Description

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Fisheries and wildlife (F&W) professionals are responsible for the conservation, protection, regulation, and management of our nations fish and wildlife resources. Their management strategies must provide for both consumptive (hunting, fishing) and non-consumptive uses (bird watching, non-game species enhancement, threatened and endangered species protection, and others).

Students who successfully fulfill the requirements in the fisheries and wildlife degree program are prepared to enter postgraduate programs as well as competitively enter the work force. The curriculum reflects civil service requirements of the federal government for wildlife and fisheries biologists and incorporates course requirements for certification in professional societies. The breadth of the curriculum prepares graduates to address complex environmental issues and to interact professionally with a multitude of natural resources disciplines in order to develop solutions to problems. Typical careers for graduates of this degree program include fisheries biologist, wildlife biologist, law enforcement officers, ecologists, habitat managers, zookeepers, disease specialists, or research biologists with private consulting firms and zoos, or with governmental resource management agencies at the local, state, or federal level. Because this is a broad field, students should consult their advisor as they select one of the 6 options.

College Requirements

College Admission

Requirements for admission into the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) are consistent with general University admission requirements (one unit equals one high school year): 4 units of English, 4 units of mathematics, 3 units of natural sciences, 3 units of social studies, and 2 units of foreign language. Students must also meet performance requirements (ACT composite of 20 or higher OR combined SAT score of 950 or higher OR rank in the top one-half of graduating class; transfer students must have a 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average and 2.0 on the most recent term of attendance. For students entering the PGA Golf Management degree program, a certified golf handicap of 12 or better (e.g., USGA handicap card) or written ability (MS Word file) equivalent to a 12 or better handicap by a PGA professional or high school golf coach is required. For more information, please visit: http://pgm.unl.edu/requirements.

Admission Deficiencies/Removal of Deficiencies

Students who are admitted to CASNR with core course deficiencies must remove these deficiencies within the first 30 credit hours at UNL, or within the first calendar year at UNL, whichever takes longer, excluding foreign languages. Students have up to 60 credit hours to remove foreign language deficiencies. College-level course work taken to remove deficiencies may be used to meet degree requirements in CASNR.

Deficiencies in the required entrance subjects can be removed by completion of specified courses in the University or by correspondence.

The Office of Admissions, Alexander Building (south entrance), City Campus, provides information to new students on how deficiencies can be removed.

College Degree Requirements

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum requirements of the College consist of three areas: ACE (Achievement-Centered Education); College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Core; and Degree Program requirements and electives. All three areas of the College Curriculum Requirements are incorporated within the description of the Major/Degree Program sections of the catalog. The individual major/degree program listings of classes insures that a student will meet the minimum curriculum requirements of the College.

Foreign Languages/Language Requirement

Two units of a foreign language are required. This requirement is usually met with two years of high school language.

Minimum Hours Required for Graduation

The College grants the bachelors degree in programs associated with agricultural sciences, natural resources and related programs. Students working toward a degree must earn at least 120 semester hours of credit. A minimum cumulative grade point average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) must be maintained throughout the course of studies and is required for graduation.

Grade Rules

Removal of C-, D and F Grades

Only the most recent letter grade received in a given course will be used in computing a student’s cumulative grade point average if the student has completed the course more than once and previously received a grade or grades below C in that course.

The previous grade (or grades) will not be used in the computation of the cumulative grade point average, but it will remain a part of the academic record and will appear on any transcript.

A student can remove from his/her cumulative average a course grade of C-, D+, D, D- or F if the student repeats the same course at the University of Nebraska and receives a grade other than P (pass), I (incomplete), N (no pass), W (withdrew), or NR (no report). If a course is no longer being offered, it is not eligible for the revised grade point average computation process.

For complete procedures and regulations, see the Office of the University Registrar website at http://www.unl.edu/regrec/course-repeats.

Pass/No Pass

Students in CASNR may take any course offered on a Pass/No Pass basis within the 24-hour limitation established by the Faculty Senate. However, a department may specify that the Pass/No Pass status of its courses be limited to non-majors or may choose to offer some courses for letter grades only.

GPA Requirements

A minimum cumulative grade point average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) must be maintained throughout the course of studies and is required for graduation.

Transfer Credit Rules

To be considered for admission, a transfer student, Nebraska resident or nonresident, must have an accumulated average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum C average in the last semester of attendance at another college. Transfer students who have completed less than 12 credit hours of college study must submit either ACT or SAT scores.

Ordinarily, credits earned at an accredited college are accepted by the University. The College, however, will evaluate all hours submitted on an application for transfer and reserves the right to accept or reject any of them. Sixty is the maximum number of hours UNL will accept on transfer from a two-year college. Ninety is the maximum number of hours UNL will accept from a four-year college. Transfer credit in the degree program must be approved by the degree program advisor on a Request for Substitution Form to meet specific course requirements, group requirements, or course level requirements in the major. At least 9 hours in the major field, including the capstone course, must be completed at UNL regardless of the number of hours transferred.

The College will accept no more than 10 semester hours of C-, D+, D and D- grades from other schools. The C-, D+, D and D- grades can only be applied to free electives. This policy does not apply to the transfer of grades from UNO or UNK to UNL.

Joint Academic Transfer Programs

The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources has agreements with many institutions to support joint academic programs. The transfer programs include dual degree programs and cooperative degree programs. Dual degree programs offer students the opportunity to receive a degree from a participating institution and also to complete requirements for a bachelor of science degree in CASNR. Cooperative programs result in a single degree from either UNL or the cooperating institution.

Dual Degree Programs

A to B Programs

The A to B Program, a joint academic program offered by the CASNR and participating community colleges, allows students to complete the first two years of a degree program at the participating community college and continue their education and study in a degree program leading toward a bachelor of science degree.

The A to B Program provides a basic knowledge plus specialized course work. Students transfer into CASNR with junior standing.

Depending on the community college, students enrolled in the A to B Program may complete the requirements for an associate of science at the community college, transfer to UNL, and work toward a bachelor of science degree.
 

Participating community colleges include:

  • Central Community College
  • Metropolitan Community College
  • Mid-Plains Community College
  • Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
  • Northeast Community College
  • Southeast Community College
  • Western Nebraska Community College
3+2 Programs

Two specialized degree programs in animal science and veterinary science are offered jointly with an accredited college or school of veterinary medicine. These two programs permit CASNR animal science or veterinary science students to receive a bachelor of science degree from UNL with a degree in animal science or veterinary science after successfully completing two years of the professional curriculum in veterinary medicine at an accredited veterinary school. Students who successfully complete the 3+2 Program, must complete the “Application for Degree” form and provide transcripts to the Credentials Clerk, Office of the University Registrar, 107 Canfield Administration Building, UNL. Students should discuss these degree programs with their academic advisor.

Cooperative Degree Programs

Academic credit from UNL and a cooperating institution is applied towards a four-year degree from either UNL (UNL degree-granting program) or the cooperating institution (non UNL degree-granting program). All have approved programs of study.

UNL Degree-Granting Programs

A UNL degree-granting program is designed to provide students the opportunity to complete a two-year program of study at one of the four-year institutions listed below, transfer to CASNR and complete the requirements for a bachelor of science degree.
 

Chadron State College. Chadron State College offers a 2+2 program leading to a grassland ecology and management degree program and a transfer program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education in the teaching option.

Wayne State College. Wayne State College offers a 3+1 program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Plant Biology in the ecology and management option.

University of Nebraska at Kearney. Transfer programs are available for students pursuing degree programs leading to a bachelor of science degree.

University of Nebraska at Omaha. The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) cooperates with CASNR in providing four-semester pre-agricultural sciences, pre-natural resources, pre-food science and technology, pre-horticulture and pre-turfgrass and landscape management transfer programs.

A student enrolled in these programs may transfer all satisfactorily completed academic credits identified in the suggested program of study, and enter CASNR to study toward a degree program leading to a bachelor of science degree. The total program would require a minimum of four years or eight semesters (16 credit hours/semester or 120 credit hours).

UNL CASNR faculty teach horticulture and food science and technology courses at UNO to assist an urban population in better understanding the food processing, horticulture, and landscape horticulture industries.

For more information, contact the CASNR Dean’s Office, 800-472-8800, ext. 2541.

Non UNL Degree-Granting Programs

The CASNR cooperates with other institutions to provide course work that is applied towards a degree at the cooperating institution. Pre-professional programs offered by CASNR allow students to complete the first two or three years of a degree program at UNL prior to transferring and completing a degree at the cooperating institution.
 

Chadron State College–Range Science. The 3+1 Program in range science allows Chadron State College students to pursue a range science degree through Chadron State College. Students complete three years of course work at Chadron State College and one year of specialized range science course work (32 credit hours) at CASNR.

Dordt College (Iowa) – Agricultural Education: Teaching Option. This program allows students to pursue an Agricultural Education Teaching Option degree leading toward a bachelor of science in agricultural education. Students at Dordt College will complete 90 credit hours in the Agricultural Education: Teaching Option Transfer Program.

Residency

Students must complete at least 30 of the total hours for their degree using UNL credits. At least 18 of the 30 credit hours must be in courses offered through CASNR1 (>299) including the appropriate ACE 10 degree requirement or an approved ACE 10 substitution offered through another UNL college and excluding independent study regardless of the number of hours transferred. Credit earned during education abroad may be used toward the residency requirement if students register through UNL and participate in prior-approved education abroad programs. UNL open enrollment and summer independent study courses count toward residence.

1

Includes courses taught by CASNR faculty through interdisciplinary prefixes (e.g., LIFE, MBIO, ENVR, SCIL, EAEP, HRTM, ENSC) and CASNR crosslisted courses taught by non-CASNR faculty.

Online and Distance Education

There are many opportunities to earn college credit online through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Some of these credits may be applicable not only as elective credits, but also toward the fulfillment of the College’s education requirements. Credits earned online may count toward residency. However, certain offerings may not be counted toward scholarship requirements or academic recognition criteria.

For further information, contact:

Office of Online and Distance Education
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
305 Brace Labs
Lincoln, NE 68588-0109
402-472-4681
http://online.unl.edu/

Independent Study Rules

Students wishing to take part in independent studies must obtain permission; complete and sign a contract form; and furnish copies of the contract to the instructor, advisor, departmental office, and the Dean’s Office. The contract should be completed before registration. Forms are available in 103 Agricultural Hall or online at the CASNR website.

Independent study projects include research, literature review or extension of course work under supervision and evaluation of a departmental faculty member.

Students may only count 12 hours of independent study toward their degrees and no more than 6 hours can be counted during their last 36 hours earned, excluding senior thesis, internships, and courses taught under an independent study number.

Other College Degree Requirements

Capstone Course Requirement

A capstone course is required for each CASNR degree program. A capstone course is defined as a course in which students are required to integrate diverse bodies of knowledge to solve a problem or formulate a policy of societal importance.

ACE Requirements

All students must fulfill the Achievement Centered Education (ACE) requirements. Information about the ACE program may be viewed at www.ace.unl.

The minimum requirements of CASNR reflect the common core of courses that apply to students pursuing degrees in the college. Students should work with an advisor to satisfy ACE outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 10 with the college requirements.

Catalog Rule

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted to UNL or when they were first admitted to a Joint Academic Transfer Program. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. The catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Majors in fisheries and wildlife will be able to:

  1. Describe and explain the basic characteristics of natural resource systems, which include humans, climate, hydrology, geology and biology, and use standard mapping systems and technology to locate those resources in space.
  2. Use appropriate resources to identify (with scientific names) flora and/or fauna in at least two specialized groups (grassland plants, woody plants, invertebrates, reptiles/ amphibians, birds, mammals, fish, other).
  3. Construct graphical and tabular summaries of quantitative data, conduct simple statistical analyses of those data, and use mathematical concepts to represent the dynamics of natural resource systems.
  4. Recommend appropriate management actions to achieve a habitat management or wildlife population objective.
  5. Know the basic pieces of Federal Legislation relevant to Fish and Wildlife Management (e.g. Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Act, National Environmental Planning Act) and how to incorporate their requirements into a natural resources planning process.

Major Requirements

Core Requirements

The following basic courses are required for students in fisheries and wildlife. In addition, students must select and meet the requirements of one of the options, depending on their individual interests and career objectives.
 

CASNR Integrated Course
SCIL 101Science and Decision-Making for a Complex World3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Mathematics
Select one of the following:3-5
Applied Calculus
Calculus I (ACE 3)
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3-5
Statistics
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Statistics
Statistics and Applications 1
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Communications
Written Communication (ACE 1)
Select one of the following:3
Writing and Inquiry
Writing and Argument
Writing and Communities
Basic Business Communication
Technical Communication I
Technical Communication II
Oral Communication (ACE 2)
Select one of the following:3
Interpersonal Skills for Leadership
Communication in the 21st Century
Public Speaking
Communicating in Small Groups
Visual Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Business and Professional Communication
Technical Communication II
Sales Communication
Environmental Communication Skills
Visual Communication and Presentation
Communication/Interpersonal Skills Elective
Select one of the following:3
Interpersonal Skills for Leadership
Writing and Inquiry
Writing and Argument
Writing and Communities
Basic Business Communication
Technical Communication I
Technical Communication II
Communication in the 21st Century
Public Speaking
Communicating in Small Groups
Visual Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Business and Professional Communication
Sales Communication
Environmental Communication Skills
Visual Communication and Presentation
Basic Leadership
and Leadership and Teamwork
Leadership and Problem Solving
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9
Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences
Select one of the following:3
Economic Essentials and Issues
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to the Economics of Agriculture (ACE 6)
Select one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 7, 8, and 912
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Basic Sciences
Biological Sciences
LIFE 120
LIFE 120L
Fundamentals of Biology I
and Fundamentals of Biology I laboratory
4
LIFE 121
LIFE 121L
Fundamentals of Biology II
and Fundamentals of Biology II Laboratory
4
AGRO 215 / HORT 215 / TLMT 215Genetics4
or BIOS 206 General Genetics
Select one of the following:4
Principles of Ecology
and Ecology Laboratory
Principles of Ecology
and Ecology Laboratory
Ecology and Evolution
Earth Sciences
Select one of the following:3-4
Soil Resources 2
Introduction to Geology
Dynamic Earth
Honors: Physical Geology
Environmental Geology
Oceanography
Physical Science
Select one of the following:8
Chemistry in Context I
and Chemistry in Context II
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
Select one of the following:4-5
Physical Principles in Agriculture and Life Sciences 3
Elementary General Physics I
Elements of Physics 3
General Physics I
Credit Hours Subtotal: 31-33
Total Credit Hours64-68
1

Course requires MATH 107 Calculus II.

2

SOIL 153 Soil Resources is strongly recommended for students in the Habitat Management and Wildlife Ecology and Management options.

3

MSYM 109 Physical Principles in Agriculture and Life Sciences or PHYS 151 Elements of Physics are recommended for students only taking one semester of physics.

Specific Major Requirements

NRES 101Natural Resources Orientation 11
NRES 311Wildlife Ecology and Management3
NRES 315Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Management3
Select one Natural Resource Policy course of the following:3
Policy Issues in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Natural Resource and Environmental Law
Environmental Planning and Policy
Natural Resources Policy
Total Credit Hours10
1

This course will be waived for students entering the major with > 15 credits.

Conservation Biology Option

This option is designed for students considering careers in conservation, research biology, restoration ecology, and policy. Completion of this program also provides excellent preparation for graduate study.
 

Requirements
Select one sequence of the following:4
Wildlife Management Techniques
and Wildlife Field Techniques
Fisheries Science
and Fisheries Science Lab (capstone experience, ACE 10)
NRES 211Introduction to Conservation Biology3
BIOS 416Biodiversity Conservation3
Animal Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Avian Biology
Field Parasitology
Aquatic Insects
and Identification of Aquatic Insects
Field Entomology
Fisheries Biology
Herpetology
Mammalogy
Ichthyology
Plant Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Grassland Ecology and Management
Great Plains Ecosystem
Wildland Plants
Great Plains Flora
Plant Systematics
Introduction to Forest Management
Forest Ecology
Invasive Plants
Human Dimensions and Policy Course3
Select one of the following: 1
Environmental Sociology
Social Demography
Ecological Anthropology
Applied and Development Anthropology
Environmental Ethics
Resource and Environmental Economics I
Natural Resource and Environmental Law
Ethics in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Environmental Law
Water Law
Select one of the following:4
Invertebrate Zoology
Natural History of the Invertebrates
Vertebrate Zoology
Geographic Information Science (GIS) Course
Select one of the following:2-4
Introduction to Geospatial Information Sciences
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to Remote Sensing
Introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS)
Mapping Science in the 21st Century
Cartography I: Introduction to Cartography
Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Select one of the following:1-3
Independent Research
Independent Study
Career Experiences in Natural Resource Sciences
Thesis Research
Honors Thesis
Credit Hours Subtotal: 26-32
Free Electives
Select 22 hours, recommended electives include:22
Urbanization of Rural Landscapes
Animal Behavior
Field Animal Behavior
Prairie Ecology
Evolution
Field Parasitology
Applied Climate Sciences
Biological Invaders
Biogeography
Wildlife Damage Management
Employment Seminar
Environmental Leadership
Integrated Resources Management
Leadership in Public Organizations
Environmental Education and Interpretation
Grassland Conservation: Planning and Management
Biology of Wildlife Populations
Limnology
Conservation Biology
Ichthyology
International Study Tours in Natural Resource Management
Grasslands Seminar
And/or any optional courses listed but not taken under the Core courses, Fisheries and Wildlife courses, or Option Requirements headings in this program
Credit Hours Subtotal: 22
Total Credit Hours48-54
1

This requirement can not be used to satisfy the Natural Resource Policy course requirement. Students in the Conservation Biology Option must take this requirement in addition to the NR Policy course requirement.

Students should select sociology or other social science courses for their ACE requirements to meet pre-requisites for these upper level SOCI or ANTH courses.

Fisheries Ecology and Management Option

This option is designed for students considering careers in fisheries biology, biological research, and fisheries management. Completion of this program also provides excellent preparation for graduate study.

Students completing the Fisheries Ecology and Management option qualify for professional certification in the American Fisheries Society (AFS). Students are encouraged to consult with their advisor and the AFS website for further information. AFS requires a minimum grade of a C to receive credit for courses that apply toward professional certification.
 

Requirements
NRES 463
NRES 463L
Fisheries Science
and Fisheries Science Lab (capstone experience, ACE 10)
4
NRES 386 / BIOS 386Vertebrate Zoology4
NRES 459 / BIOS 459 / WATS 459Limnology4
Animal Course
NRES 489 / BIOS 489Ichthyology4
Plant Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Grassland Ecology and Management
Introduction to Forest Management
Forest Ecology
Invasive Plants
Wildland Plants
Water Resource Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Applied Climate Sciences
Weather and Climate
Introduction to Water Science
Aquatic Ecology Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Aquatic Insects
and Identification of Aquatic Insects
Wetlands
Lake and Reservoir Restoration
Stream and River Ecology
Geographic Information Science (GIS) Course
Select one of the following:2-4
Introduction to Geospatial Information Sciences
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to Remote Sensing
Introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS)
Mapping Science in the 21st Century
Cartography I: Introduction to Cartography
Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Select one of the following:1-3
Independent Research
Independent Study
Career Experiences in Natural Resource Sciences
Thesis Research
Honors Thesis
Credit Hours Subtotal: 28-35
Free Electives
Select 18 credits, recommended electives include:18
Resource and Environmental Economics I
Urbanization of Rural Landscapes
Invertebrate Zoology
Ecological Interactions
Animal Behavior
Field Animal Behavior
Evolution
Avian Biology
Herpetology
Mammalogy
Field Parasitology
Aquatic Insects
and Identification of Aquatic Insects
Field Entomology
Mathematical Methods for Biology and Medicine
Introduction to Conservation Biology
Biological Invaders
Biogeography
Employment Seminar
Integrated Resources Management
Leadership in Public Organizations
Wildlife Management Techniques
and Wildlife Field Techniques
Environmental Education and Interpretation
Biology of Wildlife Populations
Water Resources Seminar
Introduction to Landscape Ecology
Ichthyology
International Study Tours in Natural Resource Management
Environmental Ethics
And/or any optional courses listed but not taken under the Core courses, Fisheries and Wildlife courses, or Option Requirements headings in this program
Credit Hours Subtotal: 18
Total Credit Hours46-53

Habitat Management Option

This option is designed for students considering careers in habitat management, private lands management, or public lands (e.g., National Wildlife Refuge) management. Completion of this program also provides excellent preparation for graduate study.
 

Requirements
NRES 438Grassland Conservation: Planning and Management3
Select one of the following:4
Invertebrate Zoology
Natural History of the Invertebrates
Vertebrate Zoology
Animal Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Avian Biology
Field Parasitology
Aquatic Insects
and Identification of Aquatic Insects
Field Entomology
Fisheries Biology
Herpetology
Mammalogy
Ichthyology
Plant ID Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Wildland Plants
Landscape Plants I
Invasive Plants
Geographic Information Science (GIS) Course
Select one of the following:2-4
Introduction to Geospatial Information Sciences
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to Remote Sensing
Introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS)
Mapping Science in the 21st Century
Cartography I: Introduction to Cartography
Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Grassland Systems Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Grassland Ecology and Management
Great Plains Ecosystem
Ecosystem Monitoring and Assessment
Forest Systems Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Forest Management
Agroforestry Systems in Sustainable Agriculture
Forest Ecology
Aquatic Systems Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Limnology
Fisheries Science
and Fisheries Science Lab
Wetlands
Lake and Reservoir Restoration
Soil Science Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Soil Conservation and Watershed Management
Principles of Soil Management
Great Plains Field Pedology
Production Systems Course
Select one of the following:3
Resource-Efficient Crop Management
Forage Crop and Pasture Management
Agroecology
Range Management and Improvement
Wildlife Focus Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Waterfowl Ecology and Management
Wildlife Damage Management
Biology of Wildlife Populations
Fisheries Science
Select one of the following:1-3
Independent Research
Independent Study
Career Experiences in Natural Resource Sciences
Thesis Research
Honors Thesis
Credit Hours Subtotal: 34-45
Free Electives
Select 14 credits, recommended electives include:14
Resource and Environmental Economics I
Insect Biology
and Insect Identification
Biological Invaders
Wildlife Damage Management
Integrated Resources Management
Leadership in Public Organizations
Environmental Education and Interpretation
Introduction to Landscape Ecology
International Study Tours in Natural Resource Management
Grasslands Seminar
Environmental Ethics
And/or any optional courses listed but not taken under the Core courses, Fisheries and Wildlife courses, or Option Requirements headings in this program
Credit Hours Subtotal: 14
Total Credit Hours48-59

Law Enforcement Option

This option is designed for students considering careers in wildlife law enforcement. Completion of this program also provides excellent preparation for entry into law enforcement academies.
 

Requirements
Select one of the following:3-4
Wildlife Management Techniques
and Wildlife Field Techniques
Fisheries Science
and Fisheries Science Lab
Issues in Crime and Justice (capstone experience, ACE 10)
NRES 348Wildlife Damage Management3
NRES 386 / BIOS 386Vertebrate Zoology4
FORS 120Introduction to Forensic Science2
CRIM 101Survey of Criminal Justice3
CRIM 203Police and Society3
CRIM 211The Criminal Court System3
Select two of any 300- or 400-level CRIM courses6
Animal Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Avian Biology
Herpetology
Mammalogy
Ichthyology
Plant Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Grassland Ecology and Management
Great Plains Ecosystem
Wildland Plants
Landscape Plants I
Herbaceous Landscape Plants
Introduction to Forest Management
Agroforestry Systems in Sustainable Agriculture
Forest Ecology
Invasive Plants
Agroecology
Geographic Information Science (GIS) Course
Select one of the following:2-4
Introduction to Geospatial Information Sciences
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to Remote Sensing
Introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS)
Mapping Science in the 21st Century
Cartography I: Introduction to Cartography
Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Select one of the following:1-3
Independent Research
Independent Study
Career Experiences in Natural Resource Sciences
Thesis Research
Honors Thesis
Credit Hours Subtotal: 36-43
Free Electives
Select 12 credits, recommended electives include:12
Introduction to Forensic Science Laboratory
Forensic Entomology
Crime Scene Investigation
and Crime Scene Investigation Laboratory
Forensic Biology
and Forensic Biology Laboratory
Introduction to Conservation Biology
Biological Invaders
Employment Seminar
Integrated Resources Management
Leadership in Public Organizations
Waterfowl Ecology and Management
Wildlife Management Techniques
Environmental Education and Interpretation
Human Remains in Forensic Science
Pollen Analysis for Behavioral, Biological and Forensic Science
Biology of Wildlife Populations
Limnology
Fisheries Science
International Study Tours in Natural Resource Management
Grasslands Seminar
Independent Study
Environmental Ethics
Sociology of Crime
Rural Sociology
Conflict and Conflict Resolution
Environmental Sociology
And/or any optional courses listed but not taken under the Core courses, Fisheries and Wildlife courses, or Option Requirements headings in this program
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Total Credit Hours48-55

Wildlife Ecology and Management Option

This option is designed for students considering careers in wildlife biology, wildlife ecology, wildlife research, or wildlife management. Completion of this program also provides excellent preparation for graduate study.

This option was designed to meet the certification requirements of The Wildlife Society as an Associate Wildlife Biologist. Students should refer to The Wildlife Societys guidelines for certification during their academic career to keep current with any changes in these requirements. See www.wildlife.org for more details.
 

Requirements
NRES 433
NRES 233
Wildlife Management Techniques
and Wildlife Field Techniques (capstone experience, ACE 10)
4
NRES 208Applied Climate Sciences3-4
or METR 100 Weather and Climate
NRES 386Vertebrate Zoology4
NRES 450 / BIOS 450Biology of Wildlife Populations4
Terrestrial Vertebrate Animal Courses
Select two of the following:7-8
Avian Biology
Herpetology
Mammalogy
Plant Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Grassland Ecology and Management
Great Plains Ecosystem
Wildland Plants
Great Plains Flora
Introduction to Forest Management
Agroforestry Systems in Sustainable Agriculture
Forest Ecology
Invasive Plants
Agroecology
Plant ID or Taxonomy Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Wildland Plants
Ecosystem Monitoring and Assessment
Invasive Plants
Geographic Information Science (GIS) Course
Select one of the following:2-4
Introduction to Geospatial Information Sciences
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to Remote Sensing
Introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS)
Mapping Science in the 21st Century
Cartography I: Introduction to Cartography
Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Additional Written Communication Course
Select ACE 1 course3
Additional Policy Requirement
Select one of the following:3
One course from the list of policy courses under Fisheries and Wildlife courses
Environmental Law
Water Law
Select one of the following:1-3
Independent Research
Independent Study
Career Experiences in Natural Resource Sciences
Thesis Research
Honors Thesis
Credit Hours Subtotal: 37-45
Free Electives
Select 12 credits, recommended electives include:12
Resource and Environmental Economics I
Urbanization of Rural Landscapes
Ecological Interactions
Animal Behavior
Field Animal Behavior
Evolution
Field Parasitology
Mathematical Methods for Biology and Medicine
Introduction to Conservation Biology
Biological Invaders
Biogeography
Wildlife Damage Management
Employment Seminar
Integrated Resources Management
Leadership in Public Organizations
Environmental Education and Interpretation
Limnology
Fisheries Science
and Fisheries Science Lab
Wetlands
Water Resources Seminar
Introduction to Landscape Ecology
Ichthyology
International Study Tours in Natural Resource Management
Grasslands Seminar
Environmental Ethics
And/or any optional courses listed but not taken under the Core courses, Fisheries and Wildlife courses, or Option Requirements headings in this program
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Total Credit Hours49-57

Zoo Animal Care Option

This option is designed for students considering careers in zoo keeping, zoo animal care, environmental education, animal rehabilitation, and animal training. Completion of this program also provides excellent preparation for graduate study.
 

Requirements
Select one sequence of the following:4
Wildlife Management Techniques
and Wildlife Field Techniques
Fisheries Science
and Fisheries Science Lab (capstone experience, ACE 10)
NRES 211Introduction to Conservation Biology3
NRES 386 / BIOS 386Vertebrate Zoology4
Select one of the following:1-3
Independent Research
Independent Study
Career Experiences in Natural Resource Sciences
Thesis Research
Honors Thesis
Animal Course
Select two of the following:7-8
Avian Biology
Herpetology
Mammalogy
Ichthyology
Plant Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Grassland Ecology and Management
Great Plains Ecosystem
Wildland Plants
Great Plains Flora
Introduction to Forest Management
Agroforestry Systems in Sustainable Agriculture
Forest Ecology
Invasive Plants
Agroecology
Animal Behavior Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Companion Animal Behavior
Animal Behavior
Field Animal Behavior
Education Course
Select one of the following:3
Environmental Education and Interpretation
Presentation Strategies for Agricultural Audiences
Multimedia Applications for Education and Training
Learning and Motivation Principles for Secondary Teaching
Anatomy and Physiology Course
Select one of the following:4
Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology
Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates
Nutrition Course
ASCI 320Animal Nutrition and Feeding3
or ASCI 321 Companion Animal Nutrition
Credit Hours Subtotal: 35-40
Free Electives
Select 14 credits of the following:14
Resource and Environmental Economics I
Human-Companion Animal Interactions
Introduction to Companion Animals
Companion Animal Behavior
Physiology and Management of Reproduction
Animal Welfare
Advanced Animal Nutrition
Microbiology
Evolution
Field Parasitology
Biological Invaders
Introduction to Geospatial Information Sciences
Biogeography
Wildlife Damage Management
Employment Seminar
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to Remote Sensing
Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Integrated Resources Management
Introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS)
Leadership in Public Organizations
Biology of Wildlife Populations
Limnology
Introduction to Landscape Ecology
International Study Tours in Natural Resource Management
Environmental Ethics
Principles and Prevention of Livestock Diseases
Functional Histology
And/or any optional courses listed but not taken under the Core courses, Fisheries and Wildlife courses, or Option Requirements headings in this program
Credit Hours Subtotal: 14
Total Credit Hours49-54

Nature-based Entrepreneurship Option

This option is designed for students considering careers in industry or self-employment as land or resource managers, ecotourism operators, hunting guides, or nature-based artists. Completion of this program provides a 12-credit minor in the Engler Entrepreneurship program in CASNR and prepares students to run their own nature-based business. With careful selection of courses, students may also be able to obtain a minor in hospitality, restaurant and tourism management or grassland ecology and management.
 

Requirements
EAEP 488 / ABUS 488 / AGRO 488 / ENTR 488 / HORT 488Business Management for Agricultural Enterprises (capstone experience, ACE 10)3
EAEP 395Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Internship3
Select one of the following:4
Invertebrate Zoology
Natural History of the Invertebrates
Vertebrate Zoology
Animal Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Avian Biology
Herpetology
Mammalogy
Ichthyology
Plant Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Great Plains Ecosystem
Wildland Plants
Introduction to Grassland Ecology and Management
Introduction to Forest Management
Agroforestry Systems in Sustainable Agriculture
Forest Ecology
Invasive Plants
Agroecology
Fisheries and Wildlife Courses
Select two of the following:6-8
Introduction to Conservation Biology
Wildlife Management Techniques
and Wildlife Field Techniques
Fisheries Science
and Fisheries Science Lab
Wildlife Damage Management
Biology of Wildlife Populations
Entrepreneurship Courses
Select two of the following:6
Agricultural Marketing and Product Development I
and Agricultural Marketing and Product Development II
Study Tours in International Agriculture
International Study Tours in Natural Resource Management
Agribusiness Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Organizations
Family Business
Identifying and Exploring Entrepreneurial Opportunities
Managing Rapid Growth and Change in Organizations
Business Plan Development and Decision Making
Career Focus Courses
Select 9 credits of the following: 19
Resource-Efficient Crop Management
Great Plains Ecosystem
Wildland Plants
Digital Imaging and Storytelling in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Vines, Wines and You
Career Exploration in Hospitality Management
Field Experience in Hospitality Management I
Introduction to Tourism
Managerial Decision Models in Hospitality and Tourism
Hospitality and Tourism Marketing
Guest Services Management
Hospitality Finance
Introduction to Food and Beverage in the Hospitality Industry
Introduction to the Lodging Industry
Introduction to the Event Industry
Tourism Resources and Development
Legal Environment in Hospitality Management
Introduction to Grassland Ecology and Management
Introduction to Forest Management
Wildlife Damage Management
Agroforestry Systems in Sustainable Agriculture
Forest Ecology
Invasive Plants
Agroecology
Environmental Education and Interpretation
Legal Aspects in Agriculture
Natural Resource and Environmental Law
Environmental Law
Water Law
Basic Photography
Photography for Non-majors
Landscape and Environmental Appreciation
Floral Design I
Visual Communication and Presentation
Forage Crop and Pasture Management
Range Management and Improvement
Credit Hours Subtotal: 37-41
Free Electives
Select 12 credits, recommended electives include:12
Resource and Environmental Economics I
Introduction to Conservation Biology
Biological Invaders
Introduction to Geospatial Information Sciences
Wildlife Damage Management
Employment Seminar
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to Remote Sensing
Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Integrated Resources Management
Introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS)
Leadership in Public Organizations
Biology of Wildlife Populations
Limnology
Introduction to Landscape Ecology
International Study Tours in Natural Resource Management
And/or any optional courses listed but not taken under the Core courses, Fisheries and Wildlife courses, or Option Requirements headings in this program
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Total Credit Hours49-53
1

 Work with your advisor to select 9 credits that will enhance professional competencies and complement career goals in land or resource management, ecotourism/guiding, or nature-based art.

Additional Major Requirements

Prerequisite Requirements/Rules

Students are required to complete the Basic Core before their junior year.

Basic Core

SCIL 101Science and Decision-Making for a Complex World3
NRES 101Natural Resources Orientation1
LIFE 120
LIFE 120L
Fundamentals of Biology I
and Fundamentals of Biology I laboratory
4
LIFE 121
LIFE 121L
Fundamentals of Biology II
and Fundamentals of Biology II Laboratory
4
Select one of the following:4
Principles of Ecology
and Ecology Laboratory
Ecology and Evolution
CHEM 105Chemistry in Context I4
or CHEM 109 General Chemistry I
Select one of the following:4-5
Elementary General Physics I
Elements of Physics
Physical Principles in Agriculture and Life Sciences
General Physics I
MATH 104Applied Calculus3-5
or MATH 106 Calculus I
STAT 218Introduction to Statistics3
or STAT 380 Statistics and Applications
Written Communication Requirement
Select any ACE 1 course3
Total Credit Hours33-36

F&W majors must complete the Basic Core to be able to register for the following 300- and 400-level NRES courses:

NRES 386 / BIOS 386Vertebrate Zoology4
NRES 433Wildlife Management Techniques3
NRES 450 / BIOS 450Biology of Wildlife Populations4
NRES 463Fisheries Science3

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

Fisheries and wildlife majors are required to receive a C or better to count a UNL course for the requirements of the major. This includes all ACE courses, mathematics, basic sciences, and option requirements. This rule does not apply to free electives. Per CASNR guidelines, a student receiving a UNL course grade of C- or below may remove that grade from their cumulative average by retaking the same course again and receiving a higher grade.

Pass/No Pass

Fisheries and wildlife majors must take all NRES courses as graded, with the exception of NRES 101 Natural Resources Orientation.

GPA Requirements

Students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA to graduate in the F&W major.
 

NOTE: The fisheries and wildlife majors minimum grade requirement of C applies to individual courses; students must still maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA to graduate in the fisheries and wildlife major, and must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA to remain a UNL student.

Requirements for Minor Offered by Department

A minor in fisheries and wildlife consists of 18 hours of course work. Advisor for the minor will be assigned by the fisheries and wildlife major coordinator.
 

Requirements
NRES 220 / BIOS 220Principles of Ecology3-4
or BIOS 207 Ecology and Evolution
NRES 311Wildlife Ecology and Management3
Select one of the following:3-4
Wildlife Management Techniques
and Wildlife Field Techniques
Fisheries Science
and Fisheries Science Lab
Grassland Conservation: Planning and Management
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9-11
Elective Courses
Select 7-9 credits of the following to reach a total of 18 hours for the minor:7-9
Natural Resource and Environmental Law
Applied Climate Sciences
Introduction to Conservation Biology
Ecology Laboratory
Wildlife Field Techniques
Introduction to Grassland Ecology and Management
Biological Invaders
Special Topics
Introduction to Forest Management
Introduction to Geospatial Information Sciences
Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Management
Natural Resources Policy
Wildlife Damage Management
Vertebrate Zoology
Independent Research
Agroforestry Systems in Sustainable Agriculture
Integrated Resources Management
Forest Ecology
Waterfowl Ecology and Management
Wildlife Management Techniques
Grassland Conservation: Planning and Management
Advanced Topics in Wildlife Damage Management
Biology of Wildlife Populations
Limnology
Fisheries Science
Fisheries Science Lab
Wetlands
Herpetology
Avian Biology
Mammalogy
Ichthyology
International Study Tours in Natural Resource Management
Independent Study
Career Experiences in Natural Resource Sciences
Special Topics in Natural Resources
Thesis Research
Honors Thesis
Credit Hours Subtotal: 7-9
Total Credit Hours16-20
NRES101
Natural Resources Orientation

Description: Introduction to natural resource disciplines. Fisheries, wildlife, forestry, grasslands, climate, and water science. NRES 101 requires field exercises in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

NRES103
Introduction to Agricultural and Natural Resource SystemsCrosslisted with AGRI 103

Description: Agricultural and natural resource systems. The interrelationship and the impact of increased human involvement on these systems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES104
Climate in Crisis

Description: Past, present and future climate change. Climate science basics in the context of global changes (such as global warming, droughts, deforestation) that impact Earth and its inhabitants. Future climate change scenarios and possible impacts.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 9 Global/Diversity

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 9 Global/Diversity

NRES107
Invasive Plant Species: Impacts on EcosystemsCrosslisted with AGRO 107

Description: The flora of the earth is constantly being re-distributed by natural and human forces. As plant species change locations, they affect ecosystems, but how? In this course, students will learn how invasive plants establish and spread in ecosystems and develop an understanding of the importance of invasive plants and their impacts on ecosystems from local to global scales.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 9 Global/Diversity

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 9 Global/Diversity

NRES108
Earth's Natural Resource Systems Laboratory

Description: Introduction to Earth's natural resource systems. Interactions between the geosphere (solid earth) and the hydrosphere. The atmosphere and biosphere over many different spatial and temporal scales, and role of humans as part of the system.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LAB
ACE Outcomes: ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 4 Science

NRES109
Water in SocietyCrosslisted with SCIL 109, AECN 109, ENVR 109, GEOG 109

Description: Introduction to the scientific, social, and economic dimensions of historical and contemporary water systems. Students will develop an understanding of hydrologic systems and analyze and engage in decision-making about complex challenges associated with water resource use.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL
ACE Outcomes: ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship ACE 4 Science

NRES111
Natural Resource Conservation in Society

Description: Explore and distinguish the values, civics, and stewardship of natural resource conservation in agricultural and natural ecosystems. Examine the philosophies of ecosystem services and stewardship within a dynamic human dominated world. Students will discuss and critically analyze current issues related to conservation of natural resources.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES130
People of Great Plains

Description: The Great Plains region offers considerable ecological and cultural diversity, encompassing more than 600 million acres which have been occupied by humans for over 12,000 years. Introduction to the different populations who have called the Great Plains home, and how they have made a living on this landscape. Investigate Native American life ways in the Great Plains from the time of initial colonization up to European contact and the dramatic changes experienced during the historic era. Select topics centered on contemporary socio-ecological systems on the Plains and how understanding of past Plains experiences can be used to inform on these contemporary issues.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 5 Humanities

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 5 Humanities

NRES163
Oh My Cod: Exploring Aquatic Ecology Careers

Prerequisites: Limited to Freshman or Sophomore classification only

Description: Introduction to fisheries and aquatic ecology. Familiarize with current research and critical review of literature. Guidance on careers in aquatic ecology. Initial field sampling experience.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

NRES170
Introduction to Great Plains StudiesCrosslisted with ANTH 170, GEOG 170, GPSP 170, SOCI 170

Description: Interdisciplinary study of the natural environment, social environment, human heritage, arts and humanities of the Great Plains.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Groups:Regional Geography

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES208
Applied Climate Sciences

Description: Role of the atmosphere in the natural resource system. Solar radiation, water, wind and energy, hazards and risk in the plant-soil atmosphere system. Role of weather and climate in crop zones, land use, and wildlife habitat.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES211
Introduction to Conservation Biology

Description: Introduction to problems faced in fulfilling the ever increasing human needs while maintaining ecosystem and biodiversity. The integration of biological fields such as wildlife biology, ecology, evolution, and genetics with non-biological fields such as economics, philosophy, and politics to the dilemma this presents.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES212
Landscape Plants ICrosslisted with HORT 212, LARC 212

Prerequisites: HORT 131

Requires Saturday off-campus field trips.

Description: Identification using botanical and common names for herbaceous annuals, perennials, grasses, ground covers, vines, trees, and shrubs commonly found in Great Plains gardens, parks, and landscapes is stressed through field visits.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES213
Landscape Plants IICrosslisted with HORT 213, LARC 213

Prerequisites: HORT/LARC/NRES 212.

Continuation of HORT/LARC/NRES 212. Continuation of HORT/LARC/NRES 212.

Description: Site requirements, landscape use, natural history, and specific needs of herbaceous ornamentals, grasses, ground covers, vines, trees, and shrubs commonly found in Great Plains gardens, parks, and landscapes. Common cultivars and additional species not covered in HORT/LARC/NRES 212.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES214
Herbaceous Landscape PlantsCrosslisted with HORT 214

Description: Identification of herbaceous plants with ornamental value in the landscape including native and introduced annuals, perennials, grasses and cultivars. Typical ecological associations, environmental tolerances and/or intolerance, cultural requirements, and design characteristics.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES220
Principles of EcologyCrosslisted with BIOS 220

Prerequisites: 4 hrs biological sciences, and MATH 101 or 103.

BIOS 220 is not open to students who have completed BIOS 207. BIOS 220 will not count toward a major in BIOS.

Description: Ecology as a quantitative discipline that integrates the life and earth sciences to understand the dynamics of natural and managed ecosystems.

This course is a prerequisite for: NRES 311; NRES 862, NRES 462

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES222
Ecology LaboratoryCrosslisted with BIOS 222

Prerequisites: NRES/BIOS 220 or parallel.

Description: Field and laboratory experiments in terrestrial and aquatic ecology.

This course is a prerequisite for: NRES 862, NRES 462; WATS 481, WATS 881, BIOS 481, NRES 481

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

NRES233
Wildlife Field Techniques

Prerequisites: LIFE 121

Offered off-campus during academic breaks at Cedar Point Biological Station. Course fee applies.

Description: Field and laboratory skills needed for wildlife management emphasizing wildlife and vegetation surveys, mark-recapture of wildlife, radio-telemetry, aging and forensic methods, and habitat assessment.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

NRES245
Introduction to Grassland Ecology and ManagementCrosslisted with AGRO 245

Prerequisites: AGRO 153

Description: Grassland ecology and management is relevant to students with education and career goals in managing natural resources in Nebraska and the Great Plains. About 50% of the land area in Nebraska is classified as grassland (or rangeland) and is the land type with the most opportunity for enhancing biodiversity and wildlife habitat. Applying ecological principles and social values to managing rangeland resources, students will develop a knowledge and appreciation for the various grassland management uses and techniques available to resource managers.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES249
Individual and Cultural Perspectives on the EnvironmentCrosslisted with ENVR 249

Description: The influence of culture on individual perspectives related to the concepts of sustainability and the relationship that humans have with the environment. The role of ethics, religion, and historical setting on the individual and cultural perspectives related to environmental challenges at the local to global scales.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 9 Global/Diversity

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 9 Global/Diversity

NRES270
Biological InvadersCrosslisted with AGRO 270, HORT 270, PLPT 270

Prerequisites: 3 hrs biological sciences.

Description: Impact of exotic species and invasive organisms: agricultural and medical emerging disease; predicting biological invasions; biological control; regulatory, monitoring, and control efforts; ecological impact.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES279
Soil EvaluationCrosslisted with AGRO 279, SOIL 279
Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

NRES281
Introduction to Water ScienceCrosslisted with GEOG 281, WATS 281

Prerequisites: High school chemistry or one semester college chemistry; one course in geology or physical geography or soil.

Description: Survey of the water science from the perspective of both natural and social sciences. Water budget, precipitation, evapotranspiration, runoff and stream flow, groundwater, water quality parameters, economics of water, water policy, water law and water politics.

This course is a prerequisite for: AGRO 361, GEOL 361, NRES 361, SOIL 361, WATS 361; NRES 319

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Groups:Physical Geography

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES289
People and the Land: Human Environmental Interactions on the Great PlainsCrosslisted with GEOG 289

Description: Explore human environmental interaction on the Great Plains. Samples a variety of Great Plains cultures and time periods to explore past use of the Great Plains environment. Evaluation of attributes and related data critical to the operation of past social-ecological systems with reference to changing climatic/ecological dynamics, human environmental impacts, and the sustainability of various indigenous and western modes of land use on the Great Plains. Investigate knowledge of these processes and how they can be of relevance to contemporary issues of Great Plains land management and resource utilization.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 5 Humanities ACE 6 Social Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 5 Humanities ACE 6 Social Science

NRES299
Special Topics

Prerequisites: Permission.

Description: Special topics in natural resources.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-4

ACE:

NRES300
Toxins in the EnvironmentCrosslisted with BIOS 300, ENTO 300

Prerequisites: One semester BIOS and one semester CHEM

Description: Introduction to the principles of toxicology as they apply to environmental contaminants, agri-chemicals, and industrial and naturally occurring chemicals.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES301
Environmental Communication Skills

Prerequisites: ACE 1 course. Sophomore or higher.

Description: Written and oral communication skills for natural resource management including writing for the media, grant writing, conflict resolution and advocacy.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL
ACE Outcomes: ACE 2 Communication Competence

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 2 Communication Competence

NRES308
BiogeographyCrosslisted with GEOG 308, GEOL 308

Prerequisites: GEOG 155 or BIOS 101 and 101L or GEOL 101.

Biogeography (GEOG/GEOL/NRES 308) is a highly interdisciplinary science, relying heavily on ecology, geological science, and climatology. It is global in scope and offers the latest knowledge in understanding organism distributions, and the factors that determine those distributions.

Description: Introduction to the basic concepts of biogeography, the study of distributions of plants and animals, both past and present.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Groups:Physical Geography

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES310
Introduction to Forest Management

Prerequisites: BIOS 109 or permission.

One all-day Saturday field trip is required.

Description: Discussion of the history, biology, and management of the world's forest resources with emphasis on the Great Plains region. Topics include: forest types and their relationship to site conditions, ecological principles of forest management, basic forest management practices, economic and policy decisions in forest management. The field-oriented lab emphasizes tree identification, forest ecology, forest management and wood products.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

NRES311
Wildlife Ecology and Management

Prerequisites: NRES/BIOS 220

Description: Advanced wildlife ecology, conservation biology, population biology, and enhancement of wildlife populations through management. Emphasis on both game and nongame species.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES312
Introduction to Geospatial Information SciencesCrosslisted with GEOG 312

Prerequisites: Junior standing; basic computer skills (spreadsheets, word processors, data and file management).

Description: Introduction to the theory and applications of geospatial information technology. Remote sensing, GPS data collection, GIS data types, editing GIS data, and spatial data analysis with emphasis on applications to natural resources using a problem-based learning format.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Groups:Techniques

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES315
Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Management

Description: Introduction to the basic concepts and ideas relevant in the human dimension of fisheries and wildlife management. Covers social, cultural and economic values, attitudes and behavior of individuals and groups of various stakeholders in fisheries and wildlife management.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES316
Case Studies in Theoretical EcologyCrosslisted with BIOS 316, MATH 316

Prerequisites: Permission.

Case studies are structured around preparation for subsequent independent research (BIOS 498 or MATH 496).

Description: Introduction to biological literature, applied mathematics, computer programming, and/or statistical techniques relevant to particular questions in ecology, evolution, and behavior. Typical mathematical topics include discrete dynamics, systems of differential equations, matrix algebra, or statistical inference and probability.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Groups:Advanced Mathematics Courses

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES319
Fundamentals of Environmental Sampling

Prerequisites: SOIL 153, WATS 281, CHEM 105 or 109. Recommend taking STAT 218.

Description: Development of sampling plans and quality assurance project plans (QAPP). Stepwise procedures for correct sampling of soil-air-water environments. Data quality assessment.

This course is a prerequisite for: NRES 320

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

NRES320
Fundamentals of Environmental Sampling Laboratory

Prerequisites: NRES 319 or concurrent enrollment

Outdoor and analytical laboratory field trips required.

Description: Demonstrations and hands on participation in sampling of soil-air-water environments.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

NRES323
Natural Resources Policy

Description: Conflicts and common ground perpetuated by increasing demands on our natural resources. Policy development and issue analysis stressed. Historical policy actions reviewed and evaluated.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 6 Social Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 6 Social Science

NRES348
Wildlife Damage Management

Description: Fundamentals of prevention and control of damage caused by vertebrate pests, principally birds and mammals. Philosophical, ecological, and behavioral basis for controlling population levels or individuals of pest species.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES361
Soils, Environment and Water QualityCrosslisted with AGRO 361, GEOL 361, SOIL 361, WATS 361

Prerequisites: AGRO/HORT/SOIL 153; MATH 102 or 103; two semesters chemistry (CHEM 105, 106 or CHEM 109,110) and WATS/GEOG/NRES 281

Description: Chemical and physical processes that influence the fate and transport of contaminants (inorganic, organic, microbial) in soil-water environments. Extent, fate, mitigation and impact of various sources of pollution. Remedial technologies used for environmental restoration of contaminated environments.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES370
Basic and Applied ClimatologyCrosslisted with METR 370

Prerequisites: METR 100.

Description: Processes that give rise to spatial and temporal differences in climate. Various interrelationships between humans and climate. Influence of climate on building styles, the economy, water resources, human health, and society. Humans' inadvertent and purposeful modification of the atmosphere.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES380
Geography of AfricaCrosslisted with GEOG 380, ETHN 380

Description: Overview of the major physical and human landscapes in Africa. Prominent past and current events will be placed into a spatial context in an attempt to develop insight into the interrelationships that exist among people, cultures, countries, economies, and the environment, not only within Africa, but between Africa and the rest of the world.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Groups:Regional Geography
ACE Outcomes: ACE 9 Global/Diversity

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 9 Global/Diversity

NRES386
Vertebrate ZoologyCrosslisted with BIOS 386

Prerequisites: LIFE 121 & LIFE 121L

Description: Evolutionary origin and relationships, natural history, and ecological adaptations of vertebrates. Comparative form and function, particularly of bone and muscle systems among and the diversity within vertebrate groups.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

NRES388
Employment SeminarCrosslisted with AGRI 388

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing.

Description: Efficient job-hunting. Resumes, cover letters, mock interviews, and dining etiquette.

This course is a prerequisite for: AGRI 395

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

NRES393
Digital Imaging and Storytelling in Agriculture and Natural ResourcesCrosslisted with ALEC 393

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor(s). One college level course in photography or equivalent, and knowledge of the basics of shooting still photographs or video using digital cameras. Open only to College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources students.

Can be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours by consent of instructor.

Description: Concepts and techniques related to use of remote and automated digital camera technology to capture images in agriculture and natural resources contexts to communicate a narrative/story. Completion of individual project using a variety of technologies including camera traps, time-lapse camera systems, remote triggered cameras, as well as traditional audio and video and conventional photography.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-9
Max credits per semester:9
Max credits per degree:9
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:1-9

ACE:

NRES399
Independent Research

Prerequisites: 8 hrs NRES or closely related areas.

NRES 399 is to be supervised and evaluated by a NRES faculty member.

Description: Research, literature review, or extension of course work.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-5
Max credits per semester:5
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-5

ACE:

NRES402
Aquatic InsectsCrosslisted with BIOS 485, BIOS 885, ENTO 402, ENTO 802, NRES 802

Prerequisites: 12 hrs biological sciences.

Description: Biology and ecology of aquatic insects.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

NRES402L
Identification of Aquatic InsectsCrosslisted with BIOS 485L, BIOS 885L, ENTO 402L, ENTO 802L, NRES 802L

Prerequisites: Parallel ENTO 802, NRES 402/802, BIOS 485/885.

Description: Identification of aquatic insects to the family level.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

NRES404
Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife Seminar

Prerequisites: Junior standing or above in natural resources or permission.

Description: Seminar involving technical aspects of forestry, fisheries, and wildlife management.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

NRES406
Plant Ecophysiology: Theory and PracticeCrosslisted with AGRO 806, HORT 406, HORT 806, NRES 806, AGRO 406

Prerequisites: Junior standing; 4 hrs ecology; and 4 hrs botany or plant physiology.

Description: Principles of plant physiology which underlie the relationship between plants and their physical, chemical and biotic environments. An introduction to the ecological niche, limiting factors and adaptation. An overview of the seed germination and ecology, plant and soil water relations, nutrients, plant energy budgets, photosynthesis, carbon balance and plant-animal interactions. An introduction to various field equipment used in ecophysiological studies.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

NRES408
Microclimate: The Biological EnvironmentCrosslisted with AGRO 408, GEOG 408, HORT 408, METR 408, WATS 408, AGRO 808, GEOG 808, HORT 808, METR 808, NRES 808

Prerequisites: Junior standing, MATH 106 or equivalent, 5 hrs physics, major in any of the physical or biological sciences or engineering; or permission.

Description: Physical factors that create the biological environment. Radiation and energy balances of earth's surfaces, terrestrial and marine. Temperature, humidity, and wind regimes near the surface. Control of the physical environment through irrigation, windbreaks, frost protection, manipulation of light, and radiation. Applications to air pollution research. Instruments for measuring environmental conditions and remote sensing of the environment.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Groups:Physical Geography

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES409
Human Dimensions of Natural ResourcesCrosslisted with GEOG 409

Prerequisites: Junior standing; 12 credit hours in natural resources, environmental studies, or closely related fields, or permission of instructor.

Description: Overview of the human dimensions of natural resources issues. Exploration of the socioeconomic, cultural, and political aspects of human behavior and how these interact with, might influence, or are influenced by the environment.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES412
Introduction to Geographic Information SystemsCrosslisted with GEOG 412, GEOG 812, NRES 812

Description: Introduction to conceptual foundations and applications of computer-based geographic information systems (GIS). GIS database development, spatial data analysis, spatial modeling, GIS implementation and administration.

This course is a prerequisite for: GEOG 922, NRES 922

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC
Groups:Techniques

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

NRES413
Environmental LeadershipCrosslisted with ALEC 410, ALEC 810, NRES 813

Prerequisites: Junior standing.

Offered on the World Wide Web (WWW) fall semester of odd-numbered years and in the classroom fall semester of even numbered-years.

Description: Major leaders in conservation and ecology that emphasizes agricultural and cultural issues and relationships with the environment.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES417
Agroforestry Systems in Sustainable AgricultureCrosslisted with HORT 418, HORT 818, NRES 817

Prerequisites: 12 hours biological or agricultural sciences.

Description: The roles of woody plants in sustainable agricultural systems of temperate regions. Emphasis on the ecological and economic benefits of trees and shrubs in the agricultural landscape. Topics include: habitat diversity and biological control; shelterbelts structure, function, benefits and design; intercropping systems; silvopastoral systems; riparian systems; and production of timber and specialty crops. Comparison of temperate agroforestry systems to those of tropical areas.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES418
Introduction to Remote SensingCrosslisted with GEOG 418, GEOG 818, NRES 818

Prerequisites: 9 hrs earth science or natural resource sciences including GEOG 155.

Description: Introduction to remote sensing of the earth from aerial and satellite platforms. Aerial photography, multispectral scanning, thermal imaging and microwave remote sensing techniques. Physical foundations of remote sensing using electromagnetic energy, energy-matter interactions, techniques employed in data acquisition and methods of image analysis. Weekly laboratory provides practical experience in visual and digital interpretation of aerial photography, satellite imagery, thermal and radar imagery. Applications in geographic, agricultural, environmental and natural resources analyses.

This course is a prerequisite for: GEOG 421, GEOG 821, NRES 421, NRES 821

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC
Groups:Techniques

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

NRES419
Chemistry of Natural WatersCrosslisted with GEOL 418, GEOL 818, NRES 819, WATS 418

Prerequisites: 2 semesters of college chemistry, or CHEM 109 and 110, 113 and 114, or CHEM 111; or permission.

Description: Principles of water chemistry and their use in precipitation, surface water, and groundwater studies. Groundwater applications used to determine the time and source of groundwater recharge, estimate groundwater residence time, identify aquifer mineralogy, examine the degree of mixing between waters of various sources and evaluate what types of biological and chemical processes have occurred during the water's journey through the aquifer system.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES419L
Chemistry of Natural Waters LaboratoryCrosslisted with GEOL 418L, GEOL 818L, NRES 819L, WATS 418L

Prerequisites: Two semesters college chemistry or permission.

Description: Basic laboratory techniques used to perform water analysis including various wet chemical techniques, instrument use (AA, IC, UV-Visible) and computer modeling. Techniques for sample collection and preservation, parameter estimation and chemical analysis.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

NRES420
Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture and Natural ResourcesCrosslisted with AGRO 419, GEOG 419, GEOL 419, AGRO 819, GEOG 819, GEOL 819, NRES 820

Prerequisites: GEOG/NRES 418.

Description: Introduction to the practical uses of remote electromagnetic sensing in dealing with agricultural and water-resources issues.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC
Groups:Techniques

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

NRES421
Field Techniques in Remote SensingCrosslisted with GEOG 421, GEOG 821, NRES 821

Prerequisites: NRES 418/818

Description: Field techniques as they relate to remote-sensing campaigns. Research methods, systematic approaches to data collection, field spectroscopy, collecting ancillary information linked with spectroscopic data sets as well as aircraft or satellite missions and subsequent analyses of acquired data.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Groups:Techniques

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES422
Laboratory Earth: Earth's Changing SystemsCrosslisted with NRES 822

Description: Fundamental concepts related to understanding Earth's changing natural systems in the past, present, and the future. The cycling of matter and energy; the relationship between human activity and environmental change; and the consequence of these relationships.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES423
Integrated Resources ManagementCrosslisted with NRES 823

Prerequisites: Senior standing, natural resources or related major; or permission.

Description: Integrated and multiple-use management. Economic, political, social, and physical impacts on natural resources management priorities.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES424
Forest EcologyCrosslisted with NRES 824

Prerequisites: NRES/BIOS 220 or BIOS 207

Description: The structure and function of forest ecosystems including their response to global change; emphasis on forest succession and disturbance regimes in order to understand the dynamics of forested landscapes.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES426
Invasive PlantsCrosslisted with AGRO 426, AGRO 826, HORT 426, HORT 826, NRES 826

Prerequisites: AGRO/HORT/SOIL 153; BIOS 109.

Description: Identification, biology and ecology of weedy and invasive plants. Principles of invasive plant management by preventative, cultural, biological, mechanical and chemical means using an adaptive management framework. Herbicide terminology and classification, plant-herbicide and soil-herbicide interactions, equipment calibration and dosage calculations.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES427
Introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS)Crosslisted with GEOG 427, GEOG 827, NRES 827

Prerequisites: Junior standing and a basic familiarity with mapping and GIS, or permission

Description: Integrated lectures, lab exercises and field experience provide an understanding of GPS technology and applications. Students will learn to collect, correct and use GPS data in a geographic information system (GIS) environment.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

NRES428
Leadership in Public OrganizationsCrosslisted with ALEC 428, ALEC 828, NRES 828

Prerequisites: Junior standing

Description: Leadership in theories, research, and practices in public organizations and natural resource agencies.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES429A
Food Security: A Global PerspectiveCrosslisted with ANTH 429A, ANTH 829A, AGRO 429A, AGRO 829A, HORT 429A, HORT 829A, NRES 829A, NUTR 429A, NUTR 829A

Prerequisites: Junior standing

Description: Overview of the technical and sociocultural dimensions of global food insecurity.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES431
Waterfowl Ecology and ManagementCrosslisted with NRES 831

Prerequisites: NRES 311

Description: Ecology and identification of North American waterfowl, management of habitats and populations, and current management issues.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES433
Wildlife Management TechniquesCrosslisted with NRES 833

Prerequisites: NRES 311

Description: Survey of methods used to obtain data and make decisions for wildlife management. Scientific methods for wildlife science; monitoring and surveys; construction of management plans; habitat use, classification, and management; harvest management.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

NRES434
Environmental Education and InterpretationCrosslisted with NRES 834, ENVR 434

Description: Examination of formal and informal environmental education and interpretation. Knowledge, application and practice relevant to science teachers and park, extension, museums, and zoo educators. Requires 20 hours of service.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES435
AgroecologyCrosslisted with AGRO 435, AGRO 835, HORT 435, NRES 835

Prerequisites: For AGRO/HORT/NRES 435: Senior standing or permission. For AGRO/NRES 835: 12 hrs biological or agricultural sciences or permission.

Description: Integration of principles of ecology, plant and animal sciences, crop protection, and rural landscape planning and management for sustainable agriculture. Includes natural and cultivated ecosystems, population and community ecology, nutrient cycling, pest management, hydrologic cycles, cropping and grazing systems, landscape ecology, biodiversity, and socioeconomic evaluation of systems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

NRES436
Evolution of Cenozoic MammalsCrosslisted with GEOL 436, GEOL 836, NRES 836

Prerequisites: GEOL 103

Description: Survey of mammalian evolution with emphasis on the origin, radiation, and phylogenetic relationships of Cenozioc fossil mammals. Overview of climatic and ecological changes affecting mammalian adaptations and hands on experience with specimens.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES438
Grassland Conservation: Planning and ManagementCrosslisted with NRES 838

Prerequisites: Introductory soils and introductory ecology

Description: Apply fundamental grassland ecology principles to grassland conservation and identify grassland establishment and management practices appropriate for different environmental and cultural situations. Based on field study, critically analyze management options and outcomes for several grasslands and develop a management plan for a grassland resource.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

NRES440
Great Plains EcosystemCrosslisted with AGRO 440, AGRO 840, NRES 840, RNGE 440

Prerequisites: Junior standing. BIOS 101 and 101L, or equivalent, recommended.

Description: Characteristics of Great Plains ecosystems, interrelationships of ecological factors and processes, and their application in the management of grasslands. Interactions of fire, vegetation, grazing animals and wildlife.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES442
Wildland PlantsCrosslisted with AGRO 442, AGRO 842, NRES 842, RNGE 442

Prerequisites: Junior standing. BIOS 101 and 101L, or equivalent, recommended.

Description: Wildland plants that are important to grassland and shrubland ecosystem management and production. Distribution, utilization, classification, identification (including identification by vegetative parts), uses by Native Americans, and recognition of grasses, fords, shrubs, exotic and wetland plants.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES444
Ecosystem Monitoring and AssessmentCrosslisted with AGRO 444, AGRO 844, NRES 844, RNGE 444

Prerequisites: Junior standing. NRES 220 or equivalent, recommended

Description: Measurement and monitoring of the important vegetation and environmental factors used to develop management guidelines in grasslands, savannas, woodlands, and wetlands. Emphasis on using ecosystem monitoring protocols for assessment of wildlife habitat, fuels management for wild-land fire, livestock production, and watershed function. Requires field sampling and travel to local field sites.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES445
Human Remains in Forensic ScienceCrosslisted with FORS 445, FORS 845, NRES 845

Prerequisites: LIFE 120/L and LIFE 121/L, CHEM 109, CHEM 110, and FORS 120/L or instructor permission.

Description: Forensic anthropology within the broader context of forensic sciences and physical anthropology. Decomposition and bone modification through artificial means. Determination of individual identity, diet, chronic pathology and cause of death from human remains.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

NRES446
Pollen Analysis for Behavioral, Biological and Forensic ScienceCrosslisted with FORS 446, FORS 846, NRES 846

Prerequisites: BIOS 109 and FORS 120.

Description: Collection, processing, identification of common North American pollen types. Pollination ecology relating to scene reconstruction. Fundamental statistics and presentation requirements for a legal and scientific audience.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

NRES447
Archaeoparasitology: The Archaeology of DiseaseCrosslisted with NRES 847

Description: Study of parasites, their hosts, and the relationship between them. Human parasitology is especially interesting due to the adaptation of human populations to a great variety of parasites over long periods of time in the global diversity of environments. Fundamental understanding of human-parasite relations and methods of recovery of parasites from a variety of archaeological remains.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES448
Advanced Topics in Wildlife Damage ManagementCrosslisted with NRES 848

Prerequisites: NRES 348.

Description: Economic, global, and public policy issues relative to situations in which wildlife damage personal property or natural resources, threaten human health and safety, or are a nuisance. Demonstration and discussion of technological advances in fertility control, damage resistance, toxicology, behavioral modification, and biological management.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

NRES450
Biology of Wildlife PopulationsCrosslisted with BIOS 450, BIOS 850, NRES 850

Prerequisites: NRES 311; MATH 104 or above; STAT 218 or equivalent

Description: Principles of population dynamics. Management strategies (for consumptive and nonconsumptive fish and wildlife species) presented utilizing principles developed.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

NRES451
Soil Environmental ChemistryCrosslisted with ENVE 851, NRES 851

Prerequisites: CHEM 252.

Description: Theory, mechanisms and processes related to chemical behavior in soil-water environments. Application of computer simulation models for predicting contaminant fate in soil. Basic chemical and biological principles of remediating contaminated soil and water.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

NRES452
Climate and SocietyCrosslisted with AGRO 450, GEOG 450, METR 450, AGRO 850, GEOG 850, METR 850, NRES 852

Prerequisites: METR 100 or NRES 370 or equivalent.

Description: Impact of climate and extreme climatic events on society and societal responses to those events. Global in scope and interdisciplinary.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Groups:Physical Geography

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES453
HydrologyCrosslisted with NRES 853

Prerequisites: MATH 106, not available for credit for engineering students and not a substitute for CIVE 456.

Description: Introduction to the principles of hydrology, with emphasis on the components of the hydrologic cycle: precipitation, evaporation, groundwater flow, surface runoff, infiltration, precipitation runoff relationships.

This course is a prerequisite for: AGEN 957, BSEN 957, CIVE 957, GEOL 957

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES454
Ecological InteractionsCrosslisted with BIOS 454, BIOS 854, NRES 854

Prerequisites: LIFE 121 & 121L, BIOS 207 or BIOS 220 and Senior standing.

Description: Nature and characteristics of populations and communities. Interactions within and between populations in community structure and dynamics. Direct and indirect interactions and ecological processes, competition, predation, parasitism, herbivory, and pollination. Structure, functioning and persistence of natural communities, foodweb dynamics, succession, and biodiversity.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

NRES455
Soil Chemistry and MineralogyCrosslisted with AGRO 455, AGRO 855, NRES 855, SOIL 455

Prerequisites: AGRO/HORT/SOIL 153 or GEOL 101; CHEM 109 and 110; CHEM 221 or 251; or equivalent.

Description: Chemical and mineralogical properties of soil components. Inorganic colloidal fraction. Structures of soil minerals as a means of understanding properties, such as ion exchange and equilibria; release and supply of nutrient and toxic materials; and soil acidity and alkalinity.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES456
Mathematical Models in BiologyCrosslisted with BIOS 456, BIOS 856

Prerequisites: Junior standing; major in the biological sciences; MATH 106 or 107.

Description: Biological systems, from molecules to ecosystems, are analyzed using mathematical techniques. Strengths and weaknesses of mathematical approaches to biological questions. Brief review of college level math; introduction to modeling; oscillating systems in biology; randomness in biology; review of historically important and currently popular models in biology.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES458
Soil Physical DeterminationsCrosslisted with AGRO 458, AGRO 858, NRES 858, SOIL 458

Prerequisites: SOIL/AGRO/GEOL/WATS 361; PHYS 141 or equivalent; MATH 102 or 103.

Description: Survey of measurement techniques and principles used in characterizing the physical properties of soils. Includes analysis of experimental design and sources of experimental error. Techniques include: particle size analysis, soil water content, pore size analysis, field sampling techniques, soil strength, and saturated hydraulic conductivity.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

NRES459
LimnologyCrosslisted with BIOS 459, BIOS 859, NRES 859, WATS 459

Prerequisites: 12 hrs BIOS, including BIOS/NRES 220/BIOS220x; two semesters CHEM.

Description: Physical, chemical, and biological processes that occur in fresh water. Organisms occurring in fresh water and their ecology; biological productivity of water and its causative factors; eutroplication and its effects.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:4

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

NRES460
Soil MicrobiologyCrosslisted with AGRO 460, BIOS 447, SOIL 460, AGRO 860, BIOS 847, NRES 860

Prerequisites: One semester microbiology; one semester biochemistry or organic chemistry.

Description: Soil from a microbe's perspective-growth, activity and survival strategies; principles governing methods to study microorganisms and biochemical processes in soil; mechanisms controlling organic matter cycling and stabilization with reference to C, N, S, and P; microbial interactions with plants and animals; and agronomic and environmental applications of soil microorganisms.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES461

Prerequisites: AGRO/SOIL 153; PHYS 141 or equivalent, one semester of calculus.

Description: Principles of soil physics. Movement of water, air, heat, and solutes in soils. Water retention and movement, including infiltration and field water regime. Movement of chemicals in soils.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES462
Conservation BiologyCrosslisted with NRES 862

Prerequisites: 12 hours of biological sciences, including NRES 220 and NRES 222 or equivalent.

Description: Current issues in conservation biology. Theoretical principles from the areas of ecology and genetics to effectively preserve and manage biological diversity and small populations.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES463
Fisheries ScienceCrosslisted with NRES 863

Description: Fisheries biology emphasizing the determination and evaluation of vital statistics for the management of fish populations. Basis of specific management techniques. May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

NRES463L
Fisheries Science LabCrosslisted with NRES 863L

Description: Field and laboratory skills needed for fisheries biology emphasizing the determination and evaluation of vital statistics for the management of fish populations. Applied data collection and fish sampling techniques will be used. May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

NRES464
Fisheries BiologyCrosslisted with BIOS 464, BIOS 864, NRES 864

Prerequisites: BIOS/NRES 489/889 or equivalent.

Description: Biology of fishes. Factors that affect fishes in the natural environment. Techniques used in the analysis and management of fish populations.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES465
Soil Geomorphology and PaleopedologyCrosslisted with GEOL 465, GEOL 865, NRES 865

Prerequisites: GEOL 450/850 and NRES 477/877; or permission.

Description: Soils and paleosols as evidence in reconstruction landscape evolution and paleoenvironments. Role of paleosols in stratigraphy.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES467
Global Climate ChangeCrosslisted with METR 483, METR 883, NRES 867

Prerequisites: Junior standing; MATH 106/106B/106H; 5 hrs PHYS; METR 475/875.

Description: Elements of climate systems, El Nino/LaNina cycle and monsoons, natural variability of climate on interannual and interdecadal scales. Paleoclimate, and future climate, developed climate change scenarios and climate change impacts on natural resources and the environment.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES468
WetlandsCrosslisted with BIOS 458, NRES 868, WATS 468

Prerequisites: 12 hrs biological sciences; BIOS 220; CHEM 109 and 110.

Description: Physical, chemical and biological processes that occur in wetlands; the hydrology and soils of wetland systems; organisms occurring in wetlands and their ecology wetland creation, delineation, management and ecotoxicology.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

NRES469
Bio-Atmospheric InstrumentationCrosslisted with AGRO 469, GEOG 469, HORT 407, METR 469, MSYM 469, AGRO 869, GEOG 869, HORT 807, METR 869, MSYM 869, NRES 869

Prerequisites: Junior standing; MATH 106; 4 hrs physics; physical or biological science major.

Description: Discussion and practical application of principles and practices of measuring meteorological and related variables near the earth's surface including temperature, humidity, precipitation, pressure, radiation and wind. Performance characteristics of sensors and modern data collection methods are discussed and evaluated.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Groups:Physical Geography

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES470
Lake and Reservoir Restoration

Prerequisites: 12 hrs NRES or related fields.

Description: Theory, processes, and mechanisms underlying lake and reservoir water quality degradation and/or pollution and remediation of eutrophications and its effects. Current techniques used to restore and protect degraded lakes.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES472
Applied Soil PhysicsCrosslisted with AGRO 472, AGRO 872, NRES 872, SOIL 472, WATS 472

Prerequisites: AGRO/HORT/SOIL 153 or equivalent; MATH 104 or MATH 106 or equivalent.

Description: Emphasis on applied soil physics. Discussion of theoretical principles followed by field and laboratory exercises and applications. Fluxes of water, solutes, air, and heat through the soil. Emphasis on water infiltration, water retention, other soil hydraulic properties. Components of soil water balance. Management of soil water.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES474
HerpetologyCrosslisted with BIOS 474, BIOS 874, NRES 874

Prerequisites: BIOS/NRES 386 and permission. BIOS 388 recommended.

Description: Fossil and living amphibians and reptiles. Anatomy, classification, ecology and evolution.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

Prerequisites: Senior standing or permission

Capstone course.

Description: Holistic approach to the selection and analysis of planning strategies for protecting water quality from nonpoint sources of contamination. Introduction to the use of methods of analyzing the impact of strategies on whole systems and subsystems; for selecting strategies; and for evaluating present strategies.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Groups:American Government&Public Pol
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

NRES476
MammalogyCrosslisted with BIOS 476, BIOS 876, NRES 876

Prerequisites: 8 hrs BIOS; BIOS/NRES 386 or NRES 311.

May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station. Field trips are required and may occur outside of scheduled class time. Lab and field time emphasize diversity of mammalian families and species identification of Nebraska mammals.

Description: Evolution, natural history, ecology, and functional morphology of planetary mammals and mammals of the Northern Great Plains.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

NRES477
Great Plains Field PedologyCrosslisted with AGRO 477, GEOG 467, SOIL 477, GEOG 867, NRES 877

Prerequisites: AGRO/SOIL 153.

Description: Spatial relationship of soil properties on various parts of landscape typical of the Plains, causal factors, and predictions of such relationships on other landscapes. Grouping these properties into classes, naming the classes, and the taxonomy that results from this grouping. Application of a taxonomy to a real situation through making a field soil survey in a region representative of the Plains border, predicting land use response of various mapped units as it affects the ecosystem, and evaluating the effectiveness of the taxonomic system used in the region surveyed.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC
Groups:Physical Geography

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

NRES478
Regional ClimatologyCrosslisted with METR 478, METR 878, NRES 878

Prerequisites: NRES/METR 370.

Description: Regional differentiation of the climates of the earth on both a descriptive and dynamic basis. The chief systems of climatic classification.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES479
HydroclimatologyCrosslisted with METR 479, WATS 479, BSEN 479, NRES 879, METR 879, BSEN 879

Prerequisites: NRES 208 or METR 100 or METR/NRES 370.

Offered spring semester of even-numbered calendar years.

Description: Interaction between earth's climate and the hydrologic cycle. Energy and water fluxes at the land-atmosphere interface. Atmospheric moisture transport, precipitation, evaporation, snowmelt, and runoff. Impacts of climate variability and change on the hydrologic cycle.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES481
Stream and River EcologyCrosslisted with WATS 481, WATS 881, BIOS 481

Prerequisites: NRES 222 or equivalent

Description: Fundamental physical drivers operating in stream and river ecosystems and how those vary in space and time. Major classes of organisms associated with stream ecosystems and their functional roles. Fundamental controls on biotic diversity in stream and river ecosystems and its variance. Major aspects of stream ecosystem function including energy flow and nutrient cycling. Ecosystem services provided by stream and river ecosystems and causes and consequences of human impacts on streams and rivers. Underlying principles of bioassessment and current methods of stream restoration.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

NRES484
Water Resources SeminarCrosslisted with AGRO 484, GEOG 484, GEOL 484, WATS 484, NRES 884, AGRO 884, GEOG 884, GEOL 884, WATS 884

Prerequisites: Junior or above standing, or permission

Description: Seminar on current water resources research and issues in Nebraska and the region.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

NRES487
Introduction to Landscape EcologyCrosslisted with LARC 487

Prerequisites: AGRO/HORT/SOIL 153 and BIOS/NRES 220. HORT/LARC/GEOG 200, CIVE 353/853/NRES853, and CRPL 470 recommended

Description: The history, principles, and concepts of landscape ecology. Use and application of landscape structure, function in the planning, the design, and management of human and natural landscapes.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES488
Groundwater GeologyCrosslisted with GEOL 488, GEOL 888, NRES 888

Prerequisites: GEOL 100-level course; MATH 106 or equivalent.

Description: Occurence, movement, and development of water in the geologic environment.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

NRES489
IchthyologyCrosslisted with BIOS 489, BIOS 889, NRES 889

Prerequisites: LIFE 120 and LIFE 121

Description: Fishes, their taxonomy, physiology, behavior, and ecology. Dynamics of fish stocks and factors regulating their production.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

NRES491
Geography Field TourCrosslisted with GEOG 491, GEOG 891

Description: Group educational tours to specific sites that illustrate aspects of physical and cultural geography. Off-campus travel required.

Course details
Credit Hours:2-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:FLD
Groups:Physical Geography

Credit Hours:2-3

ACE:

NRES492
International Study Tours in Natural Resource ManagementCrosslisted with NRES 492H, NRES 892

Prerequisites: Permission.

Description: Group educational tours to sites that illustrate the diversity of approaches to natural resources management found around the world.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:FLD
ACE Outcomes: ACE 9 Global/Diversity

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:ACE 9 Global/Diversity

NRES492H
International Study Tours in Natural Resource ManagementCrosslisted with NRES 492, NRES 892

Prerequisites: Permission.

Description: Group educational tours to sites that illustrate the diversity of approaches to natural resources management found around the world.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:FLD
ACE Outcomes: ACE 9 Global/Diversity

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:ACE 9 Global/Diversity

NRES495
Grasslands SeminarCrosslisted with AGRO 495, ENTO 495, GRAS 495, HORT 495, RNGE 495, SOIL 495

Prerequisites: Junior standing.

Description: Topic varies and deals with different aspects of forage and/or range and/or livestock, turf and/or landscape grasses, natural habitats, and wetlands.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-2

ACE:

NRES496
Independent Study

Prerequisites: 12 hrs natural resource sciences or closely-related fields, and permission.

Description: Individual or group projects in research, literature review, or extension of course work.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-5
Max credits per semester:5
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-5

ACE:

NRES497
Career Experiences in Natural Resource Sciences

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; School of Natural Resources (SNR) majors; permission and advanced approval of a plan of work.

Description: Off-campus work experiences sponsored by natural resource agencies, companies, and organizations. Students collaborate in the development of a plan of work that will identify student responsibilities, including a final written report.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:FLD

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

NRES498
Special Topics in Natural ResourcesCrosslisted with NRES 898

Prerequisites: 6 hrs NRES or equivalent.

Description: Current issues in natural resource sciences.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

NRES499
Thesis Research

Prerequisites: Permission of thesis adviser.

Requires conducting a scholarly research project and writing an undergraduate thesis.

Course details
Credit Hours:3-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:3-6

ACE:

NRES499H
Honors Thesis

Prerequisites: Admission to the University Honors Program and permission, AGRI 299H recommended.

Description: Conduct a scholarly research project and write a University Honors Program or undergraduate thesis.

Course details
Credit Hours:3-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:3-6

ACE:

PLEASE NOTE
This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic advisor. Advisors also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.


fisheries & wildlife - conservation biology

Icon Legend: CriticalCritical
16 HR TERM 1
College Algebra ReqtCritical
complete either MATH 104 or MATH 106
5hr
Completion of the Math requirement becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 1 WrittenCritical
This course becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

Life ScienceCritical
4hr
C
Completion of the Life Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the third term of enrollment.

Natural Resources CoreCritical
complete SCIL 101, NRES 101
4hr
C
SCIL 101 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the second term of enrollment.
16 HR TERM 2
Earth Science
3hr
C

Comm/Interpersonal Skills

Life ScienceCritical
4hr
C
Completion of the Life Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the third term of enrollment.

ACE 6 Economics
complete 1 from AECN 141, ECON 211, ECON 212, ECON 200
3hr
C

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5
3hr
C
Complete an ACE 5, 7, 8, or 9 requirement this term.
14 HR TERM 3
ACE 4 ChemistryCritical
complete either CHEM 105 or CHEM 109
4hr
C
Completion of a Chemistry Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

EcologyCritical
complete NRES 220, NRES 222
4hr
C
NRES 220 and 222 become critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 2 Oral Comm

ACE 3 StatisticsCritical
complete either STAT 218 or STAT 380
3hr
C
STAT 218 or 380 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.
14 HR TERM 4
ACE 4 ChemistryCritical
complete either CHEM 106 or CHEM 110
4hr
C
Completion of a Chemistry Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 4 PhysicsCritical
complete 1 from MSYM 109, PHYS 141, PHYS 151, PHYS 211
4hr
C
This course becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

Fisheries/WildlifeCritical
complete NRES 311
3hr
C
NRES 311 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the sixth term of enrollment.

ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7
3hr
C
Complete an ACE 5, 7, 8, or 9 requirement this term.
16 HR TERM 5
Plant Course

Genetics
complete either AGRO 215 or BIOS 206
4hr
C

Natural Resource Policy
complete NRES 323
3hr
C

ACE 8 Ethical Principles
complete 1 from ACE8
3hr
C
Complete an ACE 5, 7, 8, or 9 requirement this term.

Electives
complete Any Course
3hr
Recommended taking courses towards Option Requirement if not complete.
15 HR TERM 6
Zoology Course
complete NRES 386
3hr
C

Electives
complete Any Course
9hr
Recommended taking courses towards Option Requirement if not complete.

ACE 9 Global/Human Divers
complete 1 from ACE9
3hr
C
Complete an ACE 5, 7, 8, or 9 requirement this term.
16 HR TERM 7
Animal Course
complete 1 from BIOS 475, BIOS 487, ENTO 411
3hr
C

Electives
complete Any Course
9hr
Recommended taking courses towards Option Requirement if not complete.

ACE 10 Capstone
complete 2 from NRES 233, NRES 433, NRES 463, NRES 463L
4hr
C
14 HR TERM 8
Electives
complete Any Course
13hr
Recommended taking courses towards Option Requirement if not complete.

Career Experience
complete 1 from NRES 496, NRES 497, NRES 499
1hr
C
Graduation Requirements
  1. 2.50 GPA required for graduation.
  2. ***Total Credits Applying Toward 120 Total Hours***


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Icon Legend: CriticalCritical
16 HR TERM 1
Natural Resources CoreCritical
complete SCIL 101, NRES 101
4hr
C
SCIL 101 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the second term of enrollment.

College Algebra ReqtCritical
complete either MATH 104 or MATH 106
5hr
Completion of the Math requirement becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment

ACE 1 Written
This course becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

Life ScienceCritical
4hr
C
Completion of the Life Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the third term of enrollment.
16 HR TERM 2
Life ScienceCritical
4hr
C
Completion of the Life Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the third term of enrollment.

Comm/Interpersonal Skills

Earth Science
3hr
C

ACE 6 Economics
complete 1 from AECN 141, ECON 200, ECON 211, ECON 212
3hr
C

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5
3hr
C
Complete an ACE 5, 7, 8, or 9 requirement this term.
14 HR TERM 3
ACE 4 ChemistryCritical
complete either CHEM 105 or CHEM 109
4hr
C
Completion of a Chemistry Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

EcologyCritical
complete either NRES 220 or NRES 222
4hr
C
NRES 220 and 222 become critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 2 Oral Comm

ACE 3 StatisticsCritical
complete either STAT 218 or STAT 380
3hr
C
STAT 218 or 380 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.
14 HR TERM 4
ACE 4 ChemistryCritical
complete either CHEM 106 or CHEM 110
4hr
C
Completion of a Chemistry Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 4 PhysicsCritical
complete 1 from MSYM 109, PHYS 141, PHYS 151, PHYS 211
4hr
C
This course becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

Fisheries/WildlifeCritical
complete NRES 311
3hr
C
NRES 311 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the sixth term of enrollment.

ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7
3hr
C
Complete an ACE 5, 7, 8, or 9 requirement this term.
16 HR TERM 5
Plant Course
3hr
C

Genetics
complete either AGRO 215 or BIOS 206
4hr
C

Natural Resource Policy
complete NRES 323
3hr
C

ACE 8 Ethical Principles
complete 1 from ACE8
3hr
C
Complete an ACE 5, 7, 8, or 9 requirement this term.

Electives
complete Any Course
3hr
Recommended taking courses towards Option Requirement if not complete.
16 HR TERM 6
Required Courses
complete NRES 386
4hr
C

Electives
complete Any Course
9hr
Recommended taking courses towards Option Requirement if not complete.

ACE 9 Global/Human Divers
complete 1 from ACE9
3hr
C
Complete an ACE 5, 7, 8, or 9 requirement this term.
17 HR TERM 7
Animal Course
complete NRES 489
4hr
C

Electives
complete Any Course
9hr
Recommended taking courses towards Option Requirement if not complete.

ACE 10 Capstone
4hr
C
14 HR TERM 8
Electives
complete Any Course
13hr
Recommended taking courses towards Option Requirement if not complete.

Independent Study/Career
complete either NRES 496 or NRES 497
1hr
C
Graduation Requirements
  1. 2.50 GPA required for graduation.
  2. ***Total Credits Applying Toward 120 Total Hours***


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Icon Legend: CriticalCritical
16 HR TERM 1
Natural Resources CoreCritical
complete SCIL 101, NRES 101
4hr
C
SCIL 101 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the second term of enrollment.

College Algebra ReqtCritical
complete either MATH 104 or MATH 106
5hr
Completion of the Math requirement becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

Life ScienceCritical
4hr
C
Completion of the Life Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the third term of enrollment.

ACE 1 WrittenCritical
This course becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.
16 HR TERM 2
Life Science
4hr
C
Completion of the Life Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the third term of enrollment.

Earth Science
3hr
C

Comm/Interpersonal Skills

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5
3hr
C
Complete an ACE 5, 7, 8, or 9 requirement this term.

ACE 6 Economics
complete 1 from AECN 141, ECON 200, ECON 211, ECON 212
3hr
C
14 HR TERM 3
ACE 4 ChemistryCritical
complete either CHEM 105 or CHEM 109
4hr
C
Completion of a Chemistry Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

EcologyCritical
complete NRES 220, NRES 222
4hr
C
NRES 220 and 222 become critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 3 StatisticsCritical
complete either STAT 218 or STAT 380
3hr
C
STAT 218 or 380 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 2 Oral Comm
14 HR TERM 4
Fisheries/WildlifeCritical
complete NRES 311
3hr
C
NRES 311 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the sixth term of enrollment.

ACE 4 ChemistryCritical
complete either CHEM 106 or CHEM 110
4hr
C
Completion of a Chemistry Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 4 PhysicsCritical
complete 1 from MSYM 109, PHYS 141, PHYS 151, PHYS 211
4hr
C
This course becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7
3hr
C
Complete an ACE 5, 7, 8, or 9 requirement this term.
16 HR TERM 5
Plant ID Course
complete 1 from NRES 212, NRES 426, NRES 442
3hr
C

Genetics
complete either AGRO 215 or BIOS 206
4hr
C

Natural Resource Policy
complete NRES 323
3hr
C

ACE 8 Ethical Principles
complete 1 from ACE8
3hr
C
Complete an ACE 5, 7, 8, or 9 requirement this term.

Electives
complete Any Course
3hr
Recommended taking courses towards Option Requirement if not complete.
16 HR TERM 6
Required Course
complete NRES 386
4hr
C

Electives
complete Any Course
9hr
Recommended taking courses towards Option Requirement if not complete.

ACE 9 Global/Human Divers
complete 1 from ACE9
3hr
C
Complete an ACE 5, 7, 8, or 9 requirement this term.
16 HR TERM 7
Animal Course
complete 1 from BIOS 475, BIOS 487, ENTO 411
3hr
C

Electives
complete Any Course
9hr
Recommended taking courses towards Option Requirement if not complete.

ACE 10 Capstone
complete NRES 438
4hr
C
14 HR TERM 8
Electives
complete Any Course
13hr
Recommended taking courses towards Option Requirement if not complete.

Independent Study/Career
complete either NRES 496 or NRES 497
1hr
C
Graduation Requirements
  1. 2.50 GPA required for graduation.
  2. ***Total Credits Applying Toward 120 Total Hours***


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Icon Legend: CriticalCritical
16 HR TERM 1
Life ScienceCritical
4hr
C
Completion of the Life Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the third term of enrollment.

Natural Resources CoreCritical
complete SCIL 101, NRES 101
4hr
C
SCIL 101 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the second term of enrollment.

College Algebra ReqtCritical
complete either MATH 104 or MATH 106
5hr
Completion of the Math requirement becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 1 WrittenCritical
This course becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.
16 HR TERM 2
Life ScienceCritical
4hr
C
Completion of the Life Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the third term of enrollment.

Comm/Interpersonal Skills

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5
3hr
C
Complete an ACE 5, 7, 8, or 9 requirement this term.

Criminal Justice Courses
complete CRIM 101
3hr
C

Earth Science
3hr
C
14 HR TERM 3
ACE 4 ChemistryCritical
complete either CHEM 105 or CHEM 109
4hr
C
Completion of a Chemistry Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

EcologyCritical
complete NRES 220, NRES 222
4hr
C
NRES 220 and 222 become critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 3 Statistics
complete either STAT 218 or STAT 380
3hr
C
STAT 218 or 380 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 2 Oral Comm
14 HR TERM 4
ACE 4 ChemistryCritical
complete either CHEM 106 or CHEM 110
4hr
C
Completion of a Chemistry Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 4 Physics
complete 1 from MSYM 109, PHYS 141, PHYS 151, PHYS 211
4hr
C
This course becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

Fisheries/WildlifeCritical
complete NRES 311
3hr
C
NRES 311 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the sixth term of enrollment.

ACE 6 Economics
complete 1 from AECN 141, ECON 200, ECON 211, ECON 212
3hr
C
16 HR TERM 5
Plant Course

Genetics
complete either AGRO 215 or BIOS 206
4hr
C

Natural Resource Policy
complete NRES 323
3hr
C

Electives
complete Any Course
3hr
Recommended taking courses towards Option Requirement if not complete.

ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7
3hr
C
Complete an ACE 5, 7, 8, or 9 requirement this term.
16 HR TERM 6
Required Courses
complete NRES 386
4hr
C

Electives
complete Any Course
6hr
Recommended taking courses towards Option Requirement if not complete.

ACE 8 Ethical Principles
complete 1 from ACE8
3hr
C
Complete an ACE 5, 7, 8, or 9 requirement this term.

ACE 9 Global/Human Divers
complete 1 from ACE9
3hr
C
Complete an ACE 5, 7, 8, or 9 requirement this term.
16 HR TERM 7
Animal Course
complete 1 from NRES 474, NRES 476, NRES 489
3hr
C

Electives
complete Any Course
9hr
Recommended taking courses towards Option Requirement if not complete.

Law Enforcement Up Lvl
4hr
C
14 HR TERM 8
Electives
complete Any Course
13hr
Recommended taking courses towards Option Requirement if not complete.

Independent Study/Career
complete either NRES 496 or NRES 497
1hr
C
Graduation Requirements
  1. 2.50 GPA required for graduation.
  2. ***Total Credits Applying Toward 120 Total Hours***


fisheries & wildlife - wildlife ecology & Management

Icon Legend: CriticalCritical
16 HR TERM 1
Natural Resources CoreCritical
complete SCIL 101, NRES 101
4hr
C
SCIL 101 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the second term of enrollment.

Life Science
4hr
C
Completion of the Life Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the third term of enrollment.

College Algebra ReqtCritical
complete either MATH 104 or MATH 106
5hr
Completion of the Math requirement becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 1 Written
This course becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.
16 HR TERM 2
Life Science
4hr
C
Completion of the Life Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the third term of enrollment.

ACE 6 Economics
complete 1 from AECN 141, ECON 200, ECON 211, ECON 212
3hr
C

Earth Science
3hr
C

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5
3hr
C
Complete an ACE 5, 7, 8, or 9 requirement this term.

Comm/Interpersonal Skills
14 HR TERM 3
EcologyCritical
complete NRES 220, NRES 222
4hr
C
NRES 220 and 222 become critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 3 StatisticsCritical
complete either STAT 218 or STAT 380
3hr
C
STAT 218 or 380 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 4 Chemistry
complete either CHEM 105 or CHEM 109
4hr
C
Completion of a Chemistry Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 2 Oral Comm
14 HR TERM 4
Fisheries/WildlifeCritical
complete NRES 311
3hr
C
NRES 311 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the sixth term of enrollment.

ACE 4 Chemistry
complete either CHEM 106 or CHEM 110
4hr
C
Completion of a Chemistry Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 4 Physics
complete 1 from MSYM 109, PHYS 141, PHYS 151, PHYS 211
4hr
C
This course becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7
3hr
C
Complete an ACE 5, 7, 8, or 9 requirement this term.
16 HR TERM 5
Plant Course

Genetics
complete either AGRO 215 or BIOS 206
4hr
C

Policy Course
complete NRES 323
3hr
C

ACE 8 Ethical Principles
complete 1 from ACE8
3hr
C
Complete an ACE 5, 7, 8, or 9 requirement this term.

Electives
complete Any Course
3hr
Recommended taking courses towards Option Requirement if not complete.
15 HR TERM 6
Required Courses
complete NRES 386
3hr
C

Electives
complete Any Course
9hr
Recommended taking courses towards Option Requirement if not complete.

ACE 9 Global/Human Divers
complete 1 from ACE9
3hr
C
Complete an ACE 5, 7, 8, or 9 requirement this term.
16 HR TERM 7
Terr Vertebrat Ani Course
complete 1 from BIOS 475, NRES 474, NRES 476
3hr
C

Electives
complete Any Course
9hr
Recommended taking courses towards Option Requirement if not complete.

ACE 10 Capstone
complete NRES 433, NRES 233
4hr
C
14 HR TERM 8
Electives
complete Any Course
13hr
Recommended taking courses towards Option Requirement if not complete.

Independent Study/Career
complete either NRES 496 or NRES 497
1hr
C
Graduation Requirements
  1. 2.50 GPA required for graduation.
  2. ***Total Credits Applying Toward 120 Total Hours***


fisheries & wildlife - zoo animal care

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16 HR TERM 1
Natural Resources CoreCritical
complete SCIL 101, NRES 101
4hr
C
SCIL 101 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the second term of enrollment.

Life ScienceCritical
4hr
C
Completion of the Life Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the third term of enrollment.

College Algebra ReqtCritical
complete either MATH 104 or MATH 106
5hr
Completion of the Math requirement becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 1 Written
This course becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.
16 HR TERM 2
Life Science
4hr
C
Completion of the Life Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the third term of enrollment.

Earth Science
3hr
C

ACE 6 Economics
complete 1 from AECN 141, ECON 200, ECON 211, ECON 212
3hr
C

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5
3hr
C
Complete an ACE 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9 requirement this term.

Comm/Interpersonal Skills
14 HR TERM 3
EcologyCritical
complete either NRES 220 or NRES 222
4hr
C
NRES 220 and 222 become critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 3 Statistics
complete either STAT 218 or STAT 380
3hr
C
STAT 218 or 380 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 4 ChemistryCritical
complete either CHEM 105 or CHEM 109
4hr
C
Completion of a Chemistry Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 2 Oral Comm
14 HR TERM 4
Fisheries/WildlifeCritical
complete NRES 311
3hr
C
NRES 311 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the sixth term of enrollment

ACE 4 ChemistryCritical
complete either CHEM 106 or CHEM 110
4hr
C
Completion of a Chemistry Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 4 PhysicsCritical
complete 1 from MSYM 109, PHYS 141, PHYS 151, PHYS 211
4hr
C
This course becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7
3hr
C
Complete an ACE 5, 7, 8, or 9 requirement this term.
16 HR TERM 5
Plant Course

Genetics
complete either AGRO 215 or BIOS 206
4hr
C

Natural Resource Policy
complete NRES 323
3hr
C

ACE 8 Ethical Principles
complete 1 from ACE8
3hr
C
Complete an ACE 5, 7, 8, or 9 requirement this term.

Electives
complete Any Course
3hr
Recommended taking courses towards Option Requirement if not complete.
15 HR TERM 6
Required Course
complete NRES 386
3hr
C

Electives
complete Any Course
9hr
Recommended taking courses towards Option Requirement if not complete.

ACE 9 Global/Human Divers
complete 1 from ACE9
3hr
C
Complete an ACE 5, 7, 8, or 9 requirement this term.
16 HR TERM 7
Animal Course
complete 1 from BIOS 475, NRES 474, NRES 476, NRES 489
3hr
C

Electives
complete Any Course
9hr
Recommended taking courses towards Option Requirement if not complete.

ACE 10 Capstone
complete 2 from NRES 233, NRES 433, NRES 463, NRES 463L
4hr
C
14 HR TERM 8
Electives
complete Any Course
13hr
Recommended taking courses towards Option Requirement if not complete.

Independent Study/Career
complete either NRES 496 or NRES 497
1hr
C
Graduation Requirements
  1. 2.50 GPA required for graduation.
  2. ***Total Credits Applying Toward 120 Total Hours***

Career Information

The following represents a sample of the internships, jobs and graduate school programs that current students and recent graduates have reported.

Jobs of Recent Graduates

  • Fisheries Technician, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Conservation technician, Nebraska Game and Parks - Battle Creek NE
  • Highway Environmental Biologist, Nebraska Department of Roads - Lincoln NE
  • Sea Turtle Protection Intern, Bald Head Island Conservancy - Bald Head Island NC
  • Forest Products Program Leader, Nebraska Forest Service - Lincoln NE