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Adapted from the Office of the Registrar course listings.
An asterisk (*) following the four-digit number indicates the course is approved for graduate credit.

1000-level Courses

NREM 1012:Introduction to Natural Resource Ecology and Management Syllabus

Introduction to the wide variety of natural resources found globally with a focus on Oklahoma ecoregions. Overview of the ecology and management of natural resources in the pine-hardwood forest, the Cross Timbers, and the tallgrass, mixed-grass and shortgrass prairies. Academic and career options presented through guest speakers.

NREM 1014: Introduction to Natural History (L,N) Lecture Syllabus Lab Syllabus

Lab 2. The study of living organisms especially their origins, life histories, behaviors, conservation, and unique adaptations for reproducing and relating to their environment. Laboratory emphasis is on observation and investigation of the diversity and adaptations of living organisms.

NREM 1113: Elements of Forestry Syllabus

Lab 3. Survey of forestry as an art, science and profession including forestry and natural resource management theory, forest distribution and ownership, history of forest resource policy development, forest protection, wildlife interactions, forest ecosystem process, current issues, and career opportunities. One required two-day field trip.

NREM 1213: Introduction to Wood Properties and Products Syllabus

Lab 2. Anatomical, physical and mechanical properties of solid wood and wood products. Macroscopic and microscopic identification of wood. Principles of manufacture of lumber, plywood and wood composites. Biological deterioration of wood and main wood preservation techniques. One weekend field trip required.

2000-level Courses

NREM 2013: Ecology and Natural Resources Syllabus

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1114 or PLNT 1213. Introductory focus on understanding and applying general ecological principles to agricultural and natural ecosystems. Emphasis on relationships between climate, soils, agricultural, and natural ecosystems. Topics include nutrient cycles, energy flow, species interactions, biological diversity, productivity, sustainability, and landscape and ecosystem management.

NREM 2103: Forest Measurements Syllabus

Lab 2. Prerequisite(s): 1114; MATH 1715 (or MATH 1513 and 1613); STAT 2013 (or concurrent). An introduction to the measurements of forests, forest products, standing trees, growth, and the application of mensurational techniques to timber valuation and analysis. Measurement techniques of non-timber components of forest resources.

NREM 2112: Timber Harvesting  Syllabus

Lab 3. Theory and strategies of planning and management of timber harvesting. Harvesting techniques including felling, bucking, skidding operations, and cable yarding. Timber harvest cost analysis, safety aspects of harvesting, and principles of forest road building. Field practices in road design and surveying. Field trips to industrial timber harvesting operations.

NREM 2134: Dendrology Syllabus

Lab 4. Identification, taxonomy and distribution of forest trees and shrubs of the United States; their environmental requirements and utilization.

3000-level Courses

NREM 3012: Applied Ecology Laboratory Syllabus

Lab 2. Prerequisite(s): 3103 or concurrent. Field experience aimed at navigating and working effectively and safely in the natural environment. Identification, measurement and interpretation of abiotic and biotic components to understand and describe ecosystem function and current natural resource management tools and issues. Focus on representative forest, grassland and aquatic ecosystems.

NREM 3013: Applied Ecology and Conservation  Syllabus

Lab 2. Prerequisite(s):BOT 1404 or ZOOL 1604; SOIL 2124 preferred. Development of critical thinking for conservation and land management through the application of ecological concepts and theory. Principles of population, community, ecosystem and landscape ecology, with applications to management of wildlife, fisheries, forest and rangeland resources. Application of scientific method and literature to natural resource ecology and management.

NREM 3063: Natural Resource Biometrics Syllabus

Lab 2. Prerequisite(s): STAT 2013; and MATH 1513 or 1483. Application of statistical concepts to problems in natural resource sampling and estimation including simple random sampling, stratified sampling, regression analysis, double sampling and ratio and regression estimation. Statistical analysis using spreadsheets. Applications to forest, range and wildlife management.

NREM 3083: Geospatial Technologies for Natural Resources Syllabus

Lab 3. Prerequisite(s): MATH 1483, 1493 or 1513. Principles and techniques of aerial photogrammetry, remote sensing, aerial photo interpretation, and geographic information systems. Applications to management of natural resources utilizing photogrammetric instrumentation and geographic information system software.

NREM 3101: Forest Resource Field Studies Syllabus

Lab 2. Prerequisite(s): 2134 and BOT 1404 and SOIL 2124. One-week summer presession field experience at an off-campus site. Field study in the dynamics of forest ecosystems and related components including trees, soils, water, fauna, and associated flora as they relate to site productivity and the production of resource outputs, products, and services.

NREM 3102: Forest Measurements II Syllabus

Lab 4. Prerequisite(s): 2103. Two-week summer presession field experience at an off-campus site. Land, tree, stand and forest-level measurements, and the use and care of measurement equipment. Emphasis on statistical and tactical design of forest inventory methods, and their implementation in the field.

NREM 3103: Natural Resource Field Studies Syllabus

Lab 6. Three-week summer presession field experience at an off-campus site. Field study, analysis, and assessment of natural resource ecosystems at multiple scales with application to integrated management of forest, wildlife, range, water, soil, and recreation resources to sustain a broad array of uses and values, and to understand associated ecological, social, policy, and ethical issues. Includes visitations to private and public natural resource lands and projects

NREM 3224: Silviculture Syllabus

Lab 2. Prerequisite(s): 3213 or 2013. Theory and practice of controlling forest establishment, composition, structure, and growth to meet multiple objectives. Principles and techniques of natural and artificial regeneration, intermediate cultural treatments, and silvicultural systems applicable in various forest cover types. Two-day field trip is required.

NREM 3502: Wildlife Law Enforcement Syllabus

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing and consent of instructor. Survey of state and federal wildlife laws with emphasis on Oklahoma statutory and regulatory laws pertaining to wildlife. Lectures, guest lectures, videotapes and field exercises.

NREM 3503: Principles of Wildlife Ecology and Management Syllabus

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 3034 or NREM 3213. Biological basis for the management of wildlife populations and habitats, with emphasis on current management problems.

NREM 3523: Fish and Wildlife Population Biology Syllabus

Prerequisite(s): 3034 or concurrent enrollment. Dynamics of fish and wildlife populations resulting from reproduction, competition, predation, movement, and exploitation. Effects of life history patterns on population growth and management strategies. Methods for measuring distribution, abundance, survival, and growth of fish and wildlife populations. Management strategies for fish and wildlife populations.

NREM 3613: Rangeland Management Syllabus

Prerequisite(s): 2613 or 3213 or BIOL 3034; SOIL 2124. Managing and restoring rangelands using prescribed burning, grazing and seeding. Managing invasive species with herbicides and mechanical treatments.

NREM 3713: Wildlife Fire Ecology and Management Syllabus

Prerequisite(s): Introductory Biology (BIOL 1114) or equivalent, and university-level ecology course (e.g. NREM 2013).  Comprehensive introduction to fundamentals of wildland fire: chemistry and physics of fire, fuel and weather influences on fire behavior, ecological effects of fire, interaction of fire and vegetation, history of humans and fire, fire management and suppression, prescribed fire and future of wildland fire.

4000-level courses

NREM 4001: Issues in Global Change Syllabus

Student led discussion to learn the causes and consequences of global change and practical implications for natural resource ecology and management.

NREM 4023: Restoration Ecology Syllabus

Prerequisite(s): 2013 or BIOL 3034. Application of ecological theory to the practice of ecological restoration to improve populations, communities, and ecosystems degraded directly or indirectly by human activities.

NREM 4033: Ecology of Invasive Species Syllabus

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1114; and BOT 1404 and ZOOL 1604 recommended. Ecological principles and their application to invasive species. Population level characteristics; community and ecosystem level effects of a wide variety of taxa including microbial, fungal, plant, invertebrate, and vertebrate examples. Global consequences and governmental policies/programs designed to limit the spread of invasives.

NREM 4043*: Natural Resource Administration and Policy Syllabus Schedule

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing. Natural resource policy and legislation; ethics relating to natural resources; natural resource organizations and how they function to include structure, supervision, and financing of federal, state, and private natural resource enterprises.

NREM 4053*: Natural Resource Recreation Syllabus

Ecological, historical, social and policy basis for recreational use and management of natural resources, including an analysis of planning, management, and administrative frameworks for providing a diversity of recreational opportunities, benefits, and resource values.

NREM 4063: Ecotourism and Wilderness Management Syllabus

Principles, applications, management approaches, case-studies and issues associated with ecotourism and wilderness use for a diversity of values and benefits. Historical, social, cultural, economic, political, and ecological foundations and implications of nature-based tourism and wilderness recreation.

NREM 4093: Natural Resources, People and Sustainable Development (I) Syllabus

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Relationship between people, the land, and associated natural resources in the developing world, including the ecological and cultural basis for resource use and development. Examines issues of traditional agriculture and deforestation, and explores sustainable strategies for land use, resource management, and community development. Includes two-week study abroad component.

NREM 4213: Forest Biology Syllabus

Prerequisite(s): BOT 1404. The growth and response of trees and forests to environmental, cultural and genetic factors. Application of physiological principles in predicting the effects of cultural practices on tree growth.

NREM 4234*: Forest Management and Economics

Prerequisites: NREM 3224 and AGEC 1113. Regulation of forest growing stock to meet financial and biological management objectives; stand level optimization; linear programming principles in harvest scheduling; timberland taxation; timberland investment criteria; risk and uncertainty in timberland investment; economics of non-market goods. Previously offered as NREM 4323.

NREM 4333*: Forest Resource Management: Planning and Decision-Making Syllabus

Lab 2. Prerequisite(s): 4323. Integrated problem solving, to apply biological, quantitative, economic, political, and administrative principles in solving forest resource management problems.

NREM 4403: Wetland Ecology and Managment Syllabus

Lab 3. Prerequisite(s): 3513 or BIOL 3034, or NREM 3213 or consent of instructor. Ecology, classification, restoration, and management of wetlands. Adaptations of wetland plants and animals, structure and function of wetlands, field identification of wetland plants, restoration techniques, wetland classification systems, management and conservation of wetlands, and regulatory processes.

NREM 4414*: Fisheries Management Syllabus

Lab 4. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 3034. Techniques and principles involved in management of fishes. Field trip fee required.

NREM 4424: Fisheries Techniques  Syllabus

Lab 4. Prerequisite(s): 4414, BIOL 3034, and ENGL 3323 strongly recommended. Research techniques and methodology in fisheries science, including sampling design, habitat measurements, sampling gears and abundance estimation, age and growth analysis, recreational surveys, data analysis, and report writing. No credit for students with credit in 5424*.

NREM 4443: Watershed Hydrology and Water Quality Syllabus

Lab 2. A study of the effects of land management on non-point source pollution of surface waters. Basic watershed hydrology and the role of hydrologic processes and watershed characteristics in controlling the quantity and quality of water from watersheds. Forest, range and agricultural land uses. Discussion of methods of non-point source pollution control.

NREM 4452: Pond Management Syllabus

Principles and practice of aquatic plant management, pond construction, and maintenance, fish population management, and human factors associated with pond ownership and management. No credit for students with credit in NREM 5452. Prerequisite: BIOL1114.

NREM 4453: Aquaculture Syllabus

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1114.   Introduction to the principles of freshwater finfish production with an emphasis on warm water species. No credit for student having completed NREM 5453.

NREM 4464*: Ornithology Syllabus

Lab 2. Prerequisite(s): ZOOL 1604. Classification, evolution, distribution, identification, life histories, and morphological, ecological, and behavioral adaptations of birds. Two weekend field trips required.
(Same course as ZOOL 4464*)

NREM 4473: Global Issues of Water and Ecosystem Management - Currently not offered. Contact Dr. Zou.

Prerequisite(s): 2013 or 3213 or BIOL 3034 or equivalent with instructor consent. Principles and concepts related to integrated fresh water resource management and its provisions for ecosystem and human needs. Examination of water issues related to ecosystem management practices in geographic locations including Alaska, Africa, North America and South America.

NREM 4524: Wildlife Management Techniques Syllabus

Lab 4. Prerequisite(s): 4513, ENGL 3323 strongly recommended. Research techniques and methodology in wildlife science. Experimental design, wildlife population and habitat analysis, wildlife and vegetation sampling techniques, aging and sexing techniques, and report preparation and presentation.

NREM 4533: Wildlife Management for Game Species Syllabus

Prerequisite(s): 3503; and BIOL 3034 or concurrent enrollment. Life history attributes and habitat relationships of game species relative to life history strategies; conservation and management strategies for game species; and federal and state policies influencing game species management.

NREM 4543: Wildlife Management for Biodiversity Syllabus

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 3034 or concurrent enrollment. Exploration of relationships among wildlife and the habitat features that limit or sustain their distributions. Topics span global biogeography to Oklahoma ecoregions. Group exercises in original literature discussion and production of habitat models.

NREM 4603: Range and Pasture Utilization (cross-listed with ANSI 4203)

Prerequisite: NREM 3613. Investigation of livestock and forage interactions that impact productivity in the utilization of rangeland and improved pastures. Same course as ANSI 4203.

NREM 4613: Rangeland Resources Planning Syllabus

Inventory of ranch resources, survey and evaluation of ranch practices, and economic analysis. Development of a comprehensive ranch management plan. Managing rangeland and ranch resources in a social context. Written and oral reports. Field trips required. (Same course as ANSI 4973)

NREM 4741: Wildland Firefighter Training - Winter Intersession Course

Training for Type 2 (FFT2) wildland firefighting positions with US government agencies. Provides qualifications to participate in prescribed fire and other wildland fire operations including: ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, and monitoring.

NREM 4783: Prescribed Fire Syllabus

Lab 3. Prerequisite(s): 3613. When to use prescribed fire and how to use prescribed fire to accomplish specific land management objectives. Writing prescribed fire plans, policy and laws, weather, equipment, conducting burns, and post-burn mop-up. Field trips required.

NREM 4793: Advanced Prescribed Fire Syllabus

Lab 3. Prerequisite(s): 4783 or consent of instructor. Preparing fire plans and executing prescribed fires as the fireboss. No credit for both NREM 4793 and NREM 5793. (Same course as 5793*)

NREM 4960: Undergraduate Internship Syllabus

1-6 credits, max 6. Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Supervised internship with an approved natural resource business, government agency, or nongovernment organization, including a diversity of learning opportunities in a workplace environment. Maximum credit requires a three month, full-time internship. Bi-weekly progress reports and final paper required. Graded on a pass-fail basis.

NREM 4980: Undergraduate Research Problems

1-3 credits, max 3, Lab 1-3. Prerequisite(s): Upper-division standing, GPA of 2.50 or better and consent of instructor. Participation in faculty research or execution of a research problem formulated by the student.

NREM 4990*: Special Topics in Natural Resource Ecology and Management Syllabus

1-3 credits, max 12. Advanced topics and new developments in natural resource ecology and management.

5000-level Courses

NREM 5000*: Master's Thesis or Report

1-6 credits, max 6 (Thesis), 2 (Report). Independent research planned, conducted and reported in consultation with a major professor.

NREM 5020*: Graduate Seminar Syllabus

1 credit, max 10. Special topics in Natural Resource Ecology and Management; philosophy, methods and interpretation of research.

NREM 5023*: Restoration Ecology

Application of ecological theory to ecological restoration with the goal of improving populations, communities and ecosystems degraded directly or indirectly by human activities. Case studies and applications of ecological principles to restorations across circumstances and systems will be discussed. May not be used for degree credit with NREM 4023.

NREM 5030*: Special Problems in Natural Resource Ecology and Management Syllabus

1-9 credits, max 9. Special problems in areas of natural resource ecology and management other than those covered in the student’s thesis research.

NREM 5033*: Ecology of Invasive Species Syllabus

Ecological principles and their application to invasive species. Discussion of population level characteristics and community and ecosystem level effects of a wide variety of taxa including invasive microbial, fungal, plant, invertebrate, and vertebrate examples. Current global consequences and governmental policies/programs designed to limit the spread of invasives. No credit for students having completed NREM 4033.

NREM 5033*: Ecology of Invasive Species (AG-IDEA)

Ecological principles and their application to invasive species. Discussion of population level characteristics and community and ecosystem level effects of a wide variety of taxa including invasive microbial, fungal, plant, invertebrate, and vertebrate examples. Current global consequences and governmental policies/programs designed to limit the spread of invasives. No credit for students having completed NREM 4033.

NREM 5043*: Ecology and Evolution of Symbiosis Syllabus

Ecology and evolution of symbiotic and mutualistic interactions in different ecosystems. Theory, current questions, and general patterns involving biotic interactions of plants and animals with other plants, animals, or microbes.

NREM 5053*: Global Ecology and Biogeochemistry Syllabus

Examines key nutrient pools and transformations in the atmosphere, soils, and hydrosphere, with an emphasis on the role of living organisms in nutrient transformations and fluxes. Emphasis placed on processes relevant to biogeochemical cycles at ecosystem and global scales in reference to aspects of global change.

NREM 5063*: Production Ecology Syllabus

Prerequisite(s): 3213 or BIOL 3034. Mechanisms driving the growth and productivity of terrestrial ecosystems in response to resource availability, genetics, disturbance, and climate. Factors affecting the distribution and productivity of biomes, relationship between leaf area and productivity, effects of diversity on productivity, the proximal causes of increased growth associated with resource additions, and using process models to predict growth.

NREM 5073*: Sampling and Modeling Ecological Populations Syllabus

Prerequisite(s): STAT 5013 or equivalent. Ecological modeling approaches including deterministic, stochastic, state and 2transition, population matrices, and Bayesian networks. Modeling philosophy, interpretation, and using models for synthesis. Basics of model building, systems of equations, risk analysis, error budgets, constraining models for biological realism, and scaling. Examination of models impacting environmental policy, carbon sequestration, population viability analysis, forest growth and sustainability.

NREM 5083*: Applied Landscape Ecology Syllabus

Lab 3. Advanced ecology and management of grasslands, shrublands, and forests. Understanding the effects of grazing, fire and other disturbances on biotic and abiotic processes. Vegetation dynamics, wildlife habitat evaluation, woody plant encroachment, rangeland monitoring, and landscape ecology. Field trips required at additional cost to students.

NREM 5093*: Community Natural Resource Management

Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Theoretical frameworks, methodological investigation and applied practices to enhance the ability of community development professionals to work with their communities to plan, develop, and monitor the development of natural resources with multiple functions.

NREM 5093*: Community Natural Resource Management (AG-IDEA)

NREM 5130*: Special Topics in Forestry

1-3 credits, max 9. Advanced study on special topics in forestry.

NREM 5133*: Advanced Topics in Forest Biometrics  Syllabus

Prerequisite(s): 3363 or equivalent; STAT 5013 concurrently or equivalent. Quantitative description of forest populations and methods for modeling forest growth and development. Sampling techniques for forest populations.

NREM 5193*: Spatial and Non-spacial Data Base Management Syllabus

Prerequisite(s): One course in statistics and programming experience. Methods of acquiring, managing and analyzing spatial data using geographic information systems. Management of non-spatial data using relational database managers. Development of applications using these tools for evaluating and managing natural resources.

NREM 5403*: Advanced Wetland Ecology Syllabus

Prerequisite(s): A course in aquatic ecology or wetland management recommended. Principles and theory of wetland ecology with a focus on wetland processes, functions, and services. Topics include wetland geomorphology, biogeochemistry and hydrology of wetlands, wetland functions and services, wetland development, wetland restoration, water issues, wetland policy, philosophy of wetland management, and educating society about wetlands. (Same course as ZOOL 5303)

NREM 5424*:Fisheries Techniques  Syllabus

Lab 4. Prerequisite(s): 4414, BIOL 3034, and ENGL 3323 strongly recommended. Research techniques and methodology in fisheries science, including sampling design, habitat measurements, sampling gears and abundance estimation, age and growth analysis, recreational surveys, data analysis and report writing. No credit for students with credit in 4424.

NREM 5430*: Special Topics in Fisheries

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Advanced study on special topics in fisheries. Offered for variable credit, 1-3 credit hours, maximum of 9 credit hours.

NREM 5433*: Fisheries Science Syllabus

Prerequisite(s): 4414 or equivalent or consent of instructor. Principles of fisheries science as they relate to fish and aquatic biota, their habitats, and the humans who utilize them.

NREM 5443*: Watershed Hydrology and Water Quality Syllabus

Lab 2. Processes that comprise the hydrologic cycle and how land use affects those processes and the quantity and quality of water from watersheds, focusing on surface water from forest, range and agricultural watersheds. Measurement and evaluation of water quantity and quality. Intended for graduate students new to the water resources field. No credit for students having completed 4443.

NREM 5452: Pond Management Syllabus

Principles and practice of aquatic plant management, pond construction and maintenance, fish population management, and human factors associated with pond ownership and management. No credit for students with degree credit in NREM 4452. Prerequisite: BIOL1114

NREM 5453: Aquaculture Syllabus

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1114.   Introduction to the principles of freshwater finfish production with an emphasis on warm water species.

NREM 5473*: Stream Ecology Syllabus

Lab 4. Prerequisite(s): Course in ecology strongly recommended. Ecology of streams and rivers, physical and chemical properties, biotic assemblages and interactions, ecosystem pro cesses and theories and human impact.

NREM 5483*: Ecohydrology  Syllabus

Prerequisite(s): 2013 or 3213 or BIOL 3034 or equivalent with instructor consent. Concepts, framework and challenges in ecohydrology. Soil water control on vegetation structure, function and distribution. Vegetation feedback on water budget in water limited ecosystems. Ecological and hydrological interaction associated with land use, land cover change and climate variability.

NREM 5493*: Social Dimensions in Aquatic Ecology Syllabus

Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor. Role of humans as implementers of policy, as users of resources, and as scientists in aquatic ecology.

NREM 5513*: Applied Wildlife Behavior

Importance of wildlife behavior to individual survival, reproduction, and implications for population ecology, community ecology, conservation, and management. Wildlife is broadly defined in this class; topics include habitat selection, dispersal, & migration.

NREM 5523*: Population Ecology Syllabus

Lab 2.5. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 3034, MATH 1513. Theory and principles of predicting and analyzing population abundance and dynamics. Life history theory, foraging theory, habitat selection, population genetics, and species interactions. (Same course as ZOOL 5523*)

NREM 5530*: Special Topics in Wildlife

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Advanced study on special topics in wildlife. Offered for variable credit, 1-3 credit hours, maximum of 9 credit hours.

NREM 5583*: Wetland Wildlife Ecology Syllabus

Prerequisite(s): 4513 or consent of instructor. Ecology and management of wetland dependent wildlife species with an emphasis on the autecology, adaptations for inhabiting wetland systems, and management problems associated with these taxa.

NREM 5660*: Special Topics in Rangeland Science

2-4 credits, max 4. Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Selected topics in rangeland research methods or other rangeland topics.

NREM 5673*: Rangeland Resources Watershed Management

Management of anthropogenic activities and physical/biological functions or processes on water and rangeland watersheds. Emphasizes preventative and restorative strategies in a natural resource rangeland setting.

NREM 5673*: Rangeland Resources Watershed Managment (AG-IDEA)

Management of anthropogenic activities and physical/biological functions or processes on water and rangeland watersheds. Emphasizes preventative and restorative strategies in a natural resource rangeland setting.

NREM 5682*: Grassland Plant Identification

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Study and identification of plants that have ecological and/or agricultural importance in the Great Plains. Grassland ecosystems and plant characteristics including forage value, palatability, and utilization by both domestic livestock and wildlife. Cultural and historical uses of grassland.

NREM 5682*: Grassland Plant Identification (AG-IDEA)

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Study and identification of plants that have ecological and/or agricultural importance in the Great Plains. Grassland ecosystems and plant characteristics including forage value, palatability, and utilization by both domestic livestock and wildlife. Cultural and historical uses of grassland.

NREM 5683*: Grazing Ecology and Managment (AG-IDEA)

NREM 5692*: Grassland Monitoring and Assessment

Vegetation sampling theory and plot selection. Quantitative measures used in vegetation analysis, root growth, and utilization. Use of the similarity index, and plant community health and trends for grassland monitoring and assessment.

NREM 5692*: Grassland Monitoring and Assessment (AG-IDEA)

Vegetation sampling theory and plot selection. Quantitative measures used in vegetation analysis, root growth, and utilization. Use of the similarity index, and plant community health and trends for grassland monitoring and assessment. Course available online only through distance education.

NREM 5693*: Principles of Forage Quality and Evaluation to Ruminate

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Chemical characteristics of forage components and the laboratory procedures used to evaluate forages for grazing livestock. Interactions with ruminant physiology and digestion that influence forage feeding value. Students should have a strong background in the basic principles of chemistry, ruminant nutrition, and plant physiology.

NREM 5693*: Principles of Forage Quality and Evaluation to Ruminate (AG-IDEA)

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Chemical characteristics of forage components and the laboratory procedures used to evaluate forages for grazing livestock. Interactions with ruminant physiology and digestion that influence forage feeding value. Students should have a strong background in the basic principles of chemistry, ruminant nutrition, and plant physiology.

NREM 5713*: Grassland Fire Ecology

Ecological effects of fire on grassland ecosystems. Examination of the history of fire, societal use of fire, fire behavior in relation to fuel and weather, and conducting and safety of prescribed burns.

NREM 5713*: Grassland Fire Ecology (AG-IDEA)

Ecological effects of fire on grassland ecosystems. Examination of the history of fire, societal use of fire, fire behavior in relation to fuel and weather, and conducting and safety of prescribed burns.

NREM 5723*: Ecology of Fire Dependent Ecosystems Syllabus

Prerequisite(s): Any ecology course. Role of fire and the interactions with land use, weather, and climate change in fire-dependent ecosystems. Responses of species composition, diversity, annual net primary productivity, nutrient cycling, and ecosystem management in diverse ecosystems.

NREM 5783*: Prescribed Fire  Syllabus - Currently not offered. Contact Dr. Weir.

When to use prescribed fire and how to use prescribed fire to accomplish specific land management objectives. Writing prescribed fire plans, policy and laws, weather, equipment, conducting burns, and post-burn mop-up. Field trips required.

NREM 5793*: Advanced Prescribed Fire Syllabus

Lab 3. Prerequisite(s): 4783 or consent of instructor. Preparing fire plans and executing prescribed fires as the fireboss. No credit for both 4793 and 5793.

NREM 6000*: Doctoral Dissertation

1-15 credits, max 45. Independent research planned, conducted and reported in consultation with major professor.

NREM 6010*: Advanced Topics and Conference

1-6 credits, max 6. Prerequisite(s): MS degree. Supervised study of advanced topics. A reading and conference course designed to acquaint the advanced student with fields not covered in other courses.