Range and Wildlife Sciences (RWSC)

RWSC 1110  Wildlife Sciences Profession  1 SCH  (1-0)  

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

RWSC 1320  Wildlife in Literature  3 SCH  (3-0)  

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

RWSC 2330  Range and Wildlife Mgmt  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Introduction to the history of the range and wildlife professions. The role of habitat, harvest theory, human dimensions, livestock interactions, exotic species, ecology to range land management, endangered species and non-game species as they relate to wildlife management. Emphasis on plant-soil-animal relationships. Prerequisites: BIOL 1106, BIOL 1306, and RWSC 1110 with a grade of "C" or better. Non-RWSC majors and minors require approval of Department Chair.

RWSC 2331  Range and Wildlife Ecology  3 SCH  (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. Prerequisites: BIOL 1107, BIOL 1307, and RWSC 2330 with a grade of "C" or better. Non-RWSC majors and minors require approval of 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 with a grade of "C" or better, and junior standing, or instructor consent. Non-RWSC majors and minors require approval from Department Chair.

Fee: $3.00

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 and taxonomy of range grasses, forbs and shrubs; areas of adaptation, utilization and economic importance. Emphasis on the range plants of Texas. Prerequisites: RWSC 2331 with a grade of "C" or better and junior standing. Non-RWSC majors and minors require approval of Department Chair.

Fee: $10.00

RWSC 3350  Intro Digital Wildlife Photo  3 SCH  (3-0)  

The study to visually document wildlife and their ecology in the field and the laboratory. Emphasis on DSLR cameras, lenses, choosing and using perspective, lighting and related aspects of photographic skills, camera controls to enhance creativity, and learning how to incorporate compositional elements. Prerequisite: None. Course does not count toward RWSC major or minor. Certification in wildlife photography can be obtained by successful completion of 4 of the 5 wildlife photography courses.

RWSC 3351  Adv. Digital Wildlife Photo  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Emphasis on the development of improved technical, creative, and compositional wildlife photographic skills. Topics include use of lenses for creativity and the effects of light, color, and design in detail. Principles of creativity, craftsmanship, and applied photographic theory will be used to support technical applications. Prerequisite: RWSC 3350. Course does not count toward RWSC major or minor. Certification in wildlife photography can be obtained by successful completion of 4 of the 5 wildlife photography courses.

RWSC 3352  Macro Wildlife Photo  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Topics covered include technology, equipment, techniques, and the art of close-up and macro photography. It will illustrate the procedures and equipment to make images at-or near life size or larger of various subjects from small plants, animals, and habitats. Prerequisite: RWSC 3350. Course does not count toward RWSC major or minor. Certification in wildlife photography can be obtained by successful completion of 4 of the 5 wildlife photography courses.

RWSC 3353  Wildlife Photographic Tech.  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Examines the technology, equipment, techniques, and the art of flash and alternative light sources for digital photography. Prerequisite: RWSC 3350. Course does not count toward RWSC major or minor. Certification in wildlife photography can be obtained by successful completion of 4 of the 5 wildlife photography courses.

RWSC 3354  Digital Post Production  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Use of computer software processing to improve digital wildlife images and to better prepare images for printing, publication, and distribution. Students will learn how to use Lightroom and Photoshop. Prerequisite: RWSC 3350. Course does not count toward RWSC major or minor. Certification in wildlife photography can be obtained by successful completion of 4 of the 5 wildlife photography courses.

RWSC 3380  Rangeland Improvements  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Range improvement techniques, practices and expected results in various situations. Improvements in plant genetics, morphology, and physiology using various range techniques will be emphasized. Desirability, including economics, of selected range improvements. Prerequisite: RWSC 2331 with a grade of "C" or better. Non-RWSC majors and minors require approval of Department Chair.

RWSC 3385  Wildlife Policy Law & PR (WI)  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Legislation, administration, public relations and biopolitics as they relate to range and wildlife management. Prerequisite: RWSC 2331 with a grade of "C" or better. Non-RWSC majors and minors require approval of Department Chair.

RWSC 3390  Spec Tops in Range and Nat Res  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Selected topics not currently available in existing courses. May be repeated once under different topic. Prerequisites: RWSC 2331 with a grade of "C" or better and junior standing. Non-RWSC majors and minors require approval of 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  (1-0)  

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. Prerequisites: RWSC 3328 and ANSC 4308 with a grade of "C" or better. Non-RWSC majors and minors require approval of Department Chair.

Fee: $35.00

RWSC 4320  Prescribed Burning  3 SCH  (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. Effects of fire on plant genetics, morphology, and physiology. Prerequisites: RWSC 2331 and RWSC 3310 with a grade of "C" or better, and junior standing. Non-RWSC majors and minors require approval of Department Chair.

RWSC 4325  Grazing Management & Nutrition  3 SCH  (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. Prerequisites: RWSC 3310, RWSC 3328, RWSC 3380 or RWSC 4320 with a grade of "C" or better. Non-RWSC majors and minors require approval of Department Chair.

RWSC 4370  Ecology & Mgmt of Game Birds  3 SCH  (3-0)  

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

RWSC 4380  Waterfowl and Wetlands  3 SCH  (3-0)  

The ecology and management of North American waterfowl and wetlands. Topics include unique breeding ecology, migration strategies, and management of waterfowl; characteristics of wetlands, wetland classification, biological adaptations to wetlands, wetland management, the functional roles of wetlands and their importance to wildlife. Prerequisites: RWSC 2331, RWSC 3310 with a grade of "C" or better, and junior standing. Non-RWSC majors and minors require approval of Department Chair.

RWSC 4382  Large Mammal Eco and Managemnt  3 SCH  (2-2)  

Methods and techniques of managing and evaluating the habitat and requirements of major North American large mammals. Weekend field trips. Prerequisites: RWSC 2331, RWSC 3310 with a grade of "C" or better and junior standing. Non-RWSC majors and minors require approval of Department Chair.

Fee: $20.00

RWSC 4383  Ecol of Arid and Semiarid Land  3 SCH  (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. Prerequisites: RWSC 2331 and RWSC 3310 with a grade of "C" or better, and junior standing. Non-RWSC majors and minors require approval of Department Chair.

RWSC 4385  Human Wildlife Conflict Res  3 SCH  (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: RWSC 2331 with a grade of "C" or better and junior standing. Non-RWSC majors and minors require approval of Department Chair.

RWSC 4387  Landscape Ecology  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Basic understanding and practical applications of landscape ecology. Relationships between spatial patterns and processes, and methods to evaluate the use of ecological, biological, and agricultural knowledge, understanding, and techniques that address landscape level processes. Prerequisites: GEOG 2472, RWSC 2331, and junior standing. Non-RWSC majors and minors require approval of Department Chair.

RWSC 4395  Wildlife Research & Sci. Comm.  1-3 SCH  (1-3)  

Literature review with a laboratory field problem. Communication with the scientific community in both oral and written forms, public speaking, and use of media. May be repeated for a total of 6 semester hours; only 3 hours may count toward a minor. Prerequisites: RWSC 2331 with a grade of "C" or better and approval of supervising professor and Department Chair.