University of Vermont

Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

ecological planning curriculum

EP curriculum

Ecological Planning Curriculum

The curriculum emphasizes applied learning in the field. Students work both individually and in teams to understand both content (e.g., geology, soils, vegetation, communities, ecosystems, landscapes, etc.) and process (e.g., how to synthesize too much data, to organize a public meeting, to integrate ecology and community needs into recommendations for "sustainable" practice, to write a proposal, to communicate with lay audiences, to lead a team). The curriculum also follows a service-learning philosophy, with much of the work targeting the needs of real communities and organizations. Our students want to make a difference and make something happen while learning. The pedagogy we employ fosters this desire.

Students are required to take a summer field course preparing them to understand ecosystems and landscape structure and function, fundamentals of field science, the field practicum, conservation approaches, communication skills including a writing seminar in most semesters, a planning theory and applications course, a landscape inventory and assessment course, and a course in integrative analyses (NR 378). The remaining credits will be arranged in consultation with the student's advisor. In addition, an independent project, often working with a conservation organization in the area of the student's specialization, is required. Other program requirements include a public seminar at the annual graduate student symposium, a comprehensive examination (field final), and a defense of project (a public seminar followed by a committee examination).

Note: The 2013-14 Program begins 15-16 August 2013

Curriculum - 2012/13

Summer
Reading the Landscape (16-17 August 2012, non-credit)

Fall
Fundamentals of Field Science
Field Naturalist Practicum
Field Botany for Natural Resource Professionals
Envisioning a Sustainable Future (EP requirement)

Winter Break
Winter Ecology (Typical Elective)

Spring
Place-based Landscape Analysis
Professional Writing
Elective

Summer
Master's Project Field Research

Fall
Professional Writing 
Land Conservation: Science and Practice (Typical Elective)
Professional Writing (0.5 credits)
Elective
Master's Project Research

Spring
Conservation, Systems, and Sustainability
Professional Writing (0.5 credits)
Elective
Master's Project Research


Example Elective Courses

  • Field Geology and Soil Science for Natural Resource Professionals
  • Environmental Conflict Resolution
  • Dendrology
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Watershed Hydrology
  • Statistical Methods

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