Course Descriptions

Department of Ecosystem Science and Management

Professors D. N. Appel, T. W. Boutton, D. D. Briske, J. R. Conner, R. N. Coulson, J. Gan, S. L. Hatch, M. M. Kothmann, B. P. Mohanty, F. E. Smeins, Jr., R. Srinivasan, S. G. Whisenant (Head), B. P. Wilcox, X. Wu; Associate Professors D. M. Burton, M. Eriksson, C. D. Foster, J. H. Gould, R. W. Knight, U. P. Kreuter, V. Krutovsky, D. K. Loh, C. Loopstra, S. C. Popescu, W. E. Rogers, M. G. Tjoelker; Assistant Professors G. W. Moore, R. A. Washington-Allen; Senior Lecturers W. T. Hamilton, W. T. Watson; Assistant Lecturer O. Popescu

Forest Science
(FRSC)

101. Introduction to Forestry. (1-3). Credit 2. I

Survey of the field of forestry in the U.S.; history, resources, policies, organization, industries, employment, education and research. Laboratory periods to provide exposure to forestry and wood processing operations.*

102. Introduction to Spatial Science. (1-0). Credit 1.

Provides students with an understanding of the spatial sciences, how they are applied for problem solving in a wide variety of fields, and what opportunities are available to professionals in the spatial sciences. Cross-listed with GEOG 102 and SPSC 102.

203. Dendrology. (2-2). Credit 3. I

Taxonomy, identification and silvical features of the important timber and understory species of North America. Prerequisite: BIOL 111 or equivalent.

291. Research. Credit 1 to 4.

Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in forest science. May be repeated 2 times for credit. Prerequisites: Freshman or sophomore classification and approval of instructor.

300. Forest Practices. Credit 5. S

A field study of problems in mensuration, silviculture, ecology, soils, harvesting and their role in developing forest management systems. Prerequisites: FRSC 305 and 306.*

302. Fundamentals of Environmental Decision-Making. (3-0). Credit 3. I, II

Introduction to environmental issues in natural resources management; fundamental principles and methods for understanding biosocial interdependencies in complex environmental issues; use of computer-aided group decision-making techniques to develop cooperative strategies for resolving local or global environmental issues. Prerequisite: Junior classification or approval of instructor.*

304. Forest Ecology. (3-0). Credit 3. I

Life history and general characteristics of trees; structure and function of forest ecosystems; fundamental principles of forest tree physiology and ecology applied to an analysis of tree growth in relation to environmental factors and present day forest management; global changes and forests. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.*

305. Silviculture. (3-3). Credit 4. II

The theory and practice of controlling forest establishment, composition, structure and growth; principles of natural and artificial regeneration; intermediate cultural operations; silvicultural systems; use and control of fire in forests.

306. Forest Measurements. (3-3). Credit 4. II

Land measurement and mapping; measuring resources; types of volume; the creation and use of volume equations; principles of forest sampling. Prerequisites: AGLS 201; MATH 141 and 142; STAT 302 or equivalent.*

307. Forest Protection. (3-3). Credit 4. II

Destructive agents in forestry as related to importance, identification, cause, extent of losses and protective measures. Prerequisite: Junior classification or approval of instructor.*

308. Tree Structure and Function. (0-3). Credit 1. II

A laboratory study of tree biology with emphasis on integrated tree responses to the environment and forestry practices. Prerequisites: BIOL 111 and 112.

311. Wood Properties and Utilization. (2-2). Credit 3. I

Structure and identification of wood; anatomical, chemical, physical and mechanical properties of wood; wood deterioration and preservation; technology of forest products (solid wood and wood composites). Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.*

314. Forest Economics and Valuation. (4-0). Credit 4. II

Economic concepts affecting decisions of production, consumption, and prices of the multiple goods and services obtainable from forests, methods for valuing, and outputs of forest land; concepts and practice of forest and forest products business. Prerequisites: AGEC 105 or ECON 202; MATH 142.

398. Interpretation of Aerial Photographs. (2-3). Credit 3. I

Identification and evaluation of natural and cultural features on aerial photographs; methods for extracting information concerning land use, vegetative cover, surface and structural features, urban/industrial patterns and archaeological sites. Prerequisites: Any mathematics course and one of the following: SCSC 301, BIOL 111, FRSC 101, GEOG 203, GEOL 101, RENR 205, WFSC 101. Cross-listed with GEOG 398 and SPSC 398.

404. Forest Management. (3-0). Credit 3. I

Elements, criteria and methods of forest management; survey of current forest management issues; diagnosis and development of forest management plans under different ownership objectives; integration of the business and social aspects with the biophysical and technological aspects of forestry. Prerequisites: FRSC 300 and 314 or approval of instructor.*

405. Integrated Forest Resource Analysis and Planning. (3-3). Credit 4.

Integration of biophysical, economic and social factors in forest resource analysis, management planning and decision making; applications of interdisciplinary knowledge and multiple-use principles to practical forest management problems. Prerequisite: Senior classification or approval of instructor.

406. Forest Policy. (3-0). Credit 3. I

Forest policy development in the United States and review of current issues in forest and related natural resource policy. Prerequisite: Senior classification or approval of instructor.

409. Manufacturing and Applications of Wood Products. (3-0). Credit 3. I

Manufacturing process and operation, grading and specification, process control and improvement, and marketing and application of major wood products such as lumber, structural and nonstructural panel, and engineering products. Prerequisite: FRSC 311 or approval of instructor.*

414. Modeling Forest Resources. (3-0). Credit 3. I

Types of models; model fitting; assumptions, assessment, prediction and simulation; applications in natural resources and forest management. Prerequisites: AGLS 201; FRSC 306; MATH 141, 142; STAT 302.

420. Arboriculture. (2-2). Credit 3. I

Tree selection and planting to fit climatic, space and edaphic conditions; diagnosing tree abnormalities and practicing intensive tree care. Frequent field work and demonstrations. Prerequisite: Senior classification or approval of instructor.*

421. Urban Forestry. (3-0). Credit 3. II

Conceptual role of trees in improving the urban environment; optimum use of existing forested areas and the establishment of trees in appropriate open spaces; tree ordinances, species evaluation, street tree planning and tree inventory systems. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.*

430. Introduction to Tree Improvement. (3-0). Credit 3.

Study of genetic variation in forest trees and its use in tree breeding programs; includes introductory genetics, breeding schemes, progeny testing, seed orchards and seedling production. Prerequisites: Undergraduate course in biology, forestry or closely related field; junior or senior classification.

461. Geographic Information Systems for Resource Management. (2-2). Credit 3. I

Geographic Information System (GIS) approach to the integration of spatial and attribute data to study the capture, analysis, manipulation and portrayal of natural resource data; examination of data types/formats, as well as the integration of GIS with remote sensing and Global Positioning System; laboratory includes extensive use of GIS applications to conduct analyses of topics in natural resources. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. Cross-listed with AGSM 461 and SPSC 461.

462. Advanced GIS Analysis for Natural Resource Management. (2-2). Credit 3.

Advanced topics in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to solve natural resource problems; manipulation of raster data types; three-dimensional modeling; emphasis on geoprocessing as it relates to applied projects, particularly with habitat suitability models; field and lab use of Global Positioning Systems (GPS); internet-based GIS modeling. Prerequisites: FRSC 461 or AGSM 461 or equivalent or approval of instructor; junior or senior classification. Cross-listed with AGSM 462, GEOG 462 and SPSC 462.

484. Internship. Credit 1 to 4. I, II, S

On-the-job supervised experience program conducted in the area of the student’s specialization. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

485. Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 4 each semester. I, II, S

Individual study and research on a selected problem in forest science approved by instructor.*

489. Special Topics in… Credit 1 to 4. I, II, S

Selected topics in an identified area of forestry. May be repeated for credit.*

491. Research. Credit 1 to 4.

Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in forest science. May be repeated 3 times for credit. Registration in multiple sections of this course are possible within a given semester provided that the per semester credit hour limit is not exceeded. Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.

*Field trips required for which departmental fees may be assessed to cover costs.