(BIOL 348) Natural Resource Management
An introduction to the field of natural resource management that focuses on natural (ecology) and social (economics, politics, etc) processes in an integrated systems approach that explores linkages among different elements of a system. The accompanying lab will provide hands-on training and practice in implementing natural resource management.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Discuss ethical and economic issues related to natural resource management.
- Apply ecological concepts to natural resource management.
- Describe the relationship between human population dynamics and natural resource management.
- Evaluate the issues and solutions related to soil conservation and sustainable agriculture.
- Describe and evaluate rangeland, forest, and wildlife management challenges and solutions.
- Understand aquatic ecosystem and water management issues, and how they relate to water pollution and fisheries conservation.
- Evaluate the issues and solutions related to global change, and the use of renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy.
- Develop practices and identify personal behaviors that will help create a sustainable future.