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Managing Scientific Projects | BUS 551, 3 credits | John Lawrence | 208-885-5821 | Fall semester

Study of business principles needed to manage scientific projects with emphasis on accounting, financial, and scheduling concepts. Course topics include revenue and cost analysis, analysis of financial return, assessing project impact on financial statements, budgeting, project scheduling and capacity planning, risk management, and project control.

Management of Scientific Innovation  | BUS 552, 3 credits | John Lawrence | 208-885-5821 | Spring semester

Study of business and economic principles needed to manage scientific innovation with emphasis on strategy, organizational leadership, and marketing concepts. Course topics include the role of innovation in strategy, the development of systems and processes that support innovation, the management of technical teams, the commercialization and regulation of scientific innovation, and the protection of intellectual property.

Public Relations and Communication for Resource Management Professionals  | CSS 504, 3 credits | Charles Harris | 208-885-6413 | Fall semester

This course focuses on key concepts, principles and practices of good public relations and social marketing - and in particular, their application for more effective resource management. Ensuring clear communications, good public relations, and positive, constructive dealings with both internal publics (organization employees) as well as external publics (clients, special interests, the general public) is critical for sound resource management, results-oriented planning, and productive policy development.

Environmental Philosophy | ENVS 552 or PHIL 552, 3 credits | Department of Philosophy | 208-885-7107 | Spring semester

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.

Human Dimensions in Restoration Ecology | CSS 572, 3 credits | Charles Harris | 208-885-6413 | Spring semester

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.

Principles of Sustainability | ENVS 504-2, 3 credits | Gregory Moller | 208-885-0401 | Fall and spring semesters

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. 

Environmental Politics and Policy | CSS 504-2, 3 credits | Patrick Wilson | 208-885-7431 | Summer session

This course explores the complex, multi-faceted issues and institutional structures that shape environmental politics in the United States. It examines the role of various institutional actors (Congress, President, Courts) in environmental policymaking, considers the relationship between politics and science, and the role of the market solutions to environmental protection challenges. Specific topics include energy and environmental politics, global issues and questions (population, food, climate change), and the future of American environmentalism. 

Integrated Rangeland Management | REM 456, 3 credits | Karen Launchbaugh | 208-885-4394 | Spring semester

Management strategies for integrating grazing with other natural resource values such as wildlife, water, timber, recreation, and aesthetics; emphasis on herbivore ecology including ecological impacts of grazing, ways to manage grazing, and nutritional relationships between plants and free-ranging ungulates on rangeland, pastureland, and forest ecosystems. Students are required to participate in a one one-week field trip.

Natural Resource Policy Development | FOR 584, 3 credits | Jo Ellen Force | 208-885-7311 | Fall semester

The development of natural resource policy with emphasis on the policy process at the federal level in the U.S.; the role of and interrelationships between staff, committees, agencies and elected officials; the relationship of science and scientists with policy and politicians in the development of natural resource policy, including preparation of testimony related to natural resource science and policy issues; implementation of policy within the natural resource agencies and judicial interpretation of major natural resource policies in the U.S.

Planning & Decision Making for Watershed Management | CSS 573, 3 credits | Charles Harris | 208-885-6413 | Fall and Summer semesters

Focus on ecological and human factors in process-oriented approaches to watershed analysis and planning for effective decision-making; emphasis on practical applications of current tools and approaches, e.g., GIS, MAU Theory, collaborative management.

Nonprofit Fundraising | COMM 456, 3 credits | Sharon Harvey | Fall semester

Explores theory and practice of fundraising for nonprofit groups. Surveys public campaigns and communication strategies, fundraising methods, ethics of fundraising, and fundraising leadership/management. Students will develop methods of evaluation for fundraising, and do so by case studies and preparation for fundraising campaigns.

Ecotourism Principles and Issues | CSS 404/492, 3 credits | Sam Ham | 208-885-7911 | Spring semester

This course will introduce you to the study of ecotourism. We will examine both its ideology and Conceptual foundations as well as the major issues surrounding its growth around the world. Among these issues are the promised benefits of ecotourism (ranging from environmental and cultural sustainability to economic development, environmental awareness and even world peace). We will also look at the downsides of ecotourism, including environmental degradation, sociocultural impacts, economic leakage and the ecological footprint of international travel. Our goal will be to arrive at a better understanding of these issues and a clearer interpretation of what they might actually mean (or not mean) in the context of the “triple bottom line” of ecotourism (environmental, economic and cultural sustainability). 

Pollution Prevention | ENVS 428, 3 credits | Maxine Dakins | 208-282-7957 | Fall semester

Basic concepts of pollution prevention and waste minimization; pollution prevention strategies and case studies for solid waste, hazardous waste, water and energy use, and air pollution.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation | ENVS 485, 3 credits | Gary Johnson | 208-282-7985 | Fall semester

Includes aspects of science, policy, and economics of energy use and efficiency measures. Considers use