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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
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NATR 101 - GENERAL ECOLOGY
Interrelationships among living things and their environment. Role of man within the total environmental framework and the ecological approach to resource management.
3 credits (3 lecture hours), spring semester
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NATR 110 - NATURAL RESOURCES MEASUREMENTS
Measurements of forest and wildlife resources, evaluation of data and presentation of results. Includes mapping, timber inventories, wildlife population surveys, and report writing. Field trip fee is required.
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), spring semester
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NATR 112 - FOREST PROTECTION
Overall view of the agents damaging the forest, meteorology, insects, disease causing organisms, IPM, fire behavior and control. Development of control measures.
3 credits (3 lecture hours), spring semester
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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
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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 improvement activities. Field trips cost $10.
3 credits (1 lecture hour, 3 laboratory hours), fall semester
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NATR 130 - NORTH AMERICAN WATERFOWL
Biology, identification, life histories, production areas, problems, and management of North American ducks, geese and swans.
1 credit hour (1 lecture hour), spring semester
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NATR 132 - ORNITHOLOGY
A course surveying the overall world of birds. Topics to include avian evolution, behavior, migration, reproduction and distribution. Laboratory work includes studies pertaining to anatomy, classification and identification. Field trips provide opportunities for the identification of area species.
Prerequisite: NATR 101 or permission of instructor
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), fall semester
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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 formations.
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours), spring semester
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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
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NATR 144 - SEMINAR IN ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES I
Designed to inform the freshman Natural Resources Conservation student with the various options of study within the curriculum 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 Natural Resources Conservation students.
1 credit (1 hour recitation), fall semester
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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
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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, egg inventory, and larval fish identification.
Prerequisites: NATR 150, NATR 252
2 credits (1 lecture hour, 2 laboratory hours), fall semester
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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 facility maintenance, including fish stock inventory and feed ration calculation.
Prerequisite: NATR 150 or permission of instructor
1 credit (approximately 60 hours), fall or spring semester
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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: NATR 150
Corequisite: NATR 252
2 credits (1 lecture hour, 3 laboratory hours), spring semester
 
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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 plant appraisal; plant problem identification, diagnosis and treatment; plant establishment; nutrient management; pruning; cabling; hazard tree management.
2 credits (2 lecture hours), spring semester
Corequisite: NATR 161
 
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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 tree appraisal, hazard tree management, pruning, climbing with rope and saddle, and planting.
1 credit (2 laboratory hours), spring semester
Corequisite: NATR 160
 
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NATR 210 - DENDROLOGY
Field study, identification, taxonomy and elementary silvics of more than 150 important forest trees and shrubs of North America . Field trips cost $10.
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), fall semester  
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NATR 213 - COMPUTER ASSISTED AND PHOTOGRAMMETRIC MAPPING
Involves the practical applications of geographic information and global positioning systems in mapping of natural resources. The principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are discussed with emphasis on computer-assisted topographical mapping. Aerial photographs are studied for interpretation and map construction. Students are expected to complete two class projects involving the use of information systems and conduct boundary and contour surveys using both standard and real-time differential GPS as well as generate thematic maps.
Prerequisite: NATR 142 or DRFT 153
1 credit, spring semester
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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.
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), spring semester  
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NATR 220 - SELECTED TOPICS IN PARKS AND RECREATION
Current theory, practices, issues and trends in outdoor recreation. Seminarstyle format based on library assignments. Term paper.
1 credit (1, 2-hour recitation), fall semester  
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NATR 222 - PARK PLANNING AND DESIGN
Park and recreation area planning, design, layout and field practices. Emphasis on trail systems.
Prerequisite: NATR 120
1 credit (4 laboratory hours), spring semester, second 8 weeks
 
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NATR 228 - SKI AREA TECHNOLOGY INTERNSHIP
Placement of seniors in Ski Area Technology at an alpine ski area for practical education and experience in ski area management. Daily journal, summary report, and supervisor evaluation required. Student responsible for securing employment, housing and transportation (with assistance from instructor and employer). Minimum 500 hours.
Prerequisite: NATR 244
12 credits, December-March
 
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NATR 232 - WILDLIFE ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT
Basic introduction to the art and science of wildlife management. Topics pertinent to understanding wildlife populations, their habitats, their ecology and management are covered. Laboratories emphasize life histories of principle North American mammals and game birds and habitat interpretations.
Prerequisites: NATR 101 and 260 or permission of the instructor
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), spring semester
 
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NATR 246 - INTERNSHIP IN NATURAL RESOURCES
Work in an approved job in the natural resources industry. Comprehensive written report required at end of work period. Employer and faculty evaluation upon completion of internship.
Prerequisite: Completion of one semester in Natural Resources and permission of instructor
4 credits (12 weeks, 480 hours minimum), fall semester
 
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NATR 250 - AQUATIC ECOLOGY
A study of the physical, chemical and biological interactions affecting the productivity of freshwater environments throughout Central New York . Origins, parameters, communities and populations of lakes, lake basins, streams, wetlands, and estuaries. Laboratories include identification of aquatic plants and invertebrates, habitat assessment, wetland delineation, and the use of bioconductors. Field studies are conducted on local streams, lakes and wetlands.
Prerequisite: NATR 101
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), fall semester
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NATR 252 - FISH ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT
An introduction to 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 fisheries management and biology, and the application of seine nets, trapnets, gill nets, and electroshocking fishing gear.
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), spring semester  
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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, NATR 252, BIOL 140, or permission of instructor
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), spring semester
 
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NATR 256 - AQUACULTURE PRACTICUM II
Advanced methods in aquaculture, including fish handling, incubation and early-rearing of fish stocks, and water quality management.
Prerequisite: NATR 156
1 credit (approximately 60 hours per semester), fall or spring semester
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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 (approximately 60 hours per semester), fall or spring semester
 
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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 SUNY Morrisville 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 longrange strategic plans for the AQ Center.
Prerequisite: NATR 257
1 credit (60 hours per semester), fall or spring
 
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NATR 260 - PRINCIPLES OF ZOOLOGY
An integrated lecture and laboratory course that presents an introduction to the study of vertebrate and invertebrate animals. Emphasis on zoological organization, identification, diversity, evolution, behavior, form and function, physiology and reproduction.
4 credits (2 traditional lecture hours plus 1 lecture hour with a 2-hour laboratory presented autotutorically), fall semester  
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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
 
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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
1 credit (approximately 4 hours/week independent research, 60 hours total), fall or spring semester
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