Environment and Natural Resources

Landscape Ecology for Natural Resource Management

In this course, students will gain a practical working understanding of landscape ecology, with the goals of understanding how landscape processes operate at different scales, knowing how to assess spatial patterns and processes, and understanding how landscape ecology principles and theory apply to natural resource assessment and management. Prereq: Grad standing, or permission of instructor.

Forest and Public Lands Policy

Explores important, relevant and leading-edge concepts in U.S. forest and public lands policy. Emphasizes political, legal, and administrative issues of federal and state lands, including forests, parks, rangelands, and wildlife refuges. Moderate proficiency with GIS expected. Prereq: 4000, or Grad standing.

Exploring Sustainability: SUSTAINS LC Seminar

This seminar course is designed for SUSTAINS Learning Community students to explore their interests within sustainability, learn about opportunities to be involved in campus and local community sustainability efforts, and connect with campus partners and faculty working and researching in the field. Students must be a part of the SUSTAINS Learning Community in order to take this seminar. Prereq: Must be in the SUSTAINS Learning Community. Repeatable to a maximum of 2 cr hrs. This course is graded S/U. Cross-listed in AEDEcon.

Ecological Engineering and Science

Definition, classification, and practice of Ecological Engineering. Course explores ecological ecosystems, ecosystem restoration, and the utilization of natural processes to provide societal services and benefits to nature. Prereq: One course in Biology, Ecology, Engineering, or Geology, and Jr standing or above. Not open to students with credit for EnvEng 5310 or FABEng 5310. Cross-listed in EnvEng and FABEng.

Watershed Hydrology

Covers hydrologic processes in watersheds, including precipitation, evapotranspiration, infiltration, runoff, and streamflow. We will evaluate how watershed characteristics, climate, and land use control these processes. In addition, we will discuss and practice current physical, chemical, and computational techniques for characterizing the hydrologic functioning of watersheds. Prereq: Chem 1210, and Math 1151 or 1156.

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

This course covers topics such as the constitutional foundations of environmental policy, the role of congress and the executive branch in designing policy and bureaucratic agencies in implementing them, and the courts system as the final arbiter for environmental disputes. It also covers some of the foundational legislation in the U.S. to protect the environment and natural resources. Prereq: 2100 and 2300. Not open to students with credit for 4000. GE soc sci orgs and polities course.


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