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Graduate Courses in Natural Resources (NR)

NR 220 - Landscape Ecology
Study of pattern, process, and dynamics in the landscape. Considers the role of landscape pattern in determining habitat quality and ecosystem function. Prerequisites: One biology, one ecology course; senior standing. Alternate years, 2002-03.
Credits: 2.00
NR 228 - Ecosystem Ecology
(Cross-listed with Forestry 228.) Examination of the structure and function of terrestrial ecosystems using a systems approach. Laboratory sessions involve modeling and data analysis. Prerequisites: Biology 1, 2, Chemistry 23, an intermediate ecology course, Natural Resources 140, Math. 19, Physics 11 or equivalent. Alternate years, 2002-03.
Credits: 2.00
NR 235 - Legal Aspects Envir Planning
Comparison of environmental planning law at local, state, and national levels. Case studies in environmental and natural resource planning and land use controls. Pre/co-requisite: Senior Standing.
Credits: 3.00
NR 238 - Ecological Landscape Design
Studio course synthesizing work from fields of landscape ecology and landscape design, exploring ecological design alternatives at multiple scales, and developing multifunctional landscape solutions. Pre/co-requisites: Minimum junior standing, at least design course, at least one course in ecology, or permission. Cross-listings: CDAE 238, ENVS 238, NR 238.
Credits: 3.00
NR 240 - Wilderness & Wilderness Mgmt
(Cross-listed with Recreation Management 240.) History, philosophy, and management of wilderness, national parks, and related areas. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing in Recreation Management.
Credits: 3.00
NR 243 - GIS Practicum
An applied course in geospatial technology with a focus on ESRI's ArcGIS software suire. Prerequisites: NR 143/343.
Credits: 3.00
NR 244 - Quantitative Assmnts of NR
Credits: 3.00
NR 245 - Advanced Spatial Methods
Advanced methods in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis, including the integration of statistics, classical hypothesis testing, and GIS. Pre/co-requisites: senior standing, 1 introductory GIS course, 1 statistics course
Credits: 2.00
NR 250 - Limnology
Ecology of lakes and reservoirs, including their origin, physics, chemistry and biology, and the effects of anthropogenic perturbations. Field and laboratory experience. Prerequisites: One year Biology; one year Chemistry; ecology course.
Credits: 4.00
NR 252 - Visual Resource Planning & Mgt
Investigates the theories and principles of aesthetics related to landscape perception, and their applications to visual impact assessment and scenic resource planning. Prerequisite: Senior standing.
Credits: 3.00
NR 254 - Adv Natural Resource Policy
Advanced seminar in natural resource policy, emphasizing current issues in forest policy. Prerequisite: Graduate or advanced undergraduate standing; Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
NR 255 - Field Mthds in Water Resources
Techniques used in field assessment of water quality in rivers and lakes. Case studies on the LaPlatte River and Lake Champlain. Sampling strategies, field measurements, and data evaluation. Extensive field work. Prerequisite: NR 102 or equivalent basic course in water.
Credits: 3.00
NR 260 - Wetlands Ecology & Mgmt
Structure, dynamics and values of natural and artificial wetlands; wetlands management and issues. Prerequisite: BIOL 001 and BIOL 002; an upper-level ecology course.
Credits: 3.00
NR 262 - Int'l Problems in NR Mgmt
Discussion of problems associated with the management of natural resources which have international implications. Topics may include deforestation, desertification, fisheries, wildlife, refuges, fuelwood, pollution. Prerequisite: Senior standing; permission.
Credits: 3.00
NR 268 - Soil Ecology
Underlying concepts and theory of modern soil ecology will be reviewed including spatial and temporal distributions, sampling methods, biogeochemical cycles, and ecological functions of soil. Prerequisites: BCOR 102 of NR 103, PSS 161. Cross-listed with PSS 268.
Credits: 0.00 or 4.00
NR 270 - Toxic&Hzrds Subst in Srf Water
The fate of toxic and hazardous pollutants, including trace elements and organics, in surface waters; effects on human health and aquatic biota. Prerequisite: BIOL 001, CHEM 023, CHEM 042; CHEM 102 or equivalent; Senior standing.
Credits: 3.00
NR 275 - NR Planning: Theory & Methods
Investigates theoretical development of natural resource planning. Studies planning methods appropriate to protection and use of scenic, recreational, forest, agriculture, and historic resources and ecologically sensitive areas. Prerequisite: Senior standing.
Credits: 3.00
NR 276 - Water Quality Anlys & Interp
Selected aspects of water chemistry and bioassay as related to surface and ground waters. Laboratory analysis of water quality parameters and data interpretation. Prerequisite: One course in Chemistry, calculus, and Statistics; Senior standing.
Credits: 0.00 or 3.00
NR 278 - Principles of Aquatic Systems
Study of physical, chemical and biological principles as related to natural aquatic systems. Modeling dynamic behavior of aquatic systems using system simulation techniques. Prerequisite: MATH 019, PHYS 011, CHEM 023, CHEM 026 or equivalent; NR 170 or equivalent or as a co-requisite; Senior standing. Lecture and three hours laboratory per week.
Credits: 0.00 or 3.00
NR 279 - Watershed Management Hydrology
Fundamental elements of hydrology and contaminant transport in watersheds. Application of dynamic simulation techniques. Discussion of new technologies for watershed management. Prerequisite: NR 170 or equivalent or as a co-requisite; NR 020, PHYS 011, CHEM 023, CHEM 026 or equivalent; Senior standing.
Credits: 0.00 or 3.00
NR 280 - Stream Ecology
Ecology of streams including hydrodynamics, morphology, sediment transport, chemistry, biology and human impacts. Field and laboratory experience. Prerequisites: One year Biology; one year Chemistry; ecology course.
Credits: 4.00
NR 285 - Advanced Special Topics
Advanced special topics in natural resource planning beyond the scope of existing formal courses. Prerequisite: Graduate/Senior standing; Instructor permission.
Credits: 0.00 to 6.00
NR 288 - Ecol Design & Living Technol
The course explores the potential for ecological design to shape a sustainable future. It analyses living technologies for food production, waste management and environmental restoration. Pre/co-requisites: Jr/Sr standing; background in ecology/systems theory.
Credits: 3.00
NR 306 - Race & Culture in Natrl Rsrcs
Introduces graduate students to selected issues of race and culture and their relevance to society, natural resources, and the environment.
Credits: 1.00
NR 343 - Fndmtls of Geog Info Systems
Concepts and methods in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) presented at an accelerated pace for Graduate students using ArcGIS software. Pre/co-requisites: Graduate standing.
Credits: 3.00
NR 346 - Digital Image Processing
Principles and applications of digital image processing of remotely sensed imagery. Hands-on analyses of satellite imagery will address environmental issues using ERDAS Imagine software.
Credits: 2.00
NR 354 - Seminar:Envrmntl Policy & Mgmt
Seminar examining contemporary environmental policy at local, state, national, and international levels; policy formulation, implementation and design relative to current environmental problems. Prerequisties: Graduate standing.
Credits: 3.00
NR 360 - Environmental Sociology
An in-depth exploration of how sociologists understand the relationship between a) the physical environment's effects on society, and b) society's effects on the natural environment. Prerequisite: Graduate standing; or Insturctor permission. Fall. Alternate years.
Credits: 3.00
NR 361 - Politic:Landscape,Place,Nature
Seminar exploring the social and political construction of nature, emphasizing how natural resources and environment are defined through social relationships in particular landscapes and places.
Credits: 2.00
NR 370 - Sp Tpcs in Aquatic Toxicology
Discussions of the current literature in aquatic toxicology. Concurrent enrollment in NR 270. Prerequisite: Graduate student standing.
Credits: 1.00
NR 375 - NR Planning: Laboratory
Experiential laboratory applying natural resource planning theory and methods to local or regional issues. Students conduct a planning exercise for a town or region. Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in NR 275.
Credits: 1.00
NR 376 - Graduate Teaching Practicum
Natural Resource teaching practicum for doctoral students in the Rubenstein School. Course is required if students are following the academic option. Should be taken concurrently or one semester in advance of completion of the doctoral teaching requirement. Prerequisite: doctoral standing.
Credits: 2.00
NR 377 - Land Use Policy & Economics
Economic and social forces that drive urban and suburban land use patterns, such as urban sprawl, and the policy mechanisms designed to intervene in those processes. Pre/co-requisites: Econ 172 or equivalent, grad standing.
Credits: 3.00
NR 378 - Integrating Analyses NR Issues
Resource Issues. Seminar contrasting epistemologies and ontologies of natural resource disciplines. Applications from fields such as ecology, policy, sociology, engineering, and ethics. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Credits: 2.00
NR 380 - Seminar in Natural Resources
Presentation and discussion of advanced problems, research, and current topics in natural resources by faculty, graduate students, and outside guest speakers.
Credits: 0.50 to 2.00
NR 382 - Seminar in Research Planning
Discussions of the planning and activities associated with Graduate student projects and research. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: FOR 382.
Credits: 1.00
NR 384 - Independent Study in NR
Readings, with conferences, to provide graduate students with backgrounds and specialized knowledge relating to an area in which an appropriate course is not offered.
Credits: 1.00 to 3.00
NR 385 - Special Topics in NR
Graduate topics and material that may eventually develop into a regular course offering; in addition, it may include topics and material presented only once.
Credits: 0.00 to 3.00
NR 391 - Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
NR 392 - Master's Project Research
Credits: 1.00 to 12.00
NR 491 - Doctoral Dissertation Rsch
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00