Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Courses in Range and Wildlife Science

2323. Principles of Range Management. 3(3-0)
History of the range industry, importance of livestock, applications of plant physiology and ecology to rangeland
management. Economics of range use, obtaining maximum forage and livestock yield. Plant-soil-animal relationships are stressed.

2330. Principles of Wildlife Management. (AGRI 2330) 3(3-0)
Introduction to the history of the wildlife profession. The role of habitat, harvest theory, human dimensions, livestock interactions, exotic species, endangered species and non-game species as they relate to wildlife management.

2331. Range and Wildlife Ecology. 3(3-0)
General overview of basic range and wildlife ecological concepts including natural selection, food webs, trophic levels, competition, predation, niche theory, life-history patterns and succession. Prerequisite: RWSC 2330.

3310. Wildlife Management Techniques. 3(2-2)
Field and laboratory techniques used in wildlife management and research: aging, sexing, marking, capture, monitoring, disease surveys, food habitats and nutrition analyses, habitat assessment and population estimation. Prerequisite: RWSC 2330 or instructor consent.

3328. Rangeland Plants. 3(2-2)
Basic rangeland plant physiology and morphology, plant community function and structure and plant community response to disturbance. Identification of range grasses, forbs and shrubs; areas of adaptation, utilization and economic importance. Emphasis on range plants of Texas. Prerequisites: BIOL 1106 and BIOL 1306 or PLSS 1407.

3380. Rangeland Improvements. 3(3-0)
Range improvement techniques, practices and expected results in various situations. Desirability, including economics, of selected range improvements. Prerequisite: BIOL 1307 and 1107 or PLSS 1407.

3385. Wildlife Policy, Law and Public Relations. 3(3-0)
Legislation, administration, public relations and biopolitics as they relate to range and wildlife management. Prerequisite: RWSC 2330.

3390. Special Topics in Range and Natural Resources Management. 3(3-0)
Selected topics not currently available in existing courses. May be repeated once under different topic. Prerequisite: junior standing.

3995. Internship. V:1-9
Supervised and planned work experience under college guidelines in an agriculture enterprise or agency setting. Practical application of knowledge and skills of major subject area without classroom consultation, but with formal evaluation. May be repeated for a maximum of nine semester hours toward degree; may not count toward minor. Prerequisite: written consent of adviser and chair.

4319. Methods in Rangeland Ecology. 3(2-2)
Methods of vegetation sampling and community analysis, range condition and trend analysis, estimating stocking rates, wildlife habitat evaluation, use of expert systems. Prerequisite: RWSC 3328, STAT 1342.

4380. Wetland Ecology and Management. 3(3-0)
Focus on the ecology and management of North American wetlands. Topics that will be covered include unique
characteristics of wetlands, wetland classification, biological adaptations to wetlands, wetland management and restoration, the functional roles of wetlands and their importance to wildlife. Prerequisite: 9 semester hours of range and wildlife management.

4382. Large Mammal Ecology and Management. 3(3-0)
Principles of managing large mammal populations in their native habitat. Methods and techniques of evaluating the habitat and requirements of major North American large mammals. Weekend field trips. Prerequisite: 9 semester hours of range and wildlife management. Activity fee, $20.

4383. Ecology of Arid and Semiarid Lands. 3(3-0)
Ecological principles of arid and semiarid land ecosystems are introduced. These principles are used to illustrate
consequences of deliberate and unintentional human actions on arid and semiarid environments. Prerequisite: 9 semester hours of range and wildlife management.

4395. Problems in Range and Wildlife Management. V:1-3
Literature review, laboratory field problem. May be repeated for a total of six semester hours; only three hours may count toward a minor. Prerequisite: approval of supervising professor.

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