University of Vermont

UVM Course Directory

Term: Fall 2017

Subject: Natural Resources

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.

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.

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.

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.

NR 021 - Speaking and Listening

Course aids students in learning to speak, listen and critique public speaking. Different delivery styles focus on relevant environmental and natural resource topics.

NR 095 - Introductory Special Topics

Introductory topics in environmental and natural resource issues beyond the scope of exiting courses.

NR 103 - Ecology, Ecosystems & Environ

Major ecological concepts and their application. Analysis of form, structure, and function of organisms, populations, communities, ecosystems, and landscapes. Prerequisite: NR 001.

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: NR 002.

NR 107 - SU:Human Health & the Envirnmt

Offers an introduction to environmental health. Topics include: methods (toxicology, epidemiology), environmental health hazards (physical, biological, chemical) and supports (nature contact), risk analysis, communication and management, health and climate change, food production and access, energy production, and water. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Cross-listed with: ENVS 107, HLTH 107.

NR 137 - Landscape Design Fundamentals

Studio course to learn techniques of landscape design and analysis, develop graphic communication skills for representing the landscape, and apply sustainable design principles to a site. Prerequisites: Junior standing; at least one course in drawing, design, or mapping, or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: CDAE 137, ENVS 137, PSS 137.

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. Prerequisite: Minimum Sophomore standing. Cross-listed with: ENVS 141.

NR 143 - Intro to Geog Info Systems

Understanding and application of computer-based, geographically-referenced information systems. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

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. Prerequisite: NR 104 or POLS 021. Cross-listed with: ENVS 142.

NR 190 - Internship

On-site supervised work experience combined with a structured academic learning plan directed by a faculty member or a faculty-staff team in which a faculty member is the instructor of record, for which academic credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion

NR 192 - Independent Study

A course which is tailored to fit the interests of a specific student, which occurs outside the traditional classroom/laboratory setting under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion

NR 197 - Teaching Assistantship

Undergraduate student service as a teaching assistant, usually in an introductory level course in the discipline, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

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.

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.

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: Senior standing in Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources.

NR 242 - Adv Geospatial Techniques

Advanced course encompassing a wide range of topics in GIS, remote sensing, GPS, modeling, and visualization designed to provide technical expertise in geospatial techniques. Prerequisite: NR 143, GEOG 184, NR 343, NR 146, NR 346, or GEOG 185.

NR 243 - GIS Practicum

An applied course in geospatial technology with a focus on ESRI's ArcGIS software suite. Prerequisite: NR 143 or NR 343.

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: BIOL 001 and BIOL 002 or BCOR 011 and BCOR 012, and CHEM 023 and CHEM 026 or CHEM 031 and CHEM 032, and NR 103 or BCOR 102.

NR 288 - Ecol Design & Living Technol

The course explores the potential for ecological design to shape a sustainable future. It analyzes living technologies for food production, waste management and environmental restoration. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

NR 290 - Internship

On-site supervised work experience combined with a structured academic learning plan directed by a faculty member or a faculty-staff team in which a faculty member is the instructor of record, for which academic credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion

NR 292 - Independent Study

A course which is tailored to fit the interests of a specific student, which occurs outside the traditional classroom/laboratory setting under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion

NR 295 - Advanced Special Topics

Advanced special topics in natural resource planning beyond the scope of existing formal courses.

NR 299 - Honors

Honors project dealing with aquatic resources, terrestrial ecology, or integrated natural resources.

NR 306 - Envisioning a Sust Future

Seminar orienting graduate students to RSENR and providing frameworks for collaborative leadership, whole systems thinking, and intercultural competency.

NR 311 - Leadership for Sustainability

Provides an experiential and theoretical orientation to foundational practices, principles, and skills of sustainability leadership with an emphasis on ecological/systems thinking, sustainability, and leadership.

NR 333 - Professional Writing Essential

Basics of good writing, essay and report writing, as published in both popular and professional journals in the environment and natural resources. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Cross-listed with: PBIO 333.

NR 334 - Professional Writing AdvTopics

Writing workshop that explores essay and report writing, as published in both popular and professional journals that examine the natural world and its resources. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Cross-listed with: PBIO 334.

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. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

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.

NR 387 - Education for Sustainablty Sem

Focuses on creating conditions for learning our way toward a more sustainable future. Offers tangible skills, pedagogical approaches and theoretical frameworks that can immediately be applied in schools and other learning environments.

NR 388 - Ecological Leadership Seminar

Explores emerging topics and themes related to the theory and practice of ecological leadership. Can be taken in successive semesters (up to 2 times), as learning module topics will change.

NR 395 - Special Topics

Graduate topics and material that may eventually develop into a regular course offering.