2016-17 Catalog

Range and Ranch Mmgmt

Courses

RNRM 3300. Rangeland and Forest Plants. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Comprehensive study of native and naturalized North American plants used for range, habitat, and wood products. Major domesticated pasture plants. Detailed treatment of systematics, nomenclature, morphological features, and ecology with emphasis on economically important range, lumber-pulp, and watershed species. Prerequisites: BIOL 1406. Lab fee $2.

RNRM 3301. Principles of Range Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Principles and practices for managing native grazing lands. Use of the Cardinal Principles for conservation of range resources. Sustained forage, animal, water, etc., production and ranching profitability. Application of ecology and plant physiology to grazing management. Land-vegetation manipulations to restore deteriorated ranges and watersheds. Prerequisites: WSES 1305 and BIOL 1406. Lab fee $2.

RNRM 3315. Range Ecology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Introduction of the physical and biological components of rangeland ecosystems and their influence on plant and animal growth. Field study of range ecosystems in the Cross Timbers area with emphasis on dynamics, interactions, and manipulation. Prerequisites: WSES 1305, AGRI 1319, and RNRM 3300. Lab fee $7.

RNRM 3399. Cooperative Education. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-3 Hours, Lab: 3-9 Hours).

This course is designed to offer students the opportunity to integrate academic study with work experience that is germane to their major or minor. Enrollment requires a two-semester minimum commitment that may be accomplished by 1) alternating semesters of full-time study with semesters of curriculum-related employment, or 2) enrolling in courses at least half-time (6 semester hours) and working part-time in parallel positions of curriculum-related employment. The department Cooperative Education advisor will supervise the student's experience and assign the final grade based on the student's final report which is required to complete the course. Students may participate in the Cooperative Education program for an unlimited number of semesters but a maximum of 6 hours credit may be counted toward a degree. Prerequisites: Completion of 30 semester hours which includes 12 hours in the major or minor discipline in which the Cooperative Education course is desired, minimum overall GPA of 2.5 and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the appropriate major or minor field, and department head approval.

RNRM 4086. Problems in Range Management. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours).

Individualized or small group studies of current topics applicable to the management of rangeland with emphasis on the student's specific major and interests. Prerequisites: Senior classification and advance approval by instructor of record.

RNRM 4088. Undergraduate Research. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-3 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours).

Fundamental research methods will be addressed through a faculty-directed project. Participation in an abbreviated lecture series may be required. Project components may include a literature review, data collection and analysis, testing, planning, project design, and/or computer modeling. The student is required to prepare a final report and produce a presentation. No credit is awarded until the the report and presentation are submitted. Only one undergraduate research experience will be counted toward degree requirements. Prerequisites: Junior Standing, completion of 12 hours in AGRN and/or RNRM, and approval of department head.

RNRM 4090. Special Topics. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Special Topics. (Credit-variable) Deals with selected topics in agriculture or range management. May be repeated for credit when topics vary, with a maximum of six hours counting towards the degree. Prerequisite Course(s): Approval of department head.

RNRM 4312. Range Improvement and Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Principles and practices associated with the development of rangelands for livestock and wildlife production. Study of grazing systems, facilities development, brush control, reseeding, fertilization, and burning to improve rangeland productivity. Prerequisite: RNRM 3301 or consent of instructor. Lab fee $2.

RNRM 4384. Internship. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-3 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours).

An approved, supervised, comprehensive work experience consisting of a minimum of 240 hours (6 weeks) for career preparation in a public, commercial, or private range-related enterprise or ranching operation. Prerequisites: Senior or junior classification and approval of academic advisor and department head.

RNRM 5086. Range Management Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Advanced independent or group study of selected range management problems or topics. Credit hours dependent on scope and depth of study. Enrollment must be approved in advance by supervising instructor.

RNRM 5315. Rangeland Ecosystems. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Specialized study of rangeland ecosystems with emphasis on herbivory as an ecological process. An in-depth review of assessment methodology, trends in research, and current ecological issues. Prerequisites: RNRM 3315 and graduate classification.