May 30, 2023
NATRS 495 - Capstone in Natural Resources Field Work Credits: 2
Conduct field work and other associated tasks in connection with capstone project proposals by working with a sponsoring organization. Students are given the opportunity to utilize, synthesis and expand knowledge and expertise in key areas of interest to them through their capstone work.
Enrollment Requirement: NATRS 494 with a grade of 2.0 or higher or concurrent enrollment; and instructor consent.
Course Fee: $10.00
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:
- Conduct field work and other necessary tasks in connection with their capstone project proposal by working with a sponsoring organization.
- Expand their natural resource and interpersonal skills through the capstone process.
- Gain additional knowledge and experience in key areas associated with the capstone project.
- Demonstrate knowledge and develop skills applying current laws, policies and regulations governing forest land operations and land management as well as the social and political effects of natural resource management including harvest, road construction and public use.
- Demonstrate the ability to evaluate forest resource conditions, including forest health, invasive species and past management to form and carry out prescription to meet landowner objectives in a variety of forest conditions.
- Demonstrate the knowledge of ecological processes and principles and the effects of management on forest land resources.
- Demonstrate the expertise to collect, analyze and evaluate field data using current technology and equipment through scientific and land management processes.
- Integrate geospatial workflows for problem-solving and analysis related to natural resources management through implementation of current GIS software and tools.
- Critical Thinking - Critical thinking finds expression in all disciplines and everyday life. It is characterized by an ability to reflect upon thinking patterns, including the role of emotions on thoughts, and to rigorously assess the quality of thought through its work products. Critical thinkers routinely evaluate thinking processes and alter them, as necessary, to facilitate an improvement in their thinking and potentially foster certain dispositions or intellectual traits over time.
- Responsibility - Responsibility encompasses those behaviors and dispositions necessary for students to be effective members of a community. This outcome is designed to help students recognize the value of a commitment to those responsibilities which will enable them to work successfully individually and with others.
- Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning - Quantitative Reasoning encompasses abilities necessary for a student to become literate in today’s technological world. Quantitative reasoning begins with basic skills and extends to problem solving.
- Written Communication - Written Communication encompasses all the abilities necessary for effective expression of thoughts, feelings, and ideas in written form.
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