Biology

NRM Courses

NRM Courses of Instruction.

Also see Biology Course List for other courses of interest.

Lecture, discussion, and laboratory hours are given in parentheses at the end of each course description. Courses may be offered during the spring/summer session depending on student demand and/or faculty availability.

NRM 140 The Climatic Factor. A study of the atmosphere, broad aspects of weather and climate, microclimatology, the geography of climate and effects on terrain, vegetation, and people. Fulfills one of the Foundations - Natural Sciences. Four credits. Offered fall, winter, and occasional summer semesters.

NRM 150 Introduction to Natural Resources. Survey of natural resource issues and environ- mental problems. Uses an integrated approach involving concepts from natural and social sciences to provide a foundation for understanding past, present, and future natural resource issues, including biodiversity, land use, water and air pollution, human population, energy use and waste management. (0-3-0). Three credits. Offered winter semester.

NRM 180 Special Topics. Lecture, discussion, laboratory, or field experience (or any combination of the preceding) in specific areas of resource management. Prerequisite: variable. One to four credits.

NRM 240 Principles of Climatology. The atmosphere, broad aspects of weather and climate, microclimatology and paleoclimatology. Instrumentation, data presentation, ecoclimate, and microclimatological field observations. Lecture, laboratory, and field trips. Prerequisite: One course in natural science. (3-0-2). Four credits.

NRM 250 Resource Measurement and Maps. Techniques of field reconnaissance survey and sampling on a quantitative basis, including land survey, mapping, and map interpretation, plot and plotless sampling, and establishment of data points. (2-0-3). Four credits. Offered fall semester.

NRM 280 Special Topics. Lecture, discussion, laboratory, or field experience (or any combination of the preceding) in specific areas of resource management. Prerequisite: variable. One to four credits.

NRM 281 Principles of Soil Science. Aspects of the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils. Prerequisites: High school chemistry or CHM 109 and GEO 111. (3-0-3). Four credits. Offered fall semester.

NRM 300 Ethical Recreation: Leave No Trace  This three-day backpacking course covers how increasing recreational use of public lands can impact biophysical resources and visitors' experience. Students will apply the principles and practices of the Leave No Trace (LNT) program which are designed to reduce the effects of wildland recreation. LNT certification possible upon successful completion. Prerequisites: Completion of the General Education Life Sciences requirement. Junior standing. Permit required. One credit. Offered spring semester.

NRM 308 Wildlife Ecology  This course provides an introduction to wildlife ecology including population ecology as it relates to wildlife management and conservation. Offered winter semester. Prerequisite: BIO 215. Four credits.

NRM 320 Introduction to Resource Systems. Basic principles, terminology, and methodology for the analysis and modeling of resource systems, including natural environments and human ecosystems. Prerequisite: BIO 215 and MTH 122. (2-0-3). Three credits. Offered winter semester.

NRM 330 Environmental Pollution. Investigation of causes and effects of water, soil and air pollution. Prevention and management of pollution will be discussed and examined from natural and social science perspectives. Design of impact assessment studies, data interpretation and laboratory methods. Topics may include waste disposal, acid deposition, climate change, toxicology and risk assessment. Prerequisites: CHM 109 or 116; BIO 215 (recommended). (2-0-3). Three credits. Offered winter semester.

NRM 380 Special Topics. Lecture, discussion, laboratory, or field experience (or any combination of the preceding) in specific areas of resource management. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status in biology, geology, resource management, or permission of instructor. One to four credits.

NRM 395 GIS Applications in Resource Management. Explores applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in natural resources management. Students will work on projects and examine several case studies in which GIS is used for the management of natural resources, including watershed analysis, environmental impact of timber sales, habitat loss, and endangered species conservation. Prerequisites: GPY 307 and NRM 250 or permission of instructor. (2-0-3). Offered winter semesters.

NRM 399 Readings in Resource Management. Independent readings on selected topics. Credit and topic must be arranged with the appropriate staff member before registering. One to three credits (no more than three credits can be applied to the major, none to the minor). Offered every semester.

NRM 407 Natural Resources and Society: Study Abroad  Natural resources topics related to biodiversity, sustainability, alternative energy, environmental policy and economics, land use, climate change, historical influences, and cultural/societal attitudes conducted within an international context. The society-based experience is combined with readings, lectures, papers, and discussions. One to four credits.

NRM 417 International Field Studies in Resource Ecology and Management  Intensive field work related to natural resources ecology, conservation, preservation, and management conducted within an international context. The field-based experience is combined with readings, lectures, papers, and discussions. One to four credits.

NRM 420 Wildland Recreation Management  Learn about the challenges of managing wildland recreation that both meets the needs of users and preserves the ecological health of ecosystems. Learn techniques to manage dispersed recreation that occurs on public lands and waters and how to limit their impact on visitors and soil, vegetation, water, wildlife. Three credits. Offered fall semester. 

NRM 450 Applied Spatial Analysis of Natural Resources  The course focuses on environmental and natural resource applications of computer-based spatial analysis concepts and techniques. Students will analyze contemporary environmental challenges using, for example, advanced geographic information systems (GIS) tools, image interpretation and analysis, simulation modeling, and spatial analysis. Prerequisites: NRM 395 or GPY 307. Three credits. Offered fall semester.

NRM 451 Natural Resource Policy. Study of how natural resource policy is developed and implemented in the United States. Focuses on public policies toward renewable resources such as forests, biodiversity, land, recreation, and water. Includes foundations of the American legal system, choice of policy instruments, and basic methods of policy analysis. Part of the Sustainability Issue. Prerequisite: Junior standing. (4-0-0). Four credits. Offered fall semester.

NRM 452 Watershed and Wetland Management. Theory and application of wild land and urban hydrology, including the values of watersheds and wetlands as domestic ecosystems. Prerequisites: GEO 111, MTH 122 or 125, NRM 281. (3-0-3). Four credits. Offered fall semester.

NRM 462 Forest Ecosystem Management. Traditional forestry practices will be introduced, with emphasis on how established practices can be integrated with the concepts of sustain- able forestry and ecosystem management. The presentation, discussion, and synthesis of new approaches to the management of forest ecosystems will be especially stressed. Prerequisites: BIO 215 and junior or senior standing in biology or natural resources management, or permission of instructor. (3-0-3). Four credits. Offered winter semester.

NRM 480 Special Topics. Lecture, discussion, laboratory, or field experience (or any combination of the preceding) in specific areas of resource management. Prerequisite: variable. One to four credits.

NRM 481 Soilscapes and Soil Classification. Processes of soil formation, the occurrence of soils of the landscape, and soil classification. Prerequisite: 281. (3-0-3). Four credits. Offered fall semester.

NRM 490 Internship in Resource Management. Internships are available in all areas of specialization. Location of placement and credit must be arranged with the appropriate faculty before registration. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status in resource management. Offered each semester. One to five credits (no more than five credits in 490 and 499 can be applied to the major; three to the minor).

NRM 495 Trends in Natural Resource Management (Capstone). A comprehensive and integrative analysis of the fundamental assumptions, issues and problems of natural resources management. Examines the historical roots of natural resource management, identifies factors that caused natural resource management to change, and explores proposals for managing natural resources in the future. Prerequisites: Completion of 20 credits in NRM, STA 215. (0-4-0). Four credits. Offered winter semesters.

NRM 496 Trends in Western U.S. Natural Resource Management. This course provides a comprehensive perspective on the fundamental assumptions, problems, and solutions to natural resources management issues in the Western U.S. We will examine the historical roots of management and explore new paradigms for managing natural resources. Must be taken prior to NRM 497 to fulfill the Capstone requirement. Prerequisites: STA 215, 20 credits in NRM, and permission of instructor. Two credits. Course offered winter semester.

NRM 497 Field Trip - Issues in Western U.S. Natural Resources Management. This field trip will provide a broad and comprehensive perspective on natural resource management issues in the Western U.S. We will meet with public land management officials, representatives from non-government organizations, and private individuals to explore the challenges of managing public land and water resources. Prerequisites: NRM 496 or permission of instructor. Two credits. Course offered spring semester.

NRM 499 Research in Resource Management. Research conducted individually with faculty supervision and/or in cooperation with other majors in resource management. Research projects and credit hours must be approved by the appropriate faculty before registration. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status in resource management. One to three credits. Limits: Three credits toward major or minor; five credits of 490 plus 499 toward major or three toward minor.

NRM 580 Special Topics. Lecture, discussion, laboratory, or field experience (or any combination of the preceding) in specific areas of resource management. Prerequisite: variable. One to four credits.

NRM 680 Special Topics. Lecture, discussion, laboratory, or field experience (or any combination of the preceding) in specific areas of resource management. Prerequisite: variable. One to four credits.

NRM 691 Graduate Internship  Half-to-full-time, on-the-job work performed at a sponsoring entity under the supervision of an approved mentor in an area related to natural resources or environmental science. A written internship analysis and a public oral presentation are required. The student will defend the internship analysis in front of the student's graduate committee. Prerequisites: BIO 610 and successful completion of qualifying exams. Three to nine credits. Offered each semester.

NRM 693 Graduate Project  Application of scientific knowledge to a problem in natural resources or environmental science. Projects will be performed under the supervision of an approved mentor from the sponsoring entity. A written report and public oral presentation are required. The student will defend the project report in front of the student's graduate committee. Prerequisites: BIO 610 and successful completion of qualifying exams. Three to nine credits. Offered each semester.

NRM 695 Graduate Thesis Research  Original research related to natural resources or environmental science. Work will be performed under the supervision of the student's graduate committee chair or an approved research mentor. A written thesis and a public oral presentation are required. The student will defend the thesis in front of the student's graduate committee. Prerequisites: BIO 610 and successful completion of qualifying exams. Three to nine credits. Offered each semester.

NRM 699 Independent Study  Independent study in areas related to natural resources or environmental science of special interest to the student. Studies will be supervised by a faculty member approved by the graduate student's committee chair. May be elected for up to a maximum of six credits toward the M.S. in Biology degree. Prerequisites: Permission of the student's graduate committee chair, instructor, and department chair. One to three credits. Offered each semester.

 

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