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NRM 5000:  Professional Internship/Capstone  (top)

Provides essential supervised study and practical training in integrating coursework into real-world applications in professional work environments associated with natural resource careers.

NRM 5100: Seminar  (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)

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. 

Prerequisites: C or better in ISQS 5346
Offered: Fall, odd years

NRM 5303: Synecology (3) (top)

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)

An assessment of the role of fire in succession and management of plants and animals in all major vegetation types of United States and Canada; effect of fire on litter and soil properties; fire temperatures and heat effects. Field trips required.

Prerequisites: Instructor consent
Offered: Fall, Spring-odd years

NRM 5305: Plant Ecophysiology (3)(top)

Advanced study of the influences of the environmental complex on the processes, structure, and physiological functioning of an individual plant or species. 

Prerequisites: Instructor consent
Offered: Spring, 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. 

Prerequisites: None
Offered: Fall, even years

NRM 5307: Wetland Ecology (3) (top)

Advanced study in the ecology and management of wetland ecosystems.

Prerequisites: Instructor consent
Offered: Fall, 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.

Prerequisites: None
Offered: Spring, even years

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

Principles of estimation theory. Detailed examination of modern analysis techniques; indices, line transect, capture-recapture, Jolly-Seber, survival, and life table limitations. Computer use.

Prerequisites: Instructor consent
Offered: Spring

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. 

Prerequisites: None
Offered: Fall

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. 

Prerequisites: None
Offered: Spring, 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. 

Prerequisites: None
Offered: Spring, 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.

Prerequisites: None
Offered: Fall

NRM 5316: Waterfowl Ecology (3)(top)

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

Prerequisites: None
Offered: Fall, 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. 

Prerequisites: None
Offered: Fall, Spring

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

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. 

Prerequisites: Instructor consent
Offered: Fall, 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.

Prerequisites: None
Offered: Fall

NRM 5321: Wetland Management and Policy (3) (top)

Examination of the history and current events in wetland management and policy, including training in skills such as communicating across political divides and weland delineation.

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. 

Prerequisites: None
Offered: Spring

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

Regulatory mechanisms and adaptive significance of selected physiological processes in aquatic vertebrates.

Prerequisites: None
Offered: Spring, even years

NRM 5325: Raptor Ecology and Conservation (3)  (top)

Provides an introduction to North American reaptors, their biology, physiology, life history, ecology, management, and conservation.

NRM 5330: Advanced Aquaculture (3)(top)

A global overview of aquaculture including fish, aquatic invertebrates, plants, and design and operation of production facilities. 

Prerequisites: Instructor consent
Offered: Fall, odd years

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

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

Prerequisites: Instructor consent

NRM 5336: Field Ichthyology (3)(top)

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

Prerequisites: Instructor consent

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 5340: Graduate Studies in Urban Ecology and Human Dimensions (3)  (top)

An introduction to urban ecology, human dimensions of natural resources, and urban wildlife management.  Case studies, policies, socioeconimic factors, and ecosystem function are examined.

Prerequisites: Instructor consent

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

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

Prerequisites: Instructor consent
Offered: Spring, even years

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

Theory and practice regarding the conservation and management of aquatic resources, including ecology, population biology, sampling, restoration, and resource conflict.

Prerequisites: Instructor consent

NRM 5402: Fisheries Ecology (4)(top)

An examination of population dynamics, community ecology, bioenergetics, fisheries models and other quantitative aspects of fisheries ecology.

Prerequisites: Statistics and basic fisheries

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

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

Prerequisites: PSS 5302 or ANSC 5403 or BIOL 6309 or STAT 5302 or equivalent basic graduate statistics course

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. 

NRM 6000: Master's Thesis  (top)

NRM 6001: Selected Topics in Range Science  (top)

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

NRM 6002: Selected Topics in Wildlife Science  (top)

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

NRM 6003: Selected Topics in Fisheries Science  (top)

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

NRM 6204: Advanced Statistical Applications in Ecology (2)  (top)

Provides a foundation in generalized linear models as applied to ecological problems.

Prerequisites: NRM5403 or equivalent

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.

Prerequisite:  None
Offered: Summer

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. 

Prerequisites: None
Offered: Spring

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 6323: Wildland Fire Management Practicum (3)  (top)

Advanced prescribed burning field training in diverse field settings.  Practitioners and students will work together to accomplish management objectives.

Prerequisite:  NRM 3323 or NRM 5323.

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

A survey of tropical ecology for advanced students. Both theory and practice will be covered. Field trips required. 

Prerequisites: Instructor consent
Offered: Fall

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 6408: Advanced Biometry for Ecologists (4)  (top)

Provides a foundation for design and analysis of both natural and intentionally manipulated experiments, within the context of research in environmental biology, ecology, and natural resources.

NRM 7000: Research  (top)

NRM 7210: Teaching Practicum  (top)

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

NRM 8000: Doctor's Dissertation  (top)