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ENVT 345 - SURFACE AND GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT
An examination of the methods and strategies available for the delineation, assessment and characterization of confined and unconfined groundwater aquifers, as well as their recharge areas. Introduction to groundwater extraction and well functions. Surface water management issues, including watershed delineation and protection. Issues in surface and groundwater contamination and remediation. Brownfields. Federal, state and local regulatory issues.
Prerequisite: upper division standing or permission of instructor
3 credits (3 lecture hours), spring semester
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RREN 302 - RIPARIAN ECOLOGY AND WETLAND MANAGEMENT
The focus of this course is on processing functions and structure of riparian and wetland areas and the multiple human influences on these areas. The future options for management of these areas will be stressed. Lectures are used to introduce students to the principles and concepts; and laboratory exercises are used to visit and evaluate field sites for future management consideration.
Prerequisites: college-level course in ecosystems or permission of instructor
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), fall semester
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RREN 303 - FUNDAMENTALS OF GPS/GIS SYSTEMS
This course is designed to provide students with basic understanding of global positioning systems (GPS) and geographic information systems (GIS). The focus will be primarily on the application, uses, management, implementation, and benefits of these systems (rather than the theory and the technical details of how GPS and GIS actually "work"). The course is also designed to give students with very little GPS/GIS background a working knowledge of how to gather spatially distributed and geographically referenced data, query data, analyze spatial relationships, and produce maps. The laboratory work will focus on teaching the student how to use GIS and GPS through hands-on exercises.
Prerequisite: upper division standing and basic college computer course or permission of instructor
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours), spring semester
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RREN 305 - RENEWABLE RESOURCES LAWS AND REGULATIONS
The focus of this course is on the major federal environmental and related health and safety statues currently in force. This course will also make general suggestions and give ideas on how one can identify potential environmental law problems and how to resolve them as effectively and efficiently as possible.
Prerequisite: Bachelor of Technology status or permission of instructor
3 credits (3 lecture hours), spring semester

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RREN 312 - AQUATIC FIELD TECHNIQUES
A comprehensive study of sampling theory and methodologies currently used in the aquatic sciences. Course specifically addresses research sampling considerations and strategy design; sampling and characterization of lake, river and wetland ecosystems; aquatic vertebrate, invertebrate, and flora collection techniques; watershed and catchments delineation; and, aquatic ecosystem remediation techniques. Course includes field dress and safety field data management, watercraft operation, system modeling and biometry, and reference collection curation.
Prerequisites: college-level course in aquatic ecosystems or permission of instructor
3 credits (2 lecture hour, 3 laboratory hours), fall semester
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RREN 332 - ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
Current issues, theories, practices and trends associated with multiple-use environmental planning and natural resource management. Emphasis is on critical thinking processes for the identification, definition, and resolution of environmental problems; planning and the implementation of plans; and management strategies for specific management goals.
Prerequisite: Bachelor degree standing or permission of instructor
3 credits (3 lectures hours), spring semester

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RREN 412 - ECOSYSTEM IMPACT MANAGEMENT
This is the capstone course of the Renewable Resources curriculum, building upon theory and analytical skills gained in prerequisite courses and closely integrated with RREN 332 - Environmental Planning and Natural Resources Management. This course will integrate theory and technical management concepts with policy considerations so that terrestrial, aquatic and human system management issues may be approached at a systems-level rather than as individual mitigation or mediation efforts.
Prerequisite: RREN 332
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), fall semester
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RREN 420 - GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY APPLICA-TIONS I
This course involves the presentation of two integrated teaching modules that focus on the application of geospatial technology to forest and wildlife management. The first module includes the application of geospatial technologies to the integrated management and monitoring of forest land. The second module utilizes the application of geospatial technology to assess habitat resources for wildlife management. The two modules incorporate the global positioning system (GPS), geographic information system (GIS), and remote sensing technologies combined with field-tested, scientifically-based principles providing an inte-grated approach to natural resources manage-ment. The two modules are vertically integrated where field measurements are combined based on common sampling points.
Prerequisites: RREN 303; (senior standing or permission of the instructor)
1 credit (2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours), 5-week course, fall semester

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RREN 421 - GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS II
This is an elective course in the Renewable Resources Technology B.Tech. program where students are expected to master the application of geospatial technology to natural resources management through independent and group projects where many of the college properties will be inventoried using the methodology covered in RREN 420. The course follows integrated approaches to the management and monitoring of forest land as well as the assessment of habitat resources for wildlife management by focusing on a new college property each year. Geospatial technologies including the global positioning system (GPS), geographic information system (GIS), and remote sensing are combined with field-tested, scientifically-based principles providing an integrated approach to natural resources management of the forest.
Prerequisites: RREN 420 with a B or better and ap-proval of instructor
2 credits (1 hour of lecture and 4 hours of laboratory), 10-week course, fall semester
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RREN 450 - RENEWABLE RESOURCES INTERNSHIP ORIENTATION
Management orientation for the supervised internship experience in organizations throughout the renewable resources field. Actual internship experience will take place the following semester. The focus of the course shall be on preparation for the internship including identification of preferred work sites, the application process, facility orientation, workplace competencies and objectives of the internship.
1 credit (1 lecture hour), spring semester
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RREN 470 - INTERNSHIP IN RENEWABLE RESOURCES
This course involves supervised fieldwork in a selected Renewable Resources business or service organization. Students carry out a planned program of educational experiences under direct supervision of an owner, manager, or supervisor of the Renewable Resources Department head in an organization. Each intern will be advised and monitored by a member of the faculty on a regular basis. Requirements include a journal, interim reports, supervisor evaluations, a summary report and an oral presentation.
15 credits
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