Department of Natural Resources and the Environment

Courses

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Natural Resource Recreation Management

NRRM 101 Intro Natural Res & Rec Mgmt3 Credit hours   

An orientation to the profession and its settings, emphasizing history, trends, concepts, and relationships to other fields.

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NRRM 110 Outdoor Leadership: Canoeing1 Credit hour   

This course is designed to give students the skills essential for the pursuit of employment in guiding participants on flat-water canoe courses in backcountry settings.

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NRRM 111 Outdoor Leadership: Fly Fish1 Credit hour   

This course is designed to give students the skills essential for the pursuit of being able to guide participants on fly fishing excursions in the backcountry.

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NRRM 112 Outdoor Leadership: Bass Fish1 Credit hour   

This course is designed to give students the skills essential to pursue employment as a guide on bass fishing excursions in the backcountry.

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NRRM 113 Outdoor Leadership: Backpack1 Credit hour   

This course is designed to give students the foundation skills essential in the pursuit of being leading participants on backcountry backpacking experiences. Leave No Trace ethics will be taught.

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NRRM 156 Bicycling1 Credit hour   
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NRRM 158 Downhill Skiing1 Credit hour   
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NRRM 200 Analytical Methods: Statistics4 Credit hours   

Students develop an understanding of statistical reasoning through the use of software to generate, summarize, and draw conclusions from data. Course enhances statistical technique dexterity through analysis of applied problems.

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NRRM 201 Recreational Activities3 Credit hours   
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NRRM 231 Nature Study3 Credit hours   

Designed to provide students with the fundamental understanding of and for the delivery of nature based educational programs offered through an experiential framework.

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NRRM 280 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
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NRRM 281 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
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NRRM 282 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
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NRRM 283 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
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NRRM 301 Intro to Outdoor Recreation3 Credit hours   

Organization, administration, and delivery of outdoor recreation activities and resources. Emphasis upon federal, state, and local government programs and areas.

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NRRM 310 Environmental Interpretation3 Credit hours   

Principles and techniques of environmental interpretation as practiced in federal, state, and private agencies.

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NRRM 311 Intro to Environmental Educ3 Credit hours   

This course is the study of environmental education, its foundations, emergence in the 1960's, its evolution, the systems approach to it, and the application of it in the field.

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NRRM 320 Sports & Campus Rec Mgmt3 Credit hours   

This course will deal with the fields of recreational sports and campus recreation management. It will present the foundations of both fields, the development, implementation, and trends in today's programs.

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NRRM 330 Concepts Philosophies in NRRM3 Credit hours   

A systematic approach to the concepts and philosophies for managing wildland, wilderness, and protected areas.

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NRRM 340 Special Event Managment3 Credit hours   

This course will study the processes for event facilitation. Special attention will be given to the roles and skills utilized by a variety of recreation managers.

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NRRM 350 Adventure Education Leadership3 Credit hours   

This course focuses on preparing students to be outdoor adventure education leaders, facilitating programs in both the front and back country utilizing adventure education techniques in an outdoor setting.

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NRRM 360 Tourism Planning & Management3 Credit hours   

The course will examine the critical issues addressed by tourism planning and management, which are the positive and negative influences of tourism on the destination's economy, society, culture, and environment.

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NRRM 361 Visitor Behavior in NRRM3 Credit hours   

This course provides an overview and analysis of individual and group behavior as it pertains to consumer activity in the context of recreation and tourism resource environments.

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NRRM 362 Ecotourism: Admin and Mgmt3 Credit hours   

This course will examine the theoretical foundations, applications and best management practices in ecotourism. Other minor topics include: sustainability, nature-based and adventure tourism; sociocultural, environmental, and economic impacts of ecotourism.

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NRRM 380 Rec Resource Oper. and Admin3 Credit hours   

Focused on the management, operation, and administration practices of recreation resource areas. Includes supervision of personnel, budgeting, and public relations for a variety of park and public land organizational structures.

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NRRM 400 Leisure & Aging3 Credit hours   

A course presenting an overview of leisure services for the elderly. Topics include research results, theories, and modern day trends. A wellness model will be included.

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NRRM 402 Research Eval & Assess in NRRM3 Credit hours   

Theoretical & practical approach to research, evaluation and assessment of the social sciences of natural resources and recreational management.

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NRRM 405 Park & Recreation Ecology3 Credit hours   

The course is designed to help students identify and evaluate the level of resource impact, understand factors that cause impacts, and suggest management actions to minimize impacts under given conditions.

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NRRM 410 Maint of Nat Res & Rec3 Credit hours   

A study of the knowledge and skills necessary to supervise and administer the general development and maintenance of park and recreation areas and facilities.

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NRRM 411 Rec Resource Planning & Design3 Credit hours   

Basic considerations in the planning and design of natural areas, parks, forests, recreation, and sport area infrastructure, facilities and associated amenities.

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NRRM 432 Wilderness/Protected Area Mgmt3 Credit hours   

This course will examine the historic and current philosophies of wilderness and protected area management as applicable to NGOs, local, state, and federal land management programs.

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NRRM 433 GIS/RS in Natural Resources3 Credit hours   

Focusing on natural resource management, the course will explore techniques and procedures required for spatially explicit data analysis in park and protected area applications.

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NRRM 450 Intro OHV Recreation3 Credit hours   
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NRRM 451 Plan Design OHV Trails3 Credit hours   
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NRRM 452 Construction OHV Trails3 Credit hours   

A course designed to instruct students in contemporary methods and techniques of constructing OHV trails and related facilities.

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NRRM 453 Op Mgt OHV Trail Systems3 Credit hours   
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NRRM 480 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
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NRRM 481 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
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NRRM 482 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
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NRRM 483 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
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NRRM 484 Special Topics1-3 Credit hours   
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NRRM 485 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   
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NRRM 486 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   
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NRRM 487 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   
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NRRM 488 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   
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NRRM 490 Bison image  Internship6 Credit hours   

A supervised 40-hour per week, 6 week internship in which the students work with park and recreation agencies. (PR: NRRM major. Advisor approval required.)

Attributes: Capstone Course, No Textbook Required
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Natural Resources & Environment

NRE 111 Bison image  Living Systems4 Credit hours   

This course is designed to equip students to observe and create their own questions, test them, and continue the process of scientific inquiry related to living systems.

Attributes: Natural Sciences, Core II Natural Sciences
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NRE 120 Bison image  Discussions in Envrion Science3 Credit hours   

Critical thinking course designed to examine and explore issues in environmental science including protection of terrestrial and aquatic resources and production of energy and food for a growing population.

Attributes: Critical Thinking
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NRE 200 Introduction to Agriculture3 Credit hours   

This course will discuss scientific concepts essential to agriscience and examine practices, careers, and new directions in various fields in agriculture.

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NRE 212 Energy3 Credit hours   

The course introduces the students to the properties and the interfaces of biological and physical systems with emphasis on energy concepts, production and distribution in both systems.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
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NRE 220 Bison image  Human Dimensions of Nat Res3 Credit hours   

This course provides an overview of human-nature relationship from the perspective of conservation and natural resource management.

Attributes: Critical Thinking
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NRE 280 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   

A course covering topics not treated in regular course offerings.

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NRE 281 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   

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NRE 282 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   

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NRE 283 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   

A course covering topics not treated in regular course offerings.

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NRE 285 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   

Independent study for selected sophomores or advanced freshman under supervision of faculty; may be repeated only once.

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NRE 286 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   

Independent study for selected sophomores or advanced freshman under supervision of faculty; may be repeated only once.

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NRE 287 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   

Independent study for selected sophomores or advanced freshman under supervision of faculty; may be repeated only once.

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NRE 288 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   

Independent study for selected sophomores or advanced freshman under supervision of faculty; may be repeated only once.

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NRE 300 Principles of Soil Science3 Credit hours   

This course will examine the principles of soils, including origin, composition, classification, and physical, chemical, and biological properties and processes, as well as agricultural and environmental applications.

Pre-req: CHM 212 with a minimum grade of D.

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NRE 301 Principles of Soil Science Lab2 Credit hours   

A laboratory course that demonstrates the application of concepts introduced in NRE 300 Principles of Soil Science.

Pre-req: NRE 300 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of D and CHM 212 with a minimum grade of D.

Concurrent PR: NRE 300
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NRE 302 Animal Production3 Credit hours   

This course will examine the principles of animal production through the application of anatomy, physiology, behavior, nutrition, reproduction, breeding, and genetics in the production and management of farm animals.

Pre-req: BSC 121 with a minimum grade of D.

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NRE 320 Nature Enviro Problems3 Credit hours   

The effects of human activity on ecological, political, economic, and cultural systems are examined. Particular attention is given to present human population growth, industrial activities, and energy availability.

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NRE 321 Resol Environ Problems3 Credit hours   

Students examine case studies of current environmental problems and propose methods of remediation. Cultural, political, economic, as well as ecological and physiographic factors are considered.

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NRE 322 Assess I: Terrestrial Systems4 Credit hours   

Use of scientific procedure and current technology to characterize and quantify sensitive elements of terrestrial ecosystems and to assess human impact on these systems.

Pre-req: (IST 111 or NRE 111) or BSC 104 or BSC 120.

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NRE 323 Assessment II: Aquatic Ecology4 Credit hours   

Use of scientific procedures and current technology to characterize and quantify sensitive elements of aquatic ecosystems and to assess human impact on these systems.

Pre-req: IST 111 or NRE 111 or BSC 104 or BSC 120.

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NRE 400 Soil Fertility/Plant Nutrition4 Credit hours   

This course will examine properties of soil fertility, its relationship to plan nutrition, and practices in nutrient management and fertilizer application.

Pre-req: BSC 121 with a minimum grade of D and NRE 300 with a minimum grade of D.

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NRE 401 Horticulture4 Credit hours   

This course will examine the principles and practices in horticulture and apply these practices through a semester service project.

Pre-req: BSC 121 with a minimum grade of D and NRE 310 with a minimum grade of D.

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NRE 402 Sustainable Agriculture3 Credit hours   

This course will examine the principles of sustainable agriculture and its relationship with natural resources while identifying challenges to agricultural sustainability and frontiers in the field.

Pre-req: NRE 200 with a minimum grade of D.

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NRE 403 Agricultural Entomology4 Credit hours   

Globally, insects have tremendous impacts on agriculture. This course introduces students to insects and their roles in agriculture including integrated pest management and pollination ecology.

Pre-req: BSC 121 with a minimum grade of D.

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NRE 423 GIS and Data Systems3 Credit hours   

Course focuses on the relationships among the scientific method, data structures, and geographic images. Students relate hypothesis formation and databases through the development of ARCMap documents.

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NRE 425 Water Policy and Regulations3 Credit hours   

Examination of how aquatic resources are protected for humans and species of concern by current regulatory framework.

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NRE 431 Aquatic Toxicology4 Credit hours   

This course will introduce students to the principles of aquatic toxicology including regulations driving biological criteria, development of laboratory toxicity testing and test methodology.

Pre-req: BSC 105 with a minimum grade of D or BSC 121 with a minimum grade of D or IST 323 with a minimum grade of D or NRE 323 with a minimum grade of D.

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NRE 435 Biomonitoring4 Credit hours   

Biomonitoring is the use of organisms to assess habitat and water quality of a stream. Current aquatic biomonitoring focuses on the utilization of benthic invertebrates and fishes communities.

Pre-req: BSC 120 or IST 323 or NRE 323.

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NRE 470 ES Internship3 Credit hours   

A supervised internship in an area of natural resources and the environment.

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NRE 480 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   

A course covering topics not treated in regular course offerings.

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NRE 481 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   

A course covering topics not treated in regular course offerings.

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NRE 482 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   

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NRE 483 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   

A course covering topics not treated in regular course offerings.

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NRE 485 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   

Independent study for selected juniors and seniors under supervision of faculty; may be repeated only once.

Attributes: No Textbook Required
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NRE 486 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   

Independent study for selected juniors and seniors under supervision of faculty; may be repeated only once.

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NRE 487 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   

Independent study for selected juniors and seniors under supervision of faculty; may be repeated only once.

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NRE 488 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   

Independent study for selected juniors and seniors under supervision of faculty; may be repeated only once.

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NRE 490 ES/NRRM Capstone Prep3 Credit hours   

Prepares students for the senior project, internship experience, and for careers beyond graduation. Life skills are introduced by building on communication, organization, and project management skills (capstone).

Attributes: No Textbook Required
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NRE 491 Bison image  ES Senior Capstone3 Credit hours   

Students develop and complete a research project under the direction of a faculty member in the NRE department (capstone).

Pre-req: NRE 490.

Attributes: Capstone Course, No Textbook Required
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Faculty

Professor
Armstead

Associate Professors
Jones, Kim

Assistant Professors
Gage

Instructors
Starcher