Natural Resource Management Courses
CORE for all concentrations in the Environment and Sustainability major:
Water & Land: Conserv & Ecolog
A study of the broad issues of environmental science and the interaction of humans and the environment with a focus on human connections to land and water from an ecological and management perspective, with particular emphasis on the need to use our understanding of land and water resources to solve real-world problems.
Air, Energy, Dev & Climate Chg
A study of broad issues of environmental science and the interaction of humans and the environment with a focus on atmosphere, climate change, development and sustainable use of energy resources.
Sustainability Sci & Envir Pol
An examination of the interface of science and policy surrounding land, water and air, focusing on how diverse scientific perspectives can inform methods and instruments for effective policy-making toward sustainable solutions.
Environ Field & Skills Lab
A laboratory experience that provides students with an introduction to field and lab methods commonly used in the environmental sciences.
Environmental Leadership Sem
An introduction to the theories and practices of leadership and organizational behaviors in the environmental field. Through a series of discussions as well as individual and collaborative activities, participants will begin to understand and appreciate the challenges faced by environmental leaders.
Environmental Educ & Comm
A practical introduction to the strategies, methods, and tools of environmental education and communication. Students will investigate concepts that are foundational to environment literacy. Students will complete initial requirements for North Carolina Environmental Education Certification and explore national competencies for leadership development in the field. Social media platforms will be used to elevate opportunities for networking, education, and marketing.
Experiential Learning Env
An integrative learning experience that blends academic work with a department-approved practical field experience. Formal evaluation, supervision, and direction of the in-field experience are provided by an outside agency in coordination with a faculty member. Formal evaluation, supervision, and direction of the academic work are provided by a faculty member. Cannot be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Major or minor in Environment & Sustainability, a department approved in-field experience, and permission of instructor.
Capstone in Environ & Sustain.
A culminating experience for major and minor students in their senior year that draws upon the knowledge and training the students bring from their academic experience in the major. This course will examine leadership and the various approaches to achieve successful careers in environment and sustainability related work. The course will examine how alumni are now successfully applying the skills and knowledge they have gained while attending Catawba College to their roles in their work and community activities. Prerequisites: ENV 1401, ENV 1402, ENV 1403 and Senior Standing.
Natural Resource Management Concentration
Ecology & Evolution
An introduction to principles of ecology and evolution for natural science majors. This course will examine ecosystems, populations, biogeochemical cycles, biogeography, natural selection, and speciation. Lecture and laboratory. Students may not receive credit for both BIOL 1101 and BIOL 1503.
A study of the biological principles that can be brought to bear upon species conservation. Principles will come from areas such as population biology, community ecology, human contributions to extinction, and strategies for reversing species declines. Lecture and some field trips. Prerequisite: BIOL 1502 or 1503 (both recommended) or ENV 1401, ENV 1402, or ENV 1403 (ENV 1402 recommended).
Chemistry & the Environment
Same as ENV 1125. A study of environmental chemistry to include discussions of basic chemistry, toxins, meteorology, air pollution, ozone depletion, global warming, water supply, water pollution, solid waste management, and hazardous waste management. Lecture and laboratory.
Intro to Geogr Inform Systems
This course will illuminate the increasing integration of spatial data and maps into our modern lives. The course will introduce the fundamentals of geographic information systems (GIS) & global positioning systems (GPS), and cover a variety of uses for geographic data.
Natural Resource Ecology & Mgt
A study of renewable natural resources from a holistic and management viewpoint, with a particular emphasis on the economic, policy and ethical dimensions. Topics include history of natural resource conservation and environmentalism in the US; conservation and management of soil, land, landscapes, forests, wildlife, biodiversity, and other resources; and public lands policy and management. Lecture and some field trips. Prerequisite: ENV 1401 and 1404 (BIOL 1503 and ENV 1403 recommended); Junior or Senior standing in Environment & Sustainability major or minor.
A study of how ecologists manage wild animals for the benefit of humans. Managed species include species that are hunted as well as species that are the target of non-consumptive uses. Topics include population dynamics, biodiversity, social and economic issues, and ecosystem management. In addition, the lab will emphasize field techniques and the data used to monitor and manage populations. Prerequisites: ENV 1401 and 1404 or BIOL 1503