Curriculum

UNL Graduate & Professional Course Catalog

NRT Trainees will participate in

  • specialized coursework
  • mini-courses
  • externships
  • seminars

designed to expose trainees to critical language, issues, and tools of watershed science and policy. Group activities will train fellows to integrate and apply knowledge by working with students in other disciplines in problem solving. The courses and activities will be the foundation for a formal unified graduate specialization in adaptive management within the participating departments. The repeated reinforcement of key concepts and skills in these activities over multiple years will develop scholars who can translate watershed science into effective policy based on a sophisticated understanding of linked social-environmental systems.

As NRT fellows, students will be required to take

  • two core courses
  • 3–6 credits of placement electives from courses with a track record of facilitating broad interdisciplinary skills, concepts or products
  • 3 of 5 mini-courses
  • in addition to coursework required by their home department.

Core Courses

  • Resilience in Complex Systems of Humans and Nature
  • Complexity Science at the FEWS nexus

Interdisciplinary placement electives

Pathways to Agriculture and Natural Resources for non-majors:

  • Great Plains Ecosystems
  • Hydroclimatology

Pathways to Social Sciences for non-majors:

  • Water Policy
  • Environmental Planning and Policy
  • Resource and Environmental Economics

Pathways to Engineering and Computer Science for non-majors:

  • Learning to Code
  • Data Analysis and Mining
  • Applied Robotics

Two-day mini-courses (1 credit hour each)

  • Applied Adaptive Management
  • Communication, Conflict Resolution, and Leadership
  • Software Carpentry
  • Modeling Complex Systems
  • Governance and Policy