Natural Science Course Descriptions & Outlines

NSCI-1101 | ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE | CREDITS: 3

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A study of how humans affect and are affected by their environment. Students learn how parts of Earth’s life support systems, environmental problems and possible solutions are connected. International, national, and individual solutions are addressed.

NSCI 1121 | EARTH SCIENCE | CREDITS: 3

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Earth Science is an introductory course of geology and geological processes, and geological history. It concentrates on the study of minerals, rocks, geologic time, tectonic forces, water systems, and earth resources. The topics studied are related to the history and geology of northern Minnesota through class room discussion, lab work and field trips.

NSCI 1131 | Wildlife Management | CREDITS: 3

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To learn the philosophy behind the management of wildlife in the world. What techniques are used and just how do we affect our wildlife diversity and numbers? It will introduce you to a variety of wildlife groups and management techniques to increase, decrease, or maintain their populations.

NSCI 1135 | Field Identification of Birds | CREDITS: 2

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This course will guide students through the principals behind the identification of birds by field marks, flight characteristics, habitat, and song. An introduction to the anatomy, physiology, flight, and bird behavior will also be covered in this class.

NSCI 1144 | Reptiles & Amphibians of Minnesota | CREDITS: 2

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This course is an introduction to the identification and natural history of the reptiles and amphibians in Northern Minnesota. Local field labs will teach identification by sight and sound.

NSCI 1199 | Invasive Species Seminar | CREDITS: 1

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This course will introduce students to the broad topic of invasive species, provide them insights into the ecological and management challenges posed invasive species like emerald ash borer, Eurasian water milfoil, zebra mussels and Asian carp.

NSCI 2137 | Fisheries & Aquatic Science | CREDITS: 2

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This course will introduce students to the broad topic of fisheries and aquatic science. The course will include and overview of specific issues surrounding the management of fish and fisheries and learn taxonomic features of freshwater fish. Students will understand basic water chemistry and processes in managing water impoundments. Boat and water safety is also addressed in this course.