I am the head of undergraduate advising for the department. That means I am the first point of contact for students entering UH-Manoa as NREM majors or who are interested in transferring their major to NREM. I also serve as the general advisor for all students who have not declared a specialization. For detailed information about the undergraduate program, check out our Undergrad Program webpages.

NREM is fortunate to have been assigned a UH-Manoa peer advisor. This is an undergraduate student who has been trained to help students with many aspects of undergraduate advising, including the NREM undergrad program. If you would like to come in for an advising session with either myself or the undergraduate advisor, please check the advising calendar.


Fall Semester

NREM 306: Environmental Ethics (odd years)

Format: Two 50-minute lectures and a 50-minute discussion section.
Prerequisites: One of the following: NREM 210, GEOG 101, PHIL 101, or PHIL 103; or at least junior standing.
Objectives: Learn the basic philosophical foundations of ethics, especially in reference to environmental issues. Understand how ethical principles are applied to environmental study, management, and regulation. Analyze the ethical dimensions of environmental issues at the personal, professional, political, and cultural levels.

NREM 492+L: Internship

Format: One 50-minute lecture for the class (NREM 492); 135 contact hours for the work experience (NREM 492L).
Pre-requisites: Restricted to NREM undergraduates. Recommended for students with junior year standing.
Objectives: Prepare for and obtain an internship in a natural resource field that matches your interest and will provide you with skills and experience needed by emerging professionals.
This is a two-part course, consisting of a 1-credit class (NREM 492) taught in the fall semester, and a 3-credit work experience (NREM 492L) that is offered in both spring and fall semesters. The class is intended to prepare students to find and secure an internship. Students enroll in NREM 492L during the semester they plan to complete the assignments associated with the work experience. Since most students engage in the work experience during the summer, they would enroll in NREM 492L in the fall semester.

Spring Semester

NREM 380: Tropical Forestry and Agroforestry (even years)

Format: Three 50-minute lectures.
Pre-requisites: BIOL 171 and CHEM 161
Objectives: Understand the biology, ecology, value, and management of tropical forests; develop practical skills in forest inventory and analysis.
In addition to class lectures and discussions, there are two Saturday field trips (half-day) that will substitute for individual class sessions. A 3-day optional field trip to the island of Hawaii is scheduled during Spring Break.

NREM 691: Forest Nutrition and Biogeochemistry (odd years)

Format: Two 50-minute lectures and one 50-minute discussion section.
Pre-requisites: Restricted to graduate students or senior undergraduate students. Undergraduate ecology course, e.g. BIOL 265, BOT 351, 453/454 or equivalent and undergraduate soils course, e.g. NREM 304 or equivalent.
Objectives: To understand the major components and processes of terrestrial biogeochemistry, with an emphasis on internal nutrient cycling, relationships of biogeochemistry to ecosystem structure and function, and responses to changes in vegetation and climate.

Summer Session

NREM 105, 106, 200: Environmental Service Learning

Schedule: Summer Session II
Requirements: Acceptance in the Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC) summer program.
Objectives: Become familiar with Hawaii's different ecosystems, threats to their conservation, and management approaches and practices used to restore and manage them.
Format: This service learning course is intended to provide additional instructional content for students enrolled in the HYCC summer program, allowing them to use this experiene to earn college credit. To learn more about the work experience, see the HYCC summer program website. To learn more about the course options, contact Dr. Travis Idol directly.