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Introduction to Aquatic Resources I: Natural Science Applications
This course explores the living and non-living characteristics that determine the nature of aquatic resource ecosystems, and examines human interaction with these resources. Case studies expose students to the natural as well as some of the social science applications of aquatic resource use, while field trips and laboratory exercises introduce the methodologies used to study these ecosystems. Lab and field trips. Six credits.
Introduction to Aquatic Resources II: Social Science Applications
This course explores the political, economic and sociological dimensions of aquatic resource systems. It examines both freshwater and ocean environments. In the process, key concepts and frameworks of social science are applied to a variety of case studies, historical and contemporary. Topics include watershed politics, multiple resource use, integrated watershed management, alternative governance arrangements, coastal communities, the move toward sustainable fisheries and aquaculture and coastal and ocean management. Six credits.
AQUA 325 Aquatic Resources Watershed Field Camp
This course is a week-long field camp on integrated watershed management, convened during the final week of the summer. It consists of assigned reading, talks by experts in watershed management and field trips to watershed sites. Students must complete the field camp prior to the beginning of either their third- or fourth-year of study. No-credit.
AQUA 400 Work Term/Student Internship
Students will spend the equivalent of one term, normally the summer between the junior and senior year, gaining hands-on experience in an aquatics-related work setting. Placements may include research labs, aquatic resource businesses, community organizations, public policy agencies, government offices, etc. To focus the applied learning experience, students develop a topic for special study, in collaboration with the work experience provider and an academic advisor. Prerequisite: AQUA 200. Three credits.
AQUA 450 Senior Seminar in Aquatic Resources
This seminar represents the capstone for students completing their aquatic resources major. Each year the seminar considers an important interdisciplinary theme in the aquatics field. Students also develop and present the results from their major essay projects. Visits by ISAR guest speakers are coordinated with seminar work. Prerequisite: AQUA 400. Three credits.