Natural Resources (NAT_R)

NAT_R 1040: Conservation Studies

A one-week field experience in natural resource management issues-soil and water conservation, air pollution, fish and wildlife habitat requirements, importance of forest ecosystems. Limited to high school students who have completed their junior year and taken the PSAT or equivalent. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1


NAT_R 1060: Ecology and Conservation of Living Resources

Introduction to the principles of resource and conservation describing the foundation of the variety of living resources and conservation practices used to protect and maintain these resources.

Credit Hours: 3


NAT_R 1070: Ecology and Renewable Resource Management

Introduction to ecological principles and their relationship to resource use and management.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: restricted to Natural Resources majors


NAT_R 2002: Topics in Natural Resources - Biological/Physical/Mathematical

Organized study of selected topics. Subjects and credit may vary from semester to semester.

Credit Hour: 1-99


NAT_R 2004: Topics in Natural Resources - Social Science

Organized study of selected topics. Subjects and credit may vary from semester to semester.

Credit Hour: 1-99


NAT_R 2080: Outdoor Recreation Consortium

Outdoor Recreation Consortium is a collaborative course taught by MU, North Carolina State University, Penn State University, East Carolina University, Texas A&M University and Western Illinois University. The course uses Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a case study for understanding the relationship between ecosystem management, natural resource management, tourism, and outdoor recreation. This course is based around a one week trip to the Smokies. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 2
Prerequisites: NAT_R 1070 or P_R_TR 2111 or ENV_SC 1100 and permission of instructor


NAT_R 2160: Issues in Natural Resources and the Environment

This course provides an introduction to ecological and environmental challenges in natural resource management in our rapidly changing world. Topical discussions will provide students with informed perspectives of several contemporary issues that affect the sustainability of our natural resources.

Credit Hours: 3
Recommended: This course is recommended as an introductory course for non-science majors


NAT_R 3001: Topics in Natural Resources

Organized study of selected topics. Subjects may vary from semester to semester.

Credit Hour: 1-99


NAT_R 3110: Natural Resource Biometrics

Sampling methods and analysis as applied to a variety of natural resources, including fisheries, range, recreation, forests, water and wildlife.

Credit Hours: 3
Recommended: a course in Statistics


NAT_R 3220: Public Relations for Natural Resource Managers

Introduction to the practical nature of public relations for those entering natural resources careers, emphasis on communication with target audiences through news media, publications and exhibits.

Credit Hours: 3


NAT_R 3290: Hydrologic Measurement Techniques

Students will be introduced to field methods and tools used by water resource and environmental science professionals. Students will sample and measure hydrologic and environmental variables, learn about data storage systems, and access and analyze data. Course may be repeated for credit. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hour: 1
Prerequisites: MATH 1100 or permission of instructor


NAT_R 4000: Problems in Natural Resources

Problems in Natural Resources

Credit Hour: 1-99


NAT_R 4001: Topics in Natural Resources

Organized study of selected topics. Subjects may vary from semester to semester.

Credit Hour: 1-99


NAT_R 4320: Hydrologic and Water Quality Modeling

(same as ENV_SC 4320). Introduction to models for simulating hydrologic and water quality processes. Emphasis is placed on watersheds to provide experience with the use of simulation models for natural resource decision making.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: ENV_SC 1100 or SOIL 2100


NAT_R 4325: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

The course will cover basic theoretical and technical issues in GIS, discuss processing geographic information for research and application, emphasis on the nature of spatial information, data models, input, manipulation and storage, and spatial analytic techniques.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: NAT_R 1070 or GEOG 2840; NAT_R 1080 and NAT_R 1090; instructor's consent


NAT_R 4353: Natural Resource Policy/Administration

Principles of policy formation and analysis; relationship of organizational goals to structure, planning and budgeting. Historical background of present natural resource policies; examines current policy issues.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: senior standing or instructor's consent


NAT_R 4365: GIS Applications

Introduces logical thinking and techniques in applying GIS to practical problems. Covers general GIS functionalities, Arc View Spatial Analyst including georeference, terrain analysis, hydrological analysis, grid, and remote sensing image processing.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOG 3040, NAT_R 1080 and NAT_R 1090, or instructor's consent


NAT_R 4385: Landscape Ecology and GIS Analysis I

(same as GEOG 4810). Examination of the landscape-scale approach to biodiversity, ecosystem dynamics, and habitat management. Particular emphasis on the use of Geographic Information Systems to analyze the spatial dimension of ecological patterns and processes.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOG 3040, or instructor's consent


NAT_R 4940: Natural Resources Internship

Supervised professional experience with an approved public or private organization. May be repeated for credit. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1-12
Prerequisites: School of Natural Resources majors only, instructor's consent


NAT_R 4970: Resource Practicum in Natural Resources

Multidisciplinary planning of a natural resource management program.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: School of Natural Resources majors only; senior standing or instructor's consent


NAT_R 7001: Topics in Natural Resources

Organized study of selected topics. Subjects may vary from semester to semester.

Credit Hour: 1-99


NAT_R 7320: Hydrologic and Water Quality Modeling

(same as ENV_SC 7320). Introduction to models for simulating hydrologic and water quality processes. Emphasis is placed on Missouri watersheds to provide experience with the use of simulation models for natural resource decision making.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: NAT_R 1080 and NAT_R 1090 and SOIL 2100 or equivalent


NAT_R 7325: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

The course will cover basic theoretical and technical issues in GIS, discuss processing geographic information for research and application, emphasis on the nature of spatial information, data models, input, manipulation and storage, and spatial analytic techniques.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: NAT_R 1070 or GEOG 2840; NAT_R 1080 and NAT_R 1090; instructor's consent


NAT_R 7353: Natural Resource Policy/Administration

Principles of policy formation and analysis; relationship of organizational goals to structure, planning and budgeting. Historical background of present natural resource policies; examines current policy issues.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


NAT_R 7365: GIS Applications

Introduces logical thinking and techniques in applying GIS to practical problems. Cover general GIS functionalities, Arc View Spatial Analyst including georeference, terrain analysis, hydrological analysis, grid, and remote sensing image processing.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOG 3040, NAT_R 1080 and NAT_R 1090, or instructor's consent


NAT_R 7385: Landscape Ecology and GIS Analysis I

(same as GEOG 7810). Examination of the landscape-scale approach to biodiversity, ecosystem dynamics, and habitat management. Particular emphasis on the use of Geographic Information Systems to analyze the spatial dimension of ecological patterns and processes.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOG 3040, or instructor's consent


NAT_R 8001: Topics in Natural Resources

Organized study of selected topics. Subjects may vary from semester to semester.

Credit Hour: 1-99


NAT_R 8050: Masters Non-Thesis Research in Natural Resources

Research credits associated with a non-thesis M.S. project. May be repeated for credit. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1-10
Prerequisites: restricted to Masters students in the School of Natural Resources


NAT_R 8090: Master Thesis Research in Natural Resources

Research credits leading to M.Sc. thesis. May be repeated for credit. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1-10
Prerequisites: Restricted to Masters students in the School of Natural Resources


NAT_R 8290: Hydrologic Measurement and Synthesis

Students are introduced to methods fundamental to measuring hydrologic processes, and assessing physical data, including field measurement, and data logging and acquisition information systems. Students will gain experience analyzing and synthesizing hydrologic data using tools commonly used by water resource professionals. May be repeated for credit. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 2
Prerequisites: MATH 1100, STAT 2530, PHYSCS 1210. If deficient in prerequisite courses, or unsure of qualification, contact instructor for consent


NAT_R 8395: Landscape Ecology and GIS Analysis II

(same as GEOG 8815). Provide students with principles and applications of landscape ecology and firm understandings of spatial analysis techniques using GIS. Discuss metrics for spatial pattern and models for landscape-scale dynamics.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: NAT_R 4365; FOREST 4320 or equivalent; basic statistics; instructor's consent
Recommended: GEOG 4810 or GEOG 7810


NAT_R 8416: Applied Research Methodology

Interrelated roles or logic, observation experiment in scientific method, research components, ethical aspects, scientific publication and communication, and research direction.

Credit Hours: 2
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


NAT_R 8448: Society and Ecosystems Research Seminar

(same as AG_EC 8448 and RU_SOC 8448). This seminar, capstone for the Graduate Certificate Program in Society and Ecosystems, exposes students to interdisciplinary research on interactions between social, economic and ecological systems.

Credit Hours: 3


NAT_R 9001: Topics in Natural Resources

Organized study of selected topics. Subjects and topics may vary from semester to semester. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1-10
Prerequisites: instructor's consent. Restricted to School of Natural Resources Graduate Students


NAT_R 9087: Graduate Seminar in Natural Resources

Graduate seminar in Natural Resources. May be repeated for credit. Graded on S/U basis only. Prerequisites: restricted to PhD students in the School of Natural Resources

Credit Hour: 1-10


NAT_R 9090: Dissertation Research in Natural Resources

Research leading to a dissertation and Ph.D. in the School of Natural Resources. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1-10
Prerequisites: Restricted to PhD students in the School of Natural Resources


NAT_R 9490: Ecohydrology: Contemporary Topics

A series of discussions centered on primary literature within disciplines relevant to the participants. All Natural Resources disciplines are encouraged to participate (e.g., ecology, wildlife, fisheries, recreation/tourism, hydrology, atmospheric sciences, soils, etc.) with emphasis on interdisciplinary research (i.e. integrated natural, social and/or physical scientific research). May be repeated for credit. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hour: 1