sus370 | undergraduate

Sustainable Ecosystems

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In this course, students evaluate the principles of sustainable practices in aquatic and terrestrial environments. Students analyze the factors that govern ecosystem sustainability, which include density-dependent regulations, mechanisms of biodiversity, invasive species, and equilibrium dynamics. The impact of human activities and management practices on the environment is examined. Emphasis is placed on applying ecological theory to restore and manage habitats and populations.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    Sustainable Grassland and Desert Ecosystems Management

    • Describe threats to desert ecosystem sustainability.
    • Evaluate the sustainability of rangeland management practices.
    • Apply concepts of ecological self-organization to ecosystem management.
    • Determine the role of fire in grassland and shrubland management.

    Sustainable Forest Management

    • Determine the role of ecosystem services in ecosystem management.
    • Explain the function of species interrelations in ecosystem management and restoration.
    • Evaluate approaches used to manage and restore forests.

    Wildlife Management

    • Describe the conditions that promote species diversity.
    • Determine the factors that influence species extinctions.
    • Assess approaches used to manage wild plants and animals.
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of policies used to protect species.

    Principles in Sustainable Ecosystems

    • Apply ecological theory to sustainable ecosystem management.
    • Describe the functions of soil in ecosystem management.
    • Explain the relationship between a sustainable environment and economy.

    Sustainable Aquatic Ecosystems Management

    • Describe ecosystem processes in aquatic habitats.
    • Determine the role of species interrelations in aquatic ecosystem management.
    • Explain the relationship between aquatic ecosystem management and municipal water resource management.
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