Forest Management and Ecology B.S.

Mission Statement

To provide undergraduates the scientific and communication skills and knowledge necessary to understand the inter-relationships among people, living organisms and the environments of the Intermountain West.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills by assessing a problem, gathering and analyzing relevant information associated with that problem, and proposing possible solutions.

Student Performance Indicators
  • 1.1: in alternate years, NRES 402(Forest Management), will be used for assessment. Students will perform a long-term business assessment of a forestry investment using ROTATION2 software featuring multiple financial parameters.
  • 1.2: Forest and rangeland management students integrate information provided in Silviculture and Regional Silviculture (NRES 405) and Range and Forest Plants (NRES 345) to develop stand management prescriptions based on specified current forest conditions and management objectives.
Assessment Method
  • 1.1: In NRES 402, the ability for students to gather and analyze relevant information on a problem will be evaluated based on reports of their long-term business assessment of a forestry investment.
  • 1.2: Stand management prescriptions prepared as laboratory and examination assignments in Silviculture and Regional Silviculture (NRES 405) are assessed by course instructor for the suitability of the proposed management activity elements for attaining the desired future forest condition. The ability to identify plant species in the field and from herbarium specimens is tested in NRES 345.

2. Students will be able to demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.

Student Performance Indicators
  • 2.1: Forest and rangeland management students in Silviculture and Regional Silviculture (NRES 405) prepare stand management prescriptions based on specified current forest conditions and management objectives using a technical writing approach.
Assessment Method
  • 2.1: Written stand management prescriptions prepared as laboratory and examination assignments in Silviculture and Regional Silviculture (NRES 405) are assessed by course instructor for technical writing quality.

3. Students will be able to demonstrate technical competency within their respective discipline.

Student Performance Indicators
  • 3.1: Forest and rangeland management students perform forest stand inventories as laboratory assignments in Forest and Range Measurements (NRES 407) using prescribed sampling methodologies, discipline-specific measurement instruments, and appropriate statistical software programs.
  • 3.2: In alternate years, when NRES 402 is taught, technical competency will be tested when students perform a long-term growth and yield analysis of a Sierra Nevada forest based on multiple management scenarios using Forest View Simulator software
Assessment Method
  • 3.1: Course instructor for Forest and Range Measurements (NRES 407) evaluates the accuracy of both raw and analyzed data based on check inventories performed by the instructor.
  • 3.2: Performance will be assessed from reports of long-term growth and yield analysis of a Sierra Nevada forest based on multiple management scenarios using Forest View Simulator software