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Natural Resources Science (NRS)

Chairperson: Professor McWilliams

100 Natural Resource Conservation (3)

Introduction to humans' use and management of natural resources: land, food, forest, wildlife, water, minerals, and air, with a survey of contemporary resource-use problems in environmental pollution. (Lec. 3) (N)

101 Freshman Inquiry into Natural Resources Science (1)

Introduction for freshmen to the opportunities, careers, research activities, applied outreach, and educational programs in the Department of Natural Resources Science. Interact weekly with faculty. Explore hands-on modules. (Lec. 1) S/U credit.

190 Issues in Biotechnology (3)

See Aquaculture and Fisheries Science 190. (N)

200 Seminar in Natural Resources (1)

Review and discussion of research, management, and other topics in natural resources. Speakers expose students to issues that natural resources professionals are concerned with and the work that they do. Pre: 100.

212 Introduction to Soil Science (3)

Physical, biological, and chemical properties of soils and their practical application to environmental science. Introduction to soil genesis, classification, and land-use and conservation issues. (Lec. 3/Online)

223 Conservation Biology /(3)

Conservation of biological diversity in a world dominated by humans. Conservation biology theory, application; ecosystem conservation; landscape ecology principles. (Lec. 3) Pre: 100, BIO 101 or 102.

300 Introduction to Global Issues in Sustainable Development

See Community Planning 300.

301 Introduction to Forest Science (3)

Development and importance of forestry; forest regions; tree characteristics and identification with emphasis on Northeastern species; forest environment; tree growth and site productivity. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: BIO 102.

302 Fundamentals of Forest Management (3)

Wood properties, timber harvesting, measurement and utilization of forest products; establishment, tending, and protection of forest stands; silvicultural systems; forest inventory procedures and management plans. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: 301.

304 Field Ornithology (3)

Identification, field study techniques, habitats, and basic biology of birds. Emphasis on field identification of local species. (Lec. 2, Lab. 3) Pre: BIO 101 and permission of instructor.

305 Principles of Wildlife Ecology and Management (3)

Application of ecological knowledge to the management of wild vertebrate populations and the habitat upon which they depend. (Lec. 3) Pre: 223 and BIO 101 and 102, and 262.

309 Wildlife Management Techniques Laboratory (3)

Application of practical field techniques for quantification and evaluation of wildlife and habitats. Methods of field identification, sampling, and data analysis. (Lab. 4, Project 3) Service learning. Pre: 223 and 305.

324 Biology of Mammals (3)

Classification, distribution, field study techniques, and basic biology of mammals. Emphasis on New England species. (Lec. 2, Lab. 3) Pre: BIO 101 and permission of instructor. In alternate years. Next offered spring 2013.

351 Soil Morphology Practicum (2)

Seven weeks of practical experience in the description of soil profiles under field conditions. Field trips to observe, describe, and interpret morphological properties as utilized in soil judging. (Practicum) Pre: 212 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of chairperson.

361 Watershed Hydrology and Management (4)

Study of the processes that govern the hydrology and quality of surface runoff and groundwater. Emphasis on watershed management and the impact of land use on water quality. (Lec. 3, Lab. 2) Pre: 212 or HPR 109 and permission of instructor.

395 Research Apprenticeship in Natural Resources Science (1-3)

Supervised experience for qualified undergraduates who assist NRS faculty and graduate students in departmental research projects. Tasks may include literature review, research design, installation of sampling plots and equipment, laboratory analyses, data collection, and data analysis. (Practicum) Pre: sophomore to senior standing and permission of instructor. Limited to NRS majors. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. S/U credit.

397 Natural Resources Internship (1-6)

Supervised work experience in forestry, wildlife management, soil science, water resources, environmental education, or related areas of natural resources management. (Practicum) Pre: 100, 212, and approval of chairperson. Open only to NRS majors. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. S/U credit.

401 Foundations of Restoration Ecology (4)

Overview of factors involved with implementing an ecological restoration. Will synthesize the physical, biological and human factors that determine restoration success. Includes weekly field/lab sessions. (Lec. 3, Lab 3) Pre: 223 or BIO 262 or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

402 Wildlife Biometrics (3)

Presentation of statistical design and analysis of ecological field measurements. Emphasis on quantitative measurements and data analyses used in wildlife population research. Capstone. (Lec. 2, Lab. 3) Pre: BIO 262, NRS 223, and STA 308 or 409 or permission of instructor. In alternate years. Next offered in spring 2012.

403 Wildlife Biometrics Field Investigations (1)

Independent field study of wildlife populations using modern quantitative measurements and data analyses. Emphasis on experimental design, data collection and recording, statistical analysis, data interpretation, and reporting. (Practicum) Capstone. Pre: concurrent enrollment in 402. Not for graduate credit.

406 Wetland Wildlife (3)

Introduction to management of wetland wildlife. Emphasis on management techniques used for major wetland types, waterfowl, furbearers, and nongame wildlife. (Lec. 2, Lab. 3) Pre: BIO 262 and NRS 223 and permission of instructor.

407 Nongame and Endangered Species Management (3)

Management programs for nonhunted species, basic conservation biology, and techniques used for management of endangered species. (Lec. 3) Pre: past or concurrent enrollment in 305.

409 Concepts in GIS and Remote Sensing (3)

Discussion of the unique properties of geospatial data, geospatial data structures, accessing existing spatial data, and applications of GIS and remote sensing in the environmental sciences. (Lec. 3) Pre: BIO 262 or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

410 Fundamentals of GIS (3)

Emphasis on using a geographic information system (GIS) to create a geographically referenced spatial database, spatial topology, data visualization, computer-assisted map making, and spatial data query and analysis. (Lab. 6) Pre: past or concurrent enrollment in 409 or 509.

411 Population and Environmental Change (3)

Overview and analysis of the major scientific and policy issues concerning human population growth and environmental change. (Lec. 3) Recommended for upper level undergraduates. Not for graduate credit.

412 Soil-Water Chemistry (3)

Biogeochemistry of soil-water interactions. Soil composition, the exchange and sorption of elements, trace element behavior, redox reactions, and control of these factors on availability and loss. (Lec. 3) Pre: 212 and CHM 124 and 126 or permission of instructor. In alternate years. Next offered fall 2011.

414 Climate Change Science and Policy (3)

Overview and analysis of the science and policy issues concerning climate change and global warming. (Lec. 3) Pre: GEO 305 or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

415 Remote Sensing of the Environment (3)

Introduction to fundamentals of airborne and space-borne remote sensing. Emphasis on remote sensing applications in terrestrial environmental and natural resources studies. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2)

423 Wetland Ecology (4)

Formation, development, and distinguishing features of inland and coastal wetlands. Topics include classification, geology, hydrology, soils, plant ecology, vegetation dynamics. Primary emphasis on wetlands of the glaciated Northeast. Capstone. (Lec. 2, Lab. 4) Pre: BIO 262, GEO 103, NRS 233, concurrent enrollment in NRS 425 or 525 and permission of instructor.

424 Wetlands and Land Use (4)

Survey of wetland values, exploitation, current status, and legal protection. Emphasis on critical issues including wetland evaluation, impact assessment, mitigation procedures. Field trips provide examples of wetland use conflicts. Capstone. (Lec. 2, Lab. 4) Pre: 423 or permission of instructor.

425 Wetland Field Investigations (1)

Independent field study of a diverse freshwater wetland ecosystem, with emphasis on aerial photo-interpretation, wetland classification, and in-depth examination of glacial geology, hydrology, plant ecology, and soils. (Practicum) Capstone. Pre: concurrent enrollment in 423. Not for graduate credit.

426 Soil Microbiology (3)

Occurrence, metabolism, and ecology of soil microorganisms, with emphasis on nutrient cycling, soil pathogens, transformation of organic and inorganic pollutants, and soil biotechnology. (Lec. 3) Pre: 212 or permission of instructor.

440 Ecosystem Processes in Land and Water Management (3)

Processes affecting the flows of energy, water, mass, and nutrients in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, with emphasis on linkages between ecosystems and management implications. (Lec. 3) Pre: 212 and BIO 262 and CHM 101 or 103 or permission of instructor.

445 Invasive Species Research, Management and Policy (4)

Overview of the major invasive alien species issues in the research, management and policy arenas. Includes weekly field/lab sessions. (Lec. 3, Lab 3) Pre: BIO 262 or NRS 223, or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

450 Soil Conservation and Land Use (3)

Application of soil survey interpretation as a tool in soil and water conservation and land use planning. Implications of soil properties and problems for land use considered with emphasis on urbanizing situations. Capstone. (Lec. 3) Pre: 212 or permission of instructor.

452 Soil, Water, and Land Use Investigations (1)

Independent field and laboratory study of soil and water topics related to land use issues. (Practicum) Capstone. Pre: concurrent enrollment in 450.

471 Soil Morphology and Mapping (3)

A detailed study of the morphological properties of soils and their distribution on the landscape. Practical experience in describing soil profiles and preparing soil maps. (Lec. 1, Lab. 4) Pre: 212 or permission of instructor.

480 Colloquium (2)

Student-directed projects for reflection on educational accomplishments, exploration of post-graduate opportunities, and formulation of long-term professional goals. Requires completion of four major projects. (Seminar) Pre: junior standing. Not for graduate credit.

482 Innovative Subsurface Remediation Technologies

See Geosciences 482.

484 Environmental Hydrogeology

See Geosciences 484.

487 International Development Internship

See Community Planning 487.

491, 492 Special Projects (1-3 each)

Special work to meet the needs of individual students in natural resources. (Independent Study) Pre: permission of chairperson.

495 Advanced Natural Resources Apprenticeship /(3)

Collaboration with faculty and graduate students in departmental research, including supervision and mentoring of students enrolled in 395. Emphasis on independent decision making and leadership of undergraduate research teams. Limited to majors. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. (Practicum) Pre: 395 and permission of instructor. S/U only. Not for graduate credit.

496 International Development Seminar

See Community Planning 495.

497 Natural Resources Cooperative Internship (6-12)

Supervised work experience with a governmental agency, nongovernmental organization, or private company in the environmental field. (Practicum) Capstone. Pre: senior standing and permission of department. Not for graduate credit.

498 Teaching Practicum in Natural Resources Science (1-3)

Teaching experience for qualified undergraduates through actual involvement in planning and assisting in NRS courses. May include supervised participation in a discussion group, assisting in a laboratory or field course, or tutoring. (Practicum) Pre: senior standing, previous enrollment in the course to be taught, and permission of instructor. Limited to NRS majors. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits. Not for graduate credit. S/U only.

499 Senior Thesis in Natural Resources Science (6)

In-depth research or outreach effort reviewed by a faculty committee and culminating in a thesis written in scientific journal format. Oral presentation to the committee required. Capstone. (Independent Study) Pre: GPA of at least 3.25, successful completion of 491 or 492, and permission of department chairperson. Not for graduate credit.

501 Foundations of Restoration Ecology (4)

Overview of factors involved with implementing an ecological restoration. Will synthesize the physical, biological and human factors that determine restoration success. Includes weekly field/lab sessions. (Lec. 3, Lab 3) Pre: 223 or BIO 262, or permission of instructor.

503 Wildlife Biometrics Field Investigations (1)

Independent field study of wildlife populations using modern quantitative measurements and data analyses. Emphasis on experimental design, data collection and recording, statistical analysis, data interpretation, and reporting. (Practicum) Pre: concurrent enrollment in 402.

505 Biology and Management of Migratory Birds /(2)

Current programs, problems, and techniques for managing migratory game and nongame birds. Emphasis on basic biology of the species, habitat management, and harvest management. (Seminar) Pre: 305 or permission of instructor. In alternate years. Next offered spring 2013.

508 Seminar in Biological Literature

See Biological Sciences 508.

509 Concepts of GIS and Remote Sensing in Environmental Science (3)

Unique properties of geospatial data, accessing existing GIS and remote sensing data, and applications of GIS and remote sensing in the environmental sciences. Uses in ecology, conservation, soil science, geohydrology, and conservation biology. (Lec. 3) Pre: BIO 262 or permission of instructor.

510 Soil-Water Relations (3)

Processes governing water flow and availability in unsaturated and saturated soil. Emphasis on soil-water-plant relationships with applications to watershed management and hydrology. (Lec. 2, Lab. 3) Pre: 212, 361, or permission of instructor.

511 Population and Environment Change (3)

Overview and analysis of the major scientific and policy issues concerning human population growth and environmental change. (Lec. 3).

514 Climate Change Science and Policy (3)

Overview and analysis of the science and policy issues concerning climate change and global warming. (Lec. 3) Pre: for graduate students, none; for undergraduates, GEO 305 or permission of instructor.

516 Remote Sensing in Natural Resources Mapping (3)

Digital remote sensing in environmental and natural resource studies. Emphasis on satellite remote sensing image rectification, georeferencing, classification, and integration with GIS. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: 415 or permission of instructor.

520 (or EEC 524) Quantitative Techniques in Natural Resource Research (3)

Research design, database management, and analysis and interpretation of natural resource data. Emphasis on hands-on experience of quantitative and computerized techniques commonly used by natural resource scientists. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: STA 308 and permission of instructor.

522 Advanced GIS Analysis of Environmental Data (3)

Discussion and application of terrain modeling, spatial statistics, proximity analysis, remote sensing/GIS linkages, and environmental data integration. Emphasis on ecological data at watershed/landscape scales. (Lec. 1, Lab. 6) Capstone. Pre: 410 or permission of instructor.

524 Application of Advanced Spatial Analysis (1)

Independent application of spatial data analysis to derive solutions to environmental problems, with emphasis on GIS data integration, vector and raster modeling, and visualization of analytical and quantitative results. (Practicum) Pre: concurrent enrollment in 522. Capstone.

525 Wetland Field Investigations (1)

Independent field study of a diverse freshwater wetland ecosystem, with emphasis on aerial photo-interpretation, wetland classification, and in-depth examination of glacial geology, hydrology, plant ecology, and soils. (Practicum) Pre: concurrent enrollment in 423.

526 Microbial Ecology of Soils and Sediments (3)

Occurrence and activity of microorganisms in soils and sediments, including wetlands. Environmental physiology of microbes; habitat interactions; methods of study; importance of microbial processes to ecosystem productivity, pollutant degradation, and atmospheric chemistry. (Lec. 3) Pre: 212, MIC 211, or permission of instructor.

527 Marine Protected Areas: An Interdisciplinary Analysis

See Marine Affairs 527.

532 (or EEC 542) Conservation Biology and Resource Economics (2)

Examination of different components of conservation of biological diversity. Topics include minimum viable populations, ecology and economics of reserve design, reintroductions, causes of extinction, and the ecosystem conservation strategies. (Seminar) Pre: BIO 262, EEC 105 or permission of instructor. In alternate years. Next offered spring 2012.

533 Landscape Pattern and Change (3)

Remote sensing perspective of landscape characterization; landscape dynamics; spatiotemporal land-use and land-cover change; modeling and analysis of landscape by integration of remote sensing, GIS, GPS, and in situ data. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: 415 or permission of instructor.

534 Ecology of Fragmented Landscapes (2)

Presentation of the concepts of landscape ecology with emphasis on populations of plants and animals in fragmented habitats. Topics discussed include habitat corridors, fluxes of energy and species along habitat edges, shape analysis, and stability of populations in habitat patches. (Lec. 2) Pre: BIO 262 or permission of instructor. In alternate years. Next offered spring 2013.

538 Physiological Ecology of Wild Terrestrial Vertebrates (3)

Relationships between animal physiology and the ecology and dynamics of wild vertebrate populations, including birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. (Lec. 3) Pre: 305 or permission of instructor.

545 Invasive Species Research, Management and Policy (4)

Overview of the major invasive alien species issues in the research, management and policy arenas. Includes weekly field/lab sessions. (Lec. 3, Lab 3) Pre: BIO 262 or NRS 223, or permission of instructor.

551 Seminar in Marine Ecology (1)

See Biological Sciences 551.

555 Applied Coastal Ecology (2)

Resource management problems in coastal national parks. Topics include air and water pollution, barrier island erosion, deer overpopulation, Lyme disease, and ecosystem restoration. Examples of conflicting land-management mandates and research needs discussed. Optional field trips. (Lec. 2) Pre: advanced course work or experience in topical fields or permission of instructor. Offered in fall of even-numbered years.

563 Biology and Ecology of Fishes

See Biological Sciences 563.

567 Soil Genesis and Classification (3)

Development of soils as influenced by physical, chemical, biological, and climatic factors. Processes of soil formation presented relative to soil taxonomy and geographic distribution. (Lec. 3) Pre: 471 or permission of instructor. Next offered spring 2013.

568 Recent Advances in Natural Resources Science (3)

Critical analysis and presentation of technical reports on recent advances in natural resources science. Topics will vary according to instructor and background of students. (Lec. 3) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

583 Innovative Subsurface Remediation Technologies

See Geosciences 582.

584 Environmental Hydrogeology

See Geosciences 584.

591, 592 Special Problems (1-3 each)

Advanced independent research projects supervised by members of the research staff and unrelated to Master’s or Doctoral research. Projects developed to meet individual needs (Independent Study) Pre: permission of chairperson.

600 Graduate Seminar in Natural Resources (1)

Presentation of proposed, ongoing, or completed research by NRS graduate students. Discussion among graduate students, faculty, and staff, with emphasis on research design, methods, and interpretation of results. (Seminar) Pre: graduate standing in NRS. All graduate students must enroll at least twice; full-time students are expected to enroll each spring. S/U credit.


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