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An integrated approach to the understanding and management of natural resources


Program category: Human Dimensions in Natural Resources

In addition to fundamental knowledge and understanding of the natural world, (i.e., principles of the science of ecology and their application to the management of natural resources), knowledge and understanding of the human perspective on natural resources are also critical for the effective management of those resources in a variety of ways. Human values, morals, ethics, environmental philosophy, and our innate connection with nature significantly influence the ways in which we view, manage, and use natural resources. The human dimensions category emphasizes the human aspects of natural resources i.e., the application of philosophy, socio-cultural concerns, and the social sciences (psychology, sociology, economics, political science) to natural resources. You should strive to independently integrate this topic with those in the other three program categories throughout your graduate program.


MNR Selection criteria | Course preparation | Registration | UI course schedule | UI Course catalog

Online courses | Consult the UI schedule for the latest changes in course information
Environmental Philosophy (ENVS 552 or Phil 552, 3 credits)
  Philosophical examination of various ethical, metaphysical, and legal issues concerning humans, nature, and the environment; issues covered may include biodiversity and species protection, animal rights, radical ecology, environmental racism, wilderness theory, population control, and property rights. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

Contact MNR Director, Professor R. Robberecht | 208-885-7404 | Syllabus | Blackboard Learn  | Summer semester 2016

Human Dimensions in Restoration Ecology (CSS 572, 3 credits)
  An in-depth investigation of multidimensional human considerations, including economic, social, and cultural values and the role they play in maintaining, restoring, or sustaining ecosystems. Explores the premise that projects designed for the restoration and sustainable management of ecosystems and associated resources must be economically viable and socially desirable as well as ecologically sound to be successful. The rationale for this course is that consideration of human values and the issues they raise are as important for resource management and planning as ecological values. Key issues for society and management include: determining who decides what the desirable condition for an ecosystem is, what that desirable condition for an ecosystem should be, how and when that condition is to be attained, and how economic, social, and cultural values will be affected and mitigated, where possible.

Contact MNR Director, Professor R. Robberecht | 208-885-7404 | Delivery method: Blackboard Learn  | Spring semester

Moral Reasoning in Natural Resources (NR 507, 3 credits)
  Exploration of the practical aspects of moral reasoning on current issues in natural resources. The purpose of the course is to discover the essence of reasoning, rationality, and reflection on moral and ethical dilemmas with regard to current issues in natural resources.

Dr. Justin Barnes | 208-885-8871 | Custom course web site and Blackboard Learn  | Summer semester

Principles of Sustainability (FS 536, 3 credits)
  This online course is a digital walkabout on the primary concepts, principles, and issues of sustainability. This course is intended for upper division or graduate level university students. Rather than lectures, the course has ten Chapters, each with several Parts that detail the Chapter topic area. This course is an experiment in PowerPoint-free courseware, and the course material is presented by information intensive doculectures filmed on-location or in a studio. It is our target that the information intensity of these doculectures captures that of a well-developed university lecture, but with the dynamic sights and sounds of an HD documentary to enhance learning. All instructional doculectures will be downloadable to mobile devices.

Professor Gregory Moller | 208-885-0401 | Delivery method: Custom course web site | Fall and spring semesters

Course companion program

  Although the availability of online courses is increasing each semester, the suite of online courses for the MNR program is smaller than the number of on-campus courses. In order to broaden the curriculum for our off-campus students, we will provide the opportunity to participate in on-campus courses from your off-campus location. If you are off-campus and wish to enroll in an on-campus course, you can elect to participate in the course companion program, in which you will participate in a live on-campus course via Skype video on a laptop computer. Your course companion will bring and setup the laptop for each class session, where you will be able to participate as if you were in the classroom live.

Please note the following conditions:
1. If you are a non-Idaho resident, non-resident fees will apply
2. An on-campus student in the course must agree to assist you with the companion program
3. The instructor of the course must provide their permission for the course companion program
4. The course is live: Participation in the course is on the scheduled days and time (Pacific time)
5. Your participation in the course is on the same conditions as on-campus students
6. For courses with field trip components, students must travel to the campus (regularly scheduled laboratories are not included in the course companion program)

To participate in the course companion program, contact the Director, MNR program.


On-campus courses

  Because of the large number of on-campus courses approved for the MNR program, on-campus students in the MNR program have access to a wider range of courses than the suite of online courses. Consult with your graduate advisor to design your study plan of courses that may include on-campus courses and online courses. 


Course preparation - Suggested books and journals

Books   Journals

De Young, C., A. Charles, and A. Hjort. 2011. Human dimensions of the ecosystem approach to fisheries: An Overview of Context, Tools and Methods. Island Press.

Egan, D., E.E. Hjerpe, J. Abrams, and E. Higgs. 2011. Human dimensions of ecological restoration: integrating science, Nature, and Culture. Island Press.

Galatowitsch, S.M. 2012 Ecological restoration. Sinauer Associates

Higgs, E. 2003. Nature by design: People, natural process, and ecological restoration. The MIT Press.

Munier, N. 2006. Introduction to sustainability: Road to a better future. Springer.

Reo, N.J. 2011. Ecological and human dimensions of tribal and state natural resource management. ProQuest.

Society for Ecological Restoration International, J. Aronson, S.J. Milton, J.N. Blignaut, and P.H. Raven. 2007. Restoring Natural Capital: Science, Business, and Practice. Island Press.

  Sustainability: The Journal of Record
Ecological Economics

Ecosystem Services
Human Ecology
Journal of Human Ecology
Journal of Leisure Studies

Organizations & Research
Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute
Man in the Biosphere (MAB)

Society for Ecological Restoration



Selection criteria for MNR program Registration procedures Resources

Five credits minimum per program category
You may select any courses within a particular program category to meet the minimum five-credit requirement. However, e highly recommend that you vary your course selection for a good balance of topics within a program category.

Transfer courses & alternative courses
Alternate courses may be substituted or transferred from other institutions into your MNR program with prior approval of your graduate advisor. Any such courses must meet the focus and objectives of the particular MNR program category.

  Non-University of Idaho students
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Admission requirements: Non-degree student
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No out-of-state tuition fees are assessed for online courses at the University of Idaho as long as you only enroll in online courses. There is a course support fee in addition to the normal in-state fees. If you enroll in both online and on-campus courses at the University of Idaho, out-of-state tuition fees will apply.

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