Sustainable Natural Resources (SNR)

SNR 506, INDEPENDENT PROJECT IN NATURAL RESOURCE SUSTAINABILITY, 2 Credits

Identifies, poses, frames, and analyzes the various components of an important natural resource sustainability problem within the country, region, or organization and, at the end of term, present a workplan for its resolution.

Prerequisite: SNR 511 with C or better or SNR 512 with C or better

Available via Ecampus

SNR 512, SUSTAINABLE NATURAL RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT, 3 Credits

Defines concepts of sustainability in a natural resource context and explains its ecological, social and economic dimensions. Analyzes, synthesizes and applies information and/or data integrating concepts of sustainable natural resources to prepare outline for an independent project.

Equivalent to: SNR 511

Recommended: Bachelor's degree in the arts, humanities or sciences and at least two years’ experience working in a natural resources-related field

Available via Ecampus

SNR 520, SOCIAL ASPECTS OF SUSTAINABLE NATURAL RESOURCES, 3 Credits

Explores the key principles of social sustainability and the role they play in natural resource-based sustainable communities. Highlights social sustainability indicators relevant to natural resource management.

Recommended: SNR 512

Available via Ecampus

SNR 521, ECONOMICS OF SUSTAINABLE NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, 3 Credits

Focuses on the sources of market failure, the means of correcting market failure, and the real-world examples of making progress toward sustainable resource use by means of market mechanisms.

Recommended: SNR 512

SNR 522, BASIC BELIEFS AND ETHICS IN NATURAL RESOURCES, 3 Credits

Examines basic philosophies and ethical systems in American forestry, including Pinchot's agricultural/utilitarian approach and Leopold's biotic/ecological model, compares them to contemporary public attitudes and considers their implications for sustainability.

SNR 530, ECOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES OF SUSTAINABLE NATURAL RESOURCES, 3 Credits

Focus on ecological sustainability and ecological concepts and principles, with examples drawn from forests and arid lands. Exploration of global ecosystems, ecological processes and services, factors that create and maintain diversity, ecosystem health and integrity. Principles for sustainable natural resource management and use.

Recommended: SNR 512 and a basic ecology course

Available via Ecampus

SNR 532, PLANNING AGROFORESTRY PROJECTS, 2 Credits

Develop basic understanding and appreciation of agroforestry concepts, systems, technologies and practices as used and applied in tropical and temperate zones of the world.

Recommended: SNR 530 (or equivalent ecology course) and SNR 511

SNR 533, NONTIMBER FOREST PRODUCTS: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY INTRODUCTION, 3 Credits

Interdisciplinary introduction to the culture, history, economy, ecology, policy and management of nontimber forest products (NTFP), e.g., wild foods, medicines, floral greens, craft material and landscaping species. Includes domestic public and private forest and international case studies.

Available via Ecampus

SNR 535, SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF AQUATIC AND RIPARIAN RESOURCES, 3 Credits

Explores integrated strategies for sustainable management of watersheds, estuaries, coastal zones, and aquatic resources. Special emphasis given to links between land uses and aquatic environments.

Recommended: SNR 511

Available via Ecampus

SNR 540, GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE, 3 Credits

Explore biophysical and social sciences that underlie contemporary global change issues: global biogeochemical cycles, climate system, climate change, threats to biodiversity; human dimensions of climate change, globalization, land cover and land use change, global environmental governance and management tools.

Recommended: Basic biology course

Available via Ecampus

SNR 808, WORKSHOP, 1-4 Credits

Describes the policies, practices, and market mechanisms that enhance ecological, economic, and social sustainability of natural resource production and natural ecosystems. Sustainable natural resource management attempts to meet the needs of the present without compromising the future of people or the ecosystems on which they depend.

This course is repeatable for 4 credits.