Range and Wildlife Sciences (RWSC)

RWSC 1110  Wildlife Sciences Profession  1 SCH  (1)  

Elementary studies introducing the wildlife profession. Emphasis on departmental requirements, certification and careers, and species identification and taxonomy of North American Wildlife.

RWSC 1301  Range and Wildlife Ecology  3 SCH  (3)  

RWSC 1320  Wildlife in Literature  3 SCH  (3)  

Study of literary works emphasizing past and present wildlife and ecological issues.

RWSC 2323  Principles of Range Management  3 SCH  (3)  

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.

RWSC 2330  Principles of Wildlife Mgmt  3 SCH  (3)  

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. Prerequisites: BIOL 1106, BIOL 1306, and RWSC 1110. Non majors require approval from department chair.

RWSC 2331  Range and Wildlife Ecology  3 SCH  (3)  

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. Prerequisites: BIOL 1107, BIOL 1307, and RWSC 2330; non majors require approval from department chair.

RWSC 3310  Wildlife Mgmt Techniques  3 SCH  (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. Prerequisites: BIOL 1107, BIOL 1307, and RWSC 2330; non majors require approval from department chair.

Fee: $3.00

RWSC 3315  Wildland Watershed Ecology  3 SCH  (3)  

RWSC 3328  Rangeland Plants  3 SCH  (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 plant community response to disturbance. Range grasses, forbs and shrubs; areas of adaptation, utilization and economic importance. Emphasis on the range plants of Texas. Prerequisite: RWSC 2331, junior standing; non majors require approval from department chair.

Fee: $10.00

RWSC 3380  Rangeland Improvements  3 SCH  (3)  

Range improvement techniques, practices and expected results in various situations. Desirability, including economics, of selected range improvements. Prerequisite: RWSC 2331; non majors require approval from department chair.

RWSC 3385  Wildlife Policy Law & PR (WI)  3 SCH  (3)  

Legislation, administration, public relations and biopolitics as they relate to range and wildlife management. Prerequisite: RWSC 2331. Non majors require approval from department chair.

RWSC 3390  Spec Tops in Range and Nat Res  3 SCH  (3)  

Selected topics not currently available in existing courses. May be repeated once under different topic. Prerequisite: RWSC 2331; non majors require approval from department chair.

RWSC 3995  Internship  1-9 SCH  (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: RWSC 2331; approval of department chair.

RWSC 4171  Wildlife Capstone Seminar  1 SCH  (1)  

Holistic knowledge of wildlife management principles and practices. Prerequisite: senior standing in graduating semester or department chair approval.

RWSC 4319  Methods in Rangeland Ecol  3 SCH  (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 ANSC 4308.

Fee: $35.00

RWSC 4320  Prescribed Burning  3 SCH  (3)  

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. Prerequisites: RWSC 2331 and RWSC 3310; non majors require approval from department chair.

RWSC 4325  Grazing Management & Nutrition  3 SCH  (3)  

Physiological processes, morphological development, nutritional qualities and palatability of range plants as a basis for grazing management strategies for domestic and wild animals. Prerequisites: RWSC 3310, RWSC 3328, RWSC 3380 or RWSC 4320; non majors require approval from department chair.

RWSC 4370  Ecology & Mgmt of Game Birds  3 SCH  (3)  

Life-history characteristics, population dynamics, population monitoring, harvest management and habitat management of North American game birds. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

RWSC 4380  Wetland Ecology and Mgt  3 SCH  (3)  

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. Prerequisites: RWSC 2331 and RWSC 3310. Non majors require approval from department chair.

RWSC 4382  Large Mammal Eco and Managemnt  3 SCH  (3)  

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. Prerequisites: RWSC 2331 and RWSC 3310. Non majors require approval from department chair. Activity fee, $20.

Fee: $20.00

RWSC 4383  Ecol of Arid and Semiarid Land  3 SCH  (3)  

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. Prerequisites: RWSC 2331 and RWSC 3310. Non majors require approval from department chair.

RWSC 4385  Human Wildlife Conflict Res  3 SCH  (3)  

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: RWSC 2331 and RWSC 3310. Non majors require approval from department chair.

RWSC 4395  Prob in Range and Wildlife Mgt  1-3 SCH  (1-3)  

Literature review, laboratory field problem. May be repeated for a total of 6 semester hours, only 3 hours may count toward a minor. Prerequisite: RWSC 2331; approval of department chair.