ENS5320EN - Ecological Foundations of Natural Resources

Course description

Defend the role of ecological theory in natural resource management. Critically review monitoring techniques and approaches to non-native species management. Apply your knowledge in the preparation of an ecological management plan for a real-world natural resource challenge.

How this course benefits students

Students apply their gained understanding of key ecological concepts and techniques.

Why this course is important

An understanding of ecological principles and tools is necessary in order to comprehend the complexity of environmental problems, identify potential solutions, and monitor changes in respect of management interventions.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Environmental Studies
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Abigail Harding, Professor of Environmental Mission

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

All of creation exists to be in relationship with God and bring Him praise and glory (Ps. 104, Heb. 2:10, Col. 1:16, Rev. 4:11). God commanded humankind to both subdue and take care of creation (Gen. 1:26-28, Gen. 2:15). Ecological theories and principles can inform the effective stewardship of creation.

Missionally driven

This course prepares missional students to be better-informed stewards of creation and contributes to preparing them to meet others at their point of need.

Contextually informed

In this course, learners critically review case studies in which ecological principles have been applied in the management of natural resources.

Interculturally focused

Students consider the practical application of ecological principles in the management of ecosystems located in different parts of the world, subject to different threats and socio-cultural considerations.

Practically minded

This course offers practical insights and techniques with which to assess, monitor, and intervene in ecosystems.

Experientially transformed

In this course, a problem-solving approach and real-world examples give learners a sense of the reality of using ecological tools in applied contexts.