FOR 400 Seminar

For 400 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

FOR 403 Workshop

For 403 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

FOR 404 Special Topics

For 404 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

FOR 405 Professional Development

For 405 (s) Professional Development (cr arr).

Professional education and enrichment of forestry personnel. Credit earned in this course will not be accepted toward graduate degree programs but may be used for undergraduate programs.

Prereq: Permission.

FOR 424 Silviculture Principles and Practices

For 424 Silviculture Principles and Practices (4 cr)

Gen Ed: Senior Experience

Theory underlying silvicultural practices to control forest composition and growth, including forest stand dynamics, tree growth and quality, and growth-density relationships. Study of intermediate stand treatments and reproduction methods. Final project required involving field data collection and forest modeling to develop and mark silvicultural prescriptions. 3-hrs of lecture and 2-hrs of lab per week.

Prereq: Senior standing and For 274, For 320, For 324 and For 330

FOR 425 Forest and Soil Nutrient Cycling

Forest nutrient management requires an understanding of biogeochemical cycles relevant to forest ecosystems including inputs of plant nutrients from the atmosphere and lithosphere, accumulation by vegetation, soil cycling, processes, and losses to the atmosphere and hydrosphere. Two 1-hr lectures and with a 3-hr lab. 

FOR 426 Global Fire Ecology and Management

For 426 Fire Ecology and Management (3 cr)

Credit may only be earned in For 326 or For 426, but not both. This course is only available to distance education students. Integrated fire-related ecological effects of fire on vegetation, soils, and air quality; natural and changing role of fire in forests, woodlands, shrublands and rangelands; influence of global change including climate and invasive species; fire as a management tool; application to current issues. (Fall only)

Prereq: For 221 or REM 221; and Instructor Permission

FOR 427 Prescribed Burning Lab

For 427 Prescribed Burning Lab (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Senior Experience

Planning, conducting and evaluating prescribed burns designed to accomplish natural resource management objectives. Sampling, models and analysis used in writing required fire use plan. 5 days of field trips; some on Saturdays. (Fall only)

Prereq: REM 144, and Senior standing; and Permission

Prereq or Coreq: For 326

FOR 429 Landscape Ecology

For 429 Landscape Ecology (3 cr)

See REM 429.

FOR 430 Forest Operations

For 430 Forest Operations (3 cr)

Overview of the primary equipment and harvesting systems used in modern forest operations, including field design, layout, and administration of timber sales, logging production and cost estimation, laws, and certification. A brief introduction to quantitative forest planning methods is also provided. There are 2-3 early morning trips and one Saturday field lab (Fall only)

Prereq: Phys 100/100L or Phys 111/111L

Prereq or Coreq: Math 144

FOR 431 Low Volume Forest Roads

For 431 Low Volume Forest Roads (2 cr)

Design and field layout of access roads for forest management, through a combination of field labs and use of modern, GIS-based forest road engineering software. Field study includes design of at least one current industry or agency forest road design project. There are 2-3 early morning trips and one Saturday field lab. (Fall, Alt/yrs)

Prereq or Coreq: Math 144

Coreq: For 430 or Permission

FOR 433 Fire and Fuel Modeling

For 433 Fire and Fuel Modeling (2 cr)

Learn to use and critically evaluate spatial fire behavior prediction systems, with attention to assumptions, uncertainty, sensitivity, and probability analysis. Topics include fuels classification systems, scale considerations, thematic mapping, and GIS overlay analysis, and how to access on-line geospatial data and decision-support tools. Read and discuss primarily literature on quantitative spatial analysis in fire science, engage in hands-on laboratory exercises, and prepare written reports comparing management alternatives with regards to fire behavior, fire effects, and ecological departure.

Prereq: For 375, Geog 385, or Permission

Coreq: For 450

FOR 435 Remote Sensing of Fire

For J435/J535 Remote Sensing of Fire (3 cr)

The course describes the state of the art algorithms and methods used for mapping and characterizing fire from satellite observations. The course will link the physical aspects of fire on the ground with the quantities that can be observed from remote sensing, and present an overview of the different aspects of environmental fire monitoring. The course will be accompanied by weekly lab sessions focused on the processing of satellite data from sensors used operationally for fire monitoring. This course assumes that you are familiar with the fundamental concepts of mathematics and physics, understand basic remote sensing techniques, and can use maps and GIS data layers. For graduate credit, additional literature review and a class project including evaluation of new, advanced technologies is required. (Spring)

Prereq: For 375 or Permission

FOR 436 Cable Systems

For 436 Cable Systems (2 cr)

Overview of the major cable logging systems. Trigonometry and physical mechanics of cable systems, including analysis of forces, tensions, and payload capacity. Field layout and analysis of cable corridors using small yarders on the UI Experimental Forest using integrated field planning and GIS-based cable system design software. There are 2-3 early morning trips and one Saturday field lab. (Fall, Alt/yrs)

Prereq or Coreq: Math 144

Coreq: For 430 or Permission

FOR 444 Prescribed Fire For Ecologically-Based Management

For 444 Prescribed Fire For Ecologically-Based Management (2-3 cr)

Learn about prescribed burning in support of ecologically-based management through reading, discussion and participating in hands-on service learning, planning, conducting and monitoring prescribed burns, reading and discussing local ecology and management, working collaboratively, and developing skills in fire management. Course requires travel as well as pre, during and post-travel writing, discussion and presentations.

Prereq: REM 144 and Junior Standing; or Instructor Permission.

FOR 447 Woody Plant Physiology

For J447/J547 Woody Plant Physiology (3 cr)

Examine woody plant interactions with their environment and tolerance or avoidance of stress. This course covers quantitative analysis of environmental biophysics, gas exchange, water relations and nutrition in woody plants. Students will also learn to use all of the major methods/equipment used in woody plant physiology research. Includes two weekly 1-hour lectures and one weekly 3-hour lab. Students registered for 500-level credit must complete a research project and presentation in addition to the requirements for the 400-level credit.

FOR 450 Fire Behavior

For 450 Fire Behavior (2 cr)

Understand the physical and chemical processes controlling combustion and fire behavior. Gain in-depth knowledge of commonly-used, point-scale fire behavior models and tools, including key assumptions and limitations. Critically review and discuss scientific literature, current topics, and case studies. Lab sessions include designing and undertaking small-scale fire behavior experiments, developing simple quantitative models, and a field trip.

Prereq: For 326; and Phys 100/100L or Phys 111/111L

Coreq: For 433

FOR 451 Fuels Inventory and Management

For 451 Fuels Inventory and Management (2 cr)

Tools, quantitative analysis, and approaches for inventory and management of fuels for wildland fires over large, diverse areas in forests, woodlands, shrubland, and grasslands. Critically review and synthesize relevant scientific literature.

Prereq: For 375, REM 144 and For 274 or REM 411

FOR 454 Air Quality, Pollution, and Smoke

For J454/J554 Air Quality, Pollution, and Smoke (3 cr)

Assessment of the controls and drivers of emission processes and impacts on air quality from ires, industry, and other natural sources. Overview of the combustion and emission process, how these emissions impact the "quality of air", and what models exist to monitor the emission. Other topics to include: recent EPA and other guidelines for smoke management planning, attainment issues, atmospheric transport and deposition processes. Additional work required for graduate credit.

FOR 462 Watershed Science and Management

For 462 Watershed Science and Management (3 cr)

Influence of land management practices on hydrologic processes, water quality, and riparian habitat w/emphasis on wildland watersheds. One day field trip.

Prereq: Math 143; and Phys 100 or Phys 111, or high school equivalent.

FOR 468 Forest and Plant Pathology

For 468 Forest and Plant Pathology (2 cr)

A survey of plant diseases. Emphasis on forest trees and other woody plants. Organisms that cause diseases. Strategies to minimize negative effects. Symbiotic roles of microbes in plants. Two hours of lecture, and two hours of lab per week, in addition to multiple field trips (as weather allows) to observe diseases and their effects. (Spring only)

Prereq: For 320 and For 330

FOR 472 Remote Sensing of the Environment

For 472 Remote Sensing of the Environment (3-4 cr)

Same as REM 472. Current airborne and satellite systems, data acquisition on ground and from remote locations, instrumentation, imagery interpretation and digital analysis, applications for natural resource science and management. Two 75-minute lectures and one two-hour lab per week. Recommended Preparation: Phys 100 or Phys 112. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

FOR 473 ECB Senior Presentation

For 473 ECB Senior Presentation (1 cr)

See Fish 473.

FOR 483 Senior Project Presentation

For 483 Senior Project Presentation (1 cr)

Same as NRS/Fish/REM/WLF 483. Reporting and presenting the senior project (thesis or internship); taken after or concurrently with 485 or 497.

FOR 484 Forest Policy and Administration

For 484 Forest Policy and Administration (2 cr)

Evaluation of land and forest problems and policies in the U.S.; analysis of current conditions and policies; historical development of governmental and private agencies concerned with the administration of forest conservation program. Recommended Preparation: FOR 235.

Prereq: Junior standing

FOR 485 Ecology and Conservation Biology Senior Project

For 485 Ecology and Conservation Biology Senior Project (1-3 cr, max 3)

See WLF 485.

FOR 490 The Resilient Landscape

For 490 The Resilient Landscape (3 cr)

See LArc 480.

FOR 497 Senior Thesis

For 497 (s) Senior Thesis (2-4 cr, max 4)

Independently plan and conduct a thesis project; write and defend the thesis under supervision of an advisor.

Prereq: Senior standing and minimum 3.20 GPA or Permission

FOR 498 Renewable Natural Resources Internship

For 498 (s) Renewable Natural Resources Internship (cr arr)

Supervised field experience with an appropriate public or private agency. Required for cooperative education students.

Prereq: Permission of department

FOR 499 Directed Study

For 499 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

For the individual student; conferences, library, field, or lab work.

Prereq: Senior standing, GPA 2.5, and Permission