Course Descriptions
Arboriculture and Urban Forestry

ARBR 100 - PRINCIPLES OF ARBORICULTURE AND URBAN FORESTRY
Introduction to the art, science, technology, and business of urban tree care. Emphasis on the planting, growth, maintenance, and protection of trees in the landscape, either as individuals or small groups.
3 credits (3 lecture hours), spring semester

ARBR 120 - PRACTICES OF ARBORICULTURE AND URBAN FORESTRY
Practical experience in urban tree care and management. Emphasis on the planting, maintenance, and protection of landscape trees. Individual and small group instruction.
2 credits (1 hour recitation, one 3-hour lab), fall semester

 

Environmental Science

ENSC 101 - AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE
Basic introduction to general agricultural and life science principles as an aid to the understanding of plant, animal and soil functions, as well as fundamental computations as applied to agricultural production.
3 credits (3 lecture hours), fall semester

ENSC 102 - BOTANY: FORM AND FUNCTION OF SEED PLANTS
Structure and function of higher vascular plants, with emphasis on cell structure, photosynthesis and respiration, anatomy, physiology, reproduction and Mendelian genetics.
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours), fall or spring semester

ENSC 103 - BOTANY: PLANT DIVERSITY
An evolutionary survey of the plant kingdom with emphasis on structure, life cycles and ecological significance, and importance of non-vascular and lower vascular plants.
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours), spring semester

ENSC 104 - PLANT PATHOLOGY
Cause, identification and control of major plant disease of the region. Laboratory includes individual study of selected diseases.
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours), spring semester

ENSC 105 - ENTOMOLOGY
Introduction to the morphology, physiology, classification, and life cycles of insects. Identification of insects to orders and families utilizing insects from the student's own insect collection.
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours), fall semester

ENSC 106 - PESTICIDE USE AND HANDLING
Basic principles of pesticide use, handling and application, including laws, safety, the environment, storage and disposal. Students will be given the opportunity to be tested by the Department of Environmental Conservation to receive certification at the end of the course.
2 credits (2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours/week for first 10 weeks), spring semester

ENSC 107 - INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT
Principles of pest control emphasizing biological, cultural, and regulatory control methods in a sound ecological and economic manner. Introduction to integrated pest management tactics of monitoring, forecasting, determining thresholds and control options. The course will also survey pest management programs used in various agricultural environments.
Prerequisite or co-requisite: Plant Pathology, Forest Protection, Entomology, or Plant Protection or permission of instructor.
1 credit (1 lecture hour), spring semester

 

Natural Resources Conservation

NATR 100 - INTRODUCTORY FORESTRY
Practice field identification of the more important forest trees, growth characteristics and their use. Basic instruction in forest management problems, forest measurement, utilization, silviculture and forest fire control. Field trips cost $10.
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), fall semester

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), fall semester

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

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

NATR 115 - FOREST ECOLOGY
A study of the physical, social and biological factors which affect the forest community. Emphasis is on forest ecosystem dynamics and establishing a scientific basis for the cultural treatment of forest stands. Field trips to a wide variety of forest ecosystems are made.
Prerequisite: NATR 101 or permission of instructor
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), fall semester

NATR 120 - INTRODUCTION TO RECREATION AREA MANAGEMENT
Basic principles of recreation and use of leisure time as applied to the development and management of park facilities. Observations and analysis of local recreation areas. Field trips cost $10.
3 credits (1 lecture hour, 3 laboratory hours), fall semester

NATR 122 - SKI AREA TECHNOLOGY INTERNSHIP I
Introduction to ski area management with emphasis on maintenance and operations. Work assignments may include observation and/or participation in snowmaking, grooming, lift operations, equipment maintenance and equipment rental. Core course requirements are employment interview and procurement, transportation, daily diary, report and supervisor evaluation.
2 credits, between semesters

NATR 124 - SKI AREA MANAGEMENT
Operations, maintenance, safety, technologies, methods, issues and trends relating to the management of alpine ski areas; emphasis on mountain management, including snowmaking, grooming, lift operations, risk management and environment issues.
2 credits (4 lecture hours), first 8 weeks of fall semester

NATR 130 - NORTH AMERICAN WATERFOWL
Biology, identification, life histories, production areas, problems, and management of North American ducks, geese and swans. Open only to NATR seniors.
1 credit hour (1 lecture hour), spring semester

NATR 132 - ORNITHOLOGY
Overall view of the world of birds. Bird evolution, behavior, migration. Laboratory work covers bird anatomy, classification and identification. Field trips give firsthand experiences in the identification of area species. Field trips cost $10.
Prerequisite: NATR 101 and NATR 230 or permission of instructor
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), 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

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 Natural Resource applications. Familiarization with various modern surveying instruments, analysis of error and survey computations is emphasized. Field work includes taping, differential and profile leveling, traversing and topographic mapping.
Prerequisite: MAGN 101 or equivalent
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), spring semester

NATR 150 - AQUACULTURE
An introduction to the husbandry of aquatic organisms. Course places emphasis on culture systems and their management, stock inventory, growth projections, and water quality management. Laboratory exercises feature visits to state and commercial hatcheries, and hands-on activities at the Morrisville State College Aquaculture Center.
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 4 laboratory hours), fall semester

NATR 152 - FISH REPRODUCTION
This course explores methods of fish reproduction and their management implications; topics include: modes and requirements of reproduction, embryology, induced spawning techniques, genetics, hybridization and genetic engineering. Laboratory opportunities include manual spawning of salmon and trout, egg inventory, and larval fish identification.
Prerequisite: NATR 150, NATR 252
2 credits ( 1 lecture hour, 2 laboratory hours), fall semester

NATR 156 - AQUACULTURE PRACTICUM I
Hands-on experience with emphasis on day-to-day aquaculture facility management. Care of cultured fishes and facility maintenance, including fish stock inventory and feed ration calculation.
Prerequisite: NATR 150 or permission of instructor
1 credit (approximately 45 hours), 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, nutritional requirements and deficiencies, and feed formulation. Laboratories include hands-on study of fish digestive anatomy, and the calcuation of feed rations.
Prerequisite: NATR 150
2 credits (1 lecture hour, 3 laboratory hours), spring semester

NATR 210 - DENDROLOGY
Field study,identification, taxonomy and elementary silvics of over 100 important forest trees and shrubs of North America. Field trips cost $10.
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), fall semester

NATR 213 - COMPUTER ASSISTED AND PHOTOGRAMMETRIC MAPPING
Practical applications of AutoCAD and ADCADD Softdesk software for the solution of surveying problems. Computer assisted surveying computations and map generation are emphasized. Aerial photographs are studied for interpretation and map construction. The principles of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are discussed.
Prerequisite: NATR 142 or DRFT 153
1 credit, spring semester

NATR 215 - PRACTICES OF SILVICULTURE
Application is made of Silvicultural techniques for manipulating the forest stand in order to meet the objectives of the forest land owner. Emphasis is on understanding the forest ecosystem and the impact of cultural practices such as thinning, timber stand improvement, tree planting, and forest stand regeneration.
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), fall semester

NATR 220 - SELECTED TOPICS IN PARKS AND RECREATION MANAGEMENT
Current theory and research in park management and administration with applications to present and future trends in recreational needs. Review of literature and discussions with parks personnel.
1 credit (1 2-hour lecture, first 8 weeks), spring semester

NATR 222 - PARK PLANNING AND DESIGN
Site selection, acquisition and development of park facilities. Plan required for the development of a recreational area.
Prerequisite: NATR 220, permission of instructor
1 credit (1 hour recitation), spring semester

NATR 224 - SKI AREA TECHNOLOGY INTERNSHIP II
Ski area management. Intended as a follow-up to NATR 122 with similar emphasis and core course requirements, but greater involvement and responsibility to work assignments.
Prerequisite: NATR 122
2 credits, between semesters

NATR 226 - SKI AREA TECHNOLOGY INTERNSHIP III
Advanced ski area management. Designed for the student who has attained a high level of knowledge and skill in mountain management. Work assignments should emphasize involvement and responsibility at a professional, technical level that may include positions requiring leadership, management, decision-making and unsupervised activities.
Prerequisites: NATR 122 and NATR 224
2 credits, spring semester

NATR 260-PRINCIPLES OF ZOOLOGY
Basic introduction to the animal kingdom, including specific studies in terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates and vertebrates. Emphasis on zoological organization, identification, structure and life histories.
4 credits (2 traditional lecture hours plus 1 lecture hour with a 2-hour laboratory presented autotutorially), fall semester

NATR 232 - WILDLIFE ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT
Application of ecological principles to the management of wildlife resources. Habitat evaluation, wildlife inventories, game management techniques, specimen analysis and preparation methods. Field trips cost $10.
Prerequisite: NATR 101 and 230 or permission of the instructor
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), spring semester

NATR 244 - SEMINAR IN ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES
Lectures and discussions on leadership, placement, letters of application, interviewing techniques and discussion on current environmental issues.
1 credit (1 hour recitation), spring semester

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

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, and the construction of bathymetric charts. Field studies are conducted on local streams and reservoirs.
Prerequisite: NATR 101
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), fall semester

NATR 252 - ICHTHYOLOGY
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.
Prerequisite: NATR 230 or permission of instructor
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), spring semester

NATR 254 - FISH HEALTH MANAGEMENT
Final 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 diseases, to chemical and cultural means of disease prevention and eradication. Laboratory exercises include necroptic and microbiologic techniques, pathogen and parasite identification, and chemotherapeutic treatments.
Prerequisite: NATR 150, NATR 252, BIOL 140
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), spring semester

NATR 256 - AQUACULTURE PRACTICUM II
Advanced methods in aquaculture, including incubation and early-rearing of fish stocks, and water quality management.
Prerequisite: NATR 156
1 credit (approximately 45 hours per semester), 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 (approximately 45 hours per semester), 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 (45 hours per semester), fall or spring

 
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