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New Brunswick/Piscataway Undergraduate Catalog 2005-2007 Cook College Programs of Study Ecology and Natural Resources 704  

Ecology and Natural Resources 704

Degree: B.S.

Coordinator: Edwin J. Green (

Phone (Ext.)
Timothy M. Casey
Martin 216
David W. Ehrenfeld
ENR 122
Joan G. Ehrenfeld
ENR 126
Jason Grabosky
ENR 144
Edwin J. Green
ENR 158
Rebecca Jordan
ENR 131
Karl Kjer
Blake 121
Richard G. Lathrop
ENR 129
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ENR 146
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ENR 148
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The ecology and natural resources curriculum provides an understanding of how natural living systems function and how they can be managed to provide benefits to people. Students may pursue course work that prepares them for traditional careers in resource management or they may take a broader array of courses that meets interests related to the conservation of natural resources and the ecology of natural systems. Graduates may pursue further study at the graduate level or find career opportunities in academe and in public or private organizations involved in the management of natural resources.

Students are encouraged to organize curricular and elective courses to fulfill simultaneously the requirements of a minor or certificate program. Particularly appropriate are the minor in Teacher Education and the certificates in Environmental Geomatics and Urban/ Community Forestry.

The curriculum offers the following options:

Conservation and Applied Ecology.This option provides a broad general understanding of the functioning, significance, and conservation of living systems. The flexibility of this option is intended to meet a variety of student interests and needs.

Ecology and Evolution.This option emphasizes scientific aspects of ecology and is intended for students who plan to attend graduate school for advanced study or who intend to apply for certification as an ecologist or associate ecologist through the Ecological Society of America.

Professional Resource Management.Students selecting this option will pursue course work that has been recommended by professional resource management organizations. Traditional majors in forestry, wildlife, or fisheries can be developed by the selection of specific concentrations within this option. Faculty advisers provide students with a list of courses recommended for specific career directions. However, a broad background in resource management is an appropriate preparation for all resource manage- ment professionals.

I. College Mission: Interdisciplinary Critical Analysis (5-6 credits)

11:015:101 Perspectives on Agriculture and the Environment (2)

11:015:400 Junior/Senior Colloquium (3)

II. Introductory Life and Physical Sciences

A.Life Sciences (8 credits)

01:119:101-102 General Biology (4,4)

B.Physical Sciences (17 credits)

01:160:161-162 General Chemistry (4,4)

01:160:171 Introduction to Experimentation (1)

01:750:193-194 Physics for the Sciences (4,4) or 01: 750:203-204 General Physics (3,3) and01:750:205-206 General Physics Laboratory (1,1)

III. Humanities and the Arts (6 credits)

See suggested courses in the Degree Requirements chapter.

IV. Multicultural and International Studies (6 credits)

See suggested courses in the Degree Requirements chapter.

V. Human Behavior, Economic Systems, and Political Processes (9 credits)

See suggested courses in the Degree Requirements chapter.

VI. Oral and Written Communication (6 credits)

See suggested courses in the Degree Requirements chapter.

VII. Experience-Based Education (0-3 credits)

All students are required to obtain practical experience in an area of ecology and natural resources. Students can complete this requirement without formal credit through summer employment or volunteer service with an appropriate public agency, private industry, or nonprofit organization. Proposed employment or service must be discussed with the adviser or curriculum coordinator.

If the student elects to meet this requirement without applying for credit, then it is the student's responsibility to provide the curriculum coordinator with written documentation of the work experience prior to graduation. Students also may fulfill the practical experience requirement by completing one of the following courses:

11:015:497,498 George H. Cook Scholars Program (BA,BA)

11:199:___ Cooperative Education (BA)

11:300:487 Student Teaching (9)

11:372:493,494 Special Problems in Environmental Resources (BA,BA)

11:704:375 Practicum in Wildlife Management (BA)

11:704:376 Practicum in Fishery Management (BA)

11:704:377 Practicum in Forest Management (BA)

11:704:483,484 Research Problems in Applied Ecology (BA,BA)

VIII. Proficiency in Ecology and Natural Resources (58-62 credits)


Quantitative Skills (7)

01:640:115 Precalculus College Mathematics (4) or 01: 640:1__ CALC1 or equivalent

01:960:401 Basic Statistics for Research (3)

Computer and Information Technology Competence

Students are expected to have or develop basic competence in the use of computers and their application in the field of natural resources. If basic computing skills need to be developed at Cook College, students should take 01:198:110 Introduction to Computers and Their Application (3) orequivalent. Students who enter Cook College with basic proficiency in the use of computers will meet the curriculum computing requirement by completing 11:372:369 or 11:704:453. Consult the faculty adviser for the appropriate course selection.

Professional Ethics

Ethical aspects of natural resources are incorporated into many of the advanced courses through case studies.

Additional Requirements (4)

11:704:351 Principles of Ecology (4)

B. OPTIONS (47-51)

1. Conservation and Applied Ecology (47-49)

Required courses (7-8)

11:375:102 Soils and Society (3) or11:375:360 Soils and Water (4)

01:460:101 Introductory Geology (3)

01:460:103 Introductory Geology Laboratory (1)

Electives (40-41)

Courses chosen in consultation with the student`s adviser from among those listed under the other options of this curriculum or logical extensions of the subject matter of these courses. Students must have the approval of their adviser or curriculum coordinator to substitute courses other than those indicated above. At least 20 of the 40 credits must be fulfilled by courses in natural resources (11:704). In general, courses that can be applied to learning about living systems and how they are managed are approved.

2. Ecology and Evolution (49-51)

Required courses (28-30)

01:160:307-308 Organic Chemistry (4,4) and 01:160:311 Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2) or 01:160:209 Elementary Organic Chemistry (3) and 01:160:211 Elementary Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1) and 11:115: 301 Introductory Biochemistry (3) and 11:115:313 Introductory Biochemistry Laboratory (1)

01:447:380 Genetics (4)

01:640:135 Calculus (4) or equivalent

11:704:486 Principles of Evolution (3)

At least one of the following courses in biomathematics (3-4):

01:146:302 Computers in Biology (3)

01:640:136 Calculus or 01:640:138 Calculus for the Biological Sciences (4) orequivalent

01:640:250 Introduction to Linear Algebra (3)

11:704:453 Natural Resource Biometrics (3)

At least one of the following courses in systematics (3-4):

11:370:381 Insect Biology (4)

11:370:402 Aquatic Entomology (4)

11:370:409 Insect Classification (4)

11:628:321 Ichthyology (4)

11:704:272 Dendrology (4)

11:704:323 Ornithology (4)

11:704:324 Invertebrate Zoology (4)

11:704:325 Vertebrate Zoology (4)

11:704:411 Taxonomy of the Vascular Plants (4)

At least one of the following courses in environmental pollution and conservation (3):

11:374:431 Topics: New and Reemerging Diseases (3)

11:375:407 Environmental Toxicology (3)

11:375:411 Environmental Microbiology (3)

11:375:421 Air Pollution (3)

11:375:444 Water Chemistry (3)

11:375:445 Problems in Aquatic Environments (3)

11:704:317 Conservation Ecology (3)

11:704:451 Ecosystems Ecology and Global Change (3)

Electives (21)

Select appropriate courses from the following categories.

Life Sciences (15)

At least 15 credits of courses selected in consultation with an adviser from those offered by Cook College or the Faculty of Arts and Sciences that have 01:119:101-102 General Biology as a prerequisite. At least three of these courses must have a laboratory or field component.

Physical and Quantitative Sciences (6)

At least 6 additional credits of courses selected in consultation with an adviser in Biochemistry (115), Chemistry (160), Environmental Sciences (375), Geography (450), Geological Sciences (460), Marine Sciences (628), Mathematics (640), Physics (750), or Statistics (960).

3. Professional Resource Management (Fisheries/ Forestry/Wildlife) (48)

Required courses (23)

11:375:360 Soils and Water (4)

01:460:101 Introductory Geology (3)

01:460:103 Introductory Geology Laboratory (1)

11:704:211 The Natural Resources Professions (1)

11:704:272 Dendrology (4)

11:704:453 Natural Resource Biometrics (4)

11:776:210 Principles of Botany (4)

Additional course in oral and written communication (3) [01:355:302 Scientific and Technical Writing (3) is recommended.]

Electives (25)

Select appropriate courses from the following categories. Students placing an emphasis on wildlife, fisheries, or forestry should obtain a list of recommended courses from their adviser or curriculum coordinator. The minimum number of credits is indicated. Courses not listed here may be substituted with the approval of the adviser.

Living Systems (16):

11:370:381 Insect Biology (4)

01:447:380 Genetics (4)

11:628:120 Introduction to Oceanography (3)

11:628:320 Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems (4)

11:628:321 Ichthyology (4)

11:704:240 Behavioral Biology (4)

11:704:323 Ornithology (4)

11:704:324 Invertebrate Zoology (4)

11:704:325 Vertebrate Zoology (4)

11:704:332 Plant Ecology (4)

11:704:335 Limnology (4)

11:704:411 Taxonomy of the Vascular Plants (4)

11:704:421 Wetland Ecology (3)

11:704:422 Ecology of Soil Organisms (3)

11:704:441 Animal Behavior (3)

11:704:443 Animal Social Behavior (3)

11:770:301 General Plant Pathology (3)

11:776:382 Plant Physiology (4)

Principles and Applications of Resource Management (6):

11:704:317 Conservation Ecology (3)

11:704:464 Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (3)

11:704:471 Silviculture (3)

Policy/Administration/Law (3):

11:372:231 Fundamentals of Environmental Planning (3)

11:372:381 Introduction to Systems Thinking and the Systems Approach (3)

11:373:362 Natural Resource Economics (3)

11:373:363 Environmental Economics (3)

11:374:313 Environmental Policy and Institutions (3)

11:374:314 Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management (3)

11:375:333 Environmental Law I (3)

Complementary courses

The following courses provide knowledge and skills that are complementary to the study of natural resources. No credits are required, but these courses may be used as unspecified electives or as option electives for the conservation and applied ecology option.

11:015:2__ Topics in Agriculture and Environmental Science (1)

11:015:230 Fundamentals of Agroecology (3)

11:115:301 Introductory Biochemistry (3)

01:160:209 Elementary Organic Chemistry (3)

11:370:202 The World of Insects (3)

11:372:322 Land Measurement and Mapping (3)

11:372:362 Intermediate Environmental Geomatics (3)

11:372:371 Air-Photo Interpretation (3)

11:372:474 Advanced Remote Sensing (3)

11:375:405 Fundamentals of Water and Wastewater Analysis (4)

11:670:201 Elements of Meteorology (3)

11:670:202 Elements of Climatology (3)

11:704:274 Field Techniques in Ecology and Natural Resources (4)

11:704:312 Forest Fire Protection (1.5)

11:704:403 Urban Forestry (3)

11:704:451 Ecosystems Ecology and Global Change (3)

11:704:452 Research Methods in Ecology (3)

11:704:461 Field Ecology (2)

11:704:475 Winter Field Ecology (1)

11:704:486 Principles of Evolution (3)

11:704:488 Restoration Ecology (4)

01:960:4__ A course in statistics (3)

01:960:476 Introduction to Sampling (3)

01:960:490 Introduction to Experimental Design (3)

IX. Unspecified Electives (5-12 credits)

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