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NATURAL RESOURCES (NATR)
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Agriculture and Natural Resources
 
NATR 1226 - Environmental Science and Sustainability (BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV)
(3.0 cr; fall, every year)
Interdisciplinary course. Applying ecological principles to social systems. Food/fiber production. Economic considerations of land use and rural communities. Pollution, global warming, energy production, biodiversity.



NATR 1233 - Introduction to Natural Resources
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Survey of our natural resource heritage with emphasis on North America. Various fields within natural resources examined in terms of conservation practices, employment opportunities, and importance to sustainable societies.



NATR 1244 - Elements of Forestry
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1233; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Forest management: ecology, silviculture, protection, and multiple-use decision-making processes. Woody forest plants: identification, growth requirements, and management techniques. Compass use and map reading. Survey of the lake states forest products industry.



NATR 1663 - Principles of Fisheries Management
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1233; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Fisheries management and fish species of Minnesota. Identification, ecology, population assessment, application of appropriate management techniques.



NATR 1803 - Directed Studies
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-Instructor consent; fall, spring, every year)
Current topics not covered in regularly offered courses.



NATR 2573 - Entomology
(3.0 cr; =[AGRO 2573]; Prereq-Hort 1010 or Agro 1183; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Insect taxonomy, anatomy, and physiology. Emphasis on insects of economic importance, especially in the Upper Midwest. Control methods, including integrated pest management.



NATR 2630 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1244, MATH 1031; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Application/use of computer-based information systems, data delivery, and geographic information systems in natural resource management and regional planning. Labs focus on developing basic competence using current suite of ArcGIS software and finding, retrieving and utilizing data currently available from public resource management agencies.



NATR 2899 - Pre-Internship Seminar
(0.5 cr; fall, every year)
Expectations/responsibilities of internship. Preparing for a job search. Presentations about internship experiences by those who have recently completed internship. Discussion between students, staff and invited guests.



NATR 3203 - Park and Recreation Management
(3.0 cr; Prereq-NatR 1233; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Survey of park and recreational area management. The recreationist; federal and state legislation; the roles of federal, state, local, and private sector recreation managers; and management techniques as they affect the private and public recreational area manager.



NATR 3296 - Special Topics in Wildlife Management
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-Sr or instructor consent; fall, spring, summer, offered periodically)
Offered on demand. Focused studies on wildlife-related topics. Seminars by students and guest speakers, field trips, global studies trips abroad.



NATR 3297 - Spec Topics in Water Resources
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-Sr or instructor consent; fall, spring, every year)
Focused studies on water-related topics offered on demand. Seminars by students and guest speakers, field trips, global studies trips abroad.



NATR 3344 - Land Use Planning
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Jr or Sr status; spring, every year)
Ecological, economic, and legal principles applied to land use planning in relation to agricultural, industrial, residential, wild land, forestry, recreational, and transportation needs. Legislative, agency, and citizen involvement in environmental law formulation and enforcement. Case studies.



NATR 3364 - Plant Taxonomy
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Biol 2022 or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Principles of plant taxonomy with emphasis on higher vascular plants of the Upper Midwest: family characteristics, floral structure, ecology, evolutionary relationships, values to human life, and importance as wildlife food and cover. Methods of field study and collection.



NATR 3368 - Land Management Field School
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; Prereq-Junior or Senior status; summer, every year)
Intensive field-oriented program of study. Application of land management techniques in field situations. Guest lectures, field trips to natural resource agency projects.



NATR 3374 - Ecology (BIOL SCI)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Biol 1009, Soil 1293; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Interactions among plants, animals, and the physical environment; structure and function of ecosystems; population dynamics, biotic communities; principles of biotic succession and ecosystem management.



NATR 3376 - Wetland and Riparian Ecology and Management
(3.0 cr; Prereq-3374; fall, every year)
Ecology/management of wetland/riparian lands from global, continental, and Minnesota perspective. General ecology, structure/function, delineation, wetland plant identification, restoration/regulation programs.



NATR 3464 - Mammalogy
(3.0 cr; =[BIOL 3464]; Prereq-Biol 2012; fall, every year)
Classification, reproduction, physiology, behavior, ecological adaptations, zoogeography of mammals. Emphasizes techniques used in field/laboratory studies.



NATR 3466 - Ornithology
(3.0 cr; =[BIOL 3466]; Prereq-Biol 2012; spring, every year)
Classification, reproduction, physiology, behavior, ecological adaptations, zoogeography of birds. Emphasizes techniques used in field/laboratory studies.



NATR 3468 - Wildlife Habitat Management Techniques
(3.0 cr; fall, every year)
Planning, ecological effects, application, monitoring of habitat management as used by conservation organizations: site preparation, planting, mowing, burning, grazing, herbicide use. Certification in prescribed burning, pesticide use. Wetland restoration, surface-mined land reclamation.



NATR 3480 - Ecological Restoration
(3.0 cr; Prereq-3374; fall, every year)
Principles of restoring/repairing disturbed/damaged ecosystems. Assessing site conditions, establishing reference criteria, determining restoration goals/objectives, manipulating successional trajectories, determining measures of successful restoration.



NATR 3482 - Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Certification
(3.0 cr [max 9.0 cr]; fall, every year)
Promote awareness, understanding, respect of Minnesota's natural environment by developing corps of well-informed citizens dedicated to conservation education/service within communities.



NATR 3486 - Conservation Biology
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Biol 1009; fall, every year)
Science underlying methods of conservation of populations, species, ecosystems. Exploration of theory/practice of conservation within social, political, economic context of conservation problems.



NATR 3488 - Invasive Species Ecology and Management
(3.0 cr; Prereq-3374; spring, every year)
Identification, ecology, control/management of invasive plant/animal species in north central U.S. Characteristics of invasive species/ecological processes that occur when non-native species are introduced into new habitats. Pathways that have led to introduction/spread of invasives.



NATR 3495 - Special Topics in Wilderness Management
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 12.0 cr]; Prereq-NatR 3203; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Directed study offered once a year, with the following topics covered on a rotating basis: wilderness philosophy and ethic development, management of the wilderness resource, management of recreation resources, and wilderness management planning. Involves significant use of new communications technologies.



NATR 3496 - Special Topics in Ecology and Conservation Biology
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 9.0 cr]; Prereq-3374; fall, spring, every year)
Topics ecology and conservation biology. Recent/significant primary literature. Critical thinking/evaluation. Application to issues in ecological research.



NATR 3520 - Natural Resource Law Enforcement Techniques
(3.0 cr; =[CRJS 3520]; Prereq-1233, CRJS 1500; spring, even academic years)
Survey of methods, procedures, and techniques in natural resource field law enforcement work. Natural resource case law. Applicable statutes pertaining to tenets of search/seizure, arrest, surveillance, and court system.



NATR 3580 - Advanced Ecological Restoration
(3.0 cr; Prereq-3374, 3480; spring, every year)
Advanced topics in ecological restoration, including evaluation of case studies. Explore current advancements, topics/emerging issues in theory/practice of restoration.



NATR 3635 - Geographic Information Systems Applications
(3.0 cr; Prereq-2630; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Advanced principles/applications of geographic information systems. Nature/accuracy of geo-referenced data and methods of data capture, storage, retrieval, modeling, and digital map display. Includes semester-long lab project.



NATR 3654 - Wildlife Ecology and Management
(4.0 cr; Prereq-NatR 3374; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Application of ecological principles to studying and managing wildlife populations, with emphasis on habitat management. Management plan preparation. Field and lab techniques used by natural resource agencies.



NATR 3660 - Prairie Ecosystem Management
(2.0 cr; Prereq-NatR 3374; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Description of prairie biome of North America, ecological relationships. Uses by native American, European peoples as setting for art/literature and as habitat for wildlife/livestock, management, restoration. Identification of prairie plants.



NATR 3699 - Integrated Resource Management
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Sr or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Team study exploring synthesis of environmental, technical, economic, political, and administrative principles as applied to case studies and current management situations. Emphasis on decision-making process.



NATR 3804 - Individual Studies
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-Jr, instructor consent; fall, spring, every year)
Topic related to student's major not covered in regularly offered courses.



NATR 3899 - Pre-Internship Seminar
(0.5 cr; fall, every year)
Expectations/responsibilities of internship. Preparing for a job search. Presentations about internship experiences by those who have recently completed internship. Discussion between students, staff, and invited guests.



NATR 3900 - Internship
(0.5 - 4.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; Prereq-3899; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Supervised professional work experience in natural resource agencies, private companies, and businesses. Report/consultation with faculty adviser/employer.



NATR 3901 - Post-Internship Seminar
(0.5 cr; Prereq-3900; fall, every year)
Students who have recently completed internships, prepare/deliver a PowerPoint presentation of experience/knowledge gained. Discussions between post/pre-internship students, staff, and invited guests.



NATR 3994 - Undergraduate Research
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-Instructor consent; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Advanced independent work in special fields.



NATR 4652 - Seminar
(1.0 cr; Prereq-Jr or sr; A-F only, fall, spring, every year)
Survey of current literature in horticulture, aviation, golf and turf, and natural resources. Preparation/delivery of special topics. Preparation of abstracts. Evaluation of seminars. Use of library and other resources, including computer information searches.



 
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