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NRM 1001: Introduction to Natural Resources Management
This course is presented as an introduction into the field of natural resources management. Students will be exposed to the range of disciplines contributing to effective natural resources management and will learn of the variety of career options in the field. Prerequisite: None.
3 credits

NRM 2015: Natural Resources Field Experiences
This field-based course allows the students to engage in applied natural resource issues and problems. Students will visit multiple sites over a two-week time period. Each site will allow the students to participate in specific projects spanning the fields of forestry, wildlife management, fisheries, and recreation planning. Students will become proficient in several measurement techniques including timber cruising, wildlife population modeling, GIS, and visitor surveys.
3 credits

NRM 2020: Data Analysis and Modeling
This course is intended to build competency in quantitative skills in the field of natural resources management. Specifically, students will learn descriptive and inferential statistical tests in addition to managing data sets to solve applied problems. Further, students will learn how to use natural resources data to model natural and social systems. Collectively the statistical analyses and modeling will provide a foundation for being able to describe and summarize complex relationships and systems.
3 credits

NRM 3065: Hunting: History, Ethics & Management
To kill or not to kill, that is the question. Hunting in North America today is a decidedly different enterprise than that which our forebears practiced even up to one hundred years ago. Hunting has shifted from a practice borne out of utilitarian necessity to an endeavor based on choice and leisure preference. It has grown from a rural chore to a full-fledged recreational industry with superstores, luxury guided vacation packages, and a full slate of ESPN programming. This course will trace the history of hunting, the ethical debates surrounding it, and the current wildlife management models built upon hunting pressure.
3 credits

NRM 3075: Silviculture
This class represents a study of ecologically-based decisions and practices designed to achieve a range of objectives related to forest management. Students will begin by learning how trees grow and forests develop such that they can determine how different treatments will affect residual trees and stands. Further, students will consider how different silvicultural prescriptions are used to produce timber and non-timber forest benefits. Attention will be given to issues of forest health, biodiversity, soil, and water resources as well as their effect on broader social, economic, and ecological issues.
3 credits

ENV/NRM 3082: Forest Policy & Management
In this course, students will examine the causes and consequences of past policies aimed to promote the long-term economic and ecological health of forest ecosystems. Students will learn about the political institutions and parties involved in the creation and implementation of forest policies at the local, state, national, and international levels. Contemporary issues related to forest management to be covered may include private lands issues, community-based conservation, woody biomass-to-energy initiatives, climate change and carbon sequestration, wilderness policy and management, and urban forestry. Through field trips to local forests, conversations with forestry professionals, and course assignments, students will gain deeper understandings of what sustainable forestry policies might look like in the northeastern United States.
3 credits

NRM 4022: Integrated Resource Planning
This course presents concepts, methods, and tools essential to the development of effective integrated resource management plans. Student will select a resource planning area, and working in interdisciplinary teams, prepare an integrated resource plan for implementation. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing.
3 credits

NRM 4025: Resource Impacts and Management
This course addresses the inevitable result of introducing recreation participation into natural areas. Attention will be given to the study of the four major categories of resource impact: soil, water, vegetation, and wildlife. Students will also participate in a resource monitoring and data collection project. Prerequisite: REC 1000 Introduction to Recreation & Outdoor Studies or permission of the instructor.
3 credits

NRM 4030: Environmental Conflict Management
The natural resource base is contested terrain in a number of aspects. Public land supports many competing uses. Resource activities on private lands often affect public goods and welfare. This course is designed to address the processes available for mitigating environmental disputes. Specific attention will be given to the role of government as an agent of the people. Prerequisite: ENV 2011 Public Policy and the Environment or permission of the instructor.
3 credits

NRM 4051: Natural Resources Management Seminar
This seminar-style course is essentially the capstone course for the major. Students would be expected to undertake an original research project that draws on their educational experiences to date. Additionally, students will engage in discussions involving current issues and management challenges.
3 credits

NRM 4052: Natural Resources Capstone and Exam
This course is the capstone of the NRM major. Students will conduct a thorough self-evaluation of their progress through the NRM program. In addition, students will prepare a portfolio of professional work in advance of seeking full-time employment. Finally, the culminating aspect of this course is a series of exams, both oral and written, developed to test the student’s achievement of the NRM program goals.
1 credit

NRM 4053: Natural Resources Internship
This experience is designed to be completed during a student’s junior or senior year. Students work with an approved agency/organization involved in natural resources management. Students must document 120 hours worth of work and complete weekly reports in addition to a Special Project. Prerequisite: Successful completion of 50% of the NRM major curriculum requirements.
3 credits

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