DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

The Department of Natural Resources consists of three divisions and offers Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and Master of Science (M.Sc.) degrees in Aquaculture, Aquatic Ecology & Fisheries,Combating Desertification, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Pollution, Range Management and PhD in Range sciences.

 

Fisheries

Fisheries program was established in 1993 and it is now being offered at both undergraduate and graduate levels in Aquaculture (B.Sc. & M.Sc.) and Aquatic Ecology & Fisheries (M.Sc.). As IUT is situated in the central part of Iran, where only various inland water resources such as springs, rivers, and lakes exist, the primary aim of the department, as an educational and research entity, is to work on various aspects of inland aquaculture and aquatic life.  This include areas such as breeding and culture of warm and cold water fishes and other aquatic life, brackish and freshwater biology, fishing, aquatic diseases and hygiene, as well as aquatic ecosystems management and protection.

 

Research Interests:

·         Breeding and culture of warm and cold water fishes and other aquatic life

·         Brackish and freshwater biology and fisheries management

·         Identification of water resources and their potentials for aquaculture

·         Fish nutrition and growth

·         Environmental impacts of aquacultural development

·         Benthic fauna of rivers and lakes in the Province of Isfahan and the neighboring regions

·         Application of fertilizers in fish farming and its impacts on fish productivity

·         Ichthyology; fish biology and systematics

·         Limnology and marine ecology

·         Fish reproductive & growth physiology

·         Genetics &aquatic biotechnology

·         Live feed production

·         Aquarium fish culture

 

Research and Educational Facilities:

·         Fish culture ponds and aquaria

·         Hydrobiology, limnology, and hydrochemistry lab.

·         Ichthyology lab & museum

·         Feed & nutrition equipment

·         Genetics &biotechnology lab

 

Curriculum for the Degree of B.Sc. in Fisheries: Aquaculture

 

To obtain a B.Sc. degree, students must take at least 136 credits, including 20 general Education, 39 basic, 65 core and 11 elective courses during eight terms of study:

 

 

Semester I (fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3710242

Microbiology

2+1

3716101

General Botany

2+1

2110103

General Chemistry

3

1914103

General Mathematics

3

 

General Courses

Prerequisites (if any)

5

 

 

Semester II (Spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

2010118

General Physics

2

2010119

Physics Lab.

1

3712101

Zoology

2+1

3714102

Introduction to Environment

2+1

3710140

Genetics

2+1

3710243

Computer acquaintance

1+1

2510114

English Language

3

           

 

Semester III (fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

2112229

Organic Chemistry

3

3716200

Meteorology & Climatology

2+1

3716205

Introduction to Soil Science

2+1

3712200

General Ecology

3

3710246

Statistics & Probability

2+1

 

General Courses

2

 

 

Semester IV (Spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3710241

General Biochemistry

3

3712203

General Ichthyology

2+1

3712202

General Hydrobiology

2+1

3710343

Experimental Design

2+1

3716201

General Hydrology

2+1

 

General Courses

2

 

 

Semester V (fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3712303

Principles of Aquatic Animals Nutrition

2+1

3710340

Technical Drawings

1+1

3712429

Principles of Fish Breeding and Cultivation

2+1

3714306

Environmental Evaluation

1+1

3712340

Animal Physiology

1+1

3712204

Hydrochemistry

1+1

3710345

Economy of Natural Resources

2

 

General Courses

2

 

 

Semester VI (Spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3712453

Breeding & Cultivation of warm water fish

2+1

3712305

Hydro technique & Pond Design

1+1

3712452

Breeding & Cultivation of Aquatic Animals

2+1

3712450

Limnology

2+1

3712451

Marine Ecology

3

3712449

Fishing Methods

2+1

 

General Courses

2

 

 

Semester VII (Fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3712434

Diet formulation

1+1

3712435

Breeding & Cultivation of Coldwater fish

1+1

3712406

Systematic Ichthyology

2+1

3712431

Hygiene & Diseases of Aquatic Animals

2+1

3712437

Breeding & Cultivation of Aquarium fishes

1+1

3712423

Seminar

1

 

Elective Courses*

2

 

 

Semester VIII (Spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3712456

Fisheries Rules & Management

2

3712439

Breed Improvement Principles for Aquatic Animals

2

3712438

Fishery Products Processing

2+1

3712424

Project

3

 

General Courses

4

 

Elective Courses*

2

 

 

UNDERGRADUATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

 

3716101          General Botany                                             2+1 Cr.

Plant physiology, anatomy of stem, root, leaf and flower, Plant morphology, taxonomy of flowering plants, description of major families.

 

3712101           Zoology                                              2+1Cr.

Selected aspects of classification, phylogeny, morphology, development, physiology and ecology of animals.

 

3710140          Genetics                                              2+1Cr.

Basic cell structure, chromosomes, gene duplication, mutation, anopoloidy, polyploid, genetic coding, protein coding, quantitative genetic.

 

3716200                      Meteorology and Climatology                      2+1Cr.

Radiation and radiation balance, air and soil temperature, air pressure, wind and general circulation, evapotranspiration, atmospheric humidity, condensation and atmospheric precipitation, climatic classifications. Prerequisite: General Physics 2010118, Physics Lab. 2010119.

 

3712200          General Ecology                                3 Cr.

Scope of ecology, Principles and concepts pertaining to ecosystem, energy flow and transformation, biogeochemical cycles and limiting factors, Organization at the community and population levels, Biome, human and agricultural ecology.

 

3710241          General Biochemistry                                   3Cr.

Relationship between biochemistry and agricultural and fisheries science, Chemical composition of organisms, biochemistry of food, biochemistry of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acid, enzymes, vitamins and hormones, Metabolism.

Prerequisite: Organic chemistry 2112229

 

3712203          General Ichthyology                          2+1Cr.

Basic information about fishes, information on life history, morphology, and anatomy of all fishes.

Prerequisite : Zoology 3712101.

 

3712202          General Hydrobiology                                  2+1Cr.

Physicochemical condition of aquatic animal life, Plankton, nektons, benthos, periphyton, neuston and pleuston and Food chain in aquatic environment.

Prerequisite: Zoology 3712101

 

3710343          Experimental Design                                     2+1Cr.

Definitions, experimental units, experimental errors, systematic design, Factorial design, square latine plots.

 

3716201          General Hydrology                            2+1Cr.

Introduction and history of Hydrology, Water cycle, Measurement of rainfall, Statistical analysis of rainfall. Prerequisite:Meteorology & Climatology 3716200.

 

3712303          Principles of Aquatic Animals Nutrition     2+1Cr.

Importance of nutrition in aquaculture, Economic importance of aquatic animals, Feed conversion ratio, Protein production efficiency,..., Introduction and classification of nutrients (proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, minerals and vitamin) and their function, digestion, absorption and …. Energy metabolism.

Prerequisite: General Biochemistry 3710241.

 

3710340          Technical Drawings                          1+1Cr.

Introduction, geometrical relations in drawings, drawing papers, line types, size and numbers, isometric, dimetric and trimetric drawings.

 

3712429          Principles of Fish Breeding and Cultivation           2+1Cr.

Introduction to fish biology, Types of reproduction in fish, Fecundity, Maturation and hormones, Migration and reproduction, Hormone injection in artificial propagation, Culture systems (extensive, semi-intensive and intensive).

Prerequisite: General Ichthyology 3712203.

 

3714306          Environmental Evaluation               1+1Cr.

Land classification, Geographical Information System and satellite images in regional programming. Prerequisite: Introduction to environment 3714102.

 

3712340          Animal Physiology                            1+1Cr.

Energy metabolism, Physiology of respiration, Physiology of blood, Homeostasis, Reproduction and migration physiology.

Prerequisite: Zoology 3712101

 

3712204          Hydrochemistry                                             1+1Cr.

Physicochemical characteristics of water, Characteristics of underground waters, Gases in water and their importance in aquaculture, Toxic compounds in water and…

Prerequisite: General Chemistry 2110103.

 

3710345          Economy of Natural Resources                   2 Cr.

The economic activity as a science; value theory and its origin; capital; economic transactions agents, approaches, commodity; and the agents operations; production dependent, cost marketing; GNP; currency function and planning.

 

3712453          Breeding and Cultivation of warm water fishes    2+1Cr.

 Principles and procedures for culture of important warmwater fish, emphasis will be placed on species used for food and restocking water bodies in Iran, management strategies. Laboratory and field trips included. Prerequisite: Principles of Fish Breeding and Cultivation, 3712429.

 

3712305          Hydro technique and Pond Design              1+1Cr.

Principles of site selection and pond design, topographical condition and soil structure, classification of ponds, installation, hydrotechnical and hydrological consideration in pond construction, field work included.

 

3712452          Breeding and Cultivation of Aquatic Organisms   2+1 Cr.

Identification and morphology of commonly cultured prawn, breeding and cultivation, hatchery and farm operation, nutrition of prawn, principles and procedures for culture  of edible bivalve mollusks. Environmental requirements, laboratory and field trips included.

Prerequisite: Fish Breeding and Cultivation 37304

 

3712450          Limnology                                                      2+1 Cr.

 Physical and chemical features of inland waters and their biological communities, zonation of lotic and lentic waters, Dissolved gases, organic and inorganic soluble substances, nutrient cycling and food chain dynamic in freshwater ecosystem.

Prerequisite:General Hydrobiology 3712202

 

3712451          Marine Ecology                                                         3 Cr.

Characteristics of marine environment, nature and global distribution of marine organisms, productivity at sea, energetics of marine ecosystems. Zonation at sea, marine communities, sea shores, estuaries, human exploitation of marine ecosystems.

Prerequisite: Ecology 37103.

 

3712449          Fishing Methods                                                        2+Cr.

 Identification of different ecological groups of fish at different aquatic ecosystems, fish migration, commercial and non-commercial fishes; fishing gears and methods, fishing vessels and policies, field trips.

Prerequisite: General Ichthyology 3712203

 

3712434          Diet formulation                                                        1+Cr.

History of diet formulation, feed ingredients, feed nomenclature, nutrients supplements (protein, energy, lipid, and carbohydrates), diets formulation, diet storage, ingredients and diet evaluation.

Prerequisite: Principles of Aquatic Animals Nutrition3712303

 

3712435          Breeding and Cultivation of Cold Water Fishes.   1+1 Cr.

Breeding and cultivation, hatchery and farm operation, and nutrition of rainbow trout and other cold water fishes. Environmental requirements. Laboratory and field trips included.

Prerequisite: Principles of Fish Breeding and Cultivation, 3712429.

 

3712406          Systematic Ichthyology                                             2+1 Cr.

Fish biometry, morphological characteristics for identification and classification of fishes, special emphasis will be placed on fishes of the Persian Gulf, Oman Sea and inland waters. Practical work included.

Prerequisite : General Ichthyology 3712203.

 

3712431          Diseases and Parasites of Aquatic Animals            2+1 Cr.

The common diseases of both cold and warm water fishes, infective, non-infective and stress mediated concept of diseases in cultured fish and other aquatic animals, disease prevention, control and treatments, ecto and endo parasites. Laboratory work included.

Prerequisite: Fish Breeding and Cultivation 37304, General Ichthyology 3712203.

 

3712437          Breeding and Cultivation of Aquarium fishes       1+1Cr.

Introduction to aquaria, aquarium invertebrates and plants, classification of aquarium fishes, breeding and cultivation of aquarium fishes.

Prerequisite:Principles of Fish Breeding and Cultivation, 3712429.

 

3712423          Group Discussion                                          1 Cr.

Current topics in fisheries and related subjects.

Prerequisite: Adviser's approval,

 

3712456          Fisheries Rules & Management                               2 Cr.

Introduction, social changes and the importance of rules and managements, role of rules in management, countries rule for fisheries.

Prerequisite: Economy of Natural Resources 3710345.

 

3712439          Principles of Breeding and Cultivation of Aquatic Animals                     2 Cr.

Aims and methods of fish culture, principles and biotechniques of fish breeding, reproduction, hatchery operation and nutrition of hatchery reared fish, brood stock management, general characteristics of water for fish farming, integrated aquaculture.

Prerequisite: General Ichthyology 3712203.

 

3712438          Fishery Products Processing                                    2+1 Cr.

Aims and methods of fish culture, principles and biotechniques of fish breeding, reproduction, hatchery operation and nutrition of hatchery reared fish, brood stock management, general characteristics of water for fish farming, integrated aquaculture.

Prerequisite: General Ichthyology 3712203.

 

3712424          Project                                                            3 Cr.

Students are required to design a research project and report to the results of their experiment to their supervisors.

Prerequisite: Consent of the supervisor.

 

Curriculum for the Degree of M.Sc. in Fisheries

To obtain a M.Sc. degree, students must take at least 32 credits during four terms of study:

 

Aquaculture:

 

Semester I (fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3712701

Supplementary Fish Aquaculture

2+1

3712703

Live feed Production

1+1

3712704

Hygiene Management in Aquaculture

2

3712709

Aquatic Nutrition & Feeding

1+1

3716511

Research Methods

2

3712710

Application of Computers in Fisheries

1

 

 

Semester II (Spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3712702

Supplementary Aquaculture

2+1

3712705

Aquaculture Management

2

3712706

Advanced Hydrobiology

2+1

3712707

Genetics&Biotechnology of Aquatic Animals

2+1

3712708

Fish physiology

2+1

3712901

Seminar

1

 

 

Semester III (Fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

9010606

Thesis

6

 

 

Semester IV (spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

9010606

Continue of thesis

-

 

 

 

Aquatic Ecology & Fisheries:

 

Semester I (fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3712810

Physiology & Behavior of Aquatic Animals

2+1

3712820

Fish Ecology

2+1

3712840

Benthic Ecology

1+1

3712845

Evaluation & Conservation of Iran Aquatic Ecosystems

2

+

Elective Courses*

2

 

 

Semester II (spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3716511

Research Methods

2

3712835

Plankton Ecology

1+1

3712830

Aquatic Stock Assessment

2+1

3712825

Advanced Limnology

2+1

3712901

Seminar

1

+

Elective Courses*

3

 

Semester III (Fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

9010606

Thesis

6

 

 

Semester IV (spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

9010606

Continue of thesis

-

 

 

*Elective Courses

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3716526

Advanced statistics

2+1

3712855

Aquatic Ecology

2+1

3712865

Fish Phylogeny

2

3712850

Molecular Ecology

2

3712860

Remote Sensing & its applications in Fisheries

1+1

 

 

GRADUATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

 

3712701          Supplementary Fish Aquaculture                                                   2+1 Cr.

Latest advances in world fish culture, application of natural and synthetic for stimulating fish reproduction, fish sexing, brood production, closed circuit systems, cage aquaculture, automated aquaculture.

 

3712702          Supplementary Aquaculture                                                            2+1 Cr.

Latest advances in world aquaculture, application of natural and synthetic for stimulating  shrimp reproduction, shrimp reproduction, shrimp feeding, mollusks culture, lobster culture, seaweed culture.

 

3712703          Live feed Production                                                                        1+1 Cr.

Food chains and photosynthesis, live food importance in aquaculture, algae culture, rotifer culture, chironomid culture, Artemia culture.

 

3712704          Hygiene Management in Aquaculture                                            1+1Cr.

Criteria for choosing water and soil for aquaculture, hygienic criteria in aquatic import and export, pond design, fishing vaccination, genetic manipulation, quarantine.

 

3712705          Aquaculture Management                                                   2 Cr.

Principles of aquaculture management, fishery organizations, management of aquatic propagation centers, human resources management in aquaculture, coastal aquaculture management, rules and regulations of aquatic protection.

3712706          Advanced Hydrobiology                                                                   2+1 Cr.

producers, consumers, aquatic production, water biogenic capacity, water protection from pollution, water self-purification, sea food cycles, Caspian sea plant and animal communities, pond communities.

 

3712707-         Genetics & Biotechnology of Aquatic Animals                               1+1 Cr.

Biotechnology in aquaculture, aquatic genetic management, karyology and cytogenetic, chromosome banding, cell culture, electrophoresis in population studies, genetic manipulation, gynogenesis, polyploidy, sex change, PCR.

 

3712708                      Fish physiology                                                                                  2+1 Cr.

Physiology of respiration, circulation, osmosis, ion regulation, stress, migration, reproduction, feeding and sense organs in aquatic animals.

 

3712709          Aquatic Nutrition & Feeding                                                           1+1 Cr.

Importance of feeding in aquaculture, comparative physiology of feeding organs, feeding requirements, food analysis, food consumption, food interactions, food additives, food mixtures.

 

3712710          Application of Computers in Fisheries                                            1 Cr.

Introduction to internet, electronic mail, database searching, analytical, graphical and word processing software, fishery sites, fishery software.

 

3716511          Research Methods                                                                 2 Cr.

Definitions, defining scope of research, research groups, experimental procedures in research, types of research, application of statistics in research, research quality control.

 

3712810                  Physiology &Behavior of Aquatic Animals                            3 Cr.

Factors affecting fish behavior,  physiological basis of behavior, communational behavior, shoaliong behavior, reproductive behavior, foraging behavior, fish behavior in relation to gears, colors and camouflage in fish, sound production and behavior, photophores and their function.

 

3712820               Fish Ecology                                                                                 2 Cr.

Limitations of body form, feeding ecology, fish bioenergetics, fish growth and population dynamics, fish life history and biodiversity, biological interactions.

 

3712840               Benthic Ecology                                                                            2 Cr.

Bottom structure, sampling methods, physical and chemical and biological factors affecting bottom structure, benthic animals and plants, bottom types, biodiversity of benthos, benthic communities, energetics of benthos.

 

3712845               Evaluation & Conservation of Iran Aquatic Ecosystems                     2 Cr.

Definitions of aquatic ecosystems, types of aquatic ecosystems, ecotoxicology, aquatic ecosystems protection.

 

3712835               Plankton Ecology                                                             1+1Cr.

Plankton distribution, seasonal fluctuations, sea planktonic communities, planktonic blooming, plankton cycles, energetics of planktons.

 

3712830               Aquatic Stock Assessment                                                           2 Cr.

Bertalanfy growth parameters, relative abundance, capture per unit of effort, marking, mortality estimation, natural mortality and life span, cohort analysis.

 

3712825               Advanced Limnology                                                                   2 Cr.

Inland water structure, organisms of lakes and rivers, material cycles, food webs in inland waters, type of polluted waters, self-purification of waters.

 

3712860               Remote Sensing & its Applications in Fisheries                         2 Cr.

RS systems, earth resources satellites, characteristics of satellite data, geometric errors, RS application in fisheries.

 

3712901          Seminar                                                                                  1 Cr.

A seminar on the current topics in aquatic ecology & fisheries, aquaculture and related subjects.

 

9010606          Thesis                                                                                     6 Cr.

Students are required to design a research project and report the results of their experiment to their supervisors as a Master's thesis.

Prerequisite: Consent of the supervisor.

 

Environmental Sciences

Environmental Sciences is an interdisciplinary program within the Department of Natural Resources at IUT with both undergraduate and graduate programs. The program seeks to expand knowledge of the physical, chemical, biological and human components of the Earth System, through cutting edge research, rigorous student training and service to the community. Itoffers an interdisciplinary and integrative program designed to equip students with basic skills, capabilities, and knowledge to confront a suite of environmental issues.  The program, established ever since the Department of Natural Resources started its activities in 1993, admitted undergraduate and postgraduate students in environmental sciences. Currently, there are two areas within our graduate program: Environmental Sciences, and Environmental Pollutions.

 

The research interests of the staff include:

·         Land use Planning

·         Spatial analysis

·         Landscape Ecology

·         VertebratesEcology

·         Molecular Ecology

·         Conservation Biology

·         Environmental Impact Assessment

·         Air,Water, and Soil Pollution

·         Climate Change

 

The laboratories and equipments available for research and education include:

·         Equipments for air pollution measurement (electrodes for measuring carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen and sulfur oxides),

·         Equipments for measuring water pollutants including special electrodes (ISE) for the measurement of nitrate, chlorine and heavy metals concentrations

·         Instruments for COD and BOD measurements.

·         Laboratory for environmental assessment and GIS analyses

·         Laboratory for wildlife research and ornithology

·         Laboratory for genetics and biotechnology research

 

 

Curriculum for the Degree of Bachelor of Sciences in Environmental Sciences

 

 

Semester I (fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

3710242

General Microbiology

2+1

3710141

Geology

2+1

3716101

General Botany

2+1

2110103

Chemistry

2+1

1914103

Calculus I

3

 

 

Semester II (Spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

2010118

General Physics

2

2010119

Physics Lab.

1

3712101

Zoology

2+1

3714103

Recognition and Protection of Environment

2+1

3710140

Genetics

2+1

3710243

Computer acquaintance

1+1

 

 

Semester III (fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

2112229

Organic Chemistry

2+1

3716200

Meteorology and Climatology

2+1

2510114

English

3

3710245

Planimetry and Surveying

2+1

3712200

General Ecology

3

3714237

Biology of wildlife

2+1

 

 

Semester IV (Spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

3716208

Cartography

1+1

3714205

Soil Sciences

2+1

3710246

Probability and Statistics

2+1

3714210

Principle of Remote Sensing

2+1

3714211

Rural Sociology

2

3714427

Range Plants Identification

1+1

3714201

Human and Environment

2

 

 

Semester V (Fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

3714316

Soil and Water Pollutions

1+1

3714311

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

1+1

371400

Aquatic Plants

1+1

3714312

VertebratesEcology

2

3710344

Natural Resources Economics

2

3716201

General Hydrology

2+1

 

Elective Courses*

2-3

 

 

Semester VI (Spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

3714314

Air Pollutions

1+1

3716203

Trees and Shrubs of Iran

1+1

3714402

Fundamentals of Wildlife

2

3714306

Management

1+1

3714313

Environmental Evaluation

2

3710340

National Parks and Forest Parks

1+1

 

Industrial Graphics

2-3

 

Elective Courses*

 

 

 

Semester VII (Fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

3716404

Wildlife Management Techniques

1+1

3714400

Conservation Biology

2

3716406

Park Management

2

3714428

Marine& Lake  Ecology

2

3714418

Solid Waste Management

2

3714407

Discussion Group

1

 

Project 

3

 

 

Semester VIII (Spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

3714405

Park Designing and Engineering

2

3716330

Soil Conservation

2

3714213

Enviromental Law and Management

2

3714407

Discussion Group

1

3714408

Project

3

 

Elective courses*

2-3

 

 

 

UNDERGRADUATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

3714213          Enviromental Law and Management                                 2 Cr.

Introduction to thelaw science and the role ofEnvironmental rules, Historical development of Enviromental Laws, introduction to international Enviromental Law, United Nation's Role inEnviromental Law, The importance of Enviroment in UN, The bases of current laws (Islamic, Basic rules and Technical Regulations), TheRole of  Enviromental Law  in Environmental protection, Iranian Enviromental Management Organizations.

 

3710141          Geology                                                                                  2+1 Cr.

Introduction to the Earth, History of the Earth, Energy and Earth Resources, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Geologic Field Methods, Stratigraphy and Sedimentology.

 

3716101          General Botany                                                                     2+1 Cr.

Plant physiology, anatomy of stem, root, leaf and flower, Plant morphology, taxonomy of flowering plants, description of major families.

 

3716320                      Academic English for Natural Resources                           3Cr.

Introduce the most important scientific terms of Range and Watershed management. Steps to  translate and comprehensive English scientific terms.

 

3710245                      Planimetry and Surveying                                        2+1 Cr.

Introduces the instruments of surveying and their use in the art of determining the relative positions of points and lines on the earth's surface. Covers procedures for keeping proper field notes; causes of errors and mistakes in measurements; methods of determining accurate linear measurements; and procedures for determining distances and elevations by direct and indirect methods. Examines proper use of the transit, theodolite, compass, electronic total station, engineer's level, auto compensating level, alidade, scientific calculator, and global positioning systems.

 

3716200                      Meteorology and Climatology                                              2+1  Cr.

 Radiation and radiation balance, air and soil temperature, air pressure, wind and general circulation, evapotranspiration, atmospheric humidity, condensation and atmospheric precipitation, climatic classifications.            Prerequisite: General Physics 2010118, Physics Lab. 2010119 

 

3716205                      Introduction to soil science                                       2+1 Cr.

Soil texture, Soil structure, Soil genesis and classification, Soil biology, Soil fertility, soil chemistry and soil management.

 

3710246                      Probability and Statistics                                         3Cr.

Random variables and their distribution, Expectation, Special continuous model, Special discrete model, Dependence, Conditioning, Normal model

 

3710243                      Computer acquaintance                                                       1+1Cr.

General knowledge of Hardware, Operation systems and windows, Internet and Email, MS Word,
MS Excel, Ms PowerPoint

 

3716208                      Cartography                                                              1+1 Cr.

Topographic map and aerial photograph, Physical characteristics of watersheds, preparation of topographical, hypsometrical, slope classification, Geographical aspects and drainage network maps, ordering network methods, planimetry and scaling maps, Image projection systems, map orientation.

 

3716206                      Range Plants Identification I                                               1+1 Cr.

Important range plants of Gramineae and Papilionaceae species families, classification and their characteristics.

 

3716210                      Principles of Remote Sensing                                               2+1 Cr.

Overview and history of remote sensing, the fundamentals of electromagnetic radiation, remote sensing systems: optical, thermal and active, image processing: enhancement, transformations, filtering, pre-processing, classification, applications of remote sensing in relation to soil, water, vegetation and man-made features, practical exercises using image processing softwares

 

3712200                      General Ecology                                                                    3 Cr.

Scope of ecology. Principles and concepts pertaining to ecosystem, energy flow and transformation, biogeochemical cycles and limiting factors. Organization at the community and population levels, Biome, human and agricultural ecology.

Prerequisite: Biology 37100

 

3714406                      Park Management                                                    2 Cr.

fundamentals of planning a park; different kinds of parks, ecotourism and the role of parks in providing recreational requirements of people. Environmental Impact assessment of nature-based tourism applied ecological principles and their Implementation in nature conservation. 

Prerequisite: National and Forest Parks 37333

 

3714313                      Protected areas,  National & Forest Parks                         2 Cr.

 Concepts and history of national parks and protected areas, classification system of parks and protected areas, the role of parks in conservation of biodiversity and human environment; different kinds of parks, protected areas of Iran, IUCN laws and regulations in protected areas

 

3714403                      Ornithology                                                    1+1Cr.

Identification of birds based on morphological and behavioral characteristics; migration of birds; classification of class Aves.

Prerequisite: Zoology 37101.

 

3714402                      Fundamentals of Wildlife Management                  2 Cr.

General concepts in relation with wildlife management, ecology and dynamics of wildlife populations; carrying-capacity and maximum sustained yield, management for species conservation and for exploitation.

Prerequisite: Vertebrates Ecology 37312

 

3714404                      Wildlife Management Techniques               1+1Cr.

Capturing and marking wild animals; physiological indices in wildlife management; estimating the numbers of wildlife populations, habitat analysis and evaluation; habitat improvement techniques; wildlife damage and control techniques.

Prerequisite:  Fundamental of Wildlife Management 37326

 

3714312                      Vertebrates Ecology                                                  2 Cr.

Introduction to wildlife, adaptations and limitations of wildlife in relation to habitat requirements, wildlife food and nutrition, population dynamics.

Prerequisite: Ecology 37103.

 

3714212                      Biology of Game Animals                                         2+1  Cr.

Values of wildlife resources, classification of mammals and birds as the most important of games, identification and biology (habitat, migration, behavior, reproduction,...) of these two groups with emphasis on Iranian wildlife.

Prerequisite: Zoology 37101.

 

3714201                      Human and Environment                                        2 Cr.

 Limits of growth, exponential growth, technology, population, food. pollution and natural resources and the limits of growth, basic demographic concept, human development.

Prerequisite: Environmental Sciences 37203

 

3714102                      Environmental Sciences                                                        2+1 Cr.

Biosphere, biome, natural resources conservation, protection, diversity, climate change, UNEP, MAB.

 

3714306                      Environmental Evaluation                                       1+1Cr.

Introduction to land use and landscape ecology, general system theory, biocybernetic, holon concept, ecosystemology,tools, methods, model and application of Landscape ecology. Prerequisite : Environmental Sciences 37203.

 

3714428                      Marine& lake Ecology                                                          2 Cr.

An introduction to Iranian lakes, Characteristics of marine& lakeenvironment, nature and global distribution of marine organisms, productivity at sea, energetics of marine ecosystems. Zonation at lake, marine communities, sea shores, estuaries, human exploitation of marine ecosystems.

Prerequisite : Ecology 37103.

 

3716201                      General Hydrology                                                    2+1  Cr.

Hydrologic cycle, rainfall measurement and analysis, evapotranspiration, Infiltration, water budget, surface water and sedimentation measurements.

Prerequisite: Meteorology and Climatology 3716200,  Probability and Statistics 3710246

 

3710345                      Natural Resources Economics                                             2 Cr.

 The natural resources economic activity as a science; value theory and its origin; capital; economic transactions agents, approaches, commodity; and the agents operations; production dependent, cost marketing; GNP; currency function and planning.

 

3716330                      Water and  Soil Conservation                                              2+1  Cr.

Erosion: Worldwide and national classification, surface erosion mechanism, methods of measurement and control. Wind erosion, control methods, factors affecting sedimentation, sand dunes, wind breaks and mulches. Prerequisite: General Hydrology 3716291, Introduction to Soil Science 3716205

 

3714311                      Fundamental of Geographic Information Systems                        1+1Cr.

Scale and projections, GIS data types, GIS hardware demands, GIS software and capabilities, Data collection and editing, Data storage and metadata, GIS display and data sharing, GIS organizational issues.   This course is designed to provide hands on experience using Idrisi 32.

 

3712450                      Limnology                                                                 2+1Cr.

Physical and chemical features of inland waters and their biological communities, zonation of lotic and lentic waters, techniques of limnological surveys. Field trips and laboratory work included.

 

3712101                         Zoology                                                                   2+1Cr.

Selected aspects of classification, phylogeny, morphology, development, physiology and ecology of animals. Prerequisite: Biology 37100

 

3714400                      Aquatic Plants                                                                      1+1Cr.

Morphology and identification of freshwater plants in different habitats, with special emphasis to be given to the identification of local materials, effects of environmental factors on water plants, characteristics of water plants, extensive laboratory and field work included.

Prerequisite: General Botany 37110

 

3714407                      Group Discussion                                                      1 Cr.

Current topics in fisheries and related subjects.

Prerequisite: Adviser Approval

 

3714409                      Environmental Science and Agriculture                            2 Cr.

Introduction to agricultural management systems, population growth and food production, soil erosion, soil and water pollution. Effects of agricultural chemicals on natural resources.

 

3716532                         Advanced Remote Sensing                                                1+1Cr.

Advanced topics in remote sensing such as hyperspectral imagery (methods of analysis and interpretation), examinations of spectral libraries, mapping subpixel components with multi- and hyperspectral imagery, applications of hyperspectral imagery with the focus on rangelands and related topics, practical exercises using image processing softwares Analytical models.

 

Curriculum for the Degree ofM.Sc. in Environmental Sciences and Environmental Pollution:

The Master of Science Programs in Environmental Sciences and Environmental Pollutionare multi- disciplinary integrated programmes. They aim to provide graduate-level education in Environmental Sciences and Environmental Pollution for senior and mid-levelmanagers and professionals.

 

Course requirements for the graduate programs:

 

Core courses for both programs

11 Credits

Core courses for each programs

9 Cr.

Elective courses

5 Cr.

Thesis

6 Cr.

Seminar

1 Cr.

Total

32 Cr.

                                                           

 

 

1-Curriculum for the Degree of M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences

Semester I (Fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

3716532

Advanced Remote Sensing

1+1

3714614

Land use Planning

2

3714602

Complementary wildlife ecology

3

3716511

Research methodology

2

3714601

Industrial pollution

2+1

 

 

Semester II (Spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

3714615

Advanced Geographic Information Systems

2

3714604

Wetland management and migratory birds

3

3714605

Environmental Impacts Assessments

2

3714603

Solid Wastes and Recycling

2

3714901

Seminar

1

 

 

Semester III (Fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

9010606

Thesis

6

 

 

Semester IV (Spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

9010606

Continue of Thesis

-

 

 

2. Curriculum for the Degree of M.Sc. in Environmental Pollution

Semester I (Fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

3716511

Research methodology

2

3714601

Industrial pollution

2+1

3714611

Pollutants Chemistry

2

2118590

Chemical analysis methods of environmental samples

3

3714612

Marine pollution

2

 

 

Semester II (Spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

3714615

Advanced Geographic Information Systems

2

3714603

Solid Wastes and Recycling

2

3716526

Advanced Statistical Methods

3

2118595

Sample Preparation Methods and Chromatography

3

3714613

Advanced Environmental Pollution

2

3714901

Seminar

1

 

 

Semester III (Fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

9010606

Thesis

6

 

 

Semester IV (Spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

9010606

Continue of Thesis

-

 

 

GRADUATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

3714613                      Advanced environmental pollution                                     2 Cr.

Introduction, water and soil pollution, pollutants mobility and transport, modeling of pollutant transport.

 

3714615                      Advanced Geographic Information Systems                      2 Cr.

Understanding vector and raster models, Spatial raster Analyst basics: local, zonal and global functions, raster calculations, Developing a model for suitability analysis - Automating GIS procedures, Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis (ESDA), geodatabase topology, overlay & proximity concepts vector analysis and geoprocessing concepts. This course is designed to provide hands on experience using selected extensions to ESRI's ArcView.

 

3716526                      Advanced Statistical Methods                                  3 Cr

Statistical models, Computation of confident limits, Correlation and two-variate linear regression, Matrices, linear multivariate regression, Non-linear regressions, Harmonic analysis, Profit analysis.

 

3712340                      Animal Physiology                                                    1+1 Cr.

Basic physiology of regulatory system and cellular organization, aspects of excretory, respiratory, circulatory and nerve system functioning, sensory organs, homeostasis, bioluminescence, color changes, nutrition, digestion and energy utilization.

Prerequisite: Zoology 37101

 

2118590                      Chemical analysis methods of environmental samples      3 Cr.

Review of concentration and equilibrium, titration and weighting methods, electrochemical reactions, types of electrodes, potentiometry methods, and spectroscopy methods.

3714602                      Complementary Wildlife Ecology                                        3 Cr.

This course provides an overview of the most important methodologies/techniques used by modern ecologists. The first part of the course focuses on the scientific method, designing experiments in ecological researches and choosing the appropriate statistical tests for analyzing the data collected in the field. The rest of the course concentrates on the practical aspects of the ecology such as estimating abundance, methods for measuring spatial pattern of organisms and methods for measuring diversity in an ecosystem.

 

3714605                      Environmental Impacts Assessment                                    2 Cr.

Introduction, EIA in Iran and worldwide, EIA process and stages, screening and scoping criteria, impact identification & evaluation techniques: checklist, matrix, networks and overlay, predicting environmental impacts: prediction methods, criteria for selecting methods, examples of prediction techniques, mitigation and compensation measures, monitoring and evaluation, planning process and decision making.

 

3714429                      Fundamentals of Molecular Ecology                                   2 Cr.

Concepts and history of molecular ecology, introduction to molecular genetic tools and their use in natural populations, Collection and storage of genetic samples,  methods for studying genetic variation and overview of field and laboratory methods.

 

3714601                      Industrial pollution                                                   2+1 Cr.

Introduction on environmental pollution, pollution from chemical industry, iron and steel industry, petroleum industry, power generation, food industry etc., pollution prevention in industry, ISO 14000, LCA.

 

3714614                      Land use planning                                                    2 Cr.

Introduction (Human actions and natural processes, Limits of growth and basic concepts), history and theory of land use planning, conceptual framework for land use planning, land use goals and design, land suitability analysis and classification,land classification and field inventory methods, computerized land use, use of GIS as a Decision Support System (DSS).

 

3714612                      Marine pollution                                                        2 Cr.

Introduction on physical, chemical and biological properties of marine environments, source of marine pollution, oil pollution, heavy metal, PCBs, …effects of marine pollution, marine pollution control, international law on marine pollution.

 

3714611                      Pollutants chemistry                                                  2 Cr.

Air pollutants (NOx, CO, SOx, CFCs, heavy metals, smog,…), chemical oxidation, photo-degradation, water pollution, pesticides, PCBs, PAHs, agriculture pollution.

 

3716511                      Research Methodology                                                         2 Cr.

Research design and implementation, Introduction to quantitative and qualitative, Intermediate statistics and research design methods, Data gathering techniques.

 

2118595                      Sample Preparation Methods and Chromatography        3 Cr.

Crliquid-liquid extraction, extraction by solid phase, extraction methods of organic and inorganic compounds, principles of chromatography, gas chromatography,

 

3714603                      Solid Wastes and Recycling                                      2 Cr.

Generality, Waste production and classification, integrated waste management, biological and thermal treatment of waste, environmental and economic impacts of recycling, recycling of metal, paper, glass and plastic.

 

3714604                      Wetland management and migratory birds                        3 Cr.

The course includes wetland types and classification, structure of wetlands, wetland values and functions, threats to wetlands, wetland laws and regulations, migration and migratory birds, routes of migration and policy and regulatory issues related to migratory birds and their habitats, wetland restoration and rehabilitation.

 

3714606          Wildlife and Park management                                           3 Cr.

This course has been designed to provide guidance on the implementation of conservation techniques from assessing and monitoring biodiversity to the planning and management of protected areas. To put the theoretical knowledge of conservation biology into practice, the course provides technical information for identifying conservation problems, utilizing research methodology and suggesting analytical techniques that assist in resolving the problems.

 

Range and Watershed Management

The Rangeland and Watershed Management program Technology was formed in 1993 at Isfahan University of Technology. The program consists of range scientists, ecologists, hydrologists, Pedologist, foresters and social scientists that study natural environmental processes and how they interact with human systems. The programcovers both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in "Rangeland and Watershed Management","Combating Desertification" and "Range Sciences".

Opportunities exist to work closely with highly qualified scientists on ongoing re  search and to pursue independent studies.  Excellent laboratories and specialized equipment are available.

At the undergraduate level, the program offers majors in “Range and Watershed Management” and at the postgraduate level it offers masters in” Range Management” and, “Combating Desertification”program.  The program also offers PhD in “Range Sciences”. Despite the fact that this programinvolves only two masters programs, opportunities for graduating students span a broad spectrum of careers in the fields of watershed science, range management, restoration and conservation ecology, and arid land reclamation. 

 

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

 

Curriculum for the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Range and Watershed Management:

                                               

Semester I (Fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3710141

Geology

2+1

3716104

Plant Physiology and Anatomy

1+1

1914103

Calculus I

3

2010118

General Physics

2

 

 

Semester II (Spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

1914104

Calculus II

3

2010119

Physics Lab.

1

3716103

Plant Morphology and Systematic

2+1

2110103

Engineering Chemistry

3

3716105

Introduction to Natural Resources

2

3716320

Academic English for Natural Resources

3

 

 

 

Semester III (Fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3710245

Planimetry and Surveying

2+1

3716200

Meteorology and Climatology

2+1

3716205

Introduction to Soil Science

2+1

3712200

General Ecology

3

3710246

Probability and Statistics

2+1

3710243

Computer acquaintance

1+1

 

 

 

Semester IV (Spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3716203

Range Management

2+1

3716208

Cartography

1+1

3716206

Range Plants Identification I

2

3716207

Soils of Arid and Semi-Arid Regions

2

3716210

Principals of Remote Sensing

2+1

1610216

Strength of Materials

3

 

 

 

Semester V (Fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3716310

Range Ecology

2

3716311

Range Development and Improvement

2+1

3716306

Range Plants Identification II

1+1

3716201

General Hydrology

2+1

3714311

Fundamental of Geographic Information Systems

1+1

3716305

Geomorphology I

2+1

3710345

Natural Resources Economy

2

 

 

 

Semester VI (Spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3710348

Agricultural Experimental Design I

2+1

3716330

Water and Soil Conservation

2+1

3716336

Land Capability

1+1

3716333

Rangeland Ecosystem Assessment and Monitoring

3

3716329

General Dendrology

1+1

3716436

Geomorphology II

2+1

3716322

Water Resources and problems in Iran

2

 

 

 

Semester VII (Fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3716432

Restoration in Arid and Semi-Arid Zones

2

3716405

Applied Hydrology

2

3716408

Watershed Management

2+1

3716431

Cultivating and Breeding of Range Plants

1+1

3716433

Executive Practices

1

3716447

Rural and Nomadic Sociology

3

3716449

Water Relation of Plants and Soils

2

3716321

Agroforestry

2

 

 

 

Semester VIII (Spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3716414

Range and Animal Relationship

2

3716401

Fluid Mechanics

3

3716411

Natural Resources Rules and Policies

2

3716425

Rangeland Secondry products

2+1

3716435

Water Harvesting in Arid and Semi-Arid Zones

2

3716414

Project

3

 

 

 

UNDERGRADUATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

3710141          Geology                                                                                  2+1 Cr.

Introduction to the Earth, History of the Earth, Energy and Earth Resources, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Geologic Field Methods, Stratigraphy and Sedimentology.

 

3716104                      Plant Physiology and Anatomy                                            1+1Cr.

 Plant cell and its structure, Photosynthesis and its products, plant respiration and assimilation, plant growth, anatomy of stem, root, leaf and flower.

 

1914103                      Calculus I                                                                   3Cr.

Limits, sequences, and continuity, differentiation and integration. Derivations of integrals. Infinite series and convergence. The Balzano-Weierstrass Theorem and the Heine-Borel Theorem. Extensions in Euclidian n-space

 

1914104                      Calculus II                                                                 3Cr.

Selected topics in multivariable calculus, including limits, continuity, Euler's theorem, the Jacobian, and double series; extension of single variable concepts, including uniform convergence and improper integrals

 

3716103                      Plant Morphology and Systematic                           3Cr.

 Morphology of root, stem, leaf, flower and fruit, floral diagrams, principles of plant taxonomy, taxonomy of flowering plants, taxonomy of gymnosperms and angiosperms, description of major plant families with reference to main genera and species.

3716105                      Introduction to Natural Resources                          2Cr.

Natural resources definition and concept, characteristics of natural resources, types of natural resources, rangelands (definition, characteristics, types and importance), Iranian forest and rangeland spatial distribution, forests (definition, characteristics, types and importance), fishery and aquaculture and their importance, world main biomes, soil and water conservation, water and air pollution, national parks and wildlife and their importance.

 

3716320                      Academic English for Natural Resources                           3Cr.

Introduce the most important scientific terms of Range and Watershed management. Steps to translate and comprehensive English scientific terms.

 

3710245                      Planimetry and Surveying                                        2+1Cr.

Introduces the instruments of surveying and their use in the art of determining the relative positions of points and lines on the earth's surface. Covers procedures for keeping proper field notes; causes of errors and mistakes in measurements; methods of determining accurate linear measurements; and procedures for determining distances and elevations by direct and indirect methods. Examines proper use of the transit, theodolite, compass, electronic total station, engineer's level, auto compensating level, alidade, scientific calculator, and global positioning systems.

 

3716200                      Meteorology and Climatology                                              2+1Cr.

Radiation and radiation balance, air and soil temperature, air pressure, wind and general circulation, evapotranspiration, atmospheric humidity, condensation and atmospheric precipitation, climatic classifications.

Prerequisite: General Physics 2010118, Physics Lab. 2010119 

 

3716205                      Introduction to soil science                                       2+1Cr.

Soil texture, Soil structure, Soil genesis and classification, Soil biology, Soil fertility, soil chemistry and soil management.

 

3712200                      General Ecology                                                                    3 Cr.

 Scope of ecology. Principles and concepts pertaining to ecosystem, energy flow and transformation, biogeochemical cycles and limiting factors. Organization at the community and population levels, Biome, human and agricultural ecology.

Prerequisite: Biology 37100

 

3710246                      Probability and Statistics                                                      3Cr.

Random variables and their distribution, Expectation, Special continuous model, Special discrete model, Dependence, Conditioning, Normal model

 

3710243                      Computer acquaintance                                                       1+1 Cr.

General information about Hardware, Operating systems and windows, Internet and Email, MS Word,
MS Excel, Ms PowerPoint.

 

3716203                      Range Management                                                  2+1Cr.

Basic principles of range management as they apply to various regions and vegetative types, Emphasis on problems of rangeland management, Introduce the range management practices with focus on techniques appropriate for arid and semi-arid rangelands, Introduces the basics of inventory and analysis of rangeland resources. Introduce the grazing systems appropriate for different range condition. Prerequisite: General Ecology 3712200

 

3716208                      Cartography                                                              1+1 Cr.

Topographic map and aerial photograph, Physical characteristics of watersheds, preparation of topographical, hypsometrical, slope classification, Geographical aspects and drainage network maps, ordering network methods, planimetry and scaling maps, Image projection systems, map orientation.

 

3710348                      Agricultural Experimental Design I                                    2+1.Cr.

Principles of experimental design. Autual problems from agriculture and industry. 2n and 3n factorial experiments. Blocking and confounding. Incomplete blocks. Partial repetitions. Variance and bias with different choices of experimental design. Response surface methods.

 

3716206                      Range Plants Identification I                                               1+1 Cr.

Important range plants of Gramineae and Papilionaceae species families, classification and their characteristics.

 

3716207                      Soils of Arid and Semi - Arid Regions                                1+1 Cr.

Recognition and description of soils in arid and semi-arid regions; factors and processes of soil formation, salt affected soils; introduction to soil classification with emphasis on soil taxonomy.

Prerequisite:Introduction to Soil Science 3716205

 

3716210                      Principles of Remote Sensing                                               2+1Cr.

Overview and history of remote sensing, the fundamentals of electromagnetic radiation, remote sensing systems: optical, thermal and active, image processing: enhancement, transformations, filtering, pre-processing, classification, applications of remote sensing in relation to soil, water, vegetation and man-made features, practical exercises using image processing software.

 

1610216                      Strength of Materials                                                            3Cr.

Properties of structural materials; analysis of stress and deformation in axially loaded members, circular shafts, and beams, and in statically indeterminate systems containing these components.

 

3716310                      Range Ecology                                                                       2 Cr.

Range ecosystem components, structure and function, Limiting factors, Climatic, topographic, edaphic and biological factors influencing range plants and their distribution, primary and secondary succession.Prerequisite:General Ecology 3712200

 

3716311          Range Development and Improvement                              2+1Cr.

Introducing the best management and accelerated practices appropriate for arid and semi arid rangelands.            Prerequisite: Range Management 3716203

 

37349              Range Plants Identification II                                              1+1 Cr.

Important range plants of Genus of 15 families and their characteristics such as Umbelliferae, Chenopodiaceae, Cruciferae and Labiatae.

Prerequisite: Range Plants Identification I  3716206

 

3716201                      General Hydrology                                                    2+1Cr.

 Hydrologic cycle, rainfall measurement and analysis, evapotranspiration, Infiltration, water budget, surface water and sedimentation measurements.

Prerequisite: Meteorology and Climatology 3716200, Probability and Statistics 3710246

 

3714311                      Fundamental of Geographic Information Systems                        1+1 Cr.

Scale and projections, GIS data types, GIS hardware demands, GIS software and capabilities, Data collection and editing, Data storage and metadata, GIS display and data sharing, GIS organizational issues

 

3716305                      Geomorphology I                                                      2+1Cr.

Earth and reliefs, rock classification in geomorphology, water erosion, karstic landforms, effect of erosion on land forms, mass movements, dynamic geomorphology, stream morphology.

 

3710345                      Natural Resources Economics                                             2 Cr.

The natural resources economic activity as a science; value theory and its origin; capital; economic transactions agents, approaches, commodity; and the agents operations; production dependent, cost marketing; GNP; currency function and planning.

 

3716330          Water and  Soil Conservation                                              3 Cr.

Erosion: Worldwide and national classification, surface erosion mechanism, methods of measurement and control. Wind erosion, control methods, factors affecting sedimentation, sand dunes, wind breaks and mulches. Prerequisite: General Hydrology 3716291, Introduction to Soil Science 3716205

 

3716336                      Land Capability                                                                    1+1 Cr.

Basic objectives, principles and assumptions, economic criteria, factors of land classifications, physical factors, technical and human factors, definition of standard land types in Iran, land units and land component, definitions of land classes, assessment of land capabilities for irrigation, dry farming, range and forestry.

 

3716333                      Rangeland Ecosystem Assessment and Monitoring                       2+1Cr.

Inventory and analysis of rangeland resources, Concepts and techniques for utilization, condition, trend and suitability determination. Prerequisite: Range Management 3716203 and Range Ecology 3716310.

 

3716329                      General Dendrology                                                  1+1Cr.

Definitions, Plant classification, Various examples for diagnostic principles and characters: Height, Bud, phyllotaxy, leaf, Flower, Fruit, Phenology, Bark, Form and color; plant identification key, Geography of Iran Woody Plants. Dendrology laboratory: Observing representative part of mentioned species

 

3716436           Geomorphology II                                                    2+1Cr.

Characteristics of arid zones, wind erosion and sand dunes, arid zones land forms, pediments and playas, analysis of aeolian sediments, dune stabilization. Prerequisite : Geomorphology I 3716305

 

3716322                      Water Resources and problems in Iran                             2 Cr.

Water Resources, spatial and temporal distribution, related limitations, operation  and distribution system in Iran. Traditional and new water management and drainage system, Consumption of salty water for irrigation . Water shortage, Water pollution, Irrigation efficiency.

 

3716432                      Restoration in Arid and Semi-Arid Zones                          2Cr.

Definitions, Arid and semiarid land properties, Arid and semiarid land classification, Zonobiome III, Arid and semiarid land vegetation, Afforestation importance and History, Nursery, Seed, Afforestation practices, Preparing Afforestation Projects, Species selection, Suitable Species for arid and semiarid zones

 

3716405                      Applied Hydrology                                                    2 Cr.

Rainfall data analysis, factors affecting runoff, rainfall- runoff relationships, methods of measurement and calculation of runoff, hydrologic data analysis, flood calculations at different return periods, maximum flood estimation methods.

Prerequisite: General Hydrology 3716201.

 

3716408                      Watershed Management                                                      2+1Cr.

Watershed and watershed management, systemic approach in erosion control, Biological control of water erosion, erosion control strategy and planning, Channel degradation and control check dams, brushwood, loose stone, gabion and concrete check dams, stream bank erosion and control. Prerequisite: Soil and water Conservation 3716330, Industrial Strength of Materials 1610216

 

3716431                      Cultivating and Breeding of Range Plants                         1+1Cr.

Identification and classification of forage crops, Importance of forage planting in crop rotation, Cultivation methods of some forage species in Gramineae and Papilionaceae families. Prerequisite: Introduction to  Soil Science 3716205, Range Plant Identification 3716206.

 

3716433          Executive Practices                                                   1Cr.

A practical experience methods used in range and watershed management in Governmental Organizations.

 

3716447                      Rural and Nomadic Sociology                                             3 Cr.

The course focuses on definitions, concepts, history and terminology of sociology and its role in the management of rural and nomadic areas, the living patterns as well as the management systems in the rural and nomadic administration will be critically reviewed.

 

3716449                      Water Relation of Plants and Soils                          2 Cr.

Historical review (Introduction); Functions and Properties of water Properties of aqueous Solutions;  Cell water relations (Water Status, Mechanism of osmosis, Changes in water status, Water transport, Osmotic adjustment); Soil and water (Important characteristics of soil, Soil water terminology, Water movement within soils, Measurements of soil water potential, Control of soil water); Root and Root systems (Functions of Roots, Root growth, The Absorbing zone of Roots, Development of Root systems, Environmental factors affecting Root growth); The Absorption of water and root and stem pressures (Absorption mechanism, Characteristics of Root pressure exudation, Stem Pressure, Factors affecting water absorption through Root); The process of Transpiration; Stomata and gas exchange; Photosynthesis and Respiration; Water use efficiency, drought tolerance.

 

3716321                      Agroforestry                                                              2 Cr.

Introduction, History, Definitions and Concepts, Agroforestry systems Classification,Land use management and Agroforestry, Agroforestry Practices in the world, Rural income and Agroforestry, Agroforestry and Soil conservation, Economic considerations, Components management, Agroforestry training in the world, Related organizations and references.

 

3716414                      Range and Animal Relationship                                          2 Cr.

An introduction to forage quality assessment, Feed requirements and digestible mechanisms of animals, Poisonous species and their effects on animal’s health, Rangelands and wildlife relationship. Prerequisite:Range Management 3716203

 

3716401                      Fluid Mechanics                                                                    3 Cr.

Explores fluid properties, hydrostatics, fluid dynamics, similitude, energy and momentum principles, closed conduit flow, open channel flow, and flow measurement. Includes laboratory exercises in flow measurement, open channel flow, pipe friction, physical modeling, and data collection.

 

3716435                      Water Harvesting in Arid and Semi-Arid Zones                2 Cr.

Water harvesting methods and its potential and restrictions for the arid and semi-arid zones.

 

3716430                      Natural Resources Rules and Policies                                 2 Cr.

Definitions, roots of environmental crisis, Rules and Social evolution, Natural resources Rules and regulation's history in Iran, Natural resources organizations and rules in Iran and other countries, Community cooperation, Justice idioms, General policies, Iran’s Economic Development Plans, Projects and plans of "Forest, Range & Watershed management Organization of Iran"

 

3716411                      Project                                                                                    3Cr.

A comprehensive study in a selected basin such as Physiographic, geology and geomorphology, soil and classification, vegetation, hydrology, erosion and socio-economic.

 

3716425                      Rangelands Secondary Products                                         2+1Cr.

Introducing all benefits of rangelands except forage production, such as apiculture, medicinal and industrial plants, fiber and water production, and ecotourism.

 

 

Curriculum for the Degree ofM.Sc. in Range Management& Combating Desertification:

 

1- Curriculum for the Degree of M.Sc. in Range Management

 

Semester I (fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3716517

Analysis of Rangeland Ecosystems

3

3716514

Phytosociology

2

3716511

Research Method

2

3716530

Soil, Water and Plant Interactions

2

3716531

Plant Ecophysiology

2

3716513

Rangeland Hydrology

2

 

 

Semester II (Spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3716534

Industrial, Medicinal & Poisonous Plants

2

3716901

Range Management Seminar

1

3716529

Arid & Mountainous Regions Reclamation

2

3716515

Analysis of Range Assessment and Monitoring Methods

2

3716526

Advanced Analytical methods

2

3716516

Economical and Social Aspects of Watershed Basins

2

 

 

Semester III (Fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

 

Thesis

6

 

 

Semester IV (Spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

 

Continue of Thesis

-

 

 

Other Optional Courses

       

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3716513

Seed Technology of Rangeland Plant Species

2

3716655

Geographic Information Systems

2

3716533

Fundamental to Plant Breeding

2

3716503

Quaternary Formations

2

3716535

Land Use Planning

2

3716540

An Introduction to Modeling in Rangeland Ecosystems

2

 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

3716517      Analysis of Rangeland Ecosystems3 Cr.

Analysis and discussion about energy flow, mineral cycling, primary and secondary production in range ecosystems. Theories about succession in range ecosystems.

 

3716514          Phytosociology   2 Cr.

Phytosociology definition, application, history, Plant Community Ecology, Basic Problems and Methods in Phytosociology, Estimation of horizontal and vertical structure of rangelands, Methods of determining community’s productivity, Analytical Methods in phytosociology, Vegetation ordinations and classification techniques.

 

3716532                      Advanced Remote Sensing   1+1 Cr.

Advanced topics in remote sensing such as hyperspectral imagery (methods of analysis and interpretation), examinations of spectral libraries, mapping subpixel components with multi- and hyperspectral imagery, applications of hyperspectral imagery with the focus on rangelands and related topics, practical exercises using image processing softwares.

Analytical models.

 

3716511                       Research Method     2Cr.

Research design and implementation, Introduction to quantitative and qualitative, Intermediate statistics and research design methods, Data gathering techniques.

 

3716530                        Soil, Water and Plant Interactions                        2 Cr.

Water characteristics, Water quality for irrigation, water-soil relationship: Soil moisture and measuring methods, Forces in soil, Water potential in soil, Water movement in soil, Application of Darcy formula in saturated and unsaturated zones, Soil hydrodynamic coefficients, Water-plant relationship: Water role in plant, Different root systems in plant and their distribution in soil, Roots depth, Effective factors in water absorption by plant, Plant resistance in dry periods, Water-soil-plant relationship: Water-soil-plant-atmosphere system, Evapotranspiration of plant and effective factors, Computation of water requirement for plants, Required water for irrigation, Water production and consumption curve, Irrigation time determination.

 

3716531          Plant Ecophysiology  2 Cr.

Systems approach to the analysis of basic physiological and ecological responses of plants in arid environments, plant photosynthetic and respiration pathways, Assessing the response of plants to water and heat stress, Examining the water use efficiency of plants living in desert environments, Associating the physiological and developmental response of vegetation to defoliation and nutrient limitations.

 

3716513               Rangeland Hydrology     2 Cr.  

 Soil infiltration, percolation, rainfall interception loss, effects of grazing in Soil infiltration and runoff generation, effects of fair, plugging, chaining, freezing, pitting, ripping and furrowing in Soil infiltration and runoff generation, water harvesting in rangeland.

 

3716534          Industrial, Medicinal & Poisonous Plants 2 Cr.

Classification, ecological condition, agronomy, chemical components, utilization methods, application and management issues of Medicinal and Industrial Plants in rangeland ecosystems, Issues about poisonous plants with focus on Iranian rangelands and their effect on animal health condition.

 

3716536          Range ManagementSeminar      1 Cr.

Research seminars and instruction on research methods and tools,  Short practice seminars, literature search, critique of papers, thesis manuscripts, the art of seminar presentation.

 

3716529          Arid & Mountainous Regions Reclamation2 Cr.

Processes of desertification and techniques and methods available for desert  and mountainous rehabilitation. Control of sand dunes, Farming Practices, Afforestation, Irrigation techniques.

 

3716515                      Analysis of Range Assessment and Monitoring Methods 2 Cr.

Theories for Inventory and analysis of rangeland resources. Shortcomings and strengths of inventory and assessment methods in rangeland ecosystems.

 

3716526                      Advanced Analytical methods      2Cr.

Statistical models, Computation of confident limits, Correlation and two-variate linear regression, matrices, Linear multivariate regression, Non-linear regressions, Harmonic analysis, Profit analysis.

 

3716516                          Economical and Social Aspects of Watershed Basins   2 Cr.

The whole issues around the management and utilization of the resources within watersheds and focuses highly on the socio-economic factors. Skills in incorporating relevant social science, specifically economic, aspects in range management decisions, Discussion of the basic concepts such as peoples’ perceptions about rangelands, human and ecosystem interactions, consumers and their wants, market and governments, time preference and intergenerational equity, and non-market valuation techniques.

 

3716513                         Seed Technology of Rangeland Plant Species     2 Cr.

Principles and practices of production techniques, mechanical conditioning, storage, seed treatment, and testing of seeds used for planting

 

3716655                        Geographic Information Systems              2 Cr.

The basic principles and terminology of geographic information systems (GIS), The GIS process, GIS application.

 

3716503          Quaternary Formations        2Cr.

Formation definition and concept, Iranian geological zones, geological formations of Iran prior to quaternary, quaternary phenomena in the world (such as climate change, glacial and interglacial periods, glacial sediments, losses, wind processes), quaternary stratigraphy, and quaternary phenomena in Iran.

 

3716535                            Land Use Planning         2Cr.

Land use definition and principals, Goal development and formalization, planning intelligence and information systems, population and employment forecasting, land use forecasting, land suitability analysis, land use location requirements, land classification planning, land use design, plan implementation, and public presentation of land use plans.

 

3716540                      An Introduction to Modeling in Rangeland Ecosystems    2 Cr.

Model definitions, features and types. The necessity of models in range management. History of model development and use in rangeland ecosystems, Steps to Build a Model, Test model behavior by Sensitivity and scenario analysis, Introduce some models currently in use in the rangelands and discuss their advantages and limitations.

 

 

2-Curriculum for the Degree of M.Sc. in Combating Desertification

 

Semester I (Fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3716538

Desertification and Control Methods   

2

3716519

Advanced Remote Sensing

2

3716502

Arid land hydrology

2

3716505

Rehabilitation Methods and Planted Vegetation Management

2

3716508

The Economic and Social Development in Desert Areas

2

3716511

Research Method

2

3716506

Arid Land Ecosystems

2

 

 

Semester II (Spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3716539

Wind Erosion and Control Methods

2

3716503

Quaternary Formations

2

3716537

Water Resources Management

2

3716527

Medicinal and Industrial Plants  

2

3716509

Arid land Climatology

2

3716507

Ecophysiology of Arid Land Plants

2

3716901

Seminar

1

 

 

Semester III (Fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

 

Thesis

6

 

 

Semester IV (Spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

 

Continue of Thesis

-

 

 

Other Optional Courses

       

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3716521

Saline and Alkaline Soils and improvement Methods

2

3716528

Flood Control

2

3716541

Geographic Information Systems

2

 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

3716538          Desertification and Control Methods                                              2 Cr.

Desert and desertification concepts, desertification factors and processes, land degradation and its trend in different biomes, land degradation and its trend in Iran, combating desertification techniques (biological, chemical and physical), wind erosion and control techniques, natural vegetation condition of Iran in the past and present.

 

3716519                       Advanced Remote Sensing                                                 2 Cr.

Advanced topics in remote sensing such as hyperspectral imagery (methods of analysis and interpretation), examinations of spectral libraries, mapping subpixel components with multi- and hyperspectral imagery, applications of hyperspectral imagery with the focus on arid land degradation and related topics, practical exercises using image processing softwares.

 

3716502                      Arid land hydrology                                                             2 Cr.

 Climatological and hydrological characteristics of arid land, arid land precipitation, arid land flood, probability and statistic in arid land hydrology, statistical distributions for flood frequency in arid land, drought and hydrological drought, low flow analysis, water quality, geostatistic in hydrology

 

3716505                         Rehabilitation Methods and Planted Vegetation Management 2 Cr.

Arid zones characteristics, distributions and classification, Restoration approaches and planning, The specifications and typology of arid zones plants, Land utilization methods in arid areas, The effect of arid zone factors on vegetation, Natural and planted Saxaul woods in Iran, Sand dune fixation by Saxual and people cooperation, Saxaul utilization and management.

 

3716508                        The Economic and Social Development in Desert Areas             2 Cr.

The Economical and Socio-Cultural development theories along with sustainable development. The principles and methods of exogenous development and endogenous development, the functions and roles of development processes in desertification, the efficient patterns to prevent the inappropriate change in climate and environment through development, Sustainable development in desert systems, Population and immigration, Socio-economic and physical factors imposed upon desert settlements, Physical development of desert communities.

3716511          Research Method                                                                  2 Cr.

A broad definition of the research activity in general, the techniques of data-gathering in experimental, social and action researches. The philosophy of science, along with sampling methods and different statistical analysis, Research design and implementation, Introduction to quantitative and qualitative, Intermediate statistics and research design methods.

3716506                      Arid Land Ecosystems                                                                      2 Cr.

The importance, causes, types and features of deserts.  Conceptual frameworks to understand the structure and function of desert systems, Plant and animal adaptation mechanisms in desert, Species diversity in deserts, interaction effects and feedbacks, how to manage desert ecosystem, Desertification, and the techniques for monitoring and quantifying it.

 

3716539                      Wind Erosion and Control Methods                                              2 Cr.

Understand wind erosion processes in order to assess the risk of soil loss, Provide a scientific basis for choosing wind erosion control methods, what plant density and cover is needed for effective erosion control, What methods for plant establishment work best.

 

3716503                      Quaternary Formations                                                                    2Cr.

Formation definition and concept, Iranian geological zones, geological formations of Iran prior to quaternary, quaternary phenomena in the world (such as climate change, glacial and interglacial periods, glacial sediments, losses, wind processes), quaternary stratigraphy, and quaternary phenomena in Iran.

 

3716537          Water Resources Management                                                        2 Cr.

Hydrology and surface water resources,the hydrological cycle, climate systems; an introduction to rivers, flood plains and wetland environments, hydrometeorologic parameters and measurement; surface water quality, surface water ground water interactions; data gathering, monitoring programmes and data analysis.

 

3716527          Medicinal and Industrial Plants                                                       2 Cr.

Introduce the most important medicinal and industrial plants in rangeland ecosystems. Introduction to chemical components, utilization methods, application and management issues of medicinal and industrial plants.

 

3716509                      Arid land Climatology                                                                      2 Cr.

Arid lands of the world. Climatological and meteorological characteristics of arid land, causes of aridity, Radiation, atmospheric humidity, temperature, air pressure, wind and air circulation in arid land, evaporation and evapotranspiration in arid land, drought indices, drought and aridity, duration, intensity and frequency of drought.

 

3716507          Ecophysiology of Arid Land Plants                                                2 Cr.

Systems approach to the analysis of basic physiological and ecological responses of plants in arid environments, plant photosynthetic and respiration pathways, Assessing the response of plants to water and heat stress, Examining the water use efficiency of plants living in desert environments, Associating the physiological and developmental response of vegetation to defoliation and nutrient limitations.

 

3716901                      Seminar                                                                                  1 Cr.

Research seminars and instruction on research methods and tools, Short practice seminars, literature search, critique of papers, thesis manuscripts, and the art of seminar presentation.

 

3716550                        Desert, Resources and Potentials                                                   2 Cr.

Water Resources in the Desert, Primary and Secondary Productivity in Desert Ecosystems, Use of Marginal Soils and Water Resources in Desert Areas, Ecotourism potential of deserts, Mines and deserts, Energy from the deserts.

 

3716521                      Saline and Alkaline Soils and improvement Methods                    2Cr.

Reclamation Methods of Salt, affected and alkaline Soils, Irrigation water and  its suitability for utilization their relations to the formation of salt affected and alkaline Soils, Irrigation efficiency, Soil water movement, basic soil-water-plant relationships. Utilization management of saline soil, Soil desertification, its reasons and resistance.

 

3716528                      Flood Control                                                                                    2 Cr.

Strategies for integrated river basin management with special emphasis on flood control, Using rainwater to grow sustainable communities: Sustainable storm water best management practices

 

3716655          Geographic Information Systems                                                    2 Cr.

The basic principles and terminology of geographic information systems (GIS), The GIS process, GIS application.

 

 

 

PhD Program in Range Sciences

Introduction and goal

PhD covers both educational and research activities in which the most recent findings of the field are included.

The main goal of this program is to educate highly qualified experts by employing the most recent scientific methods and findings in the field in order to fulfill the scientific recruitments of the country in educational, research and planning affairs.

 

Length and details of the program

The PhD program covers a 4 year period including educational and research phases which ends with writing up the dissertation.  The educational phase is 2 years which includes 4 semesters, each 16 weeks. The educational system is credit based and covers 16 hours of lecture for each credit point in each semester.

 

Number of credit points

PhD program in Range Sciences includes 36 credits as follows:

Core courses: 30 credit points

Optional courses: 6 credit points

Dissertation: 24 credit points

 

Curriculum forPh.D. Degree in Range Sciences

Semester I (Fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3716802

Ecological topics

2

3716804

Biological erosion control

2

 

 

Semester II (Spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3716800

Quantitative plant ecology

2

3716807

Range animal nutrition

2

 

 

Semester III (Fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3716540

Modeling in rangeland ecosystems

2

3716806

Living organisms and rangeland ecosystems

2

 

 

Semester IV (Spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3716803

Sustainable Development and Natural Resources

2

3716808

New theories in range science

2

3716809

Seminar

1

 

 

Other Optional Courses

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

1310088

Operations Research

2

 

3716802                      Ecological topics                                                                    2 Cr.

Ecology and other sciences, different majors in ecology, an overview of different ecosystems (i.e. humid, semi-arid, arid and desert ecosystems), effects of abiotic factors (i.e. light, climate, wind) on growth and regeneration of range plant species, importance of water for vegetation, plant water resistance, modeling and drought prediction in rangeland ecosystems, climate change and sustainable rangeland management, human interface and vegetation, plant life forms in arid and desert areas, classification of plant species based on soil properties, ecological requirement of main range plant species (autecology).

 

3716804                      Biological erosion control                                         2 Cr.

An overview of Iranian ecological zones; water and wind erosion mechanisms;  basics, goals and methods of biological approaches to control wind and water erosion; Landslide, rill and Gully control, kinds of live wind break, wind break calculation.

 

3716800                      Quantitative plant ecology                                        2 Cr.

Applications of quantitative, analytical techniques used to describe and assess range plant communities, vegetation description (Abundance, Frequency, Cover,…),sampling methods (Random, Systematic, Stratified,…), vegetation distribution patterns (spatial pattern, normal and negative distributions), species association ( X² test), vegetation analysis (Qualitative methods, Community classification, Braun- Blanquet method, gradient analysis, ordination methods (Polar ordination, PCA, DCA, CCA)

Practical remarks: Case studies

 

3716807                      Range animal nutrition                                                         2 Cr.

The balance between forage and livestock feeding requirements, forage quality (concept, measuring methods and index), determining livestock daily nutrition requirements, based on environmental characteristics, forage quality and livestock physiological condition, feeding behavior of livestock, and utilization of rangeland.                                                                                                                   

Experimental section: Experimentation in measurement of nutrient requirements and analysis of the range animal nutritional aspects. 

 

3716540  Modeling in rangeland ecosystems    2 Cr.

Principles of modeling; definition and functions of models; modeling approaches; application of Decision Support Systems (DSS) in rangeland ecosystems;  model components; advantage and disadvantages of models; model feedback; modeling calibrations;  model evaluations; sensitivity analysis approaches; ecological models; habitat models; data models;  statistical models (parametric and non parametric approaches); Bayesian belief network modeling; practical work: case studies

 

3716806    Living organisms and rangeland ecosystems                      2 Cr.

Diversity, distribution and the role of living organisms (human, plant, free-ranging mammals, birds, livestock,….) in rangeland ecosystems, immigration in plant and animal species, adaptation and distinction in plant and animal species and related classifications, fundamental of bio-geo chemical cycling in rangeland ecosystems,  individual, species and population in rangeland ecosystems, population energy flow, interaction between species, living organism as an open system, theoretical and practical conservation, estimation of animal population size.

 

3716806  The Economics of rangelands                                              2 Cr.

The economical aspects and preferences of the rangelands in Iran, comparison of  the objectives of the herders in Iran and other countries, concepts of carrying out capacity and production functions, full-cost pricing and externality costs, logistic growth curves and their applications, productivity indicators and indices, technical and economical efficiency in pastoral management, planning for sustainable pastoral management.

 

3716803   Sustainable development and natural Resources               2 Cr.

History, concepts, economical systems and their relation with sustainable development, sustainable and socioeconomic development in developed and developing countries, traditional systems, economical principles, resourcedistribution, poverty and sustainable development, needed information to design a sustainable system, evaluating criteria, integrated plans, and future strategies

 

3716808     New theories in range science                                              2 Cr.

Challenges to rangeland science, including trends in ecology and evolution of rangeland management; range ecosystem functions; uncertainty and sustainability in the management of rangelands, rangeland dynamics and different paradigms; limitations of using scientific tools in rangeland ecosystems and introducing adaptive management and participatory approaches; holistic approach to range ecosystem management.

 

3716809      Seminar       2 Cr.

According to supervisors' guidance, a research project will be performed. It should be approved by the Educational Division Council and the Graduate Office. The results will be announced in the presence of the Educational Division members.

 

1310088                      Operations Research                                                 2 Cr.

Definitions and concepts, the application of operations research in natural resources, assignment model, queuing models, linear programming, simplex method, dual simplex method, transportation problems, allocation problems, dynamic programming (deterministic/probabilistic), optimization, sensitivity analysis

 

 

Department enjoys a close collaboration and contact with the following research centers and government offices:

 

  1. Iranian Fisheries Research Organization.
  2. Bony Fishes Research Center of the Caspian Sea.
  3. Fisheries Research Center of Coastal Waters of Golestan province.
  4. Shrimp Research Center of Iran – Bushehr.
  5. Off-shore Fisheries Research Center – Chabahar.
  6. Iranian Artemia Research Center.
  7. Cool water Fishes Research Center (CFRC).
  8. Sturgeon International Research Institute.
  9. Artemia and Aquatic Animals Research Center. Urmia University.
  10. Persian Gulf and Oman sea Water research.
  11. Iranian Soil Science Society
  12. Soil Conservation and Watershed Management Research
  13. Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization
  14. Iran Department of Environment
  15. Iran Meteorology Organization Research
  16. Institute of Forest and Rangelands (IRAN)
  17. Forests, Range and Watershed Management Organization
  18. Soil and Water Research Institute19- Animal Science Research Institute
  19. National Portal of Statistics
  20. The Agricultural Scientific Information & Documentation Center
  21. National Salinity Research Center23- Ministry of Agriculture
  22. Iran Department of Environment
  23. Isfahan Environmental Protection Office
  24. Park and Green area Organization of Isfahan Municipality
  25. Isfahan Steel Company