Department of Natural Resources
Dennis Becker, Dean; Steven R. Shook, Associate Dean; (202 College of Natural Resources Bldg.; 208-885-6442).
With approximately 90 percent of its area in forest and range lands, together with its wealth of water resources, Idaho offers excellent opportunities for undergraduate and graduate study in all the disciplines related to management of renewable resources of wildlands. The college has its own research organization, the Forest, Wildlife and Range Experiment Station, including the Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and the Cooperative Park Studies Unit. All faculty members have teaching responsibilities in the college as well as research responsibilities in the experiment station. Additional facilities include the Taylor Wilderness Research Station, in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area, the Experimental Forest near Moscow, the Lee A. Sharp Experimental Area near Burley, Idaho, the McCall Field Campus in central Idaho, and the USDA Rocky Mountain Research Station, Forestry Sciences Laboratory, in Moscow.
Admission for graduate study normally requires completion of course work equivalent to that required in one of the undergraduate curricula offered by the college. Students with differing backgrounds but substantial preparation in the sciences may also be admitted. The study plans developed will allow for differences in preparation while providing all students with comparable backgrounds by the time the graduate program is completed.
Natural Resources Graduate Program
Candidate must fulfill the requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and of the College of Natural Resources. See the College of Graduate Studies section for the general requirements applicable to each degree.
NR 101 Exploring Natural Resources
Introduction to the interdisciplinary fields and professions in natural resources. Includes field trips. (Fall only)
NR 200 (s) Seminar
NR 203 (s) Workshop
NR 204 (s) Special Topics
NR 211 Undergrad Research Experience I
Introduction to the scientific method in natural resources and environmental sciences, including ethics as it applies to research. Students are selected through an application process and are provided a budget to pursue a research topic of interest. Depending on project, student may participate in trips and laboratory study.
NR 212 Undergrad Research Experience II
Continuation of NR 211. Focus on describing data and various methods of reporting research results. Depending on project, student may participate in field trips and laboratory study. Participation in UI Undergraduate Research Symposium is expected.
Prereq: NR 211
NR 299 (s) Directed Study
NR 300 Ecology and Conservation Biology Thesis Seminar
A survey of issues related to professional development and thesis preparation in the field of Ecology and Conservation Biology.
Prereq: Instructor Permission
NR 321 Ecology
Fundamental principles of the science of ecology. Major topics covered by the course include the physical environment, how organisms interact with each other and their environment, evolutionary processes, population dynamics, communities, energy flow and ecosystems, human influences on ecosystems, and the integration and scaling of ecological processes through systems ecology. Computer-based materials are used extensively for guided independent learning of ecology. Course information: EcologyOnline.net. Recommended Preparation: Introductory botany and zoology.
Prereq: Introductory Biology or Permission
NR 322 Field Ecology
Introduction to field methods in the science of ecology. This field course, offered in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, emphasizes a unique outdoor experience for ecological observations and understanding. Methods for monitoring and ecological assessment will include experimental design, use of instruments for data collection, and data analysis.
Prereq: BIOL 102 and BIOL 102L, BIOL 114, BIOL 115, BIOL 115L or Permission
Coreq: NR 321
NR 400 (s) Seminar
NR 403 (s) Workshop
NR 404 (s) Special Topics
NR 405 (s) Professional Development
NR 406 Teaching Assistant Practicum
Instructional and other classroom assistance for NR 101 performed by students under faculty supervision.
NR 407 Natural Resource Ambassador Practicum
1-2 credits, max 12
Student ambassadors are selected through an application and interview process to represent CNR to future students at recruiting activities and functions. Students will learn skills in leadership, communication, networking, public speaking, and time management. Students will be responsible for visiting high schools, attending college and career fairs, recruiting events on campus.
NR 497 Senior Thesis
1-3 credits, max 3
Independently plan and conduct a thesis project; write and defend the thesis under supervision of a supervisor.
Prereq: Senior standing and Permission
NR 498 (s) Internship
NR 499 (s) Directed Study
For the individual student; conferences, library, field, or lab work.
Prereq: Senior standing in the College of Natural Resources, 2.5 GPA, and Permission
NR 501 (s) Seminar
Major philosophy, management, and research problems of wildlands; presentation of individual studies on assigned topics.
NR 502 (s) Directed Study
NR 503 (s) Workshop
Selected topics in the conservation and management of natural resources.
NR 504 (s) Special Topics
NR 505 Advanced GIS Applications in Wildlife Sciences
Advanced wildlife GIS applications focusing on spatial home range computations and habitat studies; accelerated.
Prereq: GIS experience or Permission
NR 507 Moral Reasoning in Natural Resources
Exploration of the practical aspects of moral reasoning on current issues in natural resources. The purpose of the course is to discover the essence of reasoning, rationality, and reflection on moral and ethical dilemmas with regard to current issues in natural resources.
NR 511 Preparing Scientific Manuscripts
Details the preparation of manuscripts for thesis chapters and submission to peer-reviewed journals. Exercises include identifying scope, unique requirements for manuscript parts, use of graphing and reference database tools, editing and peer reviewing. Two 75-minute classes per week, first half of semester. Second half of semester involves weekly writing workshops to finalize projects. Entry into class requires possession of analyzed data set.
Prereq: Instructor Permission
NR 525 Scientific Graphics Design
Principles of graphics design for science, including the graphical presentation of data for printed and electronic journals, poster presentations, and oral presentations. Students will analyze published scientific graphics as well as learn to design their own graphs based on data from their graduate research or other sources.
NR 598 (s) Internship
NR 599 (s) Non-thesis Master's Research
Research not directly related to a thesis or dissertation.
NR 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation
Prereq: Admission to the doctoral program in Natural Resources and Department Permission