NRS - Natural Resources and Society

Lee Vierling, Dept. Head, Dept. of Natural Resources and Society (19 CNR Bldg. 83844-1139; phone 208/885-7911; leev@uidaho.edu, www.uidaho.edu/cnr/departments/nrs.

NRS 125 Introduction to Conservation and Natural Resources

NRS 125 Introduction to Conservation and Natural Resources (3 cr)

Foundations of natural resource management and agencies with responsibility for land management; philosophical, theoretical, and historical basis for protected areas; principles and frameworks for managing human use of and recreation on public lands.

NRS 200 Seminar

CSS 200 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

NRS 203 Workshop

CSS 203 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

NRS 204 Special Topics

CSS 204 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

NRS 235 Society and Natural Resources

NRS 235 Society and Natural Resources (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Social Science

Same as For 235. Introduction to the human dimensions of natural resources management. Includes individual values, attitudes and behaviors and societal norms and behaviors; methods of measurement, research and interpretation of human influence; institutions and processes for implementing policy and regulation and managing human difference; and understanding the nature of major natural resource issues.

NRS 250 Environmental Problem Solving

NRS 250 Environmental Problem Solving (3 cr)

Integrated problem solving through simulations of environmental protection challenges and issues. Utilizing team-building approaches students identify environmental problems, analyze data, and develop strategies for solutions.

NRS 299 Directed Study

NRS 299 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

NRS 304 Consrvation Social Sciences Field Studies

NRS 304 Conservation Social Sciences Field Studies (3 cr)

Field site evaluation of conservation social science cases. One hundred and twenty hours of instruction during a 12-day field excursion during summer session; pre- and post-visit written and oral assignments; special fee assessed. (Summer only)

NRS 310 Social Science Methods

NRS 310 Social Research Methods in Conservation (4 cr)

Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed approaches to studying social aspects of conservation and the environment; how to choose and apply selective research methods; design, collection, and statistical analysis of primary and secondary data; program evaluation; reporting results; interpreting research literature; lab exercises in research design, data collection, and analysis; and the communication of research issues and findings to lay and professional audiences. Special fee assessed. Three lec and 2 hrs of lab a wk. Recommended Preparation: Basic computer skills. (Fall only)

Prereq: Stat 251

NRS 311 Public Involvement in Natural Resource Management

NRS 311 Public Involvement in Natural Resource Management (3 cr)

Theoretical and applied concepts of public involvement in both public and private sectors of natural resource management; case studies and applied techniques or methods for public involvement; National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations and other public involvement policy or law. Field trip may be reqd. (Spring only)

NRS 364 Politics of the Environment

NRS 364 Politics of the Environment (3 cr)

See PolS 364.

NRS 383 Natural Resource and Ecosystem Service Economics

NRS 383 Natural Resource and Ecosystem Service Economics (3 cr)

The role and application of economic theories and methods in natural resource and ecosystem service decision-making. Economic tools are applied to the management of forests, fisheries, rangeland, recreation, wildlife, and other contemporary issues. (Spring only)

Prereq: For 235 or NRS 235; and Econ 202 or Econ 272; and Math 143

NRS 386 Social-Ecological Systems

NRS 386 Social-Ecological Systems (3 cr)

Social-ecological systems are comprised of interconnected social, economic, and environmental components. Explore social-ecological systems frameworks and fundamental principles of sustainability in social-ecological systems by examining theory and practice in case studies. Topics may include natural resource scarcity and human conflict, ecosystem service provision, management, and conservation, and land tenure, rights, and justice relating to human access to natural resources.

NRS 387 Environmental Communication Skills

NRS 387 Environmental Communication Skills (3 cr)

Introduction to communications skills in the context of natural resources, including environmental and cultural interpretation; communication psychology and media applied to noncaptive audiences in natural resource situations. Field trip may be required. Special fee assessed.

Prereq: Permission

NRS 398 Internship

NRS 398 (s) Internship (cr arr)

NRS 400 Seminar

NRS 400 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

NRS 401 Practicum in Tutoring

NRS 401 (s) Practicum in Tutoring (1-3 cr, max 3)

Tutorial services performed by advanced students under faculty supervision. Graded P/F.

Prereq: Permission

NRS 403 Workshop

CSS 403 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

NRS 404 Special Topics

NRS 404 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

NRS 411 Environmental Project Management and Decision Making

NRS 411 Environmental Project Management and Decision Making (4 cr)

Integrated, interdisciplinary approaches to project and program management and decision making. Emphasis on environmental planning techniques, scenario development, analysis, and application of geospatial tools such as GIS and remote sensing. Direct experience and basic skills for project and program development and evaluation.

Prereq: NRS 311

NRS 450 Global Environmental Change

NRS 450 Global Environmental Change (3 cr)

See REM 450.

NRS 462 Natural Resource Policy

NRS 462 Natural Resource Policy (3 cr)

Same as PolS 462. Political and institutional context for making natural resource policy; emphasis on interaction between private and public sectors and the federal, state, and tribal governments, including an examination of topical issues in natural resource politics.

NRS 472 Remote Sensing of the Environment

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

See For 472.

NRS 473 ECB Senior Presentation

NRS 473 ECB Senior Presentation (1 cr)

See Fish 473.

NRS 475 Conservation Planning and Management

NRS 475 Conservation Planning and Management (4 cr)

Gen Ed: Senior Experience

Advanced theory, processes and techniques for the management and planning of conservation systems and working landscapes. In-depth focus on conservation planning approaches such as comprehensive, strategic, advocacy and communicative action planning; critical examination of sprawl and the alternatives for managing land use and development on natural sites and larger landscapes at the urban-rural interface. Collaborative group exercises, a community Service-Learning Project and required field trips.

Prereq: Junior or Senior standing; or Permission

NRS 481 Conservation Leadership

NRS 481 Conservation Leadership (3 cr)

Generates essential understanding, insight, and skills into leadership of political and organizational systems designed to conserve natural resources. Field trip may be required. (Spring only)

Prereq: NRS 235, 287

NRS 482 Outdoor Leadership Expedition

NRS 482 Outdoor Leadership Expedition (3 cr)

This expedition based course will explore the practice of leadership, using the wilderness experience as the classroom. Topics include trip planning, small group dynamics, decision-making, communication and expedition behavior. Examining leadership theory, modeling of leadership techniques, written assignments, and backcountry skill development are used to support learning.

NRS 483 Senior Project Presentation

NRS 483 Senior Project Presentation (1 cr)

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

NRS 485 Ecology and Conservation Biology Senior Project

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

Same as Fish/For/REM/RMat/WLF 485. Scholarly work; learning objectives include development and formal proposal of a specific project and conducting the project or research with the guidance of a faculty mentor.

NRS 487 Environmental Education

NRS 487 Environmental Education (3 cr)

Concept and techniques of environmental education with emphasis on informal education settings such as residential and day-use environmental education centers, nature centers, visitor centers. Field trip may be required. (Spring only)

NRS 490 Wilderness and Protected Area Management

NRS 490 Wilderness and Protected Area Management (3 cr)

Historical and legal aspects of the wilderness and protected area concepts; conceptual and applied approaches, considering both ecological and sociological elements; recent research. (Spring, alt/yrs)

NRS 493 International Land Preservation and Conservation Systems

NRS 493 International Land Preservation and Conservation Systems (3 cr)

Gen Ed: International

Same as LAS 493. An examination of international approaches to land preservation and conservation; comparative analysis of philosophies, methods of implementation (Parks, Biosphere Reserves, RAMSAR sites, etc.), and associated issues and concerns with these social interventions; ramifications of conservation practices for biophysical and social systems. Field trip may be required. (Spring only)

NRS 496 Monitoring Impacts in Protected Areas and Wilderness

NRS 496 Monitoring Impacts in Protected Areas and Wilderness (3 cr)

Theoretical and applied concepts of identifying, measuring, and monitoring changes in wilderness and protected area ecosystems caused by human influences, including recreation use, management practices, and both on-site and off-site development. Field trips may be reqd. (Spring, alt/yrs)

NRS 498 Internship

NRS 498 (s) Internship (cr arr)

NRS 499 Directed Study

NRS 499 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

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

Prereq: Senior standing, GPA 2.5, and Permission

NRS 500 Master's Research and Thesis

NRS 500 Master's Research and Thesis (cr arr)

NRS 501 Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Society and Natural Resources

NRS 501 (s) Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Society and Natural Resources (cr arr)

Major philosophy, management, and research problems of wildlands; presentation of individual studies on assigned topics.

Prereq: Permission

NRS 502 Directed Study

NRS 502 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

NRS 503 Workshop

NRS 503 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

Selected topics in the conservation and management of natural resources.

Prereq: Permission

NRS 504 Special Topics

NRS 504 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

NRS 505 Professional Development

NRS 505 (s) Professional Development (cr arr)

Credit earned in 505 will not be accepted toward graduate degree programs.

NRS 506 Fundamentals of Research

NRS 506 Fundamentals of Research (4 cr)

Research approaches, designs, and methods as applied in natural resources, leisure, and tourism professions. (Fall only)

Prereq: Basic Statistics

NRS 510 Applications of Communication Theory in Natural Resource Management

NRS 510 Applications of Communication Theory in Natural Resource Management (3 cr)

Examination of communication theories and their applications in sustainable natural resource management; emphasis on social psychological approaches to understanding persuasive communication and applications in environmental interpretation and education, marketing, and sustainable development. (Alt/yrs)

NRS 552 Current Lit in Remote Sensing

NRS 552 Current Literature in Environmental Remote Sensing (1 cr, max arr)

See For 552.

NRS 558 Science Communication

NRS 558 Science Communication (3 cr)
Examines the flow of scientific information between experts and non-experts, with emphasis on educational settings. Project-based and includes practice in digital storytelling, documentary film, blogs, podcasts, public talks, and field experiences. McCall Field Campus. (Spring Only)

NRS 559 Writing Research and Project Proposals

NRS 559 Writing Research and Project Proposals (1 cr)

Structured instruction for developing a thesis/dissertation or project proposal. Role and importance of research goals and objectives, research questions, and project purpose statements. Justifying a study or project, based on literature and theory. Effective writing techniques to describe research designs, methodological and data collection issues for different types of research and projects. How to articulate data analysis and information processing processes used in qualitative and quantitative research and projects. Meets two hours per week for the first 8 weeks of the spring semester.

NRS 560 Place-based Ecology I

NRS 560 Place-based Ecology I (4 cr)
Cover plant and animal community ecology from both a qualitative and quantitative perspective. Topics will include: community interaction of plants and animals; community dynamics, succession, and disturbance; basic data collection and statistical analysis of habitat association data; and the effect of abiotic factors on community structure. (Fall only)

NRS 561 Ecological Inquiry for Environmental Educators

NRS 561 Ecological Inquiry for Environmental Educators (2 cr)

Address basic ecological concepts and natural resource management issues in the local ecosystem. Emphasis will be placed on developing critical thinking skills and exploring the effects of resource management policy and actions. Course direction will involve moving from a 'known facts' way of thinking into the realm of questioning and evaluating the effects of human management of the system. Offered at the McCall Field Campus. (Spring only)

NRS 562 Field Science Teaching

NRS 562 Field Science Teaching (2 cr)

Address basic natural history concepts for instructors involved in experiential environmental education with students 12 to 18 years old. Field activities, readings, and instructor modeling of teaching techniques will be included in the format of the course. The course will focus on how to engage each student to learn ecological principles and apply them in a field teaching setting. (Fall only)

NRS 563 Place Based Env. Education

NRS 563 Place Based Env. Education (4 cr)

Educating students so that they have the skills and knowledge base in order to begin to understand the human and natural environment in which they live is a complicated endeavor. This course is designed to provide a foundation of educational pedagogy, a survey of place-based literature in areas critical to this educational endeavor, and opportunities for personal and professional application. (Fall only)

NRS 564 Teaching Environmental Education in a Winter Environment

NRS 564 Teaching Environmental Education in a Winter Environment (2 cr)

Address basic principles of ecology during winter. Emphasis will be placed on field experiences including principles of teaching in a winter environment, winter weather, and organism adaptation to winter. (Spring only)

NRS 565 Science Communication and the Environment

NRS 565 Science Communication and the Environment (4 cr)

Examines the flow of scientific information between experts and non-experts, with emphasis on educational settings. Project-based and includes practice in digital storytelling, documentary film, blogs, podcasts, public talks, and field experiences. McCall Field Campus. (Spring Only)

NRS 566 Place-based Ecology II

NRS 566 Place-based Ecology II (4 cr)

Explore how plants and animals manage the unique survival challenges of winter. Delve into fundamentals of winter ecology including the changing snowpack, life under the ice, plants and animals in the winter environment and plant-animal interactions. The middle of the course addresses environmental change and interactions with winter ecology. At the end of the semester, the springtime environment will be used to study fundamental chemical and physical processes that drive the natural world emerging out of its apparent hibernation. Work outdoors to gain hands-on knowledge and practical experience. Field experiences will be fundamental in developing ecological understanding, with field trips to various locations to gain crucial insight into the natural world during the winter and spring seasons. Outdoor experience and learning will be complemented by lectures, group discussions, readings, and field experiments.

NRS 567 Environmental Education Teaching Practicum I

NRS 567 Environmental Education Teaching Practicum I (2 cr)

The teaching practicum is an opportunity to improve teaching methods and techniques and expand professional skills under the guidance of mentors at a residential environmental learning center. Teaching in a residential environmental learning center consists of classroom lectures and demonstrations with groups up to 30, as well as field teaching groups of 8 to 10. (Fall only)

NRS 568 Environmental Education Teaching Practicum II

CSS 568 Environmental Education Teaching Practicum II (1-2 cr)

The teaching practicum is an opportunity to improve teaching methods and techniques and expand professional skills under the guidance of mentors at a residential environmental learning center. Teaching in a residential environmental learning center consists of classroom lectures and demonstrations with groups up to 30, as well as field teaching groups of 8 to 10. (Spring only)

NRS 569 Environmental Education Teaching Practicum III

NRS 569 Environmental Education Teaching Practicum III (2 cr)

The teaching practicum is an opportunity to improve teaching methods and techniques and expand professional skills under the guidance of Teton Science School staff. Teaching at the Teton Science School consists of classroom lectures and demonstrations with groups up to 30, as well as field teaching groups of 8 to 10. (Spring Only)

NRS 572 Human Dimensions of Restoration Ecology

NRS 572 Human Dimensions of Restoration Ecology (3 cr)

An in-depth investigation of multi dimensional human considerations, including economic, social, and cultural values and the role they play in maintaining, restoring, or sustaining ecosystems. Explores the major premise that projects designed for the restoration and sustainable management of ecosystems and associated resources must be ecologically sound, economically viable, and socially desirable to be successful. Web course. (Spring only)

NRS 573 Planning & Decision Making for Watershed Management

NRS 573 Planning & Decision Making for Watershed Management (3 cr)

Focus on ecological and human factors in process-oriented approaches to watershed analysis and planning for effective decision-making; emphasis on practical applications of current tools and approaches, e.g., GIS, MAU Theory, collaborative management. (Fall only)

NRS 574 Environmental Politics and Policy

NRS 574 Environmental Politics and Policy (3 cr)

Political and institutional context for the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of U.S. environmental policy.

NRS 575 Leadership for the Environmental Educator

NRS 575 Leadership for the Environmental Educator (2 cr)

Addresses basic outdoor leadership theory and practice for instructors involved with experiential environmental education with students 12 to 18 years old. Includes a backcountry trip, class work, instructor modeling, peer feedback and reflective practice. Focuses on the individual student's understanding of leadership theory and ability to put theory into practice as a member of a community of learners. Offered at the McCall Field Campus. (Fall only)

NRS 580 Restoration Ecology Practicum

NRS 580 Restoration Ecology Practicum (2 cr)

Capstone experience in the Restoration Ecology Certificate Program. Students work independently to develop plan for implementing and assessing the success of ecological restoration; plan must synthesize literature, concepts, and challenges; plan shall be written with graphics and electronic submission for possible Internet publication.

Prereq: For 526 and REM 440 or Permission

NRS 581 Water Policy and Politics

NRS 581 Water Policy and Politics (3 cr)

Graduate level introduction to the politics of water use and management in western U.S. Examines models of policymaking to explain the politics of water resources. Specific topics include collaborative watershed management, irrigated agriculture, rural-urban demand, habitat conservation, regional conflict and cooperation, and social-ecological systems. (Spring, alt/yrs)

NRS 582 Natural Resource Policy

NRS 582 Natural Resource Policy (3 cr)

Same as PolS 562. Carries no credit after PolS 462. Political and institutional context for making natural resource policy; emphasis on interaction between private and public sectors and the federal, state, and tribal governments, including an examination of topical issues in natural resource politics.

NRS 585 Economics and Policy of Ecosystem Services

NRS 585 Economics and Policy of Ecosystem Services (3 cr)

Introduction to economic concepts and methods related to ecosystem services. Specific topics include the history of the ecosystem service framework, methods for valuing ecosystem services and market-based approaches for ecosystem service conservation. (Fall only)

NRS 587 Research Literature in Conservation Social Sciences

NRS 587 Research Literature in Conservation Social Sciences (3 cr)

Readings in research literature pertinent to problems, practices, and theories of the conservation social sciences; evolution of literature and critical evaluation of scientific methods used. (Fall only)

NRS 591 Theories of Environmental Behavior

NRS 591 Theories of Environmental Behavior (3 cr)

Same as Soc 591. Social science perspectives on attitudes and human behavior in relation to environmental concerns; pertinent psychological sociological and anthropological frameworks are explored. (Fall only)

NRS 593 PR and Communications in Natural Resource Management

NRS 593 PR and Communications in Natural Resource Management (3 cr)

Key concepts, principles and practices of good public relations, clear communications, and proactive social marketing in the context of natural resource management; practical applications and skills development for increased effectiveness of resource management professionals through case studies and related exercises focused on communication skills, IT tools, media relations, social marketing, and public involvement.

NRS 597 Practicum

NRS 597 (s) Practicum (cr arr)

Graded P/F.

Prereq: Permission

NRS 598 Internship

NRS 598 (s) Internship (cr arr)

Prereq: Permission

NRS 599 Research

NRS 599 (s) Non-thesis Master's Research (cr arr)

Research not directly related to a thesis or dissertation.

Prereq: Permission

NRS 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation

NRS 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation (cr arr)

Prereq: Admission to the doctoral program in 'natural resources' and permission of department.