We offer several courses focused on various human dimensions of natural resources. These courses include 100-level, which involve hands-on, field-based learning; courses for upperclassmen on social-psychology, collaboration, and interpretation/communication; and graduate courses on human dimensions research and methods. View the course schedule on the UM web site.

Current Courses

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NRSM 215: Field Studies in Conservation

Students in this course will spend one full weekend in the Fall semester traveling across Western Montana exploring current issues in Resource Conservation. Through field activities, readings, and discussions, we investigate the ecological and social dynamics influencing natural resource and environmental management. We will meet with resource managers while visiting, viewing, and camping in spectacular locations. This course is the field complement to NRSM 121S: Nature of Montana, but is open to students in all courses and majors.

PTRM 300: Recreation Behavior

This course provides an understanding of recreation behavior in wildland and nature-based tourism oriented settings. Students will learn about theories/conceptual frameworks from social and environmental psychology and their application to visitor management issues in the wildland recreation and nature-base tourism fields. 

PTRM 300 Syllabus

NRSM 379: Collaboration in Natural Resource Decisions

This course explores theories and methods used by natural resource professionals to engage stakeholders in natural resource decision-making processes. In addition to understanding the sciences, professionals must know how to facilitate dialogue and create outcomes embraced by stakeholders. This course will prepare students to successfully participate in and lead decision-making processes that purposefully incorporate diverse interests to address complex natural resource issues.

NRSM 379 Syllabus

PTRM 150: Current Issues in Parks, Tourism, and Recreation Management

This course will explore issues related to recreation and tourism in western Montana. This is a field based course designed to get students outside the classroom. Students will have a chance to visit outdoor recreation areas and meet recreation and tourism managers. 

NRSM 121: Intro to Environmental Science & Sustainability

The course will provide a foundation for students to understand the dynamics of human relationships with the environment.  It will offer a unique combination of material covering environmental ethics, ecological processes, natural history, and current social conflicts regarding human uses of natural resources.  It will use the ecology of western Montana and topical issues in resource management as focal points for learning.

NRSM 121 syllabus

NRSM 574: Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

This course will provide graduate students with an understanding of multiple perspectives in human dimensions of natural resources. The course is intended to be broad in nature in order to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the topics. Students will read and discuss foundational pieces by Orr and Leopold (among others) and explore newer readings on current research. The course will cover social psychological and sociological perspectives and discuss key issues such as scale, multidisciplinary research, sustainability and social diversity in natural resources. Students will be challenged to approach natural resources issues from multiple perspectives, not just the perspective they are most familiar with. Students will be able to communicate effectively among social scientists and be able to integrate diverse perspectives. 

PTRM/NRSM 574 Syllabus

NRSM 595: Human Dimensions of Wildlife

This course provides a foundational understanding of multiple perspectives in human dimensions of wildlife and will explore the interactions natural resource professional have with stakeholders. The course is intended to be broad in nature to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the topics. Students will be challenged to approach human dimensions of wildlife issues from multiple perspectives.

NRSM 595 Syllabus

PTRM 500: Conservation Social Science Methods

The nature of scientific research, planning research projects, organization and presentation of research results.  

Outdoor Recreation Living Learning Community (LLC) Faculty Coordinator

Students with a passion and interest for the great outdoors have an opportunity to participate in the Outdoor Recreation Living Learning Community. Students in this community will take a 1-credit Intro to Parks Tourism & Recreation Management Course together, live on the same floor in Aber Hall, and participate in outdoor activities through Campus Recreation's Outdoor Program

PTRM 310: Natural Resource Interpretation and Communication

Principles, concepts, techniques essential to providing high quality interpretive programs in natural or cultural history. 

PTRM 310 Syllabus

FORS 130: Field Forestry Techniques

This course is focused on developing natural resources field techniques through experiential learning at the College’s Lubrecht Experimental Forest. Our objective is to provide classroom lecture and experiences at the College Forest that introduce students to orienteering, map reading, GPS, tree measurements, fire and fuels management, recreation, human dimensions, hydrology, wood products, and the careers possible with a CFC degree. Lessons will be conducted in coordination with Lubrecht Managing Forester, CFC faculty, UM Alumni and other natural resource professionals from around Montana.

FORS 130 Syllabus

NRSM 491: Private Lands Conservation

This course is in development.