of food and culture will be utilized to compare cultural perspectives of health and well-being, including influences of spirituality and religiosity on food choice and dietary patterns. The course includes content collaborators and guest speakers from a variety of communities and identities.
Prerequisites: NUTR SCI 132 or 332
Credits: 3
L&S Credit Type: Counts as LAS credit (L&S)
Dates: 6/15 – 8/9

Breadth: Humanities

Life Sciences Communication 251
Science, Media And Society
This course is an introduction to communication at the intersection of science, politics and society. It will provide an overview of the theoretical foundations of science communication and their relevance for societal debates about science and emerging technologies.
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing
Credits: 3
L&S Credit Type: Counts as LAS credit (L&S)
Dates: 5/26 – 7/19

General Education: Ethnic Studies

Nutritional Sciences 377
Cultural Aspects of Food and Nutrition
This course is an exploration of cultural competency and humility as a factor in reducing nutrition-related health disparities and an opportunity to foster community resilience within the United States. Students will analyze how personal cultural perspectives can shape biases and stereotypes that can widen the health disparity gap. Principles of food and culture will be utilized to compare cultural perspectives of health and well-being, including influences of spirituality and religiosity on food choice and dietary patterns. The course includes content collaborators and guest speakers from a variety of communities and identities.
Prerequisites: NUTR SCI 132 or 332
Credits: 3
L&S Credit Type: Counts as LAS credit (L&S)
Dates: 6/15 – 8/9