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Natural Resources Management (NRM)

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1000 Level Courses

1300. Environmental Science as a Social Pursuit (3). Application of scientific methods to global and environmental issues. Explores the impact of culture and science on core natural resources such as food and clean air. Fulfills core Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement. F, S.

1401. Introduction to Natural Resources Management (4). Observe, describe, and understand phenomena in the natural world. Examines the roles of natural and social science in understanding interactions among humans and natural resources. Fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement. F ,S.

2000 Level Courses

2301. [AGRI 2330] Introductory Wildlife (3). Introduction to the ecology and management of wildlife populations. Stresses principles, life histories, and management techniques. Fulfills core Technology and Applied Science requirement. F, S.

2302. The Ecology and Conservation of Natural Resources (3). An introduction to the ecology and conservation of renewable natural resources of native lands, including their multiple use for timber, water, range, recreation, and wildlife. Fulfills core Technology and Applied Science requirement. F, S, SS, Distance.

2305. Introduction to Freshwater Ecology and Fisheries (3). Survey and management of freshwater habitats: types of organisms, adaptations, and ecological interactions; and effects of solar radiation, temperature, currents, dissolved gases, chemicals, and pollution. Fulfills core Technology and Applied Science requirement. F, S, SS.

2307. Diversity of Life (3). Principles of evolution, genetics, and biodiversity as related to conservation and management of natural resources at scales ranging from genes to the biosphere. Fulfills core Technology and Applied Science requirement. S, SS.

2406. Wildlife Anatomy and Physiology (4). Corequisite: non-credit lab. A systematic study of the body systems of wild animals emphasizing functional anatomy and physiology and their ecological implications. F.

3000 Level Courses

3302. Range Plant Ecology (3). The basic principles of autecology and synecology and their relationship to management of the range ecosystem. F.

3303. Range Management Principles and Practices (3). Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. A general course in the principles and practices of range management designed for nonrange majors who plan to enter the ranching industry. Field trips required. Not open to range or wildlife majors. F, S, SS.

3304. Principles of Range Management (3). Prerequisite: NRM 3402 with a grade of C or higher. Application of ecological principles in the management of rangelands for sustained livestock products consistent with conservation of the range resource. Field trips required. S.

3307. Principles of Conservation Science (3). A survey of the theory and practices of conservation biology. Emphasis is placed on methods used to maintain plant and animal biodiversity. S.

3308. Quantitative Methods in Natural Resources (3). Prerequisite: MATH 1331 or 1351. Survey of quantitative and statistical methods used in natural resource management, conservation biology, and in assessing biodiversity. S.

3309. Restoration Ecology (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Case studies, literature, and hands-on experience illustrate the theory and practice of ecological restoration, including plants and animals. S, even years.

3323. Prescribed Burning (3). Prerequisite: NRM 3402. Planning, implementing and evaluating prescribed fires. S.

3325. Integrated Natural Resources Management Skills (3). Prerequisite: NRM 1300 or 1401 or 2301 or 2302. Develops skills in the generation and dissemination of scientific information to scientists, policy makers, and society. (Writing Intensive) F.

3333. Pond Fish Management (3). Management of ponds for recreational fishing.   Includes principles of pond construction, fish stocking, water quality and habitat management, and assessment of common problems. Field trips required.  

3401. Plant Physiology (4). Prerequisites: BIOL 1401 and 1402; one semester of organic chemistry. Covers aspects of physiological processes, morphological development, and nutritional qualities in vascular plants. (BOT 3401)

3402. Range, Forest, Wetland Plants, and Plant Identification (4). Native and naturalized forage plants of the U.S.; identification, distribution, ecology, plant communities, and economic value are stressed. Field trips are required. F, SS.

3407. Vegetation and Wildlife Inventory and Analysis Techniques (4). Prerequisite: NRM 1300 or 1401, sophomore standing. Techniques for sampling and analyzing rangeland vegetation and wildlife habitats and populations.

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4000 Level Courses

4000. Internship (V1-12).

4001. Undergraduate Research (V1-12). Selected research problems according to the needs of the student. May be repeated.

4100. Seminar (1). An organized discussion of current problems and research in range, wildlife, and fisheries management. May be repeated.

4301. Problems (3). Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. Individual investigation of an assigned problem in range, wildlife, and fisheries management. Emphasis placed on the theory, methods, and practice of range, wildlife, or fisheries field work.

4302. Range Improvements (3). Application of principles and practices necessary to enhance the productive potential of the range resource for all potential uses. Methods for brush management, revegetation, conservation, etc. are considered. Improvement for increased domestic livestock production and for enhancing wildlife habitat is emphasized. Field trips required. S, odd years.

4303. Rangeland Analysis and Management Planning (3). Prerequisite: NRM 3304 or 4302. Analysis of rangeland resource inventories for the purpose of planning appropriate use of such resources. A familiarization with the basic components of a range resource plan and their application in decision making. S. (Writing Intensive)

4304. Fire Ecology and Management (3). Prerequisite: NRM 3402. Ecological effects, adaptations, management implications of fire (and its exclusion) on flora and fauna of North America ecosystems. (Writing Intensive)

4305. Big Game Ecology (3). Survey of distributions and life histories of North American big game species. Productivity, food habits, economic significance, and management will be examined. Field trips required. S, even years.

4306. Upland Game Ecology (3). Prerequisites: NRM 1401 and ZOOL 4408, or consent of instructor. Ecological approach to the management of upland game populations. Stresses population mechanisms and habitat management of selected species. Field trips required. S, SS, odd years.

4309. Range-Wildlife Habitat Management (3). Prerequisites: NRM 3304, 3402, or consent of instructor. A study of wildlife habitats based on major vegetation types and the management problems involved. Emphasis on how other resource demands can be integrated with wildlife. Field trips required. F, S. (Writing Intensive)

4310. Principles of Waterfowl Management (3). Ecology and management of continental waterfowl resources. Life histories, population management, and habitat manipulation are stressed. Field trips required. F, even years.

4311. Wildlife Law (3). Prerequisite: NRM 1300 or 1401 or 2301. Imparts understanding of the laws regulating the recreational and commercial uses of wildlife. Includes their history and purposes. Available only during iIntersession.

4314. Watershed Planning (3). The watershed as a unit of resource-oriented planning and development. Principles and objectives of watershed management. Physical description of watershed. Relationship between land-use conditions and the water delivery character of watersheds. Watershed analysis, including techniques, collection of field data, and sources of information.Fulfills core Technology and Applied Science requirement F, S.

4315. Spatial Analysis in Natural Resource Management (3). Introduction to geographic information systems and global positioning systems. Applications for inventory, planning, and management of natural resources are emphasized. S.

4320. Natural Resource Policy (3). Prerequisite: NRM 1300. Emphasis on the human dimension of natural resource management. Historical, agency, and private organization roles in policy and conflict resolution. F.

4322. Nongame Ecology and Management (3). Prerequisite: NRM 1401. Ecological approach to nongame wildlife population management. Public policies, socioeconomic factors, population dynamics, and species-at-risk issues are examined.

4324. Tropical Ecology and Conservation (3). An introductory survey of tropical ecology and conservation covering both theory and practice. Previous ecology course, consent of instructor, and field trips are required. SS.

4330. Aquaculture (3). Prerequisites: BIOL 1404 and CHEM 1308 or consent of instructor. A global overview of aquaculture including fish, aquatic invertebrates, plants, and design and operation of production facilities.

4335. Freshwater Bioassessment (3). Prerequisite: NRM 2305. No freshmen. An overview of the methods used to evaluate the condition of waterbodies, including surveys and other direct measurements of aquatic species attributes and habitats. S.

4401. Fisheries Conservation and Management (4). Prerequisites: NRM 2305, ZOOL 4410, and one of AAEC 3401, MATH 2300, or NRM 3308. Theory and practice regarding conservation and management of aquatic resources, including ecology, population biology, sampling, restoration, and resource conflict. (Writing Intensive)

4403. Aerial Photo Interpretation in Natural Resource Management (4). Fundamentals of aerial photograph reading, interpretation, and evaluation. Introduction to remote sensing techniques and geographic information systems. F.

4408. Wildlife Population Dynamics and Analysis (4). Prerequisites: AAEC 3401 or MATH 2300 or NRM 3308 and MATH 1331 or consent of instructor. The mechanisms of wildlife population changes and their management. Detailed examination of techniques for measuring population characteristics. S. (Writing Intensive)Back to Top

 

5000 Level Courses

5100. Seminar (1). An organized discussion of current problems in range, wildlife, and fisheries management. May be repeated.

5201. Foundations of Ecology and Conservation Biology (2). Examination of classic foundational papers in ecology and conservation biology, their influence in these fields, and their relevance to current research.

5302. Range Research Methods (3). 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.

5303. Synecology (3). 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.

5304. Fire Behavior and Ecology (3). 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.

5305. Plant Ecophysiology (3). 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.

5306. The Physiological Basis for Grazing Management (3). 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.

5307. Wetland Ecology (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Advanced study in the ecology and management of wetland ecosystems. F, odd years.

5308. Advanced Restoration Ecology (3). 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.

5309. Population Estimation and Dynamics (3). 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.

5310. Advanced Range Ecology (3). 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.

5311. Wildlife Conservation and Management (3). An examination of conservation principles and management practices enhancing wildlife populations.

5312. Ecology of Renewable Natural Resources (3). An introduction to the ecology of renewable natural resources such as vegetation, wildlife, soil, and water.

5313. Advanced Big Game Ecology and Management (3). An advanced study of the ecology and management of big game resources. Field trips required. S, even years.

5314. Advanced Upland Game Ecology and Management (3). An advanced study of the ecology and management of upland game resources. Field trips are required. S, odd years.

5315. Advanced Studies in Range-Wildlife Habitat (3). An ecological approach to wildlife management stressing the relationships between animals and their habitat. Focuses on rangeland habitats. Field trips required. F, S.

5316. Waterfowl Ecology (3). An ecological examination of waterfowl behavior, breeding biology, and habitat requirements. Field trips required. F, even years.

5317. Watershed Management (3). 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.

5318. Range Animal Nutrition (3). 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.

5319. Mammalian Predator-Prey Relationships (3). Examines evolution of predator-prey relationships and historical and current management practices. Only for NRM, ANSC, or BIOL graduate students.

5320. Natural Resource Biopolitics (3). Policy, planning, and conflict resolution from a natural resource management perspective. Historical, agency, and private organization roles in natural resource management are evaluated. F.

5322. Advanced Nongame Ecology and Management (3). Ecological approach to nongame wildlife population management. Public policies, socioeconomic factors, population dynamics, and species-at-risk issues are examined.

5323. Prescribed Burning (3). Planning, implementing, evaluating prescribed fires, and expert systems. Field trips required. S.

5324. Physiological Ecology of Aquatic Organisms (3). Regulatory mechanisms and adaptive significance of selected physiological processes in aquatic vertebrates. S, even years.

5330. Advanced Aquaculture (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. A global overview of aquaculture including fish, aquatic invertebrates, plants, and design and operation of production facilities. F, odd years.

5335. Advanced Freshwater Bioassessment (3). 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.

5336. Field Ichthyology (3). 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.

5337. Fish and Wildlife Population Modelling (3). The development and use of models to analyze and simulate ecological processes in fish and wildlife populations and communities.

5347. Advanced Conservation Science (3). Prerequisite: Consent instructor. A survey of the theory and practice of conservation biology for advanced students.

5401. Advanced Fisheries Conservation and Management (4). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Theory and practice regarding the con-servation and management of aquatic resources, including ecology, popu-lation biology, sampling, restoration, and resource conflict .F, even years.

5402. Fisheries Ecology (4). 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.

5403. Experimental Design and Analysis (4). 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).

5404. Aerial Terrain Analysis (4). 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.Back to Top

 

6000 Level Courses

6000. Master's Thesis (V1-6).

6001. Selected Topics in Range Science (V1-6). Advanced topics selected by departmental recommendation. May be repeated for credit in different subject areas.

6002. Selected Topics in Wildlife Science (V1-6). Advanced topics selected by departmental recommendation. May be repeated for credit in different subject areas.

6003. Selected Topics in Fisheries Science (V1-6). Advanced topics selected by departmental recommendation. May be repeated for credit in different subject areas.

6301. Research Methods (3). A review of the philosophy of science, scientific methods, research activities, and the planning and execution of research programs.

6303. Imagery Interpretation for Natural Resource Management (3). 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.

6305. Geospatial Technologies in Natural Resource Management (3). Principles of geographic information systems and global positioning systems. Applications for natural resource inventory, planning, and management are emphasized.

6324. Advanced Tropical Ecology and Conservation (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. A survey of tropical ecology for advanced students. Both theory and practice will be covered. Field trips required. F.

6330. Plant Ecohydrology (3). Vegetation factors affecting hydrological dynamics of landscapes and water uses by different types of vegetation. Implications to land and vegetation management at multiple levels.

7000 Level Courses

7000. Research (V1-12).

7210. Teaching Practicum (2). Prerequisites: Doctoral student in the Department of Natural Resources Management. Supervised teaching experience at the university level.

8000 Level Course

8000. Doctor’s Dissertation (V1-12).
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