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NRES 109 - Water and Society

An Introductory water science and social science course for undergraduate science majors and non-majors.

When: Spring 2018 - Mondays & Wednesdays - 1:00 - 1:50 p.m.
Prerequisites: None
Ace: 4, 8

This engaging course is taught by an interdisciplinary team of professors identified as highly-effective instructors by 95 percent of former students. If you use water - you should take this course! Students will have an opportunity to enhance their understanding of global water issues by:

  • Creating infographics
  • Using computer-based models to make decisions about water
  • Interacting and learning from stakeholders and industry professionals

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Arboriculture

NRES 299 - Special Topics: Arboriculture

When: Spring 2018 - Mondays, Wednesdays & Friday - 10:00 - 10:50 a.m.

By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate basic site preparation, planting, and pruning of woody trees and shrubs. Students also will be able to evaluate plants in relation to planting, pruning, and health, and devise a detailed tree selection plan through site selection criteria and client objectives.

The course is a beginner-level one offered to any interested students with junior standing. Students interested in landscape architecture, horticulture, landscape or city planning, construction, or anyone who has an interest in learning to care for trees is welcome to enroll.

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Traffic Landscape Garbage Dump

NRES 330 - Environmental Health

When: Spring 2018 - Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays - 10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
Ace: 8

This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of how environmental exposures to physical, chemical, biological hazards influence human health. We aim to instill a permanent awareness of environmental influences on health. This course will engage students interested in public health to environmental health and students of natural environment to the public health aspects of environmental issues.

Using a One-Health approach, the course will offer students basic knowledge in the core concepts of toxicology, exposure and risk, vulnerable populations and the interrelationship between human health and ecosystem health.

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Bat Ducks Fox

NRES 498-Section 1 - Special Topics: Wildlife Health

When: Spring 2018 - Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays - 1:00 - 1:50 p.m.
Location: Hardin Hall

If you are interested in the health of free-ranging and captive wildlife populations, join us this spring to explore topics including wildlife diseases of conservation and public health concern, human impacts on wildlife (wind and solar development, toxins, and plastics), and strategies to improve wildlife health.

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Snake Owl

NRES 498- Special Topics: Zookeeping and Management

When: Spring 2018 - Tuesdays - 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Hardin Hall, Room 228
ACE: 10

  • Learn about zookeeping and management from zoo professionals at both the Lincoln Children's Zoo and Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
  • Visit both zoos with amazing behind the scene tours.
  • Train an animal
  • Learn to develop exhibits and so much more
  • Field trips required.

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In the event the prerequisites or corequisites listed on this web page do not match those in the UNL catalog, the prerequisites in the catalog have precedence. The prerequisites/corequisites and course objectives listed here are those approved by the School of Natural Resources Faculty.

NRES 107 - Invasive Plant Species: Impacts on Ecosystems - On-line Course
Lec 3, quz 1. Prereq: None Online only 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 cross-listing: AGRO/NRES 107/107X.)
NRES 108 - Earth's Natural Resource Systems Laboratory - On-line Course
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 temporals scales, and role of humans as part of the system.
NRES 111 - Natural Resource Conservation in Society - On-line Course
Explore and distinguish the values, civics, and stewardship within a dynamic human dominated world. Students will discuss and critically analyze current issues related to conservation of natural resources. (Course cross-listing: None.)
NRES 130 - People of the Great Plains - On-line Course
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.
NRES 220 - Principles of Ecology - On-line Course
Principles of Ecology (BIOS 220) (3 cr) Lec 3. Prereq: 4 hrs BIOS; MATH 101 or 103. NRES/BIOS 220 is not open to students who have completed BIOS 207. NRES/BIOS 220 will not count toward a major in biological sciences. Ecology as a quantitative discipline that integrates the life and earth sciences to understand the dynamics of natural and managed ecosystems. (Course cross-listing: BIOS/NRES 220.)
NRES 289 - People and the Land: Human Environmental Interactions on the Great Plains - On-line Course
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 cross-listing: GEOG/NRES 289.)
NRES 319 - Fundamentals of Environmental Sampling - On-line Course
Prereq: SOIL 153; WATS 281; CHEM 105 or 109; Recommend STAT 218. Development of sampling plans and quality assurance project plans (QAPP). Stepwise procedures for correct sampling of soil-air-water environments. Data quality assessment.
NRES 361 - Soils, Environment and Water Quality - On-line Course
Soils, Environment and Water Quality (AGRO, GEOL, WATS 361) (3 cr II) Lec 3. Prereq: PHYS 141 or equivalent, one year chemistry, one semester biology and one of the following: AGRO 153 or GEOL 101 or CHEM 116 or 221. Selected soil properties that influence environmental and water quality. Waste site selection criteria, cleanup and remedial action, as well as federal regulations. Particular contaminants discussed vary but can include radioactive materials, pesticides, oil, sewage, nitrates, as well as other organic and inorganic materials. Identifying processes and role soil plays in modifying waste. Effects of particle soil properties on contaminant movement and attenuation. (Course cross-listing: AGRO/GEOL/NRES/SOIL/WATS 361.)
NRES 402 - Aquatic Insects - On-line Course
Aquatic Insects (NRES 402/802; BIOS 485/885) (2 cr I) Lec 2. Prereq: 12 hrs biological sciences or permission. Offered fall semester of odd-numbered calendar years. Biology and ecology of aquatic insects. (Course cross-listing: BIOS 485/885, ENTO/NRES 402/802.)
NRES 413 - Environmental Leadership - On-line Course
Environmental Leadership (NRES 413/813) (3 cr) Lec 3. Major leaders in conservation and ecology that emphasizes agricultural and cultural issues and relationships with the environment. (Course cross-listing: ALEC 410/810, NRES 413/813.)
NRES 422 - Laboratory Earth: Earth's Changing Systems - On-line Course
Fundamental concepts related to understanding Earth's changing natural systems in the past, present and the future. Specific emphasis on the cycling of matter and energy, the relationship between human activity and environmental change, and the consequence of these relationships. (Course cross-listing: NRES 422/822.)
NRES 802 - Aquatic Insects - On-line Course
Aquatic Insects (NRES 402/802; BIOS 485/885) (2 cr I) Lec 2. Prereq: 12 hrs biological sciences or permission. Offered fall semester of odd-numbered calendar years. Biology and ecology of aquatic insects. (Course cross-listing: BIOS 485/885, ENTO/NRES 402/802.)
NRES 809 - Laboratory Earth: Earth and Its Systems - On-line Course
Laboratory Earth: Earth and Its Systems (3 cr) Lec, lab. The earth as a system and the "real world" applications of fundamental physical science processes in this system. Interaction of energy and matter in the geosphere, in the hydrosphere, and in the atmosphere. The earth's relationships to the sun, moon, and other astronomical objects in the solar system. (Course cross-listing: .)
NRES 813 - Environmental Leadership - On-line Course
Environmental Leadership (NRES 413/813) (3 cr) Lec 3. Major leaders in conservation and ecology that emphasizes agricultural and cultural issues and relationships with the environment. (Course cross-listing: ALEC 410/810, NRES 413/813.)
NRES 814 - Laboratory Earth: Earth Natural Resource Systems - On-line Course
Laboratory Earth: Earth's Natural Resource Systems (3 cr) Lec, lab. Fundamental concepts in the Earth and physical sciences in the understanding of Earth's natural resource systems. Rock and mineral, water, soil, and energy resources. Social factors, human dependence, and the impact of these on natural resource systems
NRES 822 - Laboratory Earth: Earth's Changing Systems - On-line Course
Fundamental concepts related to understanding Earth's changing natural systems in the past, present and the future. Specific emphasis on the cycling of matter and energy, the relationship between human activity and environmental change, and the consequence of these relationships. (Course cross-listing: NRES 422/822.)
NRES 830 - Laboratory Earth: Climate Research Applications - On-line Course
Lec, lab. Designed for science educators. *NRES 830 is offered fall semesters. Climate-change issues serve as a context to develop research questions and design a discete, locally oriented research project through which they define a problelm, analyze data, and develop conclusions to potentially impact decision-making in their community.
NRES 832 - Laboratory Earth: Human Dimensions of Climate Change - On-line Course
Lec, lab. Designed for science educators. *NRES 832 is offered spring semesters. Examine science behind global climate change. Use primary data sets to understand the implications for climate change at global and regional/local scales. Focus on potential impacts on human systems including drought, sea level rise, severe weather and populations most likely to be impacted by climate change.
NRES 883 - Ecological Economics - On-line Course
Ecological Economics (AECN *883) (3 cr I) Lec 3, rec. Prereq: AECN 141 or ECON 212 or equivalent A synthesis across the notion of "utility" as represented in traditional environmental and natural resource economics, "ecology" in ecological economics, and "community" in behavioral economics. Ideas from thermodynamics with a focus on renewable resources. Development, organization, and enhancement of eco-business, eco-industry, eco-government and eco-communities. (Course cross-listing: AECN/NRES 883.)
NRES 907 - Agricultural Climatology - On-line Course
Agricultural Climatology (3 cr II) Lec 2, lab 2. Prereq NRES 808; BIOM *801 or equivalent or permission. Offered spring semester of odd-numbered calendar years. Analysis and use of climatological data as applied to agricultural activities and the use of climatological information to assist in decision making. (Course cross-listing: AGRO/HORT/NRES 907, METR 952.)
WATS 361 - Soils, Environment and Water Quality - On-line Course
Soils, Environment and Water Quality (AGRO, GEOL, WATS 361) (3 cr II) Lec 3. Prereq: PHYS 141 or equivalent, one year chemistry, one semester biology and one of the following: AGRO 153 or GEOL 101 or CHEM 116 or 221. Selected soil properties that influence environmental and water quality. Waste site selection criteria, cleanup and remedial action, as well as federal regulations. Particular contaminants discussed vary but can include radioactive materials, pesticides, oil, sewage, nitrates, as well as other organic and inorganic materials. Identifying processes and role soil plays in modifying waste. Effects of particle soil properties on contaminant movement and attenuation. (Course cross-listing: AGRO/GEOL/NRES/SOIL/WATS 361.)