Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Courses in Range and Wildlife Management

1110. Wildlife Sciences Profession. 1(1-0)
Elementary studies introducing the wildlife profession.  Emphasis on departmental requirements, certification and careers, and species identification and taxonomy of North American wildlife.

1320. Wildlife in Literature. 3(3-0)
Study of literary works emphasizing past and present wildlife and ecological issues.

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.

4171. Wildlife Capstone Seminar. 1(1-0)
Holistic knowledge of wildlife management principles and practices.  Prerequisite: senior standing in graduating semester or department chair approval.

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 and STAT 1342.

4320. Prescribed Burning. 3(3-0)
Science and art of prescribed burning; review science and ecology concepts basic to prescribed burning and discuss management aspects such as firing techniques, fire weather, fireline safety and smoke management.

4325. Grazing Management and Nutrition. 3(3-0)
Physiological processes, morphological development, nutritional qualities and palatability of range plants as a basis for grazing management strategies for domestic and wild animals.

4370. Ecology and Management of Game Birds. 3(3-0)
Life-history characteristics, population dynamics, population monitoring, harvest management and habitat management of North American game birds.  Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

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.

4385. Human Dimensions and Wildlife Conflict Resolution. 3(3-0)
Beliefs, attitudes and behaviors relative to wildlife and wildlife conflicts are examined in the context of natural resource planning, decision-making and actions.  Introduction to theory and practice of assessing and controlling human-wildlife conflicts.  Prerequisites: 9 semester hours of range and wildlife management and junior standing.

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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