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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 101 - Natural Resources Orientation
Natural Resources Orientation (1 cr) Lec 1. NRES 101 requires field exercises in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Pass/No Pass only. Introduction to natural resource disciplines. Fisheries, wildlife, forestry, grasslands, climate, and water science. (Course cross-listing: None.)
NRES 104 - Climate in Crisis
Climate in Crisis (3 cr II) Lec. 3. 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.
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 108 - Earth's Natural Resource Systems Laboratory
Earth's Natural Resource Systems Laboratory (3 cr) Lab. 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.
NRES 109 - Water in Society
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 cross-listing: NRES/SCIL 109.)
NRES 111 - Natural Resource Conservation in Society
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.
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 163 - Oh My Cod: Exploring Aquatic Ecology Careers
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. Prereq: Limited to Freshman or Sophomore classification only.
NRES 170 - Introduction to Great Plains Studies
Interdisciplinary study of the natural environment, social environment, human heritage, arts and humanities of the Great Plains. (Course cross-listing: ANTH/GEOG/GPSP/NRES/SOCI 170.)
NRES 208 - Applied Climate Sciences
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.
NRES 211 - Introduction to Conservation Biology
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.
NRES 212 - Landscape Plants I
Landscape Plants I (LARC, NRES 212) (3 cr I) Lec 2, Rct 1. Prereq: HORT 130. Requires Saturday off-campus field trips. 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 cross-listing: HORT/LARC/NRES 212.)
NRES 213 - Landscape Plants II
Landscape Plants II (LARC, NRES 213) (3 cr II) Lec 2, lab 2. Prereq: HORT/LARC/NRES 212. HORT/LARC/NRES 213 is a continuation of HORT/LARC/NRES 212. 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 cross-listing: HORT/LARC/NRES 213.)
NRES 214 - Herbaceous Landscape Plants
Herbaceous Landscape Plants (NRES 214) (3 cr I) Lec 2, Rct 1. Extensive field trips are required. 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 cross-listing: HORT/LARC/NRES 214.)
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 220 - Principles of Ecology
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 222 - Ecology Laboratory
Ecology Laboratory (BIOS 222) (1 cr) Lab 4. Prereq: NRES/BIOS 220 or parallel. May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station. Field trips to local ecosystems are required. Field and laboratory experiments in terrestrial and aquatic ecology. (Course cross-listing: BIOS/NRES 222.)
NRES 233 - Wildlife Field Techniques
Offered off-campus during academic breaks at Cedar Point Biological Station. 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 fee applies.
NRES 245 - Introduction to Grassland Ecology and Management
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 cross-listing: AGRO/NRES 245.)
NRES 249 - Individual and Cultural Perspectives on the Environment
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 cross-listing: ENVR/NRES 249.)
NRES 270 - Biological Invaders
Biological Invaders (AGRO/HORT/NRES 270) (3 cr I) Prereq: 3 hrs biological sciences. 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 cross-listing: AGRO/HORT/NRES/PLPT 270.)
NRES 279 - Soil Evaluation
Soil Evaluation (AGRO, NRES 279) (1 cr, max 3 I, II) Soil profile characteristics and evaluation of these characteristics in terms of soil genesis, classification, and land use. (Course cross-listing: AGRO/SOIL/NRES 279.)
NRES 281 - Introduction to Water Science
Introduction to Water Science (GEOG, NRES 281) (3 cr II) Prereq: High school chemistry or one semester college chemistry; one course in geology or physical geography or soil. 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. (Course cross-listing: GEOG/NRES 281.)
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 300 - Toxins in the Environment
Prereq: One semester BIOS and one semester CHEM. Introduction to the principles of toxicology as they apply to environmental contaminants, agri-chemicals, and industrial and naturally occurring chemicals. (Course cross-listing: BIOS/ENTO/NRES 300.)
NRES 301 - Environmental Communication Skills
Written and oral communication skills for natural resource management including writing for the media, grant writing, conflict resolution and advocacy. Prereq: ACE 1 course. Sophomore or higher.
NRES 308 - Biogeography
Biogeography (GEOL, NRES 308) (3 cr) Lec 3. Prereq: 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. Introduction to the basic concepts of biogeography, the study of distributions of plants and animals, both past and present. (Course cross-listing: GEOG/GEOL/NRES 208.)
NRES 310 - Introduction to Forest Management
Introduction to Forest Management (4 cr) Lec 3, lab 4. Prereq: BIOS 109 or permission. One all-day Saturday field trip is required. 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. 311. Wildlife Ecology and Management (3
NRES 311 - Wildlife Ecology and Management
Wildlife Ecology and Management (3 cr II) Lec 2, rec 1. Prereq: BIOS/NRES 220 and BIOS 222. Advanced wildlife ecology, conservation biology, population biology, and enhancement of wildlife populations through management. Emphasis on both game and nongame species.
NRES 312 - Introduction to Geospatial Information Sciences
Introduction to Geospatial Information Sciences (GEOG 312) (3 cr II) Lec 2, lab 2. Prereq: Junior standing; basic computer skills (spreadsheets, word processors, data and file management). 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 cross-listing: GEOG/NRES 312.)
NRES 315 - Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Management
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.
NRES 316 - Case Studies in Theoretical Ecology
Case Studies in Theoretical Ecology (MATH, NRES 316)(3 cr) Lec 3. Prereq: Permission. Case studies are structured around preparation for subsequent independent research (BIOS 498 or MATH 496). Introduction to biological literature, applied mathematics, computer programming, and/or statistical techniques relevant to particular questions in ecology, evolution, and behavior. 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 cross-listing: BIOS/MATH/NRES 316.)
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 320 - Fundamentals of Environmental Sampling Laboratory
Demonstrations and hands on participation in sampling of soil-air-water environments. Outdoor and analytical laboratory field trips required.
NRES 323 - Natural Resources Policy
NRES 323. Natural Resources Policy (3 cr I) Prereq: Junior standing. Conflicts and common ground perpetuated by increasing demands on our natural resources. Policy development and issue analysis stressed. Historical policy actions reviewed and evaluated.
NRES 348 - Wildlife Damage Management
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.
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 370 - Basic and Applied Climatology
Basic and Applied Climatology (METR 370) (3 cr) Lec 3. Prereq: METR 200. 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 cross-listing: METR/NRES 370.)
NRES 380 - Geography of Africa
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 cross-listing: ETHN/GEOG/NRES 380.)
NRES 386 - Vertebrate Zoology
Vertebrate Zoology (NRES 386) (4 cr) Lec 3, lab 3. Prereq: BIOS 101, 101L, and 112; or BIOS 103. BIOS/NRES 386 requires field trips and includes trips outside of normal class time. 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 cross-listing: BIOS/NRES 386.)
NRES 388 - Employment Seminar
Employment Seminar (NRES 388) (1 cr I) Lec 1. Prereq: Sophomore standing. Pass/No Pass only. Efficient job-hunting. Resumes, cover letters, mock interviews, and dining etiquette. (Course cross-listing: AGRI/NRES 388.)
NRES 393 - Digital Imaging and Storytelling in Agriculture and Natural Resources
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. Can be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours by consent of instructor. (Course cross-listing: ALEC/NRES 393.)
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 402L - Identification of Aquatic Insects
Identification of Aquatic Insects (NRES 402L/802L; BIOS 485L/885L) (1 cr I) Lab 1. Prereq: Parallel ENTO/NRES 402/802/BIOS 485/885. Identification of aquatic insects to the family level. (Course cross-listing: BIOS 485L/885L, ENTO/NRES 402L/802L.)
NRES 406 - Plant Ecophysiology: Theory and Practice
Plant Ecophysiology: Theory and Practice (AGRO, HORT 406/806) (4 cr) Lec 3, lab 1. Prereq: Junior standing; 4 hrs ecology; and 4 hrs botany or plant physiology. Offered fall semester of even-numbered calendar years. 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 cross-listing: AGRO/HORT/WATS 406/806.)
NRES 408 - Microclimate: The Biological Environment
Microclimate: The Biological Environment (3 cr ) Prereq: MATH 106 or equivalent, 5 hrs physics or permission. Offered fall semesters. The 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 cross-listing: AGRO/GEOG/HORT/METR/NRES/WATS 408/808.)
NRES 409 - Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
Prereq: Junior standing; 12 cr hr in natural resources, environmental studies, or closely related fields, or permission of instructor. 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 cross-listing: GEOG/NRES 409.)
NRES 412 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (NRES 412/812) (4 cr) Lec 3, lab 2. Lab exercises provide experience with GIS software. 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. (Course cross-listing: GEOG/NRES 412/812.)
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 417 - Agroforestry Systems in Sustainable Ag
Agroforestry Systems in Sustainable Agriculture (HORT 418/818) (3 cr) Lec 3. Prereq: 12 hours biological or agricultural sciences. At least one course in production agriculture and one course in natural resources is strongly suggested. Offered odd-numbered calendar years. 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 cross-listing: HORT 418/818, NRES 417/817.)
NRES 418 - Introduction to Remote Sensing
Introduction to Remote Sensing (NRES 418/818) (4 cr) Lec 3, lab 2. Prereq: 9 hrs earth science or natural resource sciences including GEOG 150 and 152, or 155. 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. (Course cross-listing: GEOG/NRES 418/818.)
NRES 419 - Chemistry of Natural Waters
Chemistry of Natural Waters (NRES 419/819, WATS 418) (3 cr II) Lec 3. Prereq: 2 semesters of college chemistry, or CHEM 109 and 110, 113 and 114, or CHEM 111; or permission. 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 cross-listing: GEOL/WATS 418/818, NRES 419/819.)
NRES 419L - Chemistry of Natural Waters Laboratory
Chemistry of Natural Waters Laboratory (NRES 419L/819L, WATS 418L) (1 cr II) Lab 1. Prereq: Two semesters college chemistry or permission. Parallel: GEOL 418/818, NRES 419/819, WATS 418. Offered even numbered calendar years or as needed. 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 cross-listing: GEOL/WATS 418L/818L, NRES 419L/819L.)
NRES 420 - Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture and Natural Resources (GEOL, AGRO 419/819; NRES 420/820) (4 cr) Lec 3, lab 2. Prereq: GEOG/NRES 418/818 or permission. Introduction to the practical uses of remote electromagnetic sensing in dealing with agricultural and water-resources issues. (Course cross-listing: AGRO/GEOG/GEOL 419/819, NRES 420/820.)
NRES 421 - Field Techniques in Remote Sensing
Field Techniques in Remote Sensing (GEOG 421/821) (3 cr II) Lec 2, lab. Prereq: NRES 418/818. 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 cross-listing: GEOG/NRES 421/821.)
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 423 - Integrated Resource Management
Integrated Resources Management 1 (3 cr II) Lec 3. Prereq: Senior standing, natural resources or related major; or permission. Integrated and multiple-use management. Economic, political, social, and p (Course cross-listing: NRES 423/823.)
NRES 424 - Forest Ecology
Forest Ecology (4 cr II) Lec 3, lab 3, fld. Prereq: / NRES/BIOS 220. Requires a weekend field trip to forested sites in Nebraska. Ecology of North American forests. Woodland and savanna vegetation in the Great Plains. Identification of native trees and shrubs. (Course cross-listing: NRES 424/824.)
NRES 426 - Invasive Plants
Invasive Plants (3 cr II) Lec 2, lab 2. Prereq: AGRO 153, BIOS 109. Identification, biology and ecology of weedy and invasive plants. Principles of invasive plant management by preventive, 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 cross-listing: AGRO/HORT/NRES 426.)
NRES 427 - Introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS)
Integrated lectures, lab exercises and field experience provide an understanding of GPS technology and applications. Collect, correct and use GPS data in a geographic information system (GIS) environment. (Course cross-listing: GEOG/NRES 427/827.)
NRES 428 - Leadership in Public Organizations
Leadership in Public Organizations (ALEC 428) (3 cr II) Lec 3. Prereq: Junior standing. Leadership in theories, research, and practices in public organizations and natural resource agencies. (Course cross-listing: ALEC/NRES 428/828.)
NRES 429A - Food Security: A Global Perspective
Course is team taught. Prereq: Junior standing Overview of the technical and sociocultural dimensions of global food insecurity. (Course cross-listing: ANTH/AGRO/HORT/NRES 429A/829A.)
NRES 433 - Wildlife Management Techniques
(ACE 10) NRES 433/833. Wildlife Management Techniques (3 cr I) Lec 3. Prereq: NRES 311. 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 cross-listing: NRES 433/833.)
NRES 434 - Environmental Education and Interpretation
Examination of formal and informal environmental education and interpretation. Knowledge, application and practice relevant to science teachers and park, extension, museums, and zoo educators. (Course cross-listing: ENVR/NRES 434/834.)
NRES 435 - Agroecology
Agroecology 1 (HORT, NRES 435/835) (3 cr II) Lec 3. Prereq: For AGRO/HORT/NRES 435: Senior standing or permission. For AGRO/HORT/NRES 835: 12 hrs biological or agricultural sciences or permission. Team projects for developing communication skills and leadership skills. 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 cross-listing: AGRO/HORT/NRES 435/835.)
NRES 436 - Evolution of Cenozoic Mammals
Survey of mammalian evolution with emphasis on the origin, radiation and phylogenetic relationships of Cenozoic fossil mammals. Course includes an overview of climatic and ecological changes affecting mammalian adaptations and hands on experience with specimens. (Course cross-listing: GEOL/NRES 436/836.)
NRES 438 - Grassland Conservation: Planning and Management
NRES 438/838. Grassland Conservation: Planning and Management (3 cr I) Lec 3. Prereq: Introductory soils and introductory ecology. 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.
NRES 440 - Great Plains Ecosystems
Great Plains Ecosystem (NRES 440/840 RNGE 440) (3 cr II) Lec 3. Prereq: Junior standing. BIOS 101 and 101L, or equivalent, recommended. 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 are emphasized. (Course cross-listing: AGRO/NRES/RNGE 440/840.)
NRES 442 - Wildland Plants
Wildland Plants (NRES 442/842, RNGE 442) (3 cr I) Lec 2, lab 4. Prereq: Junior standing. BIOS 101 and 101L, or quivalent, recommended. 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, forbs, shrubs, exotic and wetland plants. (Course cross-listing: AGRO/NRES/RNGE 442/842.)
NRES 444 - Ecosystems Monitoring and Assessment
Vegetation Analysis (NRES 444/844, RNGE 444) (3 cr I) Lec 2, lab 4. Prereq: Junior standing. BIOS 101 and 101L, or equivalent, recommended. Criteria by which grassland are analyzed. Vegetation sampling techniques, measurement and evaluation of grasslands, and measurement of important environmental factors. Evaluations of habitat improvement practice, wildlife value, recreational value, and watershed value. (Course cross-listing: AGRO/NRES/RNGE 444/844.)
NRES 445 - Human Remains in Forensic Science
Human Remains in Forensic Science (FORS 445/845) (4 cr I) Lec2, lab 2, Prereq: FORS 120 Forensic anthropology within the broader context of forensic sciences and physical anthropology. Decomposition and the bone modification through artificial means. Determination of individual identify, diet, chronic pathology and cause of death from human remains. (Course cross-listing: FORS/NRES 445/845.)
NRES 446 - Pollen Analysis for Behavioral, Biological, and Forensic Science
Pollen Analysis for Behavioral, Biological, and Forensic Science (FORS 446/846) (4 cr I) Lec 2, lab 2, Prereq: BIOS 109 and FORS 120 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 cross-listing: FORS/NRES 446/846.)
NRES 447 - Achaeoparasitology: The Archaelogy of Disease
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 cross-listing: NRES 447/847.)
NRES 448 - Advanced Topics in Wildlife Damage Management
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 cross-listing: NRES 448/848.)
NRES 450 - Biology of Wildlife Populations
Biology of Wildlife Populations (BIOS 450/ 850) (4 cr II) Lec 3, lab 3. Prereq: BIOS 220 or permission. Principles of population dynamics. Management strategies (for consumptive and nonconsumptive fish and wildlife species) presented utilizing principles developed. (Course cross-listing: BIOS/NRES 450/850.)
NRES 451 - Soil Environmental Chemistry
Soil Environmental Chemistry (ENVE *851) (3 cr II, offered even-numbered calendar years) Lec 3. Prereq: CHEM 252. 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 cross-listing: ENVE 451/851.)
NRES 452 - Climate and Society
Climate and Society (AGRO, GEOG, METR 450/850) (3 cr) Prereq: METR 200 or 351 or equivalent, or permission. Offered spring semester of even-numbered calendar years. Impact of climate and extreme climatic events on society and societal responses to those events. Global in scope and interdisciplinary. (Course cross-listing: AGRO/GEOG/METR 450/850, NRES 452/852.)
NRES 453 - Hydrology
Hydrology (CIVE 853) (3 cr) Prereq: MATH 106 Credit in CIVE 353/853/NRES 853 will not count towards a major in civil engineering. 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. (Course cross-listing: NRES 453/853.)
NRES 454 - Ecological Interactions
Ecological Interactions (NRES 454/854) (4 cr) Lec 3, lab 4. Prereq: BIOS 220 or equivalent. May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station. 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, food web dynamics, succession, and biodiversity. (Course cross-listing: BIOS/NRES 454/854.)
NRES 455 - Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy
Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy (SOIL 455, NRES 455/855) (3 cr I) Lec 3. Prereq: AGRO/HORT/SOIL 153 or GEOL 101; CHEM 109 and 110; CHEM 221 or 251 or equivalent. 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 cross-listing: AGRO 455/855, NRES 855, SOIL 455.)
NRES 456 - Mathematical Models in Biology
Mathematical Models in Biology (NRES 456/856) (3 cr) Lec 3. Prereq: Junior standing; major in BIOS; MATH 106 or 107. 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 cross-listing: BIOS/NRES 456/856.)
NRES 458 - Soil Physical Determinations
Soil Physical Determinations1 (SOIL 458, AGRO 458/858) (2 cr I) Lab 3, plus 3 hrs arr. Prereq: AOIL/AGRO/GEOL/ WATS 361; PHYS 141 or equivalent; MATH 102 or 103. Graduate students in NRES/AGRO 458/ 848 or SOIL 458 are expected to carry out an independent project and give an oral report. 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 included: particle size analysis, soil water content, pore size analysis, field sampling techniques, soil strength, and saturated hydraulic conductivity. (Course cross-listing: AGRO/NRES/SOIL 458/858.)
NRES 459 - Limnology
Limnology (BIOS 459/859, WATS 459) (4 cr II) Lec 3, lab 4. Prereq: 12 hrs BIOS, including BIOS/NRES 220/BIOS 220x; two semesters CHEM. May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station. 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 cross-listing: BIOS/NRES/WATS 459/859.)
NRES 460 - Soil Microbiology
Soil Microbiology (BIOS 447/847; NRES 460/860; SOIL 460) (3 cr II) Lec 3. Prereq: One semester microbiology; one semester biochemistry or organic chemistry. 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 cross-listing: AGRO/NRES/SOIL 460/860, BIOS 447/847.)
NRES 461 - Soil Physics
Soil Physics (AGRO, GEOL 461/861; SOIL, WATS 461) (3 cr I) Lec 3. Prereq: AGRO/SOIL 153; PHYS 141 or equivalent, one semester of calculus. Recommended: Parallel AGRO/NRES/SOIL 458. 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 cross-listing: AGRO/GEOL/NRES/SOIL/WATS 461/861.)
NRES 462 - Advanced Conservation Biology
Current issues in conservation biology. Theoretical principles from the areas of ecology and genetics to effectively preserve and manage biological diversity and small populations.
NRES 463 - Fisheries Science
Fisheries Science (4 cr I) Lec 3, lab 3. May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station. Fisheries biology emphasizing the determination and evaluation of vital statistics for the management of fish populations. Basis of specific management techniques. NRES majors only. (Course cross-listing: NRES 463/863.)
NRES 463L - Fisheries Science Lab
NRES majors only. Lab takes place during fall break. (Course cross-listing: NRES 463L/863L.)
NRES 464 - Fisheries Biology
Biology of fishes. Factors that affect fishes in the natural environment. Techniques used in the analysis and management of fish populations (Course cross-listing: BIOS/NRES 464/864.)
NRES 465 - Soil Geomorphology and Paleopedology
Soil Geomorphology and Paleopedology (NRES 465/865) (3 cr) Lec 2, lab 3. Prereq: GEOL 450/850 and NRES 477/877; or permission. Two field trips required. Soils and paleosols as evidence in reconstruction landscape evolution and paleoenvironments. Role of paleosols in stratigraphy. (Course cross-listing: GEOL/NRES 465/865.)
NRES 467 - Global Climate Change
METR 483/883. Global Climate Change (NRES 467/867) (3 cr I) Lec 3. Prereq: Junior standing; MATH 106/106B/106H; 5 hrs PHYS; METR 475/875. METR 483/883/NRES 467/867 is offered fall semester of even-numbered calendar years. 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 cross-listing: METR 483/883; NRES 467/867.)
NRES 468 - Wetlands
Wetlands (BIOS 458, WATS 468) (4 cr II) Lec 4. Prereq: 12 hrs biological sciences; BIOS 220; CHEM 109 and 110. Offered even-numbered calendar years. 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 cross-listing: BIOS 458, NRES 468/868.)
NRES 469 - Bio-Atmospheric Instrumentation
Bio-Atmospheric Instrumentation (AGRO, GEOG, MSYM, METR 469/869; HORT 407/807) (3 cr I) Lec 2/lab 1. Prereq: Junior standing; MATH 106; 4 hrs physics; physical or biological science major. Offered fall semester of odd-numbered calendar years. 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 cross-listing: AGRO/GEOG/METR/MSYM 469/869, HORT 407.)
NRES 470 - Lake and Reservoir Restoration
Lake and Reservoir Restoration (3 cr II) Lec 3. Prereq: 12 hrs NRES or related fields. NRES 470 is offered in even-numbered calendar years. 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 cross-listing: NRES 470/870.)
NRES 472 - Applied Soil Physics
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.
NRES 474 - Herpetology
Herpetology (BIOS 474) (4 cr) Lec 4. Prereq: BIOS/NRES 386 and permission. BIOS 388 recommended. May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station. Fossil and living amphibians and reptiles. Anatomy, classification, ecology and evolution. (Course cross-listing: BIOS/NRES 474/874.)
NRES 475 - Water Quality Strategy
Water Quality Strategy 1 (CRPL, CIVE, GEOL, MSYM, NRES, POLS, SOCI 475/875; SOIL, WATS 475) (3 cr II) Lec 3. Prereq: Senior standing or permission. 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 cross-listing: AGRO/CIVE/CRPL/GEOL/MSYM/NRES/POLS/SOCI/SOILS/WATS 475/875.)
NRES 476 - Mammalogy
Mammalogy (BIOS 476/876) (4 cr) Lec 3, lab 3. Prereq: 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. Evolution, natural history, ecology, and functional morphology of planetary mammals and mammals of the Northern Great Plains. (Course cross-listing: BIOS 476/876, NRES 876.)
NRES 477 - Great Plains Field Pedology
Great Plains Field Pedology (AGRO 477/ 877, GEOG 467/867, SOIL 477) (4 cr II) Lec 3. Lab. Prereq: AGRO/SOIL 153 or permission. 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 cross-listing: AGRO 477/877, GEOG/NRES 467/867.)
NRES 478 - Regional Climatology
Regional Climatology (METR 478/878) (3 cr) Lec 3. Prereq: NRES/METR 370. Regional differentiation of the climates of the earth on both a descriptive and dynamic basis. The chief systems of climatic classification. (Course cross-listing: METR/NRES 478/878.)
NRES 479 - Hydroclimatology
Interaction between earth's climate and the hydro-logic cycle. Energy and water fluxes at the land-atmosphere interface. Atmospheric moisture transport, precipitation, evaoporation, snow melt, and runoff. Impacts of climate variability and change on the hydro-logic cycle. (Course cross-listing: METR/NRES 479/879; WATS 479.)
NRES 481 - Stream and River Ecology
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 cross-listing: WATS 481/881; NRES/BIOS 481.)
NRES 484 - Water Resources Seminar
Water Resources Seminar (AGRO, GEOG, GEOL, NRES 484/884; WATS 484) (1 cr II) Prereq: Junior standing or above or permission. Seminar on current water resources research and issues in Nebraska and the region. (Course cross-listing: AGRO/GEOG/GEOL/NRES/WATS 484/884.)
NRES 487 - Introduction to Landscape Ecology
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 cross-listing: LARC/NRES 487.)
NRES 487 - Introduction to Landscape Ecology
Introduction to Landscape Ecology (NRES 389) (3 cr), Lec 2 Lab 2 Prereq: AGRO/HORT/SOIL 153 and BIOS/NRES 220, HORT/LARC/GEOG 200,CIVE 353/853/NRES 853 and CRPL 470 recommended. The history, principles and concepts of landscape ecology. Use and application of landscape structure and function in the planning, the design and management of human and natural landscapes. (Course cross-listing: LARC/NRES 487.)
NRES 488 - Groundwater Geology
Groundwater Geology (NRES 488/888) (3 cr) Prereq: GEOL 100-level course; MATH 106 or equivalent. Occurrence, movement, and development of water in the geologic environment. (Course cross-listing: GEOL/NRES 488/888.)
NRES 489 - Ichthyology
Ichthyology (NRES 489/889) (4 cr I) Lec 3, lab 4. Prereq: 12 hrs biological sciences. May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station. Fishes, their taxonomy, physiology, behavior, and ecology. Dynamics of fish stocks and factors regulating their production. (Course cross-listing: BIOS/NRES 489/889.)
NRES 491 - Geography Field Tour
Off-campus travel required. Group educational tours to specific sites that illustrate aspects of physical and cultural geography. (Course cross-listing: GEOG 491/891; NRES 491.)
NRES 492 - Study Tours in Natural Resource Management: Greece - Sustainability, Environment & Society
This program will begin in Athens, where students will be given the opportunity to tour one of the oldest cities in the world. From Athens, students will travel by ferry to the island of Santorini, nestled in the Aegean Sea, this semicircle island is the result of an enormous volcanic eruption that occurred over 3,500 years ago and shaped by several eruptions that have occurred since. The remaining caldera is home to some of the most unique ecosystems on earth. Visiting the volcano, the pre-historic site of Akrotiri, dry land vineyards and olive groves, wine museum, two wineries, and learning from local residents, students will learn firsthand the unique geography, history, agriculture, tourism, sustainability and ecology of this island. A ferry will take students from Santorini to the famous island of Crete. Students will learn first-hand from farmers, producers and ecologist, students will tour an organic olive grove and the Dourakis Winery. Lake Agia will showcase the unique ecology of this treasured island, walk the 18 km (downhill) of Samaria Gorge and discuss the ecology and wildlife of the area, tour an onsite herbarium of medicinal plants and herbs of the Mediterranean and take a cooking class using herbs selected by students.
NRES 492 - Study Tours in Natural Resource Management: Wildlife Conservation in Mashatu Reserve
The purpose of the course, Conservation in Southern Africa, is to provide a firsthand understanding of natural history of the bushveld of southern Africa, but more specifically eastern Botswana. It exposes students to the conservation issues relevant to the region and associated conservation management challenges. Small research projects are usually integrated into the trip with students getting a hands-on approach to different and very exciting conservation work conducted in the area. Various students also complete research projects on components of data collected during the course trip as part of their undergraduate or graduate degree requirements. This course, held in the Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana, offers many opportunities and challenges. Like much of the African continent, this part of eastern Botswana encompasses a large number of challenges and opportunities for modern conservation efforts including ecotourism, biodiversity, fragmented ecosystems, and human impacts. This is not one of the few large expanses of intact biodiversity now found in just a few places on the continent, but a place where humans and wildlife are in close proximity and often in conflict.
NRES 492 - Study Tours in Natural Resource Management
Study Tours in Natural Resource Management (1-3 cr, max 6) Fld. Prereq: Permission. Off-campus travel may be required. Choice of subject matter and coordination of on- and off-campus study is at the discretion of the instructor Group educational tours to specific sites that illustrate aspects of natural resources management.
NRES 492 - Study Tours in Natural Resource Management: Tropical Ecosystems - Puerto Rico
Students whall understand and define the concepts, components and interactions of Puerto Rico's ecosystems (natural and agricultural); experience the rain forests, dry forests, plantations, underground caves and rivers, and sweeping coast lines of Puerto Rico; conservation problem solving, land usage; conservation interactions and ecosystem exploration. The group shall visit research stations and interact with the people of Puerto Rico; become aware of Puerto Rico's social, cultural, political, agricultural and conservation issues/policies and will gain in a broad and substantive understanding of the goals, objectives, and challenges facing Puerto Rico; communication and interpretation of contemporary writings concerning tropical ecosystem issues to a variety of audiences in written and oral forms; knowledge of the principles of tropical ecosystem sustainability, conservation and biodiversity; an appreciation of a tropical island as a unique dynamic integrated earth system. (Course cross-listing: NRES 492/892.)
NRES 492 - International Study Tours in Natural Resource Management: Mummy Studies - Scily, Italy
The purpose of NRES 492, Sicily: Mummy Studies, is to provide a firsthand understanding of mummy studies, but more specifically in Sicilian context of religious mummies. Students will spend approximately 2 weeks living and studying in a renovated convent, the Capuchin Convent and the annexed church in the village of Santa Lucia del Mela, Sicily. They will also visit crypts and catacombs in Palermo and the village of Piraino also located on the main island of Sicily. The students will participate in visual assessment of mummy preservation at these three locations. They will visit Sicily's newest "saint" (the Blessed Antonio Franco, 26 September 1585 2 September 1626), and learn how scientists are involved in the conservation and preservation of religiously significant people. Of utmost importance will be the need for all participants to follow the rules for human remains set up by the Sicily Cultural Heritage Department. They will have freedom to do visual examination of the mummies, but we will not do any invasive examination of the corpses. Students will attend lectures on a variety of topics related to mummification including cultural and biological aspects. Biological lessons include taphonomy of human body as well as intrinsic and extrinsic factors of decomposition and forensic entomology. Cultural aspects include crypt archaeology, cult of the dead in Sicilian Catholicism, the role of sacred mummies in society, and architecture design related to mummification & preservation. Demonstrations of specialized studies including, X-ray and CT scanning, paleopathology, facial reconstruction and microscopic study of dietary remains will also be provided as part of the curriculum.
NRES 495 - Grasslands Seminar
Grasslands Seminar (AGRO, ENTO, HORT, NRES, RNGE, SOIL 495) (1-2 cr, max 4 cr I) Prereq: Junior standing. 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 cross-listing: AGRO/ENTO/GRAS/HORT/NRES/PLPT 495.)
NRES 496 - Independent Study
Independent Study (1-5 cr, max 12 I, II, III) Ind. Prereq: 12 hrs natural resource sciences or closely-related fields, and permission. Individual or group projects in research, literature review, or extension of course work. (Course cross-listing: NRES 896.)
NRES 497 - Career Experiences in Nat. Res. Sci.
Career Experiences in Natural Resource Sciences (1-6 cr, max 6, I, II, III) Prereq: Sophomore standing; School of Natural Resources (SNR) majors; permission and advanced approval of a plan of work. Internships are coordinated by School of Natural Resources faculty and administered through the UNL Student Employment and Internship Center. 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.
NRES 498 - Special Topics in Natural Resources
Special Topics in Natural Resources (1-6 cr, max 12) Lec. Prereq: 6 hrs NRES or equivalent. Current issues in natural resource sciences. (Course cross-listing: .)
NRES 499 - Thesis Research
Thesis Research (3-6 cr, max 6) Ind. Prereq: Permission of thesis adviser. NRES 499 requires conducting a scholarly research project and writing an undergraduate thesis.
NRES 499H - Honors Thesis
Honors Thesis (3-6 cr, max 6 I, II, III) Prereq: Admission to the University Honors Program and permission, AGRI 299H recommended. Conduct a scholarly research project and write a University Honors Program or undergraduate thesis.
WATS 299 - Career Experiences
Career Experiences (1-5 cr, max 12 I, II, III) Prereq: Permission and advanced approval of plan or work. Pass/No Pass only. Student participation in water science applications. May include participation in water resource management, water measurement, water quality monitoring, water supply, water administration; research in laboratories, green houses and fields; or preparation of educational materials.
WATS 354 - Soil Conservation and Watershed Management
(3 cr I) Lec 2, lab 3. Prereq: AGRO/SOIL 153 and MATH 109 or equivalent. Watershed hydrology, soil erosion, erosion control, water management, and land surveying and mapping. Includes rainfall-runoff relationships; determination of watershed characteristics; terraces, waterways, vegetative filters, and residue management; ponds, wetlands, non-point source pollution control, and water conservation; profile and topographic surveying. (Course cross-listing: MSYM/SOIL/WATS 354.)
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.)
WATS 418 - Chemistry of Natural Waters
Chemistry of Natural Waters (NRES 419/819, WATS 418) (3 cr II) Lec 3. Prereq: 2 semesters of college chemistry, or CHEM 109 and 110, 113 and 114, or CHEM 111; or permission. 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 cross-listing: GEOL/WATS 418/818, NRES 419/819.)
WATS 418L - Chemistry of Natural Waters Laboratory
Chemistry of Natural Waters Laboratory (NRES 419L/819L, WATS 418L) (1 cr II) Lab 1. Prereq: Two semesters college chemistry or permission. Parallel: GEOL 418/818, NRES 419/819, WATS 418. Offered even numbered calendar years or as needed. 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 cross-listing: GEOL/WATS 418L/818L, NRES 419L/819L.)
WATS 452 - Irrigation Systems Management
Irrigation Systems Management (HORT 452/852, WATS 452) (3 cr I) Lec 2, lab 2. Prereq: MSYM 109 or general physics; AGRO/SOIL 153 recommended. Irrigation management and the selection, evaluation, and improvement of irrigation systems. Includes soil-water measurement, crop water use, irrigation scheduling, irrigation efficiency, measurement of water flow, irrigation systems, groundwater and wells, pumping systems, applying chemicals with irrigation systems, and environmental and water resource considerations. Two laboratory sections are available; one which emphasizes agricultural applications and one which emphasizes horticultural applications. (Course cross-listing: HORT/MSYM/WATS 452/852.)
WATS 457 - Water Law
Water Law (NREE, WATS 457) (3 cr II) PSI. Prereq: AECN/NREE 357. Offered even numbered years. Available through Extended Education and Outreach. Environmental impact review; public trust doctrine; endangered species; land use controls; wetlands regulation; surface and ground water rights; Indian and federal water rights; impact of water quality regulations on water allocation. (Course cross-listing: AECN/NREE/WATS 457/857.)
WATS 459 - Limnology
Limnology (BIOS 459/859, WATS 459) (4 cr II) Lec 3, lab 4. Prereq: 12 hrs BIOS, including BIOS/NRES 220/BIOS 220x; two semesters CHEM. May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station. 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 cross-listing: BIOS/NRES/WATS 459/859.)
WATS 465 - Resource and Environmental Economics II
Resource and Environmental Economics II (NREE, WATS 465) (3 cr I) Lec 3. Prereq: MATH 104 and one course in statistics. Credit in AECN 865 will not count toward any advanced degree in ECON or AECN. Application of resource economics concepts and empirical tools to resource management problems. Public policy issues involving environmental quality, land, and water management. (Course cross-listing: AECN/NREE/WATS 465/865.)
wats 468 - Wetlands
Wetlands (BIOS 458, WATS 468) (4 cr II) Lec 4. Prereq: 12 hrs biological sciences; BIOS 220; CHEM 109 and 110. Offered even-numbered calendar years. 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 cross-listing: BIOS 458, NRES 468/868.)
WATS 475 - Water Quality Strategy
Water Quality Strategy 1 (CRPL, CIVE, GEOL, MSYM, NRES, POLS, SOCI 475/875; SOIL, WATS 475) (3 cr II) Lec 3. Prereq: Senior standing or permission. 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 cross-listing: AGRO/CIVE/CRPL/GEOL/MSYM/NRES/POLS/SOCI/SOILS/WATS 475/875.)
WATS 484 - Water Resources Seminar
Water Resources Seminar (AGRO, GEOG, GEOL, NRES 484/884; WATS 484) (1 cr II) Prereq: Junior standing or above or permission. Seminar on current water resources research and issues in Nebraska and the region. (Course cross-listing: AGRO/GEOG/GEOL/NRES/WATS 484/884.)
WATS 496 - Principles and Problems in Water Science
Principles and Problems in Water Science (1-5 cr, max 12 I, II, III) Prereq: 15 hours in water science or closely related areas. Individual or group projects in research, literature review, or extension of course work under the supervision and evaluation of a water science faculty member. (Course cross-listing: None.)
WATS 498A - Senior Project I
Senior Project I (2 cr, I, II) Prereq: Senior standing. WATS 498A is the first course of a two-semester sequence of courses consisting of WATS 498A and WATS 498B. Work as individual or as a team member to develop solutions to water resource problems. Problem involves multi-disciplinary features. Requires independent research, proposal preparation and presentation. (Course cross-listing: None.)
WATS 498B - Senior Project II
Senior Project II (2 cr, I, II) Prereq: WATS 498A. WATS 498B is the second course of a two-semester sequence of courses consisting of WATS 498A and WATS 498B. Continuation of WATS 498A. Carry out proposal and present findings orally and in writing. (Course cross-listing: None.)
WATS 499H - Honors Thesis
Honors Thesis (3-6 cr, max 6 I, II, III) Prereq: Admission to the University Honors Program and permission, AGRI 299H recommended. Conduct a scholarly research project and write a University Honors Program or undergraduate thesis. (Course cross-listing: None.)