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Open to all: CALS Summer Term offerings that have no prerequisites

Summer Term courses a great way for UW undergraduates to get ahead—or stay on track—in their studies, and they are also open to students enrolled at other universities, high school students and the general public. Below are some online, for-credit offerings from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences that have no prerequisites, so they are open to all interested learners.

Registration for UW Summer Term is open now. All courses will be held online this summer. For more information about Summer Term, tuition and a full list of available courses, visit https://summer.wisc.edu/. See more information about CALS courses on the CALS 2020 Summer Term page.

Agricultural and Applied Economics 335
Introduction To Data Analysis Using Spreadsheets
This course is an introduction to data analysis for social scientists using spreadsheets software with specific applications to economics, business and finance. Topics include data management and manipulation; formulas and calculations; data visualization and presentation using charts and graphics; statistical and visual analysis of economic indicators using tables, functions, graphs and descriptive statistics; optimization of functions with economic and financial data.
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 2
Dates: 7/13 – 8/16

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
Breadth: Biological Science
L&S Credit Type: Counts as LAS credit (L&S)
Dates: 5/18 – 6/14

Biological Systems Engineering 270
Introduction to Computer Aided Design
This course is an introduction to computer aided design (CAD) concepts and techniques, including two- and three-dimensional drawing presentation and methods of graphic communication and design synthesis. Specific topics include parametric solid modeling, part design, survey data and surface construction, orthographic drawings, dimensioning rules and drawing standards, assemblies, and animation.
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3
Dates: 6/15 – 8/9

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
Breadth: Social Science
L&S Credit Type: Counts as LAS credit (L&S)
Dates: 6/15 – 8/9

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
Breadth: Biological Science
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
Breadth: Biological Science
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
Breadth: Biological Science
L&S Credit Type: Counts as LAS credit (L&S)
Dates: 6/15 – 8/9

Food Science 375
Fermented Foods and Beverages
This course is an opportunity for non-majors to explore the art and science of fermented foods and beverages. Students will explore the crafts of brewing and winemaking,  and learn how basic sciences, including chemistry and microbiology, contribute to the unique sensory and health aspects of foods such as bread, cheese, and chocolate.
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3
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
Breadth: Biological Science
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
Breadth: Biological Science
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
Breadth: Biological Science
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
Breadth: Biological Science
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
Breadth: Physical Science
L&S Credit Type: Counts as LAS credit (L&S)
Dates: 6/8 – 7/5

Soil Science 375
Soils and Climate Change
Soil represents the largest terrestrial pool of carbon, and our management of soil will play a key role in the future of our planet. Course topics include an overview of basic soil science and climate change science; how climate affects soil formation, soil carbon and soil organic matter; soil carbon dynamics in urban areas, the tropics, and the arctic; and how humans  can influence soil carbon stocks around the globe.
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor
Credits: 2
Dates: 6/15 – 8/9