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NRES 101 requires field exercises in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Pass/No Pass only.
Introduction to natural resource disciplines. Fisheries, wildlife, forestry, grasslands, climate, and wather science.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 103
Agricultural and natural resource systems. The interrelationship and the impact of increased human involvement on these systems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 2, Recitation 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Past, present and future climate change. Climate science basics in the context of global changes (such as global warming, droughts, deforestation) that impact Earth and its inhabitants. Future climate change scenarios and possible impacts.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 9
NRES 107
Prereqs:
None
Online only
The flora of the earth is constantly being re-distributed by natural and human forces. As plant species change locations, they affect ecosystems, but how? In this course, students will learn how invasive plants establish and spread in ecosystems and develop an understanding of the importance of invasive plants and their impacts on ecosystems from local to global scales.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3, Quiz 1
Course Delivery: Web
ACE Outcomes: 9
Introduction to Earth's natural resource systems. Interactions between the geosphere (solid earth) and the hydrosphere. The atmosphere and biosphere over many different spatial and temporal scales, and role of humans as part of the system.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
ACE Outcomes: 4
NRES 110
Exploring Plant BiologyCrosslisted as AGRO 110, HORT 110
Plant biology and associated careers through interaction with university, industry, and/or government agency biologists and/or upper division undergraduate students working in the various disciplines of plant biology.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lecture, Recitation
Course Delivery: Classroom
Explore and distinguish the values, civics, and stewardship of natural resource conservation in agricultural and natural ecosystems.  Examine the philosophies of ecosystem services and stewardship within a dynamic human dominated world.  Students will discuss and critically analyze current issues related to conservation of natural resources.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Limited to Freshman or Sohpmore classification only.
Introduction to fisheries and aquatic ecology.  Familiarize with current research and critical review of literature. Guidance on careers in aquatic ecology. Initial field sampling experience. 

Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 170
Introduction to Great Plains StudiesCrosslisted as ANTH 170, GEOG 170, GPSP 170, SOCI 170
Required for Great Plains Studies majors and minors.
Interdisciplinary study of the natural environment, social environment, human heritage, arts and humanities of the Great Plains.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Role of the atmosphere in the natural resource system. Solar radiation, water, wind and energy, hazards and risk in the plant-soil atmosphere system. Role of weather and climate in crop zones, land use, and wildlife habitat.
This course is a prerequisite for: NRES 479
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Sophomore standing.
Introduction to problems faced in fulfilling the ever increasing human needs while maintaining ecosystem and biodiversity. The integration of biological fields such as wildlife biology, ecology, evolution, and genetics with non-biological fields such as economics, philosophy, and politics to the dilemma this presents.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 212
Landscape Plants ICrosslisted as HORT 212, LARC 212
Prereqs:
Requires Saturday off-campus field trips.
Identification using botanical and common names for herbaceous annuals, perennials, grasses, ground covers, vines, trees, and shrubs commonly found in Great Plains gardens, parks, and landscapes is stressed through field visits.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 2, Recitation 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 213
Landscape Plants IICrosslisted as HORT 213, LARC 213
Prereqs:
HORT/LARC/NRES 212.
Continuation of HORT/LARC/NRES 212.
Site requirements, landscape use, natural history, and specific needs of herbaceous ornamentals, grasses, ground covers, vines, trees, and shrubs commonly found in Great Plains gardens, parks, and landscapes. Common cultivars and additional species not covered in HORT//LARC/NRES 212.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 214
Herbaceous Landscape PlantsCrosslisted as HORT 214
Extensive field trips are required.
Identification of herbaceous plants with ornamental value in the landscape including native and introduced annuals, perennials, grasses and cultivars. Typical ecological associations, environmental tolerances and/or intolerance, cultural requirements, and design characteristics.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 2, Recitation 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 220
Principles of EcologyCrosslisted as BIOS 220
Prereqs:
4 hrs biological sciences, and MATH 101 or 103.
BIOS 220 is not open to students who have completed BIOS 207. BIOS 220 will not count toward a major in BIOS.
Ecology as a quantitative discipline that integrates the life and earth sciences to understand the dynamics of natural and managed ecosystems.
This course is a prerequisite for: AGRO 444, ENTO 406, GEOL 439, LARC 487, NRES 459
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 222
Ecology LaboratoryCrosslisted as BIOS 222
Prereqs:
NRES/BIOS 220 or parallel.
May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station. Field trips to local ecosystems are required.
Field and laboratory experiments in terrestrial and aquatic ecology.
This course is a prerequisite for: NRES 433L
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab 4
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
ACE 1 course.
Written and oral communication skills for natural resource management including writing for the media, grant writing, conflict resolution and advocacy.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 270
Biological InvadersCrosslisted as AGRO 270, HORT 270, PLPT 270
Prereqs:
3 hrs biological sciences.
Impact of exotic species and invasive organisms: agricultural and medical emerging disease; predicting biological invasions; biological control; regulatory, monitoring, and control efforts; ecological impact.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 279
Soil EvaluationCrosslisted as AGRO 279, SOIL 279
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1
Max credits per degree: 3
Course Format: Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 281
Introduction to Water ScienceCrosslisted as GEOG 281, WATS 281
Prereqs:
High school chemistry or one semester college chemistry; one course in geology or physical geography or soil.
Survey of the water science from the perspective of both natural and social sciences. Water budget, precipitation, evapotranspiration, runoff and stream flow, groundwater, water quality parameters, economics of water, water policy, water law and water politics.
This course is a prerequisite for: NRES 319
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 299
Prereqs:
Permission.
Special topics in natural resources.
Credit Hours: 1-4
Max credits per degree: 4
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 300
Toxins in the EnvironmentCrosslisted as BIOS 300, ENTO 300
Prereqs:
One semester BIOS and one semester CHEM.
Offered fall semester of odd-numbered calendar years.
Introduction to the principles of toxicology as they apply to environmental contaminants, agri-chemicals, and industrial and naturally occurring chemicals.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 308
BiogeographyCrosslisted as GEOG 308, GEOL 308
Prereqs:
Biogeography (GEOG/GEOL/NRES 308) is a highly interdisciplinary science, relying heavily on ecology, geological science, and climatology. It is global in scope and offers the latest knowledge in understanding organism distributions, and the factors that determine those distributions.
Introduction to the basic concepts of biogeography, the study of distributions of plants and animals, both past and present.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
BIOS 109 or permission.
One all-day Saturday field trip is required.
Discussion of the history, biology, and management of the world's forest resources with emphasis on the Great Plains region. Topics include: forest types and their relationship to site conditions, ecological principles of forest management, basic forest management practices, economic and policy decisions in forest management. The field-oriented lab emphasizes tree identification, forest ecology, forest management and wood products.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 4, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
NRES/BIOS 220 and NRES/BIOS 222.
Advanced wildlife ecology, conservation biology, population biology, and enhancement of wildlife populations through management. Emphasis on both game and nongame species.
This course is a prerequisite for: NRES 431, NRES 433, NRES 476
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 2, Recitation 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 312
Prereqs:
Junior standing; basic computer skills (spreadsheets, word processors, data and file management).
Introduction to the theory and applications of geospatial information technology. Remote sensing, GPS data collection, GIS data types, editing GIS data, and spatial data analysis with emphasis on applications to natural resources using a problem-based learning format.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 316
Case Studies in Theoretical EcologyCrosslisted as BIOS 316, MATH 316
Prereqs:
Permission.
Case studies are structured around preparation for subsequent independent research (BIOS 498 or MATH 496).
Introduction to biological literature, applied mathematics, computer programming, and/or statistical techniques relevant to particular questions in ecology, evolution, and behavior. Typical mathematical topics include discrete dynamics, systems of differential equations, matrix algebra, or statistical inference and probability.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
SOIL 153, WATS 281, CHEM 105 or 109.  Recommend taking STAT 218.
Development of sampling plans and quality assurance project plans (QAPP). Stepwise procedures for correct sampling of soil-air-water environments. Data quality assessment.
This course is a prerequisite for: NRES 320
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Web
Prereqs:
NRES 319 or concurrent enrollment.
Outdoor and analytical laboratory field trips required.
Demonstrations and hands on participation in sampling of soil-air-water environments.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Junior standing.
Conflicts and common ground perpetuated by increasing demands on our natural resources. Policy development and issue analysis stressed. Historical policy actions reviewed and evaluated.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 6
Fundamentals of prevention and control of damage caused by vertebrate pests, principally birds and mammals. Philosophical, ecological, and behavioral basis for controlling population levels or individuals of pest species.
This course is a prerequisite for: NRES 448
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab, Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 361
Soils, Environment and Water QualityCrosslisted as AGRO 361, GEOL 361, SOIL 361, WATS 361
Prereqs:
AGRO/HORT/SOIL 153; MATH 102 or 103; and one semester chemistry or equivalent.
Chemical and physical processes that influence the fate and transport of contaminants (inorganic, organic, microbial) in soil-water environments. Extent, fate, mitigation and impact of various sources of pollution. Remedial technologies used for environmental restoration of contaminated environments.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
NRES 370
Basic and Applied ClimatologyCrosslisted as METR 370
Prereqs:
Processes that give rise to spatial and temporal differences in climate. Various interrelationships between humans and climate. Influence of climate on building styles, the economy, water resources, human health, and society. Humans' inadvertent and purposeful modification of the atmosphere.
This course is a prerequisite for: GEOG 454, NRES 452, NRES 479
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 385
Women, Gender and ScienceCrosslisted as WMNS 385, AGRI 385
Historical roles of women as scientists. Societal constructs of gender in science. Feminist critiques of scientific methodology and interpretation.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 9
NRES 386
Vertebrate ZoologyCrosslisted as BIOS 386
Prereqs:
BIOS/NRES 386 requires field trips and includes trips outside of normal classtime.
Evolutionary origin and relationships, natural history, and ecological adaptations of vertebrates. Comparative form and function, particularly of bone and muscle systems among and the diversity within vertebrate groups.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 388
Employment SeminarCrosslisted as AGRI 388
Prereqs:
Sophomore standing.
Pass/No Pass only.
Efficient job-hunting. Resumes, cover letters, mock interviews, and dining etiquette.
This course is a prerequisite for: AGRI 395
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
8 hrs NRES or closely related areas.
NRES 399 is to be supervised and evaluated by a NRES faculty member.
Research, literature review, or extension of course work.
Credit Hours: 1-5
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Format: Independent Study
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
NRES 402/802
Aquatic InsectsCrosslisted as BIOS 485/885, ENTO 402/802
Prereqs:
12 hrs biological sciences.
Offered fall semester of odd-numbered calendar years. Offered summer semester of even-numbered calendar years on the Internet via the World Wide Web (WWW).
Biology and ecology of aquatic insects.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
NRES 402L/802L
Identification of Aquatic InsectsCrosslisted as ENTO 402L/802L, BIOS 485L/885L
Prereqs:
ENTO 402L/802L is offered fall semester of odd-numbered calender years. BIOS 485L/885L and NRES 402L/802L may be offered in the spring semester.
Identification of aquatic insects to the family level.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Junior standing or above in natural resources or permission.
Seminar involving technical aspects of forestry, fisheries, and wildlife management.
Credit Hours: N/A
Max credits per semester: 1
Max credits per degree: 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 406/806
Plant Ecophysiology: Theory and PracticeCrosslisted as AGRO 406/806, HORT 406/806
Prereqs:
Junior standing; 4 hrs ecology; and 4 hrs botany or plant physiology.
Offered fall semester of even-numbered calendar years.
Principles of plant physiology which underlie the relationship between plants and their physical, chemical and biotic environments. An introduction to the ecological niche, limiting factors and adaptation. An overview of the seed germination and ecology, plant and soil water relations, nutrients, plant energy budgets, photosynthesis, carbon balance and plant-animal interactions. An introduction to various field equipment used in ecophysiological studies.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 1, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 408/808
Microclimate: The Biological EnvironmentCrosslisted as AGRO 408/808, GEOG 408/808, HORT 408/808, METR 408/808, WATS 408
Prereqs:
Junior standing, MATH 106 or equivalent, 5 hrs physics, major in any of the physical or biological sciences or engineering; or permission.
Physical factors that create the biological environment. Radiation and energy balances of earth's surfaces, terrestrial and marine. Temperature, humidity, and wind regimes near the surface. Control of the physical environment through irrigation, windbreaks, frost protection, manipulation of light, and radiation. Applications to air pollution research. Instruments for measuring environmental conditions and remote sensing of the environment.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 409
Human Dimensions of Natural ResourcesCrosslisted as GEOG 409
Prereqs:
Junior standing; 12 credit hours in natural resources, environmental studies, or closely related fields, or permission of instructor.
Overview of the human dimensions of natural resources issues.  Exploration of the socioeconomic, cultural, and political aspects of human behavior and how these interact with, might influence, or are influenced by the environment.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 412/812
Lab exercises provide experience with GIS
Introduction to conceptual foundations and applications of computer-based geographic information systems (GIS). GIS database development, spatial data analysis, spatial modeling, GIS implementation and administration.
This course is a prerequisite for: GEOG 422
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 413/813
Environmental LeadershipCrosslisted as ALEC 410/810
Prereqs:
Junior standing.
Offered on the World Wide Web (WWW) fall semester of odd-numbered years and in the classroom fall semester of even-numbered years.
Major leaders in conservation and ecology that emphasizes agricultural and cultural issues and relationships with the environment.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
NRES 417/817
Prereqs:
12 hours biological or agricultural sciences.
At least one course in production agriculture and one course in natural resources is strongly suggested. Offered odd-numbered calendar years.
The roles of woody plants in sustainable agricultural systems of temperate regions. Emphasis on the ecological and economic benefits of trees and shrubs in the agricultural landscape. Topics include: habitat diversity and biological control; shelterbelts structure, function, benefits and design; intercropping systems; silvopastoral systems; riparian systems; and production of timber and specialty crops. Comparison of temperate agroforestry systems to those of tropical areas.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 418/818
Introduction to Remote SensingCrosslisted as GEOG 418/818
Prereqs:
9 hrs earth science or natural resource sciences including GEOG 155.
Introduction to remote sensing of the earth from aerial and satellite platforms. Aerial photography, multispectral scanning, thermal imaging and microwave remote sensing techniques. Physical foundations of remote sensing using electromagnetic energy, energy-matter interactions, techniques employed in data acquisition and methods of image analysis. Weekly laboratory provides practical experience in visual and digital interpretation of aerial photography, satellite imagery, thermal and radar imagery. Applications in geographic, agricultural, environmental and natural resources analyses.
This course is a prerequisite for: GEOG 420
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 419/819
Chemistry of Natural WatersCrosslisted as GEOL 418/818, WATS 418
Prereqs:
2 semesters of college chemistry, or CHEM 109 and 110, 113 and 114, or CHEM 111; or permission.
Principles of water chemistry and their use in precipitation, surface water, and groundwater studies. Groundwater applications used to determine the time and source of groundwater recharge, estimate groundwater residence time, identify aquifer mineralogy, examine the degree of mixing between waters of various sources and evaluate what types of biological and chemical processes have occurred during the water's journey through the aquifer system.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 419L/819L
Chemistry of Natural Waters LaboratoryCrosslisted as WATS 418L, GEOL 418L/818L
Prereqs:
Two semesters college chemistry or permission.
Parallel: GEOL 418/818, NRES 419/819, WATS 418. Offered even numbered calendar years or as needed.
Basic laboratory techniques used to perform water analysis including various wet chemical techniques, instrument use (AA, IC, UV-Visible) and computer modeling. Techniques for sample collection and preservation, parameter estimation and chemical analysis.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 420/820
Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture and Natural ResourcesCrosslisted as AGRO 419/819, GEOG 419/819, GEOL 419/819
Prereqs:
GEOG/NRES 418.
Introduction to the practical uses of remote electromagnetic sensing in dealing with agricultural and water-resources issues.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 421/821
Field Techniques in Remote SensingCrosslisted as GEOG 421/821
Prereqs:
Field techniques as they relate to remote-sensing campaigns. Research methods, systematic approaches to data collection, field spectroscopy, collecting ancillary information linked with spectroscopic data sets as well as aircraft or satellite missions and subsequent analyses of acquired data.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Fundamental concepts related to understanding Earth's changing natural systems in the past, present, and the future. The cycling of matter and energy; the relationship between human activity and environmental change; and the consequence of these relationships.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Web
Prereqs:
Senior standing, natural resources or related major; or permission.
Capstone course.
Integrated and multiple-use management. Economic, political, social, and physical impacts on natural resources management priorities.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 424/824
Prereqs:
NRES/BIOS 220.
Requires a weekend field trip to forested sites in Nebraska.
Ecology of North American forests. Woodland and savanna vegetation in the Great Plains. Identification of native trees and shrubs.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 426/826
Invasive PlantsCrosslisted as AGRO 426/826, HORT 426/826
Prereqs:
AGRO/HORT/SOIL 153; BIOS 109.
Identification, biology and ecology of weedy and invasive plants. Principles of invasive plant management by preventative, cultural, biological, mechanical and chemical means using an adaptive management framework. Herbicide terminology and classification, plant-herbicide and soil-herbicide interactions, equipment calibration and dosage calculations.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 427/827
Prereqs:
Junior standing and a basic familiarity with mapping and GIS, or permission.
Integrated lectures, lab exercises and field experience provide an understanding of GPS technology and applications. Students will learn to collect, correct and use GPS data in a geographic information system (GIS) environment.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lab 1, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 428/828
Leadership in Public OrganizationsCrosslisted as ALEC 428
Prereqs:
Junior standing.
Leadership in theories, research, and practices in public organizations and natural resource agencies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 429A/829A
Food Security: A Global PerspectiveCrosslisted as ANTH 429A/829A, AGRO 429A/829A, HORT 429A/829A, NUTR 429A/829A
Prereqs:
Junior standing
Overview of the technical and sociocultural dimensions of global food insecurity.

Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Ecology and identification of North American waterfowl, management of habitats and populations,  and current management issues.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Survey of methods used to obtain data and make decisions for wildlife management. Scientific methods for wildlife science; monitoring and surveys; construction of management plans; habitat use, classification, and management; harvest management.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
Prereqs:
Offered off-campus during academic breaks at Cedar Point Biological Station.
Field and laboratory skills needed for wildlife management emphasizing wildlife and vegetation surveys, mark-recapture of wildlife, radio-telemetry, aging and forensic methods, and habitat assessment.  Course fee $180.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 434/834
Requires 20 hours of service.
Examination of formal and informal environmental education and interpretation.  Knowledge, application and practice relevant to science teachers and park, extension, museums, and zoo educators.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 435/835
AgroecologyCrosslisted as AGRO 435/835, HORT 435/835
Prereqs:
For AGRO/HORT/NRES 435: Senior standing or permission. For AGRO/NRES 835: 12 hrs biological or agricultural sciences or permission.
Capstone course. Team projects for developing communication skills and leadership skills.
Integration of principles of ecology, plant and animal sciences, crop protection, and rural landscape planning and management for sustainable agriculture. Includes natural and cultivated ecosystems, population and community ecology, nutrient cycling, pest management, hydrologic cycles, cropping and grazing systems, landscape ecology, biodiversity, and socioeconomic evaluation of systems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
NRES 436/836
Evolution of Cenozoic MammalsCrosslisted as GEOL 436/836
Prereqs:
Survey of mammalian evolution with emphasis on the origin, radiation, and phylogenetic relationships of Cenozioc fossil mammals. Overview of climatic and ecological changes affecting mammalian adaptations and hands on experience with specimens.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 440/840
Great Plains EcosystemCrosslisted as AGRO 440/840, RNGE 440
Prereqs:
Junior standing. BIOS 101 and 101L, or equivalent, recommended.
Characteristics of Great Plains ecosystems, interrelationships of ecological factors and processes, and their application in the management of grasslands. Interactions of fire, vegetation, grazing animals and wildlife.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 442/842
Wildland PlantsCrosslisted as AGRO 442/842, RNGE 442
Prereqs:
Junior standing. BIOS 101 and 101L, or equivalent, recommended.
Wildland plants that are important to grassland and shrub land ecosystem management and production. Distribution, utilization, classification, identification (including identification by vegetative parts), uses by Native Americans, and recognition of grasses, forbs, shrubs, exotic and wetland plants.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 4, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 444/844
Ecosystem Monitoring and AssessmentCrosslisted as AGRO 444/844, RNGE 444
Prereqs:
Junior standing. NRES 220 or equivalent, recommended.
Measurement and monitoring of the important vegetation and environmental factors used to develop management guidelines in grasslands, savannas, woodlands, and wetlands.  Emphasis on using ecosystem monitoring protocols for assessment of wildlife habitat, fuels management for wildland fire, livestock production, and watershed function.  Requires field sampling and travel to local field sites.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Field, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 445/845
Human Remains in Forensic ScienceCrosslisted as FORS 445/845
Prereqs:
Forensic anthropology within the broader context of forensic sciences and physical anthropology. Decomposition and bone modification through artificial means. Determination of individual identity, diet, chronic pathology and cause of death from human remains.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Collection, processing, identification of common North American pollen types. Pollination ecology relating to scene reconstruction. Fundamental statistics and presentation requirements for a legal and scientific audience.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Junior or senior standing, BIOS 101, MATH 218.
Study of parasites, their hosts, and the relationship between them.  Human parasitology is especially interesting due to the adaptation of human populations to a great variety of parasites over long periods of time in the global diversity of environments.  Fundamental understanding of human-parasite relations and methods of recovery of parasites from a variety of archaeological remains.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Participation in a three day professional conference is strongly encouraged.
Economic, global, and public policy issues relative to situations in which wildlife damage personal property or natural resources, threaten human health and safety, or are a nuisance. Demonstration and discussion of technological advances in fertility control, damage resistance, toxicology, behavioral modification, and biological management.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 450/850
Biology of Wildlife PopulationsCrosslisted as BIOS 450/850
Prereqs:
Principles of population dynamics. Management strategies (for consumptive and nonconsumptive fish and wildlife species) presented utilizing principles developed.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 451
Soil Environmental ChemistryCrosslisted as ENVE 851
Prereqs:
Offered in spring semester of even-numbered calendar years
Theory, mechanisms and processes related to chemical behavior in soil-water environments. Application of computer simulation models for predicting contaminant fate in soil. Basic chemical and biological principles of remediating contaminated soil and water.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 452/852
Climate and SocietyCrosslisted as AGRO 450/850, GEOG 450/850, METR 450/850
Prereqs:
METR 100 or NRES 370 or equivalent.
Offered spring semester of even-numbered calendar years.
Impact of climate and extreme climatic events on society and societal responses to those events. Global in scope and interdisciplinary.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 454/854
Ecological InteractionsCrosslisted as BIOS 454/854
Prereqs:
Nature and characteristics of populations and communities. Interactions within and between populations in community structure and dynamics. Direct and indirect interactions and ecological processes, competition, predation, parasitism, herbivory, and pollination. Structure, functioning and persistence of natural communities, foodweb dynamics, succession, and biodiversity.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
NRES 455/855
Soil Chemistry and MineralogyCrosslisted as AGRO 455/855, SOIL 455
Prereqs:
AGRO/HORT/SOIL 153 or GEOL 101; CHEM 109 and 110; CHEM 221 or 251; or equivalent.
Chemical and mineralogical properties of soil components. Inorganic colloidal fraction. Structures of soil minerals as a means of understanding properties, such as ion exchange and equilibria; release and supply of nutrient and toxic materials; and soil acidity and alkalinity.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 456/856
Mathematical Models in BiologyCrosslisted as BIOS 456/856
Prereqs:
Junior standing; major in the biological sciences; MATH 106 or 107.
Biological systems, from molecules to ecosystems, are analyzed using mathematical techniques. Strengths and weaknesses of mathematical approaches to biological questions. Brief review of college level math; introduction to modeling; oscillating systems in biology; randomness in biology; review of historically important and currently popular models in biology.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 457/857
Soil Chemical MeasurementsCrosslisted as AGRO 457/857, SOIL 457
Prereqs:
AGRO/SOIL 153, CHEM 116 or 221 or equivalent or permission.
Permission required to register for 2 cr. Students registered for 3 cr will design, carry out, and report on an independent study project conducted during the term. Offered even-numbered calendar years. Lab 4-6.
Theory and practice of soil chemical analyses commonly encountered in research and industrial settings. Wet analyses of inorganic fraction of soil and operation of instrumentation necessary to quantify results of those analyses.
Credit Hours: 2-3
Max credits per degree: 3
Course Format: Lab 6, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 458/858
Soil Physical DeterminationsCrosslisted as AGRO 458/858, SOIL 458
Prereqs:
SOIL/AGRO/GEOL/WATS 361; PHYS 141 or equivalent; MATH 102 or 103.
Capstone course. Lab 3, plus 3 hrs arr. Grad students in NRES/AGRO 458/858 or SOIL 458 are expected to carry out an independent project and give an oral report.
Survey of measurement techniques and principles used in characterizing the physical properties of soils. Includes analysis of experimental design and sources of experimental error. Techniques include: particle size analysis, soil water content, pore size analysis, field sampling techniques, soil strength, and saturated hydraulic conductivity.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lab 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 459/859
LimnologyCrosslisted as BIOS 859/459, WATS 459
Prereqs:
12 hrs BIOS, including BIOS/NRES 220/BIOS220x; two semesters CHEM.
May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station.
Physical, chemical, and biological processes that occur in fresh water. Organisms occurring in fresh water and their ecology; biological productivity of water and its causative factors; eutroplication and its effects.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 4, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
NRES 460/860
Soil MicrobiologyCrosslisted as AGRO 460/860, BIOS 447/847, SOIL 460
Prereqs:
One semester microbiology; one semester biochemistry or organic chemistry.
Soil from a microbe's perspective-growth, activity and survival strategies; principles governing methods to study microorganisms and biochemical processes in soil; mechanisms controlling organic matter cycling and stabilization with reference to C, N, S, and P; microbial interactions with plants and animals; and agronomic and environmental applications of soil microorganisms.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 461/861
Soil PhysicsCrosslisted as AGRO 461/861, GEOL 461/861, SOIL 461, WATS 461
Prereqs:
AGRO/SOIL 153; PHYS 141 or equivalent, one semester of calculus.
Recommended: Parallel AGRO/NRES/SOIL 458.
Principles of soil physics. Movement of water, air, heat, and solutes in soils. Water retention and movement, including infiltration and field water regime. Movement of chemicals in soils.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 463/863
May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station.
Fisheries biology emphasizing the determination and evaluation of vital statistics for the management of fish populations. Basis of specific management techniques.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
NRES 463L/863L
May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station.  Course fee is $200.
Field and laboratory skills needed for fisheries biology emphasizing the determination and evaluation of vital statistics for the management of fish populations.  Applied data collection and fish sampling techniques will be used.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 464/864
Fisheries BiologyCrosslisted as BIOS 464/864
Prereqs:
BIOS/NRES 489/889 or equivalent.
Biology of fishes. Factors that affect fishes in the natural environment. Techniques used in the analysis and management of fish populations.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 465/865
Soil Geomorphology and PaleopedologyCrosslisted as GEOL 465/865
Prereqs:
GEOL 450/850 and NRES 477/877; or permission.
Two field trips required.
Soils and paleosols as evidence in reconstruction landscape evolution and paleoenvironments. Role of paleosols in stratigraphy.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 467/867
Global Climate ChangeCrosslisted as METR 883/483
Prereqs:
Junior standing; MATH 106/106B/106H; 5 hrs PHYS; METR 475/875.
METR 483/883/NRES 467/867 is offered fall semester of even-numbered calendar years.
Elements of climate systems, El Nino/LaNina cycle and monsoons, natural variability of climate on interannual and interdecadal scales. Paleoclimate, and future climate, developed climate change scenarios and climate change impacts on natural resources and the environment.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 468/868
WetlandsCrosslisted as BIOS 458, WATS 468
Prereqs:
12 hrs biological sciences; BIOS 220; CHEM 109 and 110.
Offered even-numbered calendar years.
Physical, chemical and biological processes that occur in wetlands; the hydrology and soils of wetland systems; organisms occurring in wetlands and their ecology wetland creation, delineation, management and ecotoxicology.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lecture 4
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 469/869
Bio-Atmospheric InstrumentationCrosslisted as AGRO 469/869, GEOG 469/869, HORT 407/807, METR 469/869, MSYM 469/869
Prereqs:
Junior standing; MATH 106; 4 hrs physics; physical or biological science major.
Offered fall semester of odd-numbered calendar years.
Discussion and practical application of principles and practices of measuring meteorological and related variables near the earth's surface including temperature, humidity, precipitation, pressure, radiation and wind. Performance characteristics of sensors and modern data collection methods are discussed and evaluated.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 1, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
12 hrs NRES or related fields.
NRES 470 is offered in even-numbered calendar years.
Theory, processes, and mechanisms underlying lake and reservoir water quality degradation and/or pollution and remediation of eutrophications and its effects. Current techniques used to restore and protect degraded lakes.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 474/874
HerpetologyCrosslisted as BIOS 474/874
Prereqs:
BIOS/NRES 386 and permission. BIOS 388 recommended.
May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station.
Fossil and living amphibians and reptiles. Anatomy, classification, ecology and evolution.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lecture 4
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 475/875
Water Quality StrategyCrosslisted as AGRO 475/875, CIVE 475/875, CRPL 475/875, GEOL 475/875, MSYM 475/875, POLS 475/875, SOCI 475/875, SOIL 475, WATS 475
Prereqs:
Senior standing or permission.
Capstone course.
Holistic approach to the selection and analysis of planning strategies for protecting water quality from nonpoint sources of contamination. Introduction to the use of methods of analyzing the impact of strategies on whole systems and subsystems; for selecting strategies; and for evaluating present strategies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
NRES 476/876
MammalogyCrosslisted as BIOS 476/876
Prereqs:
8 hrs BIOS; BIOS/NRES 386 or NRES 311.
May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station. Field trips are required and may occur outside of scheduled class time. Lab and field time emphasize diversity of mammalian families and species identification of Nebraska mammals.
Evolution, natural history, ecology, and functional morphology of planetary mammals and mammals of the Northern Great Plains.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 477/877
Great Plains Field PedologyCrosslisted as AGRO 477, GEOG 467/867, SOIL 477
Prereqs:
AGRO/SOIL 153.
Spatial relationship of soil properties on various parts of landscape typical of the Plains, causal factors, and predictions of such relationships on other landscapes. Grouping these properties into classes, naming the classes, and the taxonomy that results from this grouping. Application of a taxonomy to a real situation through making a field soil survey in a region representative of the Plains border, predicting land use response of various mapped units as it affects the ecosystem, and evaluating the effectiveness of the taxonomic system used in the region surveyed.
This course is a prerequisite for: GEOL 465
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 478/878
Regional ClimatologyCrosslisted as METR 478/878
Prereqs:
NRES/METR 370.
Regional differentiation of the climates of the earth on both a descriptive and dynamic basis. The chief systems of climatic classification.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 479/879
HydroclimatologyCrosslisted as WATS 479, METR 479/879
Prereqs:
Offered fall semester of even-numbered calendar years.
Interaction between earth’s climate and the hydrologic cycle. Energy and water fluxes at the land-atmosphere interface. Atmospheric moisture transport, precipitation, evaporation, snowmelt, and runoff. Impacts of climate variability and change on the hydrologic cycle.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 484/884
Water Resources SeminarCrosslisted as AGRO 884/484, GEOG 484/884, GEOL 484/884, WATS 484
Prereqs:
Junior or above standing, or permission.
Seminar on current water resources research and issues in Nebraska and the region.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 487
Introduction to Landscape EcologyCrosslisted as LARC 487
Prereqs:
AGRO/HORT/SOIL 153 and BIOS/NRES 220. HORT/LARC/GEOG 200, CIVE 353/853/NRES853, and CRPL 470 recommended.
The history, principles, and concepts of landscape ecology. Use and application of landscape structure, function in the planning, the design, and management of human and natural landscapes.
This course is a prerequisite for: LARC 412
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 488/888
Groundwater GeologyCrosslisted as GEOL 488/888
Prereqs:
GEOL 100-level course; MATH 106 or equivalent.
Occurence, movement, and development of water in the geologic environment.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 489/889
IchthyologyCrosslisted as BIOS 489/889
Prereqs:
May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station.
Fishes, their taxonomy, physiology, behavior, and ecology. Dynamics of fish stocks and factors regulating their production.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 4, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 491
Geography Field TourCrosslisted as GEOG 491/891
Off-campus travel required.
Group educational tours to specific sites that illustrate aspects of physical and cultural geography.
Credit Hours: 2-3
Max credits per semester: 3
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Format: Field 40
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission.
Off-campus travel may be required. Choice of subject matter and coordination of on- and off-campus study is at the discretion of the instructor.
Group educational tours to specific sites that illustrate aspects of natural resources management.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 495
Grasslands SeminarCrosslisted as AGRO 495, ENTO 495, GRAS 495, HORT 495, RNGE 495, SOIL 495
Prereqs:
Junior standing.
Topic varies and deals with different aspects of forage and/or range and/or livestock, turf and/or landscape grasses, natural habitats, and wetlands.
Credit Hours: 1-2
Max credits per degree: 4
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
12 hrs natural resource sciences or closely-related fields, and permission.
Individual or group projects in research, literature review, or extension of course work.
Credit Hours: 1-5
Max credits per degree: 12
Course Format: Independent Study
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Sophomore standing; School of Natural Resources (SNR) majors; permission and advanced approval of a plan of work.
Internships are coordinated by School of Natural Resources faculty and administered through the UNL Student Employment and Internship Center.
Off-campus work experiences sponsored by natural resource agencies, companies, and organizations. Students collaborate in the development of a plan of work that will identify student responsibilities, including a final written report.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
6 hrs NRES or equivalent.
Current issues in natural resource sciences.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per degree: 12
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 499
Prereqs:
Permission of thesis adviser.
NRES 499 requires conducting a scholarly research project and writing an undergraduate thesis.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 3-6
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Format: Independent Study
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
NRES 499H
Prereqs:
Admission to the University Honors Program and permission, AGRI 299H recommended.
Conduct a scholarly research project and write a University Honors Program or undergraduate thesis.
Credit Hours: 3-6
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 803
Ecological StatisticsCrosslisted as STAT 803
Prereqs:
STAT *801 or equivalent.
Model-based inference for ecological data, generalized linear and additive models, mixed models, survival analysis, multi-model inference and information theoretic model selection, and study design.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 1, Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 807
Plant-Water RelationsCrosslisted as AGRO 807, BIOS 817
Prereqs:
AGRO 325 or equivalent; MATH 106 recommended
Quantitative study of water relations in the soil-plant-atmosphere system. Basic physical processes, which describe the movement of water in the soil and the atmosphere, and the physiological processes, which describe water movement inside of the plant. Stomata physiology and the effects of internal water deficits on photosynthesis, respiration, nitrogen metabolism, cell division and cell enlargement. Results from integrative models used to study the relative importance of environmental versus physiological factors for several plant-environment systems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
The earth as a system and the "real world" applications of fundamental physical science processes in this system. Interaction of energy and matter in the geosphere, in the hydrosphere, and in the atmosphere. The earth's relationships to the sun, moon, and other astronomical objects in the solar system.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab, Lecture
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 810
Landscape EcologyCrosslisted as HORT 812
Prereqs:
12 hrs biological sciences or related fields including BIOS 320 or permission
Spatial arrangements of ecosystems, the interaction among component ecosystems through the flow of energy, materials and organisms, and alteration of this structure through natural or anthropogenic forces.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 811
Plant Tissue CultureCrosslisted as BIOS 811, HORT 811
Prereqs:
BIOS 109; AGRO 325 which includes CHEM 109, 110; or equivalent
Survey of techniques used in plant cell, tissue and organ culture, including current research. Laboratory emphasizes practical manipulation of plant cells, tissues, and organs, including examples from woody and herbaceous plant species.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 4, Lecture 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Fundamental concepts in the Earth and physical sciences in the understanding of Earth's natural resource systems. Rock and mineral, water, soil, and energy resources. Social factors, human dependence, and the impact of these on natural resource systems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab, Lecture
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Natural resource science or related major; permission
Integrated and multiple-use management. Economic, political, social, and physical impacts on natural resources management priorities.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 825
GeostatisticsCrosslisted as GEOL 825
Prereqs:
Offered fall semester of odd-numbered calendar years. Practical methods for solving spatial interpolation and related estimation problems with emphasis on geostatistical methods. Introduction to applied statistical simulation and prediction in geology, hydrogeology and environmental studies.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Designed for science educators.  *NRES 830 is offered fall semesters.
Climate-change issues serve as a context to develop research questions and design a discete, locally oriented research project through which they define a problelm, analyze data, and develop conclusions to potentially impact decision-making in their community.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab, Lecture
Course Delivery: Web
Designed for science educators. *NRES 832 is offered spring semesters.
Examine science behind global climate change.  Use primary data sets to understand the implications for climate change at global and regional/local scales.  Focus on potential impacts on human systems including drought, sea level rise, severe weather and populations most likely to be impacted by climate change.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab, Lecture
Course Delivery: Web
From cultural taboos to the current socio-ecological framework, the art and science of natural resource management has and continues to evolve.  The primary focus of this course is to introduce students to the concepts of structured decision making and adaptive management, but in doing so the course will explore the history of natural resource management and the various management paradigms that have and continue to dominate resource management.  At the completion of this course students will have an understanding of the theory and practice of adaptive management as well as an understanding of why we continue to move toward a more transparent and scientific methodology of natural resource management.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Participation in a three day professional conference is strongly encouraged. Economic, global, and public policy issues relative to situations in which wildlife damage personal property or natural resources, threaten human health and safety, or are a nuisance. Technological advances in fertility control, damage resistance, toxicology, behavioral modification and biological management.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lecture 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 849
Woody Plant Growth and DevelopmentCrosslisted as BIOS 849, HORT 849
Prereqs:
Offered fall semester of odd-numbered calendar years. Plant growth and development specifically of woody plants as viewed from an applied whole-plant physiological level. Plant growth regulators, structure and secondary growth characteristics of woody plants, juvenility, senescence, abscission and dormancy.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 853
HydrologyCrosslisted as CIVE 353/853
Prereqs:
MATH 106, not available for credit for engineering students.
Introduction to the principles of hydrology, with emphasis on the components of the hydrologic cycle: precipitation, evaporation, groundwater flow, surface runoff, infiltration, precipitation runoff relationships.
This course is a prerequisite for: CIVE 456, LARC 487
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
12 hours of biological sciences, including BIOS 320 or AGRO 315 or equivalent
Typically offered second semester. Current issues in conservation biology. Theoretical principles from the areas of ecology and genetics to effectively preserve and manage biological diversity and small populations.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 866
Advanced LimnologyCrosslisted as BIOS 860
Prereqs:
NRES 859 or equivalent
In-depth consideration of selected areas of limnology including stream limnology, primary production, secondary production, nutrient cycling, and eutrophication.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
12 hrs NRES or related fields
NRES 470/870 is offered even-numbered calendar years.
Theory, processes, and mechanisms underlying lake and reservoir water quality degradation and/or pollution. Remediation of eutrophication and its effects. Current techniques used to restore and protect degraded lakes.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
STAT 218 or equivalent; NRES 463/863 or equivalent; BIOS/NRES 489/889 or equivalent.
Offered spring semester of even-numbered calendar years.
Advanced quantitative techniques of fishery science required to support management practices targeted at populations (recruitment, growth and mortality), communities (e.g., predator-prey interactions) and ecosystems e.g., bio-stressors).
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 873
Ecological AnthropologyCrosslisted as ANTH 473/873
Human adaptive systems and their ecological contexts. The dynamic inter-relationships between subsistence, technology, social behavior, human demography, and ecological variability.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
12 hrs. of biological sciences, MATH 104 or 106.
NRES 880 is offered spring semester of even years.
Introduction to the estimation of demographic parameters from surveys and mark-recapture data. Emphasizes analytical skills used to estimate population vital rates, such as abundance, density, population size, survival rates, home range size, and movement rates. Reinforces use of multiple hypotheses in scientific investigations, as well as model selection processes.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 883
Ecological EconomicsCrosslisted as AECN 883, CDEV 883
Prereqs:
AECN 141 or ECON 212 or equivalent
A synthesis across the notion of “utility” as represented in traditional environmental and natural resource economics, “ecology” in ecological economics, and “community” in behavioral economics. Ideas from thermodynamics with a focus on renewable resources. Development, organization, and enhancement of eco-business, eco-industry, eco-government and eco-communities.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 887
HydrogeologyCrosslisted as GEOL 889
Principles of flow through porous media with emphasis on basic classical solutions, flow-net analysis, and elementary modern numerical solutions that aid in the analysis and development of groundwater supplies.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Presentations of special non-thesis topics, and/or research plans, and/or thesis research results.
Credit Hours: 1
Max credits per degree: 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
None
The goal of this class is to make you a better writer through discussion and critique of published scientific papers.  Writing is the core of how we communicate our scientific findings; fostering good writing skills now will help you throughout your career regardless of if you remain in academia.  This class is suitable for all graduate students working on a proposal or a manuscript, or who want to focus on improving their academic reading and writing skills.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Recitation 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Admission to the Graduate Program in the School of Natural Resources or Permission from Instructor.
We will read classic (highly cited, generally 25-75 years old) papers and more recent follow-up (<10 years) papers on topics relevant to many areas of aquatic ecology.  The goal is to read the basis of the concepts taught in modern Limnology courses and to see how these concepts are currently evolving in the literature.  Students will be responsible for choosing a topic and classic paper from a list (see below) and finding (with help) a modern follow up to the issue, and then will lead the group discussion on that topic.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Max credits per degree: 3
Course Format: Independent Study 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
12 hrs natural resource sciences or closely-related fields; permission
Individual or group projects in research, literature review or extension of course work under supervision and evaluation of a departmental faculty member.
Credit Hours: 1-5
Max credits per degree: 12
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 897
Master of Applied Science ProjectCrosslisted as AGRI 897, HORT 897, AGRO 897
Prereqs:
Admission to Master of Applied Science degree program
Project activity for the Master of Applied Science degree.
Design, develop and complete a project that requires synthesis of the course topics covered in the primary area of emphasis.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per degree: 6
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 899
Prereqs:
Admission to masters degree program and permission of major adviser
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 6-10
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 906
Crop Growth and Yield ModelingCrosslisted as AGRO 906
Prereqs:
Required: AGRO 325/HORT 325 Introductory Plant Physiology or equivalent; Recommended: AGRO 406/806 NRES 406/806 HORT 406/806 Plant Ecophysiology or equivalent.
Understanding and use of crop simulation models and ability to build crop models. Studying principles and quantitative descriptions of crop production ecology.  Offered fall semester of odd-numbered calendar years.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 907
Agricultural ClimatologyCrosslisted as AGRO 907, METR 907, HORT 907
Prereqs:
NRES 808; STAT 801 or equivalent
Offered spring semester of odd-numbered calendar years. Analysis and use of climatological data as applied to agricultural activities and the use of climatological information to assist in decision making.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 908
Solar Radiation Interactions at the Earth’s SurfaceCrosslisted as AGRO 908, METR 908, HORT 908
Prereqs:
MATH 208; NRES 808 or equivalent or permission
Offered spring semester of even-numbered calendar years. Quantitative study of radiative transfer to the earth’s surface and subsequent interactions of radiation with vegetative components and underlying surfaces. Applications of canopy radiative modeling and remote sensing techniques, particularly in understanding land-surface processes, are discussed.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 909
Crop Responses to EnvironmentCrosslisted as AGRO 909, HORT 909
Prereqs:
MATH 208, NRES 808, or equivalent or permission
Offered odd-numbered calendar years. Physiological and developmental aspects of hardiness and growth of crop plants as affected by light, temperature, wind, and water. Design, function, and limitations of controlled environment facilities in plant research.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 916
Prereqs:
Permission
An interdisciplinary seminar with the Department of Civil Engineering. Contemporary environmental issues and water resource management.
Credit Hours: 1-4
Max credits per degree: 4
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 917
Environmental Isotope HydrologyCrosslisted as GEOL 917
Prereqs:
NRES 819 or equivalent or permission
Theory and use of stable, radiogenic and radioactive isotopes in hydrologic studies. Abundance and variation of the stable isotopes of oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, sulphur, chlorine, nitrogen, and strontium. Application of the isotopes to determine water origin, movement, geochemical history, recharge age and residence time, and to delineate contaminant sources and solute migration.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
GEOL/NRES 488/888 or *889, MATH 208/208H, or equivalent
Offered fall semester of odd-numbered calendar years. Forward and backward numerical analysis of groundwater flow systems and their interactions with other hydro-logic components. Groundwater model development and parameter estimation using MODFLOW, PEST, and other widely used modeling packages.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 92
Plant Biology Portfolio and AssessmentCrosslisted as AGRO 92, HORT 92
Prereqs:
Junior standing in Plant Biology degree program.
Required for graduation.  Pass/No Pass only.  Offered every Fall during the first 5 weeks.
Development of an experiential portfolio and completion of an online survey as part of assessment activities.
Credit Hours: 0
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 920
Xenobiotics in the EnvironmentCrosslisted as HORT 920, AGRO 920, ENTO 920
Prereqs:
Recommend one course each in organic chemistry, soil science, biochemistry, plant physiology, microbiology and ecology
ENTO 920 is offered in odd-numbered calendar years.
Fate and ecotoxicological impacts of biologically foreign compounds in soil-water-plant environments; uptake, mechanisms of toxicity and metabolism in plants and other biota. Herbicides and other pesticides.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 922
Prereqs:
GEOG/NRES 812 and 822; or equivalent
Study of current research and trends in geographic information systems (GIS), GIScience, and GeoComputation. Advanced spatial analytical techniques and geospatial modeling emphasizing GIS applications in natural resources assessment, environmental analyses, agriculture, and land management.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 954
Prereqs:
MATH 821; MECH 310 or NRES 808 or BIOS 857; or equivalent or permission
Offered spring semester of odd-numbered calendar years.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 961
Advanced Soil PhysicsCrosslisted as AGRO 961
Prereqs:
MATH 208 and PHYS 212, or equivalent; or permission
Offered odd-numbered calendar years. Physics of soils and porous media, with emphasis on the physics and mathematics of the movement of water, air, and heat through soils.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
NRES 463/863 or equivalent; BIOS/NRES 489/889 or equivalent; and permission.
Offered spring semester of odd-numbered calendar years.
Theoretical aspects of structure and function in aquatic systems managed for human needs, ecological processes, river-reservoir interface, energy flow (including fate and transport), population dynamics, and multiple-use systems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 966
Soil FertilityCrosslisted as AGRO 966
Prereqs:
Conditions and transformations involved in the transfer of a mineral nutrient ion from the soil into the plant. Evaluation of nutrient supply to plants.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 977
Soil Genesis and ClassificationCrosslisted as AGRO 977, GEOG 967
Prereqs:
AGRO 153, AGRO 877/GEOG 867, and permission
Procedures used to classify soils, concepts behind the systems in use, and the genesis of the soils in the major categories of each system.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 2, Recitation 1
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 992
General SeminarCrosslisted as AGRO 992, HORT 992
Prereqs:
Permission
Expected of all horticulture graduate students and all agronomy PhD students; optional for agronomy MS students. Presentation of thesis or non-thesis topics in agronomy, horticulture or related subjects. For course description, see AGRO 992.
Credit Hours: 1
Max credits per degree: 5
Course Format: Lecture
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
NRES 996A
Research in SoilsCrosslisted as AGRO 996A
Prereqs:
12 hrs AGRO or closely related sciences, and permission
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 2-5
Max credits per degree: 5
Course Format: Independent Study
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Admission to doctoral degree program and permission of supervisory committee chair
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Max credits per degree: 55
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom