RNR 1001 Syllabus
DepartmentRenewable Natural Resources
Course CodeRNR 1001
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NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION (RNR 1001-1)
Lecture: MWF 10:30 am – 11:20 pm
Location: 100 Dodson (subject to change)
Reagan M. Errera, PhD
Office hours: Tuesday 9:30 – 10:30 am, Wednesday 2-3 pm, Thursday 2 – 3 pm or by
Office location: Renewable Natural Resources Building, room 212
Relationship of humans to the natural environment; ecology and conservation of soil, water,
forest, range, wildlife and fisheries resources.
This course will examine the natural environment through principles established in physics,
chemistry, geology, biology and social sciences. The objective of the course is to explore the meaning
of resources conservation, establish an understanding of its multidisciplinary approach, and the need
for sustainable use of natural resources. Course material will provide students with an introduction to
core themes in natural sciences by presenting examples and case studies in which components from
each disciple are integrated. Examples will focus on assessing the status of specific environmental
resources and drivers that influence the status of these resources. The goal of natural resource
conservation is to encompass techniques and approaches in order to recognize trends in environmental
conditions, ultimately leading to societies ability to support the future state of the earth’s environment
while providing for prosperous human communities. Sustainability is linked to this goal, given that
our ambition is to sustain environmental resources for future generations.
By the end of this course students will be able to identify, explain and illustrate key drivers of
environmental change and status of environmental resources. Students will understand the conceptual
basis of sustainable resource management. Students will be able to describe the core processes of the
natural sciences that influence our ability to sustain and manage resources in ecosystems dominated by
human activities. Students will be able to integrate this knowledge to improve the management of
shared environments and natural resources.
TEXTBOOK AND/OR RESOURCE MATERIAL
There is no required texted book for this course, but there is a recommend text.
Natural Resource Conservation: Management for a sustainable future
Daniel D. Chias, John Reganold
This text will give additional details and explanations on topics covered during class. I have use the
tenth edition previously; however, the text is a bit pricy any of the other newer editions will work.
There will be reading material posted to Moodle through out the semester. These readings will
include addition details on certain topics. Information presented in these readings will be fair game
when it comes to exam questions.
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