With perseverance and a little luck, you are within a year or two of becoming a member of the natural resources profession. As such, you will be expected to act in a professional manner. Course instructors, guest lecturers, and field trip hosts should demonstrate exemplary professional behavior.

Professionals understand not only what they are doing, but why. They dress and act in a manner that draws respect from other professionals. They are prepared for each meeting, and they have read relevant materials before the meeting begins. They respect other professionals and they make personal sacrifices on behalf of the profession or to support other professionals. When meeting in the field, they adapt easily to steep terrain and inclement weather. Professionals take copious notes and ask questions when they do not understand.


Students who need special accommodations or services should contact the S.A.L.T. Center for Learning Disabilities (Old Main, Room 135; 621-1242) or the Center for Disability Related Resources (Second and Cherry; 621-3268). These offices will verify the need for special services. Please provide verification to us no later than the second week of class so that we can help provide the best possible learning environment.

Grading performance constitutes a complex and difficult process. Although human beings cannot be pigeon-holed, they can be judged on the basis of their achievements. Grades reflect both effort and achievement. The following descriptions attempt to explain why different students obtain different results, and describe the standards we will use for this class. They are adapted from J.M. Williams (1993, Clarifying grade expectations, The Teaching Professor 7(7):1).

The "A" Student--An Outstanding Student

The "C" Student--An Average or Typical Student