Forestry Undergraduate Courses

Some courses may not be offered every year. Check with the college or department office for current information about when specific courses are offered.  

 

For course syllabi, see the departmental website.

 

FOR  101 FORESTRY INTRODUCTION (3)

Introduces the subject areas and career opportunities in forestry.  Required of lower-division forestry students currently enrolled at NAU.  Letter grade only.

 

FOR  199 SPECIAL TOPICS (3)

Foundations of intellectual inquiry. In-depth study of a substantive problem.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.

 

FOR  203 PROJECT LEARNING TREE (1)

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is a national program of the American Forest Foundation.  PLT is designed for formal and non-formal educators interested in learning and teaching environmental education.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.

 

FOR  204 PROJECT WILD (1)

Set of supplemental, interdisciplinary materials dealing with wildlife management concepts and issues that can be used for environmental education.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.

 

FOR  205 PROJECT WILD AQUATIC (1)

Set of supplemental, interdisciplinary materials dealing with aquatic ecosystems in natural environments that can be used for environmental education.  Letter grade only.

 

FOR  207 PROJECT WET (1)

Project WET is a national water education program designed to facilitate and promote awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of Arizona water resources through participation in hands-on activities.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.

 

FOR  211 FOREST MEASUREMENTS (3)

Fundamentals of measuring forest ecosystems and resources, land surveying, mapping, and orienteering.  2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: MAT 125 or MAT 125H or higher and Prerequisite or Corequisite: STA 270 

 

FOR  212 TREES AND FORESTS OF NORTH AMERICA (2)

Introduces important forest trees and forest types in North America.  Letter grade only.

 

FOR  213 ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT OF FOREST SOILS (3)

Introduces soil science, with special emphasis on forest soils.  Topics include soil formation and classification; the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soil; and impacts of human-based activities on soils.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: (BIO 181 or BIO 181H) and (CHM 130 or CHM 151) and (CHM 130L or CHM 151L)  Prerequisite or Corequisite:  BIO 182 or BIO 182H 

 

FOR  215 WRITING IN FORESTRY (2)

An overview of and training in types of writing expected of students in the professional forestry program:  technical synthesis papers, laboratory reports, memos, professional opinion pieces, and management plans.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: ENG 105 or HON 190 or English Placement Test Results (PLACE 60+) 

 

FOR  220 INTRODUCTION TO FOREST AND RANGE PLANTS (2)

Field identification, ecology, and uses of common forest and range plants in northern Arizona.  1 hr. lecture, 3 hrs. lab.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.

 

FOR  222 ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION (3)

Environmental quality problems in natural and human-made environments.  Letter grade only.  SPW

 

FOR  230 MULTICULTURAL PERSPECTIVES OF NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (3)

Introduces the effects of culture on attitudes, institutions, and natural resource management from a US ethnic minority, multicultural perspective.  Letter grade only.  SPWE

 

FOR  240 INTRODUCTION TO CONSERVATION BIOLOGY (3)

Explores the practical issues related to people and society in maintaining the earth's biological diversity.  Discusses the social environment and how to implement successful conservation of biodiversity.  Letter grade only.  SAS

 

FOR  240H INTRODUCTION TO CONSERVATION BIOLOGY - HONORS (3)

Explores the practical issues related to people and society in maintaining the earth's biological diversity.  Discusses the social environment and how to implement successful conservation of biodiversity.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group  SAS

 

FOR  250 ARIZONA FORESTS AND WILDLIFE (3)

Overview of fundamental ecology and management of major forest types and wildlife of Arizona. Relationship of Arizona's forests and wildlife to North America.  Letter grade only.  SAS

 

FOR  250H ARIZONA FORESTS AND WILDLIFE - HONORS (3)

Overview of fundamental ecology and management of major forest types and wildlife of Arizona.  Relationship of Arizona's forests and wildlife to North America.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group  SAS

 

FOR  251 INTRODUCTION TO WILDLAND FIRE (3)

An introduction to the science of wildland fire, fire's role in forested ecosystems, and wildland fire management.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.

 

FOR  255 INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE ISSUES (3)

Current international issues in wildlife conservation and management.  Topics include regulation of global wildlife, threats to biodiversity, and issues of sustainable management and protection.  Case studies focus on perspectives of ethnic minorities.  Letter grade only.  SASG

 

FOR  255H INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE ISSUES (3)

Current international issues in wildlife conservation and management.  Topics include regulation of global wildlife, threats to biodiversity, and issues of sustainable management and protection.  Case studies focus on perspectives of ethnic minorities.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group  SASG

 

FOR  270 NATIVE AMERICAN ECOLOGY (3)

Uses introductory ecology and natural science principles to critically review literature and information about the geographic distribution, traditional land use, and conservation knowledge of indigenous peoples in North America.  Pass-fail or letter grade.  SASE

 

FOR  270H NATIVE AMERICAN ECOLOGY - HONORS (3)

Uses introductory ecology and natural science principles to critically review literature and information about the geographic distribution, traditional land use, and conservation knowledge of indigenous peoples in North America.  Letter grade or pass-fail. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group  SASE

 

FOR  283 FORESTRY IN THE WILDLAND-URBAN INTERFACE (WUI) (3)

Overview of issues, concepts, and methods for managing forests in the wildland-urban interface.  Emphasis on managers' roles in reducing risks to forest and human communities, while sustaining benefits to both.  Letter grade only.

 

FOR  299 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.

 

FOR  310 FOREST ECOLOGY FOR PROFESSIONALS (3)

Introduction to Forest Ecology.  Addresses the biotic and abiotic aspects of forest ecosystems that affect structure, composition, and function of forests at the individual, population, community, landscape, and ecosystem levels.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.

 

FOR  313 FOREST ECOLOGY I (4)

Studies abiotic and biotic components affecting the structure, composition, and function of forests: individuals, populations, and communities.  3 hrs. lecture, 1 hr. lab.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: Admission to Forestry (BSF) 

 

FOR  314 FOREST ECOLOGY II (3)

Studies abiotic and biotic components affecting the structure, composition, and function of forests: landscapes and ecosystems.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Admission to Forestry (BSF) and Corequisite: FOR 313 

 

FOR  315 SILVICULTURE PRINCIPLES (3)

Art and science of growing trees in forested stand:  principles.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Corequisite: FOR 314 

 

FOR  316 SILVICULTURE APPLICATIONS (3)

Art and science of growing trees in forested stands: applications.  2 hrs. lecture, 1 hr. lab.    Letter grade only. Corequisite: FOR 315 

 

FOR  317 SILVICULTURE AND FIRE APPLICATIONS (3)

Introduction to silvicultural treatments and underlying ecological concepts.  Learn to distinguish stand structures by species, size, age, and horizontal spatial pattern, and identify common silvicultural practices and link them to fire applications.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite:  FOR 310 

 

FOR  318 FUEL TREATMENTS AND MODELING (3)

History of fire management in the United States.  Discussion of fuel treatments available, along with their success and ecological effects.  Learn fuel models as a way to evaluate which fuel treatment is most appropriate in a given stand.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.

 

FOR  323W FOREST MANAGEMENT I (3)

Studies techniques and skills needed to manage complex forested ecosystems for the generation of goods and services.  This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: FOR 313 and FOR 314 and FOR 315 and FOR 316 with grades greater than or equal to C  JWRT

 

FOR  324W FOREST MANAGEMENT II (3)

Studies role of human needs and values in the management of forested ecosystems.  This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: FOR 313 and FOR 314 and FOR 315 and FOR 316 with grades greater than or equal to C and  Corequisite: FOR 323W  JWRT

 

FOR  325W FOREST MANAGEMENT III (3)

Evaluates interactions between and among competing and complementary uses of forested ecosystems within a human context.  This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite:  FOR 313 and FOR 314 and FOR 315 and FOR 316 with grades greater than or equal to C and  Corequisite:  FOR 324W  JWRT

 

FOR  326W FOREST MANAGEMENT IV (4)

Integrates principles of forest ecosystem management across spatial, temporal, and geopolitical scales.  This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: FOR 313 and FOR 314 and FOR 315 and FOR 316 with grades greater than or equal to C and Corequisite: FOR 325W  JWRT

 

FOR  340 ENVIRONMENTAL HYDROLOGY (3)

An introduction into environmental implications of extreme hydrological processes, the effects of natural and human activities on the hydrology and water resources of an area, and related problems and solutions.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite:  MAT 114 with a grade greater than or equal to C or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 50+; MATHC 50+; PLACE 55+) or International Exchange Student Group  SAS

 

FOR  340H ENVIRONMENTAL HYDROLOGY-HONORS (3)

An introduction into environmental implications of extreme hydrological processes, the effects of natural and human activities on the hydrology and water resources of an area, and related problems and solutions.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite:  (MAT 114 with a grade of C or better or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 50+; MATHC 50+; PLACE 55+)) and Honors Student Group  SAS

 

FOR  340L ENVIRONMENTAL HYDROLOGY LAB (1)

Practical lab and field measurement and evaluation for FOR 340.  Here students will learn about various in-situ environmental hydrology problems and related measurement, data collection and analysis approaches.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite:  MAT 114 with a grade greater than or equal to C or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 50+; MATHC 50+; PLACE 55+) or International Exchange Student Group and Corequisite:  FOR 340 or FOR 340H  LAB

 

FOR  351 FIRE MONITORING AND MODELING (3)

Key fire monitoring protocols used by federal land management agencies will be introduced, along with several different types of models used to predict fire effects and fire behavior.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: FOR 251 

 

FOR  360 NATURAL RESOURCES POLICY (3)

Fundamentals of the natural resource policy making and implementation process.  Focus on legislative history and current policy topics for United States land management agencies.  Department consent required.  Letter grade only.

 

FOR  370 INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE :  ECOLOGICAL IMPLICATIONS (3)

Uses advanced ecology and natural science principles to critically review literature and information about the ecological implications of indigenous people's resource use strategies.  Letter grade or pass-fail. Prerequisite: FOR 270 or FOR 270H or International Exchange Student Group  SAS

 

FOR  381 FOREST ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT (3)

Explores the tools and practices for mimicking natural patterns of variation in forest ecosystems and for adaptive management over time and space.  Letter grade only.

 

FOR  382 ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION (3)

Principles and applications of ecology related to restoring natural structure, function, and composition of ecosystems.  Co-convenes with FOR 582.  Instructor's consent required.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  SAS

 

FOR  382H ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION - HONORS (3)

Principles and applications of ecology related to restoring natural structure, function, and composition of ecosystems.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group  SAS

 

FOR  399 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem within a program of study.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.

 

FOR  408 FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE (1-12)

Individualized supervised field experience in an appropriate agency or organization. Pass-fail only. Fee required.  Department consent required.

 

FOR  410 MULTIPLE RESOURCES SILVICULTURE (3)

This course is designed to introduce undergraduate students to silviculture principles and practices through readings, lecture material, and outdoor labs/field trips.  This course may not be substituted for FOR 315/316.  Co-convenes with FOR 510.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: FOR 313 or ENV 330 or BIO 326 

 

FOR  413C FOREST ECOSYSTEM ASSESSMENT I (3)

Studies principles and foundations of the techniques and practices required to characterize forest conditions. 2 hrs. lecture, 1 hr. lab.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: FOR 323W and FOR 324W and FOR 325W and FOR 326W with grades greater than or equal to C  CAP

 

FOR  414C FOREST ECOSYSTEM ASSESSMENT II (3)

Applies techniques and practices required to characterize forest conditions.  2 hrs. lecture, 1 hr. lab.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: FOR 323W and FOR 324W and FOR 325W and FOR 326W with grades greater than or equal to C  and Corequisite: FOR 413C  CAP

 

FOR  415 FORESTRY IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES (3)

Ecology, management, and policy issues related to forests in developing countries from the social, political, economic and cultural perspective of indigenous people.  Co-convenes with FOR 515.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: One FOR-Forestry or BIO-Biology course  GLB

 

FOR  423C FOREST ECOSYSTEM PLANNING I (3)

Understanding of tools, techniques, and approaches for developing short- and long-term landscape-level forest management plans.  2 hrs. lecture, 1 hr. lab.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: FOR 413C and FOR 414C with grades greater than or equal to C and Corequisite: FOR 424C and (POS 344 or POS 359)  CAP

 

FOR  424C FOREST ECOSYSTEM PLANNING II (3)

Applies planning tools for the development of landscape-level forest management plans.  2 hrs. lecture, 1 hr. lab.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: FOR 413C and FOR 414C with grades greater than or equal to C and Corequisite: FOR 423C and (POS 344 or POS 359)  CAP

 

FOR  425 FOREST MANAGEMENT APPLICATIONS IN GIS (3)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and its use in forestry and fire management.  Emphasis on concepts and material relevant to fire-related disciplines and specialties.  Specific training in ARC/GIS software through on-line training.  Letter grade only.

 

FOR  430 LEADERSHIP AND THE ENVIRONMENT (3)

Development of knowledge and expertise in leading the decision-making process regarding environmental or resource issues.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Junior Status or higher or International Exchange Student Group 

 

FOR  441 SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY IN TROPICAL ECOSYSTEMS:  INTERNATIONAL FIELD EXPERIENCE (3)

International field course on forestry issues in developing countries from the perspective of forestry professionals in those countries.  Course venue varies.  Instructor's consent required.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.  GLB

 

FOR  442 PRINCIPLES OF WOOD SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (3)

Basic principles of wood science: species identification and properties of wood as related to products and utilization.  (Offer fall semester.)  Co-convenes with FOR 542.  Letter grade only.

 

FOR  443 ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT OF INTRODUCED SPECIES IN FORESTS AND RANGELANDS (3)

An exploration of introduced species, including how land managers and policy makers are dealing with such species and case studies of specific introduced species.  Co-convened w/ FOR 543.  Letter grade only.

 

FOR  444 WILDERNESS MANAGEMENT FOR PROFESSIONALS (3)

This course is designed specifically for natural resource professionals and will examine wilderness management issues from a multidisciplinary approach, using current and historical readings along with sharing professional knowledge and firsthand experiences in managing designated tracts of lands for permanent preservation.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.

 

FOR  445 WILDERNESS MANAGEMENT (3)

The philosophical, historical, legal, ecological, social, and cultural aspects of lands managed under the Wilderness Act.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: upper-division coursework in areas related to natural resources management or science.

 

FOR  447 HUMAN-FOREST INTERACTIONS FROM COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE (3)

Social science theory, concepts and analytic techniques for understanding human-forest ecosystems, from the perspective of human communities as a fundamental unit of social organization relevant to landscape-level processes.  Instructor's consent required.  Letter grade only.

 

FOR  450 FIRE ECOLOGY FOR PROFESSIONALS (3)

Wildland fire is a disturbance force with important ecological and social implications in most of the world's ecosystems.  This course integrates ecological and cultural aspects of wildland fire, providing an ecological foundation for fire managers and professionals.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite:  FOR 310 

 

FOR  451 FIRE ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT (3)

An examination of ecological and cultural aspects of wildland fire, including fire regimes, fire effects, and the principles, techniques and challenges in present-day wildland fire management.  Co-convened with FOR 551.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: FOR 351 

 

FOR  452 FOREST PATHOLOGY (3)

Important forest tree diseases, their identification, ecology, and management.  Co-convenes with FOR 552.  2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite:  (FOR 313 and FOR 314 and FOR 315 and FOR 316) or one BIO-Biology course 

 

FOR  453 FOREST INSECTS (3)

Identification, biology, population dynamics, ecological role, and management of forest insects in western forests.  Co-convenes with FOR 553.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite:  (FOR 313 and FOR 314 and FOR 315 and FOR 316) or one BIO-Biology course 

 

FOR  454 FOREST HEALTH (3)

Modern concepts of maintaining tree health and the relationships between tree and forest health.  Agents and processes of decline in forest ecosystems.  Co-convenes with FOR 554.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: (FOR 413C and FOR 414C and FOR 415) or one BIO-Biology or FOR-Forestry course 

 

FOR  465 WATERSHED RESTORATION (3)

Students will explore the effects of natural and anthropogenic activities on watershed conditions and learn various approaches of restoring, or handling any adverse effects of such disturbances on watershed ecosystems.  Instructor's consent required.  Co-convenes with FOR 565.    Letter grade only.

 

FOR  479 ECOSYSTEMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE (3)

Principles of ecosystem ecology, including the factors controlling ecosystem structure, productivity, nutrient cycling, and energy balance-with examples from the Colorado Plateau and emphasis on global environmental change.  Cross-listed with BIO 479.  2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: (BIO 181 and BIO 182 and BIO 326) or (FOR 313 and FOR 314 and FOR 315 and FOR 316) 

 

FOR  485 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (1-6)

Individualized original research under the supervision of a research adviser. Pass-fail only.  May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit.  Department consent required.

 

FOR  493 NATURAL RESOURCE ECONOMICS (3)

Application of economic theories to explore the current issues in natural resource management.  Emphasis is on developing one's own point of view in applying economic principles to natural resource management.  Co-convenes with FOR 593.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite:  ECO 284 or ECO 284H 

 

FOR  497 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-6)

Individualized approach to selected topics by guided reading and critical evaluation. Pass-fail only.  Department consent required.

 

FOR  499 CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS (1-3)

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area.  Letter grade only.