A couple of canoes with MOSS program people on the Payett River with a mountain background in McCall Idaho

Course Descriptions

CSS 504 Special Topics: Graduate Proposal Writing (1 cr.)
A specific seminar to teach the tools and techniques needed for developing a successful project proposal for a non-thesis MS project.

CSS 560 Community Ecology for Environmental Educators (3 cr.)
The main objective of this course is to give you a fundamental systems understanding of the interactions between biotic and abiotic factors that constitute the natural world surrounding McCall. The greater McCall area is unique due to its pristine lakes and streams and steep environmental gradients that encompass life zones ranging from steppe grasslands to alpine all within close proximity to one another. We will use the outdoors as a classroom to gain some hands-on knowledge and experience of a wide variety of different ecosystems. Your outside experience will be complemented by lectures, group discussions, readings, and homework assignments. As the class-capstone, you will propose and conduct an independent research project that explores an ecological aspect within the greater McCall area that is of interest to you. Finally, you will present your findings to your peers and summarize it in a scientific paper.

CSS 562 Field Science Teaching (2 cr.)
Address basic natural history concepts for instructors involved in experiential environmental education with students 12 to 18 years old. Field activities, readings, and instructor modeling of teaching techniques will be included in the format of the course. The course will focus on how to engage each student to learn ecological principles and apply them in a field teaching setting.

CSS 563 Place Based Env. Education (3 cr.)
Educating students so that they have the skills and knowledge base in order to begin to understand the human and natural environment in which they live is a complicated endeavor. This course is designed to provide a foundation of educational pedagogy, a survey of place-based literature in areas critical to this educational endeavor, and opportunities for personal and professional application.

CSS 566 Advanced Field Ecology Course Design (5 cr.)
Address designing field ecology courses that include research, outdoor leadership and natural history components. Students will design the following: a program to teach students about ecological information and engage them in the scientific process; an adventure-based curriculum for high school and middle school students; an investigation of a local ecological issue and the scientific and social components of that issue.

CSS 567 Environmental Education Teaching Practicum I (2 cr.)
The teaching practicum is an opportunity to improve teaching methods and techniques and expand professional skills under the guidance of mentors at a residential environmental learning center. Teaching in a residential environmental learning center consists of classroom lectures and demonstrations with groups up to 30, as well as field teaching groups of 8 to 10.

CSS 568 Environmental Education Teaching Practicum II (2 cr.)
The teaching practicum is an opportunity to improve teaching methods and techniques and expand professional skills under the guidance of mentors at a residential environmental learning center. Teaching in a residential environmental learning center consists of classroom lectures and demonstrations with groups up to 30, as well as field teaching groups of 8 to 10.

CSS 569 Environmental Education Teaching Practicum III (2 cr.)
The teaching practicum is an opportunity to apply tools and techniques acquired during Teaching Practicum I and II in a professional setting of the student's choice.

CSS 575 Leadership for the Environmental Educator (2 cr.)
Addresses basic outdoor leadership theory and practice for instructors involved with experiential environmental education with students 12 to 18 years old. Includes a backcountry trip, class work, instructor modeling, peer feedback and reflective practice. Focuses on the individual student's understanding of leadership theory and ability to put theory into practice as a member of a community of learners. Offered at the McCall Field Campus.

CSS 582 Natural Resource Policy (3 cr.)
Political and institutional context for making natural resource policy; emphasis on interaction between private and public sectors and the federal, state, and tribal governments, including an examination of topical issues in natural resource politics.

CSS 591 Theories of Environmental Behavior (3 cr.)
Social science perspectives on attitudes and human behavior in relation to environmental concerns; pertinent psychological, sociological, and anthropological frameworks are explored.

CSS 599 Non-thesis Master's Research (2 cr.)
This project-based course simulates the practice of project planning and development in a real-world setting. It provides an opportunity to learn through doing, with faculty providing guidance rather than instruction, building on the students' previously acquired knowledge, skills, and ability. The primary learning methods are inquiry and practice. Additional learning--including discussions. literature research, and interviews--may be needed to further the project, but the format is more like on-the job training than a lecture, seminar or laboratory class. Because projects deal with dynamics outside the classroom and group interaction, each is a unique experience. Even with the most careful preparation, unanticipated things may happen in the course of a project; learning to deal with them is part of the project experience.