This course introduces students to environmental conservation and development by reviewing the biophysical and socioeconomic dimensions of environmental problems to develop more effective conservation and development solutions. Key ecological terms and concepts such as species, population, ecology, community, ecosystem; the structure of ecosystems, community ecology, food webs and non-feeding relationships (symbiosis); ecosystem stability and diversity are explored. Understanding of the major approaches to conservation and development and their relative strengths and weakness are examined and analyzed.
Protected Areas Management is a course designed for Natural Resources Management (NRM) majors pursuing an Associate’s degree in NRM. This course introduces students to the different types of resources including those in freshwater, marine and terrestrial areas. Natural and anthropogenic impacts to these resources will be highlighted in this course and management techniques will be identified. In order to understand how protected areas are managed, students will be exposed to the different legislation concerning protected areas in Belize. System and site planning will also be outlined in the course and is the core of the course. Different management strategies and problems associated with protected areas will be summarized.
Terrestrial Management Issues is a course designed for Natural Resources Management (NRM) majors pursuing an Associate’s degree in NRM. This course introduces students to the different types of human activities that threaten terrestrial resources such as hunting, mining, urbanization, road construction, tourism and so on. Students will be exposed to terrestrial and systems ecology as well as nutrient flow and energy cycle in those systems. Homeostasis, evolution and the Gaia concept will be highlighted to show a trend in terrestrial ecosystems. Soil ecology is also an important topic discussed in this course and includes soil macro- and micro-fauna and their roles in the soil. The different types of terrestrial ecosystems will also be studied in this course such as moist and wet forests, dry tropical forests and Mountain Pine Ridge.