ENVR1315 Natural Resource Conservation

Course Description

Meets MN Transfer Goal Area 3 and 10 - Natural Sciences and People and the Environment. This is an introductory course in natural resource conservation. It includes a survey of the distribution of the world's natural resources, resource use and scarcity, and possible solutions to resource and environmental challenges. The course provides comprehensive coverage of a variety of local, regional, national and worldwide resource and environmental issues. A sustainability theme is stressed.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • describe natural resources conservation and management concepts
  • discuss the tools for creating a sustainable future
  • explain ecological concepts
  • describe the human population challenge
  • discuss the challenge of world hunger
  • describe the nature of soils
  • discuss soil conservation and sustainable agriculture practices
  • discuss integrated pest management concepts
  • discuss aquatic environment issues and challenges
  • describe sustainable management of water resources
  • describe water pollution issues and challenges
  • discuss fisheries conservation practices
  • discuss rangeland management practices
  • discuss forest management practices
  • discuss plant and animal extinction issues and challenges
  • discuss wildlife management practices
  • describe sustainable waste management practices
  • describe air pollution issues and challenges
  • explain global warming and climate change concepts
  • discuss acid deposition and stratospheric ozone depletion
  • discuss minerals, mining and a sustainable society
  • explain the issues and options connected with using nonrenewable energy resources
  • explain the issues and options connected with creating a sustainable energy system


Please see eServices for section availability and current pre-req/test score requirements for this course.

3 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 0 lab, 0 other