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PSM Graduate Courses

Required Courses (15-19 HOURS):

These courses are required of students on both Track 1 and Track 2

AAEC 5314 Environmental Economics
               Economic techniques and their use in analyzing natural resources and environmental policy issues; for non-majors only.

NRM 5312 Ecology of Renewable Natural Resources
               An introduction to the ecology of renewable natural resources such as vegetation, wildlife, soil and water.                                        

NRM 5320 Natural Resource Biopolitics
               Policy, planning, and conflict resolution from a natural resource management perspective. Historical, agency, and private organization roles in natural resource management are evaluated.

PSM 5000 (V3-6) Internship/Capstone Course
               New course to be developed; variable credit; 3 hours is required to fulfill the capstone requirement; 3-6 hours is required to fulfill the internship requirement. Only 3 hours credit may be earned in any semester.

Biol 5309 Leveling Advanced Ecology 5309
               A detailed examination of the structural and functional relationships underlying the organization of populations, communities and ecosystems                                                                      

Biol 5401 Current Perspectives in Microbial Ecology
               Course will examine specific theories and concepts concerning ecology of the soil microflora and microfauna, and the roles of these organisms in ecosystem functioning.

Biol 6301 Environmental Sustainability
               The interaction between human activities and ecological systems and innovative approaches to using ecological knowledge in balancing environmental quality, economic growth and cultural development

Prescribed Electives (15 HOURS)

Both tracks 1 & 2 have a selection of elective courses, from which the student, in collaboration with his or her major advisor, chooses 3. If a course is taken as a required course, it will not also count for elective credit.

 

Track 1: Ecology and Environmental Sustainability

BIOL 5330 Advanced Landscape Ecology
               In-depth examination of how we quantify patterns and effects of spatial heterogeneity on organisms and ecological processes.

BIOL 5401 Current Perspectives in Microbial Ecology
               Course will examine specific theories and concepts concerning ecology of the soil microflora and microfauna, and the roles of these organisms in ecosystem functioning. If not taken as a core course, may be taken as an elective. Will not count for both core and elective credit.

Biol 7000 Research (V3-6).
               Intensive summer research experience at one of TTU's research stations (ex. Junction) or a research facility with an affiliated program such as the Waco wetlands.

NRM 5307 Wetland
               Advanced study in the ecology and management of wetland ecosystems.

NRM 5311 Wildlife Conservation and Management
               An examination of conservation principles and management practices enhancing wildlife populations

NRM 5312 Ecology of Renewable Natural Resources
               An introduction to the ecology of renewable natural resources such as vegetation, wildlife, soil and water. If not taken as a core course, may be taken as an elective. Will not count for both core and elective credit.

NRM 5309 Population Estimation and Dynamics
               Prerequisite AAEC 3401 or NRM 3308 or Math 2300. Principles of estimation theory. Detailed examination of modern analysis techniques, indices, line transect, capture-recapture, Jolly-Seber, survival, and life table limitations. Computer use.

NRM 5320 Natural Resource Biopolitics
               Policy, planning, and conflict resolution from a natural resource management perspective. Historical, agency, and private organization roles in natural resource management are evaluated. Will not count for both core and elective credit.

 

Track 2: Natural Resource Management

NRM 5307 Wetland Ecology
               Advanced study in the ecology and management of wetland ecosystems.

NRM 5309 Population Estimation and Dynamics
               Prerequisite AAEC 3401 or NRM 3308 or Math 2300. Principles of estimation theory. Detailed examination of modern analysis techniques, indices, line transect, capture-recapture, Jolly-Seber, survival, and life table limitations. Computer use.

NRM 5311 Wildlife Conservation and Management
               An examination of conservation principles and management practices enhancing wildlife populations

NRM 5312 Ecology of Renewable Natural Resources: Durham/Perry
               An introduction to the ecology of renewable natural resources such as vegetation, wildlife, soil and water. Will not count for both core and elective credit.

5314 Advanced Upland Game Ecology and Management
               An advanced study of the ecology and management of upland game resources.

5315 Advanced Studies in Range-Wildlife Habitat
               An ecological approach to wildlife management stressing the relationships between animals and their

NRM 5320 Natural Resource Biopolitics
               Policy, planning, and conflict resolution from a natural resource management perspective. Historical, agency, and private organization roles in natural resource management are evaluated. Will not count for both core and elective credit.

NRM 7000 Research (V3-6)
               Intensive summer research experience at one of TTU's research stations (ex Junction) or a research facility with an affiliated program such as the Waco wetlands or the Trinity River Research Basin.