University of Vermont

2011-12 Online Catalogue

Courses in Natural Resources (NR)

NR 001 - Natural Hist & Field Ecology
Introduction to the dynamics of the natural world. Basic concepts of biological, chemical, physical, and ecological sciences and the application and interpretation of quantitative measurements are presented within a natural history context.
Credits: 0.00 or 4.00
NR 002 - Nature & Culture
Introduction to natural resources and the environment from a social/cultural perspective. Emphasis on environmental history, values, and ethics with application to natural resource and environmental policy.
Credits: 0.00 or 3.00
NR 006 - D1:Race & Culture in NR
Introduces the First-Year student to issues of race and culture and their relevance to society, natural resources, and the environment.
Credits: 0.00 or 2.00
NR 015 - Ecology of Place
Opportunities for first-time residents of GreenHouse Residential Learning Community to deepen their sense of place through participation in a diversity of environmental explorations.
Credits: 1.00
NR 016 - Ecological Citizenship
Provides members of the GreenHouse Residential Learning Community with opportunities to pursue ecological interests and community service projects with mentorship from GreenHouse staff members. Prerequisite: NR 015.
Credits: 1.00
NR 025 - Measurements & Mapping
Introduction to surveying, mapping, aerial photo measurements, and interpretation for natural resource planning and management. Prerequisite: A course in high school or college trigonometry; permission required of nonmajors.
Credits: 0.00 or 4.00
NR 051 - Environ Aesthetics & Planning
Examines historical changes in perceptions of natural and built landscapes, the issues involved in the appearance of landscapes today, and techniques for enhancing landscape beauty.
Credits: 3.00
NR 073 - Understanding Water Quality
Introduction to water quality and water pollution in streams, lakes, wetlands, and ground water. Provides foundation for knowledgeable citizen participation in management of public waters. Credit not allowed for both NR 073 and NR 102.
Credits: 3.00
NR 085 - Intro Special Topics-Env & NR
Introductory topics in environmental and natural resource issues beyond the scope of exiting courses.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
NR 099 - Aiken Scholars Seminar
Seminar discussions on current environment issues. Guest speakers and field trips. Prerequisite: Open only to First-Year Aiken Scholars.
Credits: 1.00
NR 102 - Water as a Natural Resource
Characteristics of water-sheds, lakes, rivers, and wetlands; discussion of the management of these ecosystems; effects of society on the water resource. Prerequisites: Biology 1; Zoology 9 or Plant Biology 4 or equivalent; Chemistry 31, 23, 26, or 42 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.00
NR 103 - Ecology, Ecosystems & Environ
Major ecological concepts and their application. Analysis of form, structure, and function of organisms, populations, communities, ecosystems, and landscapes. Prerequisites: 1; concurrent enrollment in 104 and 105 required.
Credits: 3.00
NR 104 - Social Proc & the Environment
Social science theories and their application to environmental issues. Analysis of issues using theories of government, economics, and social movements. Emphasis on integrating frameworks to analyze environmental issues. Prerequisite: 2 and concurrent enrollment in 103 and 105 required.
Credits: 3.00
NR 105 - Environmental Problem Analysis
Examination of interdisciplinary dimensions of natural resource and environmental problems. Emphasis on social and ecological aspects of environmental issues and interdisciplinary teamwork. Prerequisite: NR 001, NR 002; concurrent enrollment in NR 103 and NR 104.
Credits: 1.00
NR 107 - The Environment&Human Health
Interdisciplinary understanding of the effects of anthropogenic factors including pollution, reduced biodiversity, climate change, overpopulation, and resource depletion on the health of natural systems and human populations. Pre/co-requisites: a college level science course and sophomore standing. (Crosslisted with NH 107).
Credits: 3.00
NR 125 - Ecological Coop Living
Engaging students in the Slade Special Interest Program in the development of their residence as a self-sufficient, ecological cooperative on campus through the design, implementation, and maintenance of an ecologically-minded infrastructure of technology and day-to-day living arrangements. Pre/co-requisite: Current resident in Slade Hall.
Credits: 2.00
NR 130 - Global Environmental Assessmnt
Cross-listed with ENSC 130.
Credits: 3.00
NR 137 - Landscape Design Fundamentals
Studio course to evaluate landscape designs, develop graphic communication skills including CADD for representing the landscape, and apply principles of sustainable design to an actual landscape. Pre/co-requisites: At least one course in design or mapping or consent of instructor. Cross-listings: CDAE 137, ENVS 137, PSS 137.
Credits: 3.00
NR 140 - Applied Environ Statistics
Introduction to the design, application, interpretation and critical assessment of biostatistical analyses for natural resource applications. Concepts are applied through service learning partnerships. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing, two years of high school algebra.
Credits: 0.00 or 4.00
NR 141 - Intro to Ecological Economics
Introduction to the study of economics as dependent on social and environmental systems and to transdisciplinary problem-solving using ecological economics. Prerequisites: ENVS 001 or NR 002. Cross-listed with: ENVS 141.
Credits: 3.00
NR 143 - Intro to Geog Info Systems
Understanding and application of computer-based, geographically-referenced information systems. Prerequisites: Junior standing; CS 003 or CS 011.
Credits: 0.00 or 3.00
NR 146 - Remote Sensing of Natural Res
Cross-listed with: FOR 146, GEOG 185.
Credits: 3.00
NR 153 - Intro Environmental Policy
Introduction to policy aspects of environment and natural resources including policy processes, public governance, and citizen participation with applications to environmental issues. Pre/co-requisite: NR 104 or POLS 021.
Credits: 3.00
NR 155 - Fluvial Geology
Cross-listed with: GEOL 155.
Credits: 3.00
NR 170 - Intro Dynamic Simulation Mdlg
Elementary principles of dynamic simulation modeling and use of the STELLA II dynamic simulation software. Example simulations of natural environmental systems. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
Credits: 1.00
NR 176 - Water Quality Analysis
Selected aspects of elementary water chemistry and bioassay as related to surface and ground waters. Five laboratory experiences. Prerequisite: 176. (2.5 hours lecture per week and 20 hours lab per semester.)
Credits: 0.00 or 3.00
NR 185 - Special Topics
Special topics in natural resources beyond the scope of existing formal courses. Variable credit.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
NR 189 - Student-Designed Course Work
Student-taught course work beyond the scope of formal courses in natural resources. Developed according to RSENR guidelines with sponsorship by interested faculty. Variable credit.
Credits: 1.00 to 3.00
NR 199 - Honors Seminar
A discussion and readings seminar that features guest speakers, and is part of the SNR Spring Seminar Series. Focus of the seminars change annually. Can be repeated. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; open only to SNR Honors Students.
Credits: 1.00
NR 205 - Ecosys Mgt:Integ Sci,Soc & Pol
Integration of natural and social science into ecosystem management and policy. Consideration of ecosystem integrity, ecosystem degradation, human needs and values, and the application of management principles within a holistic context. Prerequisites: NR 001, NR 002, NR 103, NR 104.
Credits: 3.00
NR 206 - Env Prob Sol & Impact Assessmt
Group dynamics, impact assessment, risk assessment, and decision making. Emphasis on the process of solving complex environmental problems, interdisciplinary team work, and the National Environmental Policy Act. Prerequisites: NR 001 , NR 002, NR 103, NR 104, NR 205, and Statistics.
Credits: 0.00 or 4.00
NR 207 - D1: Power, Privilege & Envrnmt
This course provides seniors with the opportunity to understand aspects of power, privilege, and injustice and its implications for the natural resource and environmental fields. Prerequisites: NR 001, NR 002, NR 006, NR 103, and NR 104. Co-requisite: NR 205.
Credits: 1.00
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 222 - Pollution Ecology
Impacts of pollutants on the structure and function of ecosystems. Examination of how air, land, and water influence ecological fate and effects of pollutants. Prerequisites: BIOL 001; CHEM 023; NR 103 or equivalent ecology course.
Credits: 3.00
NR 224 - Conservation Biology
Conservation of biological diversity at genetic, species, ecosystem, and landscape levels. Emphasis on genetic diversity, population viability, endangered species, critical habitats, international implications. Prerequisites: BIOL 001, BIOL 002, a 100-level ecology course.
Credits: 3.00
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 236 - Geochemistry
(Cross-listed Geology 235.)
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 suite. Prerequisite: NR 143/NR 343.
Credits: 3.00
NR 244 - Quantitative Assmnts of NR
Credits: 3.00
NR 245 - Integrating GIS & Statistics
Advanced approaches in integrating Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and statistical methods to analyze quantitatively spatial patterns and relationships. Prerequisites: Senior/Graduate standing, one introductory GIS course, one introductory Statistics course.
Credits: 3.00
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: 0.00 or 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 256 - Ecology of a Large Lake
A field exploration of the littoral zone and deep lake environments and human impacts on large lakes using Lake Champlain as the class laboratory. Prerequisite: 100-level ecology course.
Credits: 4.00
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 261 - Wetlands Ecology Lab
Credits: 1.00
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 264 - SL: C Ross Env Publ Serv Pract
Creating proposals for modification and implementation of natural resource and environmental policy in Vermont with emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving and leadership. Prerequisites: NR 103, NR 104, or equivalent. NR 153 or equivalent is recommended.
Credits: 4.00 to 5.00
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: 0.00 or 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 289 - Advanced Ecological Design
A problem-based, cross-disciplinary design course in which existing conditions are integrated with the redesign of place and system in alignment with ecological design principles.
Credits: 3.00
NR 298 - Honors 'Project' Planning
Process, procedures, and strategies leading to the development of an individual or group Honors Project Proposal, to be submitted for review and approval. Prerequisites: Junior standing; concurrent enrollment in NR 199 for HCOL students; Instructor permission; undergraduate only.
Credits: 2.00
NR 299 - Honors
Honors project dealing with aquatic resources, terrestrial ecology, or integrated natural resources. Prerequisite: By application only; see Program Chair.
Credits: 3.00 to 6.00
NR 306 - Envisioning a Sust Future
Seminar orienting graduate students to RSENR and providing frameworks for collaborative leadership, whole systems thinking, and intercultural competency.
Credits: 2.00
NR 333 - Professional Writing
Writing workshop that explores essay and report writing, as published in both popular and professional journals that examine the natural world and its resources. Prerequisites: None, but preference is given to Field Naturalist and Ecological Planning Graduate students; other students may enroll with instructor permission. Cross-listed with: PBIO 333.
Credits: 1.00
NR 334 - Professional Writing
Writing workshop that explores essay and report writing, as published in both popular and professional journals that examine the natural world and its resources. Prerequisites: None, but preference is given to Field Naturalist and Ecological Planning Graduate students; other students may enroll with Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: PBIO 334.
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 18.00
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
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