ENS3320EN - Ecological Foundations of Natural Resources

Course description

The effective management of natural resources involves measuring, maintaining or altering the distribution and abundance of organisms. Consider how principles of ecological theory can be applied to a variety of natural resource management problems. Explore how ecological principles and tools can be used to conserve, monitor, and manage species and habitats.

How this course benefits students

Students gain understanding of key ecological concepts for the management of natural resources, including ecological indicators and monitoring, management of pests and invasive species, and principles of conservation.

Why this course is important

An understanding of ecological principles 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 are exposed to 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.