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Courses

NRM 5100: Seminar (1). (top)

An organized discussion of current problems in range, wildlife, and fisheries management. May be repeated.

NRM 5201: Foundations of Ecology and Conservation Biology (2). (top)

Examination of classic foundational papers in ecology and conservation biology, their influence in these fields, and their relevance to current research.

NRM 5302: Range Research Methods (3). (top)

Prerequisite: ISQS 5346. Study plan preparation; methods of studying vegetation; sampling techniques; increasing sampling efficiency; methods of reducing experimental error; grazing studies; utilization studies; wildlife techniques; and tests of goodness of fit for binomial, poison, negative binomials, and normal distributions. F, odd years.

NRM 5303: Synecology (3). (top)

Prerequisite: NRM 3302. An advanced study of terrestrial plant community ecology; mechanisms and consequences of species coexistence; diversity relations; causes and patterns of community development; community dynamics. Statistical and numerical analyses applicable to community ecology are discussed.

NRM 5304: Fire Behavior and Ecology (3). (top)

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Advanced discussion of fire's ecological role in North American ecosystems including soils, flora, fauna, adaptations, and fire exclusion. Field trips required. F.

NRM 5305: Plant Ecophysiology (3). (top)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Advanced study of the influences of the environmental complex on the processes, structure, and physiological functioning of an individual plant or species. S, even years.

NRM 5306: The Physiological Basis for Grazing Management (3). (top)

A study of the physiological processes, morphological development, nutritional qualities, and palatability of range plants as a basis for grazing management strategies for domestic and wild animals. Field trips required. F, even years.

NRM 5307: Wetland Ecology (3). (top)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Advanced study in the ecology and management of wetland ecosystems. F, odd years.

NRM 5308: Advanced Restoration Ecology (3). (top)

Advanced study of restoring damaged ecosystems. Explores the history, practice, and theory of restoration ecology through case studies, literature, and hands-on experience. S, even years.

NRM 5309: Population Estimation and Dynamics (3). (top)

Prerequisite: AAEC 3401, or NRM 3308, or MATH 2300, or consent of instructor. Principles of estimation theory. Detailed examination of modern analysis techniques; indices, line transect, capture-recapture, Jolly-Seber, survival, and life table limitations. Computer use. S.

NRM 5310: Advanced Range Ecology (3). (top)

An examination of the basic ecological principles affecting plant growth and development, distribution of plants, community structure and dynamics, and nutrient cycling. Field trips required. F, S.

NRM 5311: Wildlife Conservation and Management (3). (top)

An examination of conservation principles and management practices enhancing wildlife populations.

NRM 5312: Ecology of Renewable Natural Resources (3). (top)

An introduction to the ecology of renewable natural resources such as vegetation, wildlife, soil, and water.

NRM 5313: Advanced Big Game Ecology and Management (3). (top)

An advanced study of the ecology and management of big game resources. Field trips required. S, even years.

NRM 5314: Advanced Upland Game Ecology and Management (3). (top)

An advanced study of the ecology and management of upland game resources. Field trips are required. S, odd years.

NRM 5315: Advanced Studies in Range-Wildlife Habitat (3). (top)

An ecological approach to wildlife management stressing the relationships between animals and their habitat. Focuses on rangeland habitats. Field trips required. F, S.

NRM 5316: Waterfowl Ecology (3). (top)

An ecological examination of waterfowl behavior, breeding biology, and habitat requirements. Field trips required. F, even years.

NRM 5317: Watershed Management (3). (top)

Management concepts of watersheds as a holistic unit. Inventory techniques, information sources, analysis procedures, and economic and financial effects applicable to watershed management planning. F, S.

NRM 5318: Range Animal Nutrition (3). (top)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Study of the nutritional relationship between the range resource and grazing herbivores, including domestic livestock and wild ungulates, and techniques for range animal nutrition research. F, odd years.

NRM 5319: Mammalian Predator-Prey Relationships (3). (top)

Examines evolution of predator-prey relationships and historical and current management practices. Only for NRM, ANSC, or BIOL graduate students.

NRM 5320: Natural Resource Biopolitics (3). (top)

Policy, planning, and conflict resolution from a natural resource management perspective. Historical, agency, and private organization roles in natural resource management are evaluated. F.

NRM 5322: Advanced Nongame Ecology and Management (3). (top)

Ecological approach to nongame wildlife population management. Public policies, socioeconomic factors, population dynamics, and species-at-risk issues are examined.

NRM 5323: Prescribed Burning (3). (top)

Planning, implementing, evaluating prescribed fires, and expert systems. Field trips required. S.

NRM 5324: Physiological Ecology of Aquatic Organisms (3). (top)

Regulatory mechanisms and adaptive significance of selected physiological processes in aquatic vertebrates. S, even years.

NRM 5330: Advanced Aquaculture (3). (top)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. A global overview of aquaculture including fish, aquatic invertebrates, plants, and design and operation of production facilities. F, odd years.

NRM 5335: Advanced Freshwater Bioassessment (3). (top)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Overview of methods used to evaluate the condition of waterbodies, including surveys and other direct measurements of aquatic species attributes and habitats.

NRM 5336: Field Ichthyology (3). (top)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Distribution, life history, and habitat associations of Texas freshwater, estuarine, and marine fishes. Emphasizes field identification and collection methods. Field trips required.

NRM 5337: Fish and Wildlife Population Modelling (3). (top)

The development and use of models to analyze and simulate ecological processes in fish and wildlife populations and communities.

NRM 5347: Advanced Conservation Science (3). (top)

Prerequisite: Consent instructor. A survey of the theory and practice of conservation biology for advanced students.

NRM 5401: Advanced Fisheries Conservation and Management (4). (top)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Theory and practice regarding the conservation and management of aquatic resources, including ecology, population biology, sampling, restoration, and resource conflict .F, even years.

NRM 5402: Fisheries Ecology (4). (top)

Prerequisite: Statistics and basic fisheries. An examination of population dynamics, community ecology, bioenergetics, fisheries models and other quantitative aspects of fisheries ecology. F, even years.

NRM 5403: Experimental Design and Analysis (4). (top)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Principles and applications of experimental design and analysis (completely randomized designs, randomized blocks, covariance analysis, factorials, split plots, repeated measures, regression).

NRM 5404: Aerial Terrain Analysis (4). (top)

Exploration of methods, the utilization of techniques, and evaluation of landscape using aerial photographs. An introduction to the theories, technical and practical aspects, and considerations of computer based geographic information systems in landscape planning, design, and management. F.

NRM 6000: Master's Thesis (1-6). (top)

NRM 6001: Selected Topics in Range Science (1-6). (top)

Advanced topics selected by departmental recommendation. May be repeated for credit in different subject areas.

NRM 6002: Selected Topics in Wildlife Science (1-6). (top)

Advanced topics selected by departmental recommendation. May be repeated for credit in different subject areas.

NRM 6003: Selected Topics in Fisheries Science (1-6). (top)

Advanced topics selected by departmental recommendation. May be repeated for credit in different subject areas.

NRM 6301: Research Methods (3). (top)

A review of the philosophy of science, scientific methods, research activities, and the planning and execution of research programs.

NRM 6302: Natural Resource Professionalism (3). (top)

Understanding and application of workplace professionalism; field, animal and office ethics; Texas Tech procedural trainings; inter- and intra-communication training.

NRM 6303: Imagery Interpretation for Natural Resource Management (3). (top)

An advanced course in the applications of imagery producing systems for use in the inventory, analysis, planning, and management of natural resources. Involves the use of satellite imagery, infrared and radar scanning systems, as well as advanced work in interpreting standard aerial photography. S.

NRM 6305: Geospatial Technologies in Natural Resource Management (3). (top)

Principles of geographic information systems and global positioning systems. Applications for natural resource inventory, planning, and management are emphasized.

NRM 6324: Advanced Tropical Ecology and Conservation (3). (top)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. A survey of tropical ecology for advanced students. Both theory and practice will be covered. Field trips required. F.

NRM 6330: Plant Ecohydrology (3). (top)

Vegetation factors affecting hydrological dynamics of landscapes and water uses by different types of vegetation. Implications to land and vegetation management at multiple levels.

NRM 7000: Research (1-12). (top)

NRM 7210: Teaching Practicum (2). (top)

Prerequisites: Doctoral student in the Department of Natural Resources Management. Supervised teaching experience at the university level.

NRM 8000: Doctor's Dissertation (1-12). (top)