Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Define the nature of scientific inquiry and apply to contemporary environmental issues affecting natural resource conservation.
2. Describe the values, themes, methods, and history of environmental conservation.
3. Define and discuss terms related to environmental issues and natural resource conservation.
4. Recognize and identify ecological inter-relationships between living and non-living components of the ecosystem.
5. Make decisions that affect natural resources based on evaluating basic ecological and scientific principles.
6. Recognize characteristics and general distributions of California ecosystems and determine how humans have impacted ecosystem functions.
7. Summarize the causes and consequences of human population growth on the environment, including natural resource depletion and climate change.
8. Describe the major categories, sources, and hazards of air and water pollution.
A. Concepts of Ecology and Sustainability
1. Ecology as science
2. Scientific inquiry to natural resource problems
3. Terms and issues related to environmental conservation
B. Biological and Physical Principles of Ecosystem Management
1. Mineral cycling and nutrient uptake
2. Photosynthesis and energy transfer
3. Ecological succession
C. Historical Development of Resource Utilization
II. Natural Resources
1. Physical, chemical, and biological properties of soil
2. Soil erosion and conservation
B. Forest and Fire Management
1. Silvicultural techniques of sustainable forest management
2. The role of fire in natural ecosystems and forest management
1. History of range use in the United States
2. Analysis and evaluation of range condition and range trend
3. Range management techniques
D. Wildlife Ecology
1. Principles and characteristics of wildlife populations
2. Methods of controlling wildlife populations
3. Principles of habitat management
4. Economic importance of the fish and game resource
1. Trends, threats, and contemporary issues affecting biodiversity
2. Conservation practices of biodiversity
F. Wilderness and Outdoor Recreation
1. The role of federal, state, and regional governments for multiple-use management of public lands
G. Water Resources
1. Analysis of the hydrologic cycle
2. Groundwater and surface water management principles
3. Water in California
1. Aquatic ecology
2. Commercial fishery management techniques
3. A study of the conflict of uses
III. Role of Human Populations
A. Population Dynamics, Distribution, and Control
1. Analysis of the environmental impacts of industrial and sustainable agriculture
2. Assess methods of sustainable agriculture
C. Air and Water Pollution
1. Fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions
2. Sources and management of water pollution
3. Analysis of pollution impacts on environmental health
D. Climate Change
1. Analysis of the causes, consequences, and solutions of climate change
2. Assess the effectiveness of solutions of climate change
E. Environmental Policy
1. A study of the role of policy in environmental conservation
2. Overview of major environmental policies and organizations
Natural Resource Conservation Management for a Sustainable Future. 10th ed. Chiras, Daniel and Reganold, John. Prentice Hall. 2010 (classic)
The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century's Sustainability Crises. Heinberg, Richard and Lerch, Daniel. Watershed Media. 2010 (classic)
Instructor prepared materials