NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION

 

NATR 100 - INTRODUCTION TO FORESTRY AND NATURAL RESOURCES

Field identification of important forest trees and shrubs, their growth characteristics and uses are introduced. Basic instruction is provided in forest management problems, forest measurement, utilization, forest ecology, silviculture, forest wetlands, natural resources recreation, wildlife conservation, urban forestry and natural resource organizations. Several field forestry exercises are used to provide students with practical experience.

3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), fall semester

 

NATR 101 - GENERAL ECOLOGY

Interrelationships among living organisms and their environment. Examines the nature of diversity, niche dimensions, species’ roles and habitats, organism adaptations, life histories, population dynamics, symbiotic relationships, biome and landscape ecology, and the impact of human activities, and extractive economies.

3 credits (3 lecture hours), fall or spring semester

This course satisfies the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement and the SUNY General Education Requirement for Natural Science.

 

NATR 103 - NATURAL RESOURCE EQUIPMENT OPERATION

Operation, safety and preventative maintenance of natural resource equipment including chain saws, log skidder, log loader, dump truck, bulldozer, forklift, skid steer loader, backhoe, and flatbed trailer is practiced. Included in this course is the instruction and hands-on operation of chainsaws, which with additional training in adult first aid/CPR and environmental concerns will qualify students for New York State Logger certification.

2 credits (1 lecture hour, 2 laboratory hours), fall or spring semester

 

NATR 110 - NATURAL RESOURCES MEASUREMENTS

Measurements of forest and wildlife resources, statistical analysis of data and presentation of results. Includes mapping, timber inventories, wildlife population surveys, and report writing.

Pre-requisite/ Co-requisite: Completion of or testing out of MAGN 101 or by permission from the instructor.

3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), spring semester

 

NATR 115 - FOREST ECOLOGY

Physical and biological factors that affect the forest community are discussed. Emphasis is placed on forest ecosystem dynamics and establishing a scientific basis for the cultural treatment of forest stands. Forest community interactions are discussed in detail. Specific types of old growth, wetland and eastern mesophytic forest communities are analyzed.

Prerequisite: NATR 100 or permission of instructor

3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), spring semester

This course satisfies the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement and the SUNY General Education Requirement for Natural Science.

 

NATR 120 - INTRODUCTION TO RECREATION AREA MANAGEMENT

Basic principles of outdoor recreation and use of leisure time as applied to the development and management of park and recreation areas. Observations and analyses of local recreation areas, trail development and improvement activities.

3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), fall semester

 

NATR 130 - NORTH AMERICAN WATERFOWL

Identification, life histories, production areas, nuisance issues, and management of North American ducks, geese, swans and shorebirds. Course includes extensive field observation and maintaining field journals. This course is a certified NYS DEC Waterfowl ID Course and students may opt to take the exam to receive the certificate required to get an access permit for select National Wildlife Refuges and state lands open to waterfowl hunting.

Pre-requisite/ Co-requisite: NATR 101 or by permission from the instructor.

1 credit (1 lecture hour) spring semester.

 

NATR 140 – GEOLOGY

Nature and origin of minerals and rocks, and the development of land formations with special emphasis on plate tectonics and associated phenomena. Agents of erosion with resulting land formations.

3 credits (2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours), spring semester

This course satisfies the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement and the SUNY General Education Requirement for Natural Science.

 

NATR 142 - PLANE SURVEYING

The principles of plane surveying are explored. Investigation is made of elementary field techniques and office procedures with emphasis on agricultural and conservation applications. Familiarization with various modern surveying instruments, analysis of error and survey computation is emphasized. Field work includes taping, profile and differential leveling, traversing and topographic mapping.

Prerequisite: MAGN 101 or equivalent

3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), fall semester

 

 

NATR 144 - SEMINAR IN ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES

Designed to inform the freshman Environmental Science student with the various options of study within the department and the career opportunities for each. Other presentations will deal with such topics as enhancing your classroom success, the pre-registration process, ethics, placement, letters of applications, resumes, interviewing techniques and meeting professionals from various environmental fields. Required for all freshman in the Environmental Sciences majors.

1 credit (1 hour recitation), fall semester

 

NATR 150 - AQUACULTURE

An introduction to the husbandry of aquatic organisms. Course places emphasis on rearing unit theory and management, stock inventory, growth projections, and water quality management. Laboratory exercises feature visits to state and commercial hatcheries, and hands-on activities at the SUNY Morrisville Aquaculture Center.

3 credits (2 lecture hours, 4 laboratory hours), fall semester

 

NATR 152 - FISH REPRODUCTION

This course explores fish reproductive strategies and their management implications; topics include: modes and requirements of reproduction, embryology, induced spawning techniques, genetics, hybridization and genetic engineering. Laboratories include manual spawning of salmon and trout, and egg inventory.

Prerequisites: NATR 150, NATR 252

2 credits (1 lecture hour, 2 laboratory hours), fall semester

This course satisfies the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement and the SUNY General Education Requirement for Natural Science.

 

NATR 153 – MARINE BIOLOGY

Introductory course to marine ecology, marine ecosystems, and survey of marine animal phyla. Course will cover the basic processes of marine ecosystems such as tides, currents, and general oceanography. Course will provide a survey of marine ecosystems (coral reefs, estuaries, mangroves, seagrass beds, kelp forests, intertidal and pelagic zones) and their processes. Course will cover marine animal phyla and biodiversity from Cnidarian to Pinnipeds (jellyfish to seals).

3 credits (3 lecture hours) fall semester

This course satisfies the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement and the SUNY General Education Requirement for Natural Science.

 

 

NATR 156 - AQUACULTURE PRACTICUM I

Hands-on experience in aquaculture facility management with emphasis on daily routine and records keeping. Care of cultured fish and plants, facility maintenance, including fish stock inventory, water quality management, and shipping and transporting fish.

Corequisite: NATR 150 or permission of instructor

1 credit fall or spring semester

 

NATR 158 - FISH NUTRITION

Introduction to the nutritional requirements of fish. Emphasis is placed on natural and artificial feeding of fishes, digestive physiology and anatomy, nutritional requirements and deficiencies, and feed formulation. Laboratories include hands-on study of fish digestive anatomy, and the calculation of feed rations.

Prerequisite: MAGN 101, NATR 150

Co-requisite: NATR 252

2 credits (1 lecture hour, 3 laboratory hours), spring semester

This course satisfies the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement and the SUNY General Education Requirement for Natural Science.

 

NATR 160 - PRINCIPLES OF ARBORICULTURE

Introduction to the art, science and technology of woody plant health care. Emphasis on the care of landscape trees and shrubs in residential, campus and municipal settings. Major topics include tree mechanics, pruning and training trees; cabling; risk tree management; site evaluation and tree planting and establishment.

Co-requisite: NATR 161

2 credits (2 lecture hours), spring semester

This course satisfies the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement and the SUNY General Education Requirement for Natural Science.

 

NATR 161 - PRACTICES OF ARBORICULTURE

Practical education and experience in the establishment and care of trees and shrubs in the landscape. Emphasis on individual and small groups of plants in residential, campus and municipal settings. Students work in teams under close supervision. Major activities include pruning, climbing with rope and saddle, and risk tree evaluation.

Co-requisite: NATR 160

1 credit (3 laboratory hours), spring semester

 

NATR 210 - DENDROLOGY

Field study, identification, taxonomy and natural history of more than 100 important forest trees and shrubs of North America.

3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), fall semester

This course satisfies the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement and the SUNY General Education Requirement for Natural Science.

 

NATR 211 - FOREST PROTECTION

Overall view of the agents damaging to the forest and their management: meteorology, insects, disease causing organisms, beneficial organisms, IPM, fire behavior and control, and invasive species. Hybrid course: on-line lectures with in-person laboratory.

Pre-requisite: NATR 101 General Ecology or permission from the instructor.

3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), spring semester

 

NATR 213 - BASICS OF GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY

This course involves a basic introduction to geospatial technology with focus on the practical applications of geographic information (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS) in mapping natural and renewable resources. The basic principles of GIS and GPS are discussed with emphasis on computer- assisted mapping. Focus will be on running ArcGIS and its application in a number of assigned class projects. Students are also expected to understand how to conduct surveys using both standard and real-time differential GPS as well as generate thematic maps. GPS measurements and digital orthoimages are utilized in creating geographically-referenced, spatial data which forms the basis for geospatial analysis, the primary focus of the newly proposed NATR 216.

Prerequisite: NATR 142 or AGEN 151, or permission of instructor

2 credit (1.5 lecture hour, 2 laboratory hours), 10-week course, spring semester

 

NATR 215 - PRACTICES OF SILVICULTURE

Application is made of Silvicultural techniques for tending the forest stand in order to meet the objectives of the forest owner utilizing the principles of forest ecology. Emphasis is on understanding the forest ecosystem and the impact of cultural practices such as thinning, harvest cutting, timber stand improvement and stand regeneration.

Prerequisite: NATR 110 and NATR 115

Co-requisite: NATR 213

3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), spring semester

 

NATR 216 - BASICS OF GEOSPATIAL ANALYSIS

This course involves a basic introduction to geospatial analysis with emphasis on the practical applications of geographic information and global positioning systems. The basic principles of geospatial analysis and remote sensing are discussed with focus on some general applications that pertain to natural and/or renewable resource system(s). Evaluations of various situations are accomplished through a number of general class projects and one final case study project to be assigned by the instructor based on each student’s area of interest. Emphasis will be on running ArcGIS and its application to the assigned class projects. Students are also expected to understand how to navigate using both standard and real-time differential GPS. GPS measurements and digital orthoimages are especially useful in creating geographically-referenced, spatial data which are required for performing geospatial analysis.

Co-requisite: NATR 213

1 credit (1 lecture hour, 2 laboratory hours), 8-week course, spring semester

NATR 221 - INVASIVE SPECIES MANAGEMENT

Biology, impact and management of invasive species found in or threatening New York State. Terrestrial and aquatic plants, animals (including insects), and diseases are discussed. Classroom focus is on pathways, factors leading to invasion, impact, management and control strategies, and restoration options. Laboratories will involve hands-on surveying and management efforts.

Prerequisite: NATR 101 or similar, or by permission from the instructor.

3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), spring semester

This course satisfies the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement and the SUNY General Education Requirement for Natural Science.

 

NATR 232 - WILDLIFE ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT

A study of the art and science of wildlife management, including topics pertinent to understanding wildlife populations, their habitats, their ecology and management.  Laboratories emphasize identification and life histories of principle North American mammals and game birds, specimen preparation, collection techniques, cover mapping, and habitat manipulation.

Prerequisites: NATR 101 or permission of the instructor

Co-requisite: NATR 213

3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), spring semester

This course satisfies the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement and the SUNY General Education Requirement for Natural Science.

 

NATR 246 - INTERNSHIP IN NATURAL RESOURCES

This course involves students working in an approved job in the natural resources industry, usually during the summer session. A journal, supervisor evaluation and comprehensive written report are required and upon completion of the internship.

Prerequisite: Completion of one semester in Natural Resources and permission of instructor 4 credits (12 weeks, 480 hours minimum), fall semester

 

NATR 250 - AQUATIC ECOLOGY

A study of the physical, chemical and biological interactions of freshwater environments throughout Central New York. Includes ecology, origins, communities and populations of lakes, streams, wetlands, and estuaries, and aquatic invasive species. Laboratories include identification of aquatic plants, invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians, habitat assessment, wetland delineation, and the use of bioindicators. Field studies are conducted on local streams, lakes and wetlands.

Prerequisite: NATR 101

3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), fall semester

This course satisfies the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement and the SUNY General Education Requirement for Natural Science.

 

NATR 252 - FISH ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT

A study of the morphology, biology, ecology, behavior, and taxonomy of fishes. Strong emphasis is placed on the identification of New York’s common freshwater and estuarine fish species. Other topics include systematics, reproductive ecology, population dynamics, fisheries management, and the application of seines, trap nets, gill nets, and electroshocking fishing gear.

Prerequisite/co-requisite: NATR 101 or permission of the instructor

3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), spring semester

This course satisfies the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement and the SUNY General Education Requirement for Natural Science.

 

NATR 254 - FISH HEALTH MANAGEMENT

Capstone course in the Aquaculture series, dealing with the development and maintenance of hygienic culture facilities. The course progresses from disease and diagnostic theory, through pathogenic and parasitic agents, to chemical and cultural means of disease prevention and eradication. Laboratory exercises include necroptic and microbiologic techniques, pathogen and parasite identification, and chemotherapeutic treatments.

Prerequisites: NATR 150 and NATR 252, or permission of instructor 3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), spring semester

This course satisfies the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement and the SUNY General Education Requirement for Natural Science.

 

NATR 256 - AQUACULTURE PRACTICUM II

A continuation of the Aquaculture Practicum series, addressing advanced methods in aquaculture, including fish handling, incubation and early-rearing of fish stocks, feed ration calculations, grow out projections, and harvesting and shipping of fish.

Prerequisite: NATR 156, MAGN 101

Co-requisite: NATR 158

1 credit, fall or spring semester

 

NATR 257 - AQUACULTURE PRACTICUM III

In this continuation of the Aquaculture Practicum series, the student assumes the role of a fish hatchery crew supervisor. In supervising the daily routine of work crews, the student develops mentoring and leadership skills. Additional competency is developed in grow-out, harvesting, fish sales, and delivery.

Prerequisite: NATR 256

1 credit, fall or spring semester

 

 

NATR 258 - AQUACULTURE PRACTICUM IV

Final course in the Aquaculture Practicum series. Students will continue to develop and apply mentoring and leadership skills in the management of   the Morrisville State College Aquaculture Center. AP IV students will plan and implement work schedules of AP I-III students, conduct performance evaluations, determine feed orders and supply budgets, and develop long-range strategic plans for the AQ Center.

Prerequisite: NATR 257

1 credit, fall or spring

 

NATR 261 – ADVANCED PRACTICES OF ARBORICULTURE

This course will include advanced arboriculture knowledge and skills associated with hazard tree identification, tree pruning, climbing with a rope and saddle, and use of tree pruning equipment. Students will additionally gain leadership skills by mentoring NATR 161 students by acting as crew leaders for projects, assisting them with skill development, and demonstrating arboriculture skills.

Prerequisite: B or higher in NATR 160 and NATR 161 or with instructor’s permission.

1 credit (2 laboratory hours), spring semester

 

NATR 280 - HERPETOLOGY

Herpetology is a course designed to investigate the thermal physiology, taxonomy, distribution and natural history of reptiles and amphibians. Emphasis is placed on local forms. Techniques of field identification, collection and preservation are covered in the laboratory component.

Prerequisite: Grade of ‘C’ or better in BIOL 120, or General Ecology NATR 101.

3 credits (2 lecture hours, 4 laboratory hours) spring semester

This course satisfies the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement and the SUNY General Education Requirement for Natural Science

 

NATR 288 - RESEARCH IN AQUATIC SCIENCE I

This course provides the ground work for developing and initiating a research project in the aquatic sciences.   Students will progress through the steps of conceiving and conducting background research, formulating research objectives, developing a research methodology, and initiating data collection. The efforts of this course will culminate in NATR 289 Research in Aquatic Science II.

Prerequisites: Aquaculture and Aquatic Science major AND permission of instructor

1 credit (approximately 4 hours/week independent research, 60 hours total), fall or spring semester

 

NATR 289 - RESEARCH IN AQUATIC SCIENCE II

This course provides the continuation of the research project initiated in research in aquatic science I. Students will progress through the steps of data collection and analysis, data description and summarization, synthesis of conclusion and presentation of results. The course will culminate in an oral, conference-type research presentation.

Prerequisite: Research in Aquatic Science I and permission of the instructor

1 credit (approximately 4 hours/week independent research, 60 hours total), fall or spring semester