UIS Mobile

Friday Road Trips, Gen Eds, and the Field Station





COM 112 AND SOA 372

BIO 234 AND CHEM 311





1/20, 2/3, 2/17, 3/2, 3/30, 4/13, and 4/27

1/27, 2/10, 2/24, 3/9, 3/23, 4/6, and 4/20

If you are a UIS student, eager to finish off your Gen Ed requirements, have we got a deal for you!

UIS Mobile is a program at UIS’s Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon. All four courses will take advantage of the location by incorporating the historical importance of this region, and the scientific challenges of the wetlands restoration going on at Emiquon.

You can choose courses in pairs.  They meet every other Friday during the Spring semester.  The rest of the class activities are online.  You’ll start each Friday with a bus trip to the Emiquon Field Station. During that trip, you’ll interact with fellow students and professors, talking about the topics you’ll explore that day while you’re at the field station. After arrival at the field station, you’ll spend the morning on one course, have lunch, and spend the afternoon on a second course. During the ride back, you’ll have some discussions about the day’s activities. You’ll be back at UIS in time for dinner at the Food Emporium.


  • Two lab sciences: 8 hours (Blue Group) –alternate Fridays
  • Two Gen Eds: 7 hours (Red Group) –alternate Fridays
  • All four courses, 15 hours, (Red and Blue) – every Friday

The Courses:

BIO234:  Introduction to Ecology for Non-Majors
Dr. Michael J. Lemke

This course introduces non-science students to ecology through on-line lectures and lab experiences at the UIS Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon.  Science majors should not enroll.  Core ecological principles include: patterns of life, energy and ecosystems, populations, and human-ecological connections.  . Hands-on work in wetlands, rivers, lakes, forests, or prairies will be done.  No prerequisites.

CHE 311:  Chemistry of Everyday Life
Dr. Keenan Dungey

An introductory chemistry course focusing on applications of chemistry in living organisms and in society examined in both the laboratory and lecture settings. Chemical principles are studied in relation to health, consumer awareness, and the environment. This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the areas of Physical Science with a Lab (4 hours) (IAI Code:  P1 903L).  This course cannot be taken by a science major or minor.

COM112:  Oral Communication
Dr. Michael Cheney

Emphasizes development of effective speaking skills through students’ in-class presentations as well as through critical analysis of the effectiveness of oral communication. Course Information: This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Oral Communication. (IAI Code C2 900)

SOA 372: ECCE: Nature, History and Human Action
Dr. Lynn Fisher

Interdisciplinary investigation of human-environment relationships from prehistory to present. Emphasis on building sense of place through study of local landscape history. Archaeological and ethnographic case studies illustrate ways in which human action has shaped the natural world and emphasize cultural diversity in attitudes toward nature and environmental problem solving. Course Information: This course fulfills an Engaged Citizenship Common Experience requirement at UIS in the areas of Global Awareness or ECCE Elective.

If you are interested, register soon at www.uis.edu. Seats are limited, so don’t wait too long to hop on our magic bus.