EMGT 810: Ecosystem Monitoring

3 credit course. This course provides students with an overview of ecosystem monitoring methods and analyses. Students completing the course will have the ability to apply a quantitative approach to the monitoring of ecosystems. Students will learn about monitoring planning, various sampling designs, and specific measurement methods used to accomplish particular monitoring objectives associated with ecosystem management. Students will be able to apply specific sampling, measurement, and data analysis methods for monitoring vegetation, wildlife, water quantity and quality, and soils, and they will have a statistical foundation for evaluating the various types of data that are collected. Specifically, students will be able to calculate reliability measures, trends, and indicators of ecosystem change, and apply hypothesis testing to these measures to determine their statistical significance. Specific sampling designs will be presented, such as simple random sampling, stratified random sampling, systematic sampling, and cluster sampling.

EMGT 820: Environmental Law and Policy

3 credit course. Offered Spring. This course provides a broad exploration of the basic legal principles, regimes, and issues related to environmental protection and natural resource management.

EMGT 830: Ecosystem Management, Planning, and Economics

3 credit course. Offered Spring. Making decisions as an ecosystem manager requires knowledge of economics, planning, and finance.

EMGT 894: Capstone Experience

1-6 credit course. Offered Fall. Supervised, professionally-oriented student activities that constitute the culminating experience for the program.