Montana State University

Course Equivalency Tool (Montana University System Common Course Changes)

LRES
Land Resources & Environmental Sciences


LRES 507   ENVIRONMENTAL RISK ASSESSMENT

LRES 510   BIODIVERSITY SURVEY AND MODELING METHODS

LRES 511   ENVIRONMENTAL DATA MANAGEMENT 

LRES 515   MICROBIAL ECOLOGY 

LRES 525   APPLIED REMOTE SENSING

LRES 528   BRIDGING PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF SUSTAINABLE CROPPING SYSTEMS

LRES 529   SUSTAINABLE CROPPING SYSTEMS 

LRES 530   NATURAL RESOURCE LAW

LRES 535   TECHNIQUES OF SPATIAL ANALYSIS

LRES 543   AGROECOLOGY/APPLIED PLANT ECOLOGY

LRES 545   WATERSHED ANALYSIS

LRES 546   QUANTITATIVE METHODS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MODELING

LRES 552   ADVANCED SOIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY

LRES 554   SOIL LANDSCAPE MODELING

LRES 555   AQUEOUS GEOCHEMISTRY

LRES 557   THERMAL BIOLOGY IN YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

LRES 558   ISOTOPE BIOGEOCHEMISTRY

LRES 561   BELOWGROUND PLANT ECOLOGY

LRES 565   ENVIRONMENTAL BIOPHYSICS

LRES 568   ECOSYSTEM BIOGEOCHEMISTRY AND GLOBAL CHANGE

LRES 569   ECOLOGY OF INVASIVE PLANTS IN THE GYE

LRES 575   PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH PAPER

LRES 589   GRADUATE CONSULTATION

LRES 590   MASTER'S THESIS

LRES 591   SPECIAL TOPICS

LRES 592   INDEPENDENT STUDY

LRES 594   SEMINAR

LRES 598   INTERNSHIP

LRES 690   DOCTORAL THESIS

Course Equivalency Tool (Montana University System Common Course Changes)

LRES 507 ENVIRONMENTAL RISK ASSESSMENT
F alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 170, BIOE 370, STAT 401.
-- Principles of risk analysis, including risk assessment, perception, communication, and management. Emphasis on human toxicology, ecotoxicology, dose-response relationships, exposure analysis, environmental fate, and deterministic and probabilistic risk assessment. Case studies will include examples from pesticides, biotechnology, and invasive species.

LRES 510 BIODIVERSITY SURVEY AND MODELING METHODS
F 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
--Biodiversity survey and monitoring designs, sampling methods, and data evaluation techniques are introduced. Emphasis is on plants but other taxa are addressed for agricultural, rehabilitation and wildland systems. One week of fieldwork required prior to semester; course completion early October.

LRES 511 ENVIRONMENTAL DATA MANAGEMENT
S alternate years, to be offered even years 2 cr. LEC 2
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing.
-- Introduces graduate students in the natural sciences to concepts of designing data models and creation of associated databases. Database development project during the course is intended to facilitate proper management of data for each student's graduate research project.

LRES 515 MICROBIAL ECOLOGY
S alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: BIOM 415.
-- Critical review of literature on the distribution and activity of microorganisms in natural microbial communities based on microbial adaption and physical, chemical and biological features of the microenvironment. A critical discussion of literature and approaches.

LRES 525 APPLIED REMOTE SENSING
S 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: GPHY 426 or consent of instructor.
-- Applications of remote sensing for graduate students, including advanced studies of multispectral and hyperspectal sensors and image processing algorithms. Emphasis is on using remote sensing technologies for solving applied land resource issues.

LRES 528 BRIDGING PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF SUSTAINABLE CROPPING SYSTEMS
F alternate years, to be offered odd years 1 cr. REC 1
PREREQUISITE: Any graduate student or undergraduate student with approval from the instructor.
-- The course goal is to elevate agricultural students' awareness of peer-reviewed literature that demonstrates application of principles to address issues of sustainability in cropping systems. The course will use a student-lead discussion format to highlight issues and principles in a series of papers that the class will read. The course will emphasize the practical interaction among agronomy, ecology, economics, and sociology to create an awareness of the interdisciplinary issues associated with sustainability in agriculture.

LRES 529 SUSTAINABLE CROPPING SYSTEMS
S alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: ENSC 245 and either AGSC 341 or AGSC 342; graduate standing or consent of instructor.
-- The course goal is to elevate agricultural students' awareness of peer-reviewed literature that demonstrates application of principles to address issues of sustainability in agriculture. The course will use a student-lead discussion format to highlight issues and principles in review of a series of papers that the class will read. The course will focus on the interaction among agronomy, ecology, economics, and sociology to create an awareness of the interdisciplinary issues associated with sustainability in agriculture. Topical issues associated with climate change impacts, system resilience and thresholds and ways to understand complex interactions will be considered for discussion.

LRES 530 NATURAL RESOURCE LAW
S 3 cr. LEC 3
-- The course examines major natural resources laws, emphasizing the federal model. A modified case study approach is used to review legislation and related court cases governing natural resources, including water, minerals, timber, range, wildlife, recreation, and wilderness.

LRES 535 TECHNIQUES OF SPATIAL ANALYSIS
F alternate years, to be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: STAT 410 or consent of instructor.
-- Exploration and understanding of analytical techniques needed to deal with spatially correlated data. Emphasis is placed on practical applications within geographic information systems and image processing.

LRES 543 AGROECOLOGY/APPLIED PLANT ECOLOGY
S alternate years, to be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370, M 171, ENSC 443, STAT 216
-- Focus on the principles and theories of population and community ecology as they relate to invasive plant species in natural and agroecosystems. Measuring plant interference and assessing population interactions and dynamics through empirical and theoretical models. Review theory and methodology concerning plant population demographics, dispersal , and natural trait selection. Examine the role of biodiversity and evolution in determining sustainable management of ecosystems.

LRES 545 WATERSHED ANALYSIS
S 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: ENSC 444 and STAT 216 or BIOB 318
-- Conceptual and quantitative analysis of watershed processes with an emphasis on modeling surface water hydrology and water resources management. Watershed modeling concepts including analysis of time series, spatially variable data, model calibration, and uncertainty analysis will be studied and demonstrated. The course will emphasize critical analysis of current hydrologic computational methods and hands-on use of watershed models.

LRES 546 QUANTITATIVE METHODS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MODELING
S alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: STAT 410 and ENSC 444
-- Introduction and application of numerical skills desirable for watershed and environmental modelers, including applied time series analysis, applied spatial statistics, probalistic approaches to data analysis, uncertainty analysis and introductory programming skills. The course will focus on the use of real life and relevant environmental/watershed case studies and examples to illustrate theory.

LRES 552 ADVANCED SOIL & ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY
S alternate years, to be offered even years 3 cr. LAB 3
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
-- Advanced laboratory course. Microorganisms are targeted for isolation and characterization, emphasizing those not normally encountered in general microbiology laboratory. Biogeochemical cycling, contaminant biodegradation, extremophiles, and plant-microbe interactions are typical topics investigated. Students employ classic and novel cultivation approaches, identifying microbes based morphology, physiology, and phylogeny. Cross-listed with MB 552.

LRES 554 SOIL-LANDSCAPE MODELING
S alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: ENSC 454 and STAT 410.
-- Quantitative soil-landscape modeling with an emphasis on multi-variate spatial statistics, digital terrain modeling, and underlying landscape processes. The course is built around "hands-on" projects and discussions of peer-reviewed literature.

LRES 555 AQUEOUS GEOCHEMISTRY
S alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 2 REC 1
PREREQUISITE: CHMY 211, CHMY 228, ENSC 245 or equivalent.
-- Advanced coverage of aqueous geochemistry in terrestrial and aquatic systems including chemical processes such as complexation, precipitation-dissolution, sorption-desorption, partitioning, oxidation-reduction and gas-water equilibria. Applications of these principles will be demonstrated in subject areas including biogeochemical cycling, bioremediation, contaminant fate and transport, salt-affected soils and wetland processes. Recitation will focus on current literature, applied problems, and case studies.

LRES 557 THERMAL BIOLOGY IN YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Su 2 cr. LEC 1 RCT/DIS 1
PREREQUISITE: B.S. Science/Science Education; Enrollment limited to M.S. Science Education Graduate Program
-- A survey of the ecology of important organisms common in thermal habitats of Yellowstone National Park, including a review of different life forms (prokaryotes and eukaryotes) and their modes of metabolism, and the physical, and chemical habitats that define their environment. Course includes lecture, laboratory, and field components. Students will be asked to design curricula for K-12 audiences.

LRES 558 ISOTOPE BIOGEOCHEMISTRY
S alternate years, to be offered even years 2 cr. LEC 1 RCT/DIS 1
PREREQUISITE:Consent of instructor
-- Fundamentals and applications of isotope systems useful in the environmental sciences, including light elements such as carbon, mid-mass elements such as iron, and heavy elements such as uranium. Measurement techniques will be discussed, and application to student inspired questions explored.

LRES 561 BELOWGROUND PLANT ECOLOGY
S alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: STAT 401 or equivalent; BIOE 370 or equivalent; BIOO 433 or equivalent.
-- Application of basic ecological principles to belowground interactions of plant communities. Topics include plant competition, belowground herbivory, plant-microbe interactions including mycorrhizae, and diversity/productivity links in soil systems. Case studies will include invasive species, restoration scenarios, sustainable agriculture, and wildland communities.

LRES 565 ENVIRONMENTAL BIOPHYSICS
S 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 170 or equivalent and PHSX 205.
-- The study of physical relationships between organisms, ecosystems, and their environment. Basic principles of Micrometeorology, Biometeorology, Ecological Climatology, and Biophysical Ecology as applied to contemporary ecological challenges. Laboratory sessions will focus on computer exercises using ecosystem models and field observations.

LRES 568 ECOSYSTEM BIOGEOCHEMISTRY AND GLOBAL CHANGE
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: CHMY 143, GPHY 111, ENSC 110 and ENSC 245 (or equivalent understanding).
-- Introduction to the study of biogeochemistry and ecosystem dynamics from an Earth-systems perspective. Discussion will emphasize factors governing the "grand elemental cycles" of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorous of Earth's major ecosystems and how modern human activities are affecting these cycles.

LRES 569 ECOLOGY OF INVASIVE PLANTS IN THE GYE
Su 2 cr. LEC 1 LAB 1
-- Current theories on what makes species invasive and what ecosystem conditions invite or resist non-indigenous plant species will be considered. Direct involvement in field research associated with testing methodology for monitoring the invasive potential of several exotic species in the otherwise pristine mountain environments.

LRES 575 PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH PAPER
On Demand 1-4 IND Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing
-- A research or professional paper or project dealing with a topic in the field. The topic must have been mutually agreed upon by the student, the major advisor, and graduate committee.

LRES 589 GRADUATE CONSULTATION
F,S,Su 3 cr. TUT
PREREQUISITE: Master's standing and approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies.
-- This course may be used only by students who have completed all of their coursework (and thesis, if on a thesis plan), but who need additional faculty or staff time or help.

LRES 590 MASTER'S THESIS
F,S,Su 1 - 10 cr. IND Maximum credits unlimited.
PREREQUISITE: Master's standing.

LRES 591 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1 - 4 cr. Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Upper division courses and others as determined for each offering.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

LRES 592 INDEPENDENT STUDY
On demand 1 -3 cr. IND Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing, consent of instructor, approval of department head, and Dean of Graduate Studies.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

LRES 594 SEMINAR
F,S,Su 1 cr. SEM Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or seniors by petition. Course prerequisites as determined for each offering. Students prepare, present, and critique scientific presentations.

LRES 598 INTERNSHIP
On demand 2 - 4 IND Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing, consent of instructor and approval of department head, and Dean of Graduate Studies.
-- An individualized assignment arranged with an agency, business or other organization to provide guided experience in a field of study.

LRES 690 DOCTORAL THESIS
F,S,Su 1 - 10 cr. IND Maximum credits unlimited.
PREREQUISITE: Doctoral standing.

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