Jul 21, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


How to Read Catalog Course Descriptions

Texas Tech offers nearly 5,000 courses as part of its curriculum. These courses are listed alphabetically by subject prefix within each college and departmental section of this catalog. The courses appear in numerical order, moving from beginning freshman or developmental level courses to graduate, research, and professional courses.

Not all courses listed in this catalog are offered every year. An online class schedule published before each registration period indicates courses that will be available during the upcoming term or semester and when each class will meet. The class schedule can be found at (www.depts.ttu.edu/officialpublications/class_schedule/index.php). The university reserves the right to cancel any scheduled course or withdraw any program from the list of offerings when the best interests of the institution require such action.

Courses are designated by a subject prefix and number along with a descriptive title. Learn more  about interpreting the course descriptions found throughout the catalog.

 

NRM - Natural Resources Management (Graduate Courses)

  
  • NRM 5311 - Wildlife Conservation and Management

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An examination of conservation principles and management practices enhancing wildlife populations.
  
  • NRM 5312 - Ecology of Renewable Natural Resources

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An introduction to the ecology of renewable natural resources such as vegetation, wildlife, soil, and water.
  
  • NRM 5313 - Advanced Big Game Ecology and Management

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An advanced study of the ecology and management of big game resources. Field trips required. S, even years.
  
  • NRM 5314 - Advanced Upland Game Ecology and Management

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An advanced study of the ecology and management of upland game resources. Field trips are required. S, odd years.
  
  • NRM 5315 - Advanced Studies in Range-Wildlife Habitat

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An ecological approach to wildlife management stressing the relationships between animals and their habitat. Focuses on rangeland habitats. Field trips required. F.
  
  • NRM 5316 - Waterfowl Ecology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An ecological examination of waterfowl behavior, breeding biology, and habitat requirements. Field trips required. F, even years.
  
  • NRM 5317 - Watershed Management

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Management concepts of watersheds as a holistic unit. Inventory techniques, information sources, analysis procedures, and economic and financial effects applicable to watershed management planning. F, S.
  
  • NRM 5318 - Range Animal Nutrition

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Study of the nutritional relationship between the range resource and grazing herbivores, including domestic livestock and wild ungulates, and techniques for range animal nutrition research. F, odd years.
  
  • NRM 5319 - Mammalian Predator-Prey Relationships

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examines evolution of predator-prey relationships and historical and current management practices. Only for NRM, ANSC, or BIOL graduate students.
  
  • NRM 5320 - Natural Resource Biopolitics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Policy, planning, and conflict resolution from a natural resource management perspective. Historical, agency, and private organization roles in natural resource management are evaluated. F.
  
  • NRM 5321 - Wetland Management and Policy

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examination of the history and current events in wetland management and policy, including training in skills such as communicating across political divides and wetland delineation.
  
  • NRM 5322 - Advanced Nongame Ecology and Management

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Ecological approach to nongame wildlife population management. Public policies, socioeconomic factors, population dynamics, and species-at-risk issues are examined.
  
  • NRM 5323 - Prescribed Burning

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Planning, implementing, evaluating prescribed fires, and expert systems. Field trips required. S.
  
  • NRM 5324 - Physiological Ecology of Aquatic Organisms

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Regulatory mechanisms and adaptive significance of selected physiological processes in aquatic vertebrates. S, even years.
  
  • NRM 5325 - Raptor Ecology and Conservation

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Provides an introduction to North American raptors, their biology, physiology, life history, ecology, management, and conservation.
  
  • NRM 5330 - Advanced Aquaculture

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Instructor consent. A global overview of aquaculture including fish, aquatic invertebrates, plants, and design and operation of production facilities. F, odd years.
  
  • NRM 5335 - Advanced Freshwater Bioassessment

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Overview of methods used to evaluate the condition of waterbodies, including surveys and other direct measurements of aquatic species attributes and habitats.
  
  • NRM 5336 - Field Ichthyology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Distribution, life history, and habitat associations of Texas freshwater, estuarine, and marine fishes. Emphasizes field identification and collection methods. Field trips required.
  
  • NRM 5337 - Fish and Wildlife Population Modeling

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    The development and use of models to analyze and simulate ecological processes in fish and wildlife populations and communities.
  
  • NRM 5340 - Graduate Studies in Urban Ecology and Human Dimensions

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Instructor consent. An introduction to urban ecology, human dimensions of natural resources, and urban wildlife management. Case studies, policies, socioeconomic factors, and ecosystem function are examined.
  
  • NRM 5347 - Advanced Conservation Science

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Instructor consent. A survey of the theory and practice of conservation biology for advanced students.
  
  • NRM 5401 - Advanced Fisheries Conservation and Management

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Theory and practice regarding the conservation and management of aquatic resources, including ecology, population biology, sampling, restoration, and resource conflict.
  
  • NRM 5402 - Fisheries Ecology

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Statistics and basic fisheries. An examination of population dynamics, community ecology, bioenergetics, fisheries models and other quantitative aspects of fisheries ecology.
  
  • NRM 5403 - Experimental Design and Analysis

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: PSS 5302  or ANSC 5403  or BIOL 6309  or STAT 5302  or equivalent basic graduate statistics course. Principles and applications of experimental design and analysis (completely randomized designs, randomized blocks, covariance analysis, factorials, split plots, repeated measures, regression).
  
  • NRM 5404 - Aerial Terrain Analysis

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    Exploration of methods, the utilization of techniques, and evaluation of landscape using aerial photographs. An introduction to the theories, technical and practical aspects, and considerations of computer based geographic information systems in landscape planning, design, and management.
  
  • NRM 6000 - Master’s Thesis

    V1-6 Semester Credit Hours
  
  • NRM 6001 - Selected Topics in Range Science

    V1-6 Semester Credit Hours
    Advanced topics selected by departmental recommendation. May be repeated for credit in different subject areas.
  
  • NRM 6002 - Selected Topics in Wildlife Science

    V1-6 Semester Credit Hours
    Advanced topics selected by departmental recommendation. May be repeated for credit in different subject areas.
  
  • NRM 6003 - Selected Topics in Fisheries Science

    V1-6 Semester Credit Hours
    Advanced topics selected by departmental recommendation. May be repeated for credit in different subject areas.
  
  • NRM 6301 - Research Methods

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    A review of the philosophy of science, scientific methods, research activities, and the planning and execution of research programs.
  
  • NRM 6302 - Natural Resource Professionalism

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Understanding and application of workplace professionalism; field, animal and office ethics; Texas Tech procedural trainings; inter- and intra-communication training. SS.
  
  • NRM 6303 - Imagery Interpretation for Natural Resource Management

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An advanced course in the applications of imagery producing systems for use in the inventory, analysis, planning, and management of natural resources. Involves the use of satellite imagery, infrared and radar scanning systems, as well as advanced work in interpreting standard aerial photography. S.
  
  • NRM 6304 - Advanced Statistical Applications in Ecology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: NRM 5403  or equivalent. Provides a foundation in generalized linear models as applied to ecological problems. 
  
  • NRM 6305 - Geospatial Technologies in Natural Resource Management

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Principles of geographic information systems and global positioning systems. Applications for natural resource inventory, planning, and management are emphasized.
  
  • NRM 6323 - Wildland Fire Management Practicum

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: NRM 3323  or NRM 5323 . Advanced prescribed burning field training in diverse field settings. Practitioners and students will work together to accomplish management objectives.
  
  • NRM 6324 - Advanced Tropical Ecology and Conservation

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Instructor consent. A survey of tropical ecology for advanced students. Both theory and practice will be covered. Field trips required. F.
  
  • NRM 6330 - Plant Ecohydrology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Vegetation factors affecting hydrological dynamics of landscapes and water uses by different types of vegetation. Implications to land and vegetation management at multiple levels.
  
  • NRM 7000 - Research

    V1-12 Semester Credit Hours
  
  • NRM 7210 - Teaching Practicum

    2 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Doctoral student in the Department of Natural Resources Management. Supervised teaching experience at the university level.
  
  • NRM 8000 - Doctor’s Dissertation

    V1-12 Semester Credit Hours

NS - Nutritional Sciences (Undergraduate Courses)

  
  • NS 1201 - Introduction to Dietetics

    2 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: NS Dietetic majors only, 2.5 TTU GPA. Introduction to the field of dietetics including registration, ethical, legal, and professional issues.
  
  • NS 1325 - Nutrition, Foods, and Healthy Living

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    TCCNS: BIOL1322, 1323; HECO1322 No nutrition or nutritional sciences and dietetics majors. An introduction to the nutrients, their content in food, energy utilization, and the role of diet in health and disease. F, S.
  
  • NS 1410 - Science of Nutrition

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    Study of the nutrients found in foods and utilization of those nutrients by the body. Designed to convey the basic principles of nutritional science. No nutrition or nutritional sciences and dietetics majors. Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement. F, S, SS.
  
  • NS 2310 - The Science of Food

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Nutrition, nutritional sciences and dietetics majors, minors, and concentrations only. Fundamental chemical and physical scientific principles associated with foods. Basic principles underlying selection, preparation and preservation of food in relation to quality standards and acceptability. F, S.
  
  • NS 2330 - Nutrition for Health, Fitness and Sport

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: NTRN and KIN majors, minors and concentrations only. Introduces students to nutrients, their content in food, energy utilization, and their role in health, fitness and sports. Particular attention will focus on body weight, weight loss and weight gain through nutrition and exercise. [KIN 3347 ]
  
  • NS 2380 - Cultural Aspects of Food

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. A study of the historical, social, psychological, economic, religious, and aesthetic significance of food customs in various cultures. (CL) F, S, SS.
  
  • NS 3302 - Survey of Biochemistry

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: C or better in CHEM 2303  and CHEM 2103  or CHEM 3305  and CHEM 3105 , nutrition and nutritional sciences and dietetics majors only. Survey of general biochemistry.
  
  • NS 3310 - Introduction to Medical Nutrition Therapy

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: 2.75 TTU GPA; nutrition, nutritional sciences, and dietetics majors only; C or better in NS 1410 , CHEM 2303  or CHEM 3305 , and  ZOOL 2404 . Didactic Program in Dietetics approval. Role of dietitian in modern health care system, including the legal aspects of the health care industry. Techniques of assessment, nutrition care planning, and documentation.
  
  • NS 3325 - Sports Nutrition

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: C or better in NS 1325  or NS 1410  and ZOOL 2403  or ZOOL 2404 . Nutrition concepts and applied nutritional practices for the competitive and amateur athlete and physically active individual. F, S.
  
  • NS 3332 - Fundamentals of Human Health Behavior Change

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Nutrition majors, minors and concentrations only. Behavioral and psychological theory that forms the basis for assisting and motivating people to make health behavior changes. S.
  
  • NS 3340 - Nutrition in the Lifecycle

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: Junior standing, C or better in NS 1410 . Didactic Program in Dietetics approval. Didactic Program in Dietetics approval. Factors that affect diet and nutrition throughout the lifecycle. F, S.
  
  • NS 3360 - Nutrition Education

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: C or better in NS 1410 . Nutrition education and resources for diverse populations across the lifespan. F.
  
  • NS 3411 - Dietetic Counseling Strategies

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: NSCD majors only, C or better in NS 3310 . Application of interviewing, counseling, and educational techniques in dietetics, including individual and group methods. S.
  
  • NS 3470 - Institutional Food Systems Management

    4 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: C or better in NS 2310  and NS 3310 . Overview of institutional food management, including cycle menus, delivery systems, meeting special diet needs, and quality improvement of the facility. Nutrition majors only.
  
  • NS 4000 - Individual Study

    V1-6 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Written consent of supervising faculty member. May be repeated for up to 6 hours credit.
  
  • NS 4130 - Field Work in Food and Nutrition

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: C or better in NS 1410  and NS 3340 . Corequisite: NS 4330 . Preplanned experiences with evaluation of student performance in hospitals, community health centers, clinics, and volume feeding establishments.
  
  • NS 4201 - Professional Issues in Dietetics

    2 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: 3. 0 TTU GPA; junior standing; C or better in NS 3310 . Prepares students for professional careers in dietetics and/or dietetic internships. Final fall semester prior to graduation; for dietetic nutrition majors only. F.
  
  • NS 4220 - Medical Terminology

    2 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Terminology in describing normal anatomical, physiological, and psychological conditions and those related to disease and its treatment. For students entering dietetic and allied health professions. F, S, SS. (online only)
  
  • NS 4301 - Nutrition and Chronic Diseases

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: C or better in NS 1410  and NS 3340 . No nutrition or nutritional sciences and dietetics majors. Introduction to the role of nutrition in the development and management of chronic diseases. Online. F, S, SS.
  
  • NS 4320 - Nutritional Biochemistry

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: C or better in NS 3302  or CHEM 3310  and ZOOL 2404 . Concepts of normal nutrition in relation to the chemistry and physiology of the human body.
  
  • NS 4330 - Community Nutrition

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Senior standing, C or better in NS 1410  and NS 3340 . Corequisite: NS 4130 . Study of nutrition-related problems in the community and the various resources, activities, agencies, and programs involved in health promotion and disease prevention. (CL) F, S.
  
  • NS 4340 - Medical Nutritional Therapy I

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: C or better in ZOOL 2403  or ZOOL 2404 ; NS 3310 , NS 4220 ; and either NS 3302  or CHEM 3310 . Nutritional assessment and oral, enteral, and parenteral nutritional support. Pathophysiology, medical management, nutritional assessment, and nutritional therapy as they relate to protein energy malnutrition; trauma; obesity; diabetes mellitus; and endocrine, pancreatic, and gallbladder disorders. F, S.
  
  • NS 4341 - Medical Nutritional Therapy II

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: C or better in NS 3310 , NS 4220 , NS 4340  and ZOOL 2404 . Pathophysiology, medical management, nutritional assessment, and nutritional therapy as they relate to disorders of the hepatic, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, hematopoietic, immune, renal, and pulmonary systems; cancer; diseases of childhood; and pregnancy. F, S.
  
  • NS 4350 - Emerging Issues in Food Science and Nutrition

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: Junior standing, C or better in NS 1410  and NS 3340 . Readings, discussion, and analysis of trends and developments in food science and nutrition. (CL) F, S.
  
  • NS 4360 - Introduction to Nutrition Research

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Introduces students to the basics of research including purpose, design, analysis, interpretations, and the different approaches to nutrition research.  F, S

NS - Nutritional Sciences (Graduate Courses)

  
  • NS 5000 - Independent Study in Nutrition

    V1-6 Semester Credit Hours
    Independent study in nutrition. May be repeated for credit.
  
  • NS 5118 - Seminar

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    May be repeated for credit.
  
  • NS 5301 - Internship in Dietetics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: Admission to dietetic internship program. Internship experience in the practice of dietetics in clinical health care, food systems, management, and community nutrition settings.
  
  • NS 5311 - Problems in Nutrition

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    May be repeated for credit.
  
  • NS 5313 - Clinical Nutrition Applications

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Dietetic internship students present case studies related to their internship experiences.
  
  • NS 5330 - Introduction to Nutrition Research

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Introduction to and critical review of current research designs and methodology in survey and controlled experiments; proposal, writing, reporting, and interpretation of data.
  
  • NS 5331 - Issues in Nutrition

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Current issues in human nutrition with emphasis on interrelationships of nutrients in metabolism and their impacts on health.
  
  • NS 5334 - Applied Medical Nutrition Therapy

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Application of medical nutrition therapy based on physiological and metabolic status, including biochemical and anthropometric indicators.
  
  • NS 5335 - Issues in Sports Nutrition

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Current issues in sports nutrition with emphasis on physiology of exercise, physical activity, and athletes.
  
  • NS 5337 - Nutrition Support

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Advanced concepts of enteral and parenteral nutrition support including indicators, assessment, and management of nutrition support. Application of nutrition support in critical care, disease management, and home care. Online.
  
  • NS 5338 - Bariatric Nutrition

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Nutrient needs after varying types of bariatric weight management surgery. Changes in macro- and micronutrient needs and appropriate nutrition interventions and supplementations. Online.
  
  • NS 5339 - Nutrition and Eating Disorders

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Investigation of the prevalence of risk factors contributing to eating disorders, associated health consequences, and evidence-based nutrition goals and intervention and therapies at varying level of treatment. Online.
  
  • NS 5340 - Pediatric Nutrition

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Nutrition practices from infancy to early adolescence to include pediatric conditions, terms and definitions, and evidence-based nutrition interventions. Pathophysiology, medical management, nutrition assessment and intervention for both normal and pediatric specific conditions. Online.
  
  • NS 5341 - Nutrition and Gastrointestinal Diseases

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Impact of impairments in gastrointestinal (GI) tract on proper nutrient digestion, absorption, and utilization along with appropriate nutrition interventions. Focus areas will include celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and irritable bowel disease. Online.
  
  • NS 5342 - Biostatistics in Nutrition

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Planning nutritional research with good experimental design, quality data, and appropriate statistical analyses with an emphasis on broadly understanding what to do when and why in statistical analysis.
  
  • NS 5343 - Diabetes and Nutrition Management

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Advanced concepts of diabetes management including the pathophysiology of diabetes, nutrient metabolism, diagnostic criteria and monitoring, meal planning, exercise impact, medications usage, calculating insulin requirements and treating complications of diabetes.
  
  • NS 5344 - Nutrition and Geriatrics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Nutritional requirements of the geriatric population, including both macronutrient and micronutrient changes and the metabolic changes that occur during aging.
  
  • NS 5345 - Nutrition and Sustainability of Global Food Supplies

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examination of sustainable nutrition practices and global food issues such as starvation and malnutrition. Online.
  
  • NS 5346 - Clinical Applications: Carbohydrates, Protein and Lipids

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    The structure, function, requirement, digestion, absorption, and metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids and current research. Understanding of the macronutrients as it relates to the health practitioner to different disease states. 
  
  • NS 5347 - Clinical Applications: Vitamins and Minerals

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An online course designed to provide students with a basic understanding of micronutrients as it relates to the health practitioner as it relates to different disease states.
  
  • NS 5348 - Lab Techniques

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Introduction to laboratory techniques and equipment that are fundamental for biological research such as cell culture and staining, western blot, PCR and RT-PCR analyses.
  
  • NS 5350 - Nutritional Pathophysiology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    An introduction to human pathophysiology with emphasis on the impact of nutritional influences.
  
  • NS 5360 - Advanced Community Nutrition

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Study of community nutrition needs, resources, policies, programs, and applications of skills in health promotion.
  
  • NS 5365 - Vitamins and Minerals

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Sources and requirements, deficiencies and toxicities, vitamins and minerals in gene regulation and metabolism, DNA methylation, vitamins and minerals in health promotion and disease prevention.
  
  • NS 5370 - Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Lipids in Nutrition

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Structure, function, requirement, digestion, absorption, and metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids; current research in carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids related to health and diseases.
  
  • NS 5601 - Internship in Dietetics

    6 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Admission to the dietetic internship program. Internship experience in the practice of dietetics in clinical health care, food systems management, and community nutrition settings.
  
  • NS 6000 - Master’s Thesis

    V1-6 Semester Credit Hours
  
  • NS 6118 - Seminar

    1 Semester Credit Hours
    Graduate-level seminar.
  
  • NS 6310 - Nutrition Education

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Nutrition education and resources for diverse population across the lifespan. Online.
  
  • NS 6315 - Genetic Regulation of Metabolism

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Study of molecular-genetic regulation of metabolism with an emphasis on mammalian species, genetically modified animals, and human metabolic disease.
  
  • NS 6318 - Maternal and Child Nutrition

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Overview of the major nutrition issues, policies, and intervention programs for women and children in the United States and globally. Online.
  
  • NS 6320 - Nutritional Epidemiology

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Examines methodologies used in nutritional epidemiological studies and reviews the current state of knowledge regarding diet and other nutritional indicators as etiologic factors in disease.
  
  • NS 6325 - Nutrition, Exercise, and Sport

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    The study and application of nutrition as it relates to the physiology of exercise, physical activity, and individual and team sport athletes.
  
  • NS 6330 - Nutritional Supplements and Ergogenic Aids

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    The analysis, application, health, safety and efficacy of nutritional supplements and ergogenic aids which are used for exercise, physical activity, and individual and team sports. 
  
  • NS 6335 - Motivating Health Behavior: Coaching Theory and Application

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    The study of behavioral and psychological theory for assisting and motivating clients and the application of these theories in the context of health coaching with various patients.
 

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