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Conservation Biology

B.S. NREM: Area of Concentration

NUMBER OF HOURS: 128

The Natural Resources Ecology and Management area of concentration in Conservation Biology is designed to educate students concerning ways to protect biodiversity. This includes a broad base of training in ecology, taxonomy, the genetics of small populations, human dimensions of resource management, and the principles of population biology. Many students in this area of concentration will pursue advanced degrees prior to employment.

The Conservation Biology area of concentration meets the standards for accreditation under Society of American Foresters' (SAF) new program called Natural Resource and Ecosystem Management.

Accreditation is a mark of academic quality, a demonstration of accountability, and a promise of continued planning for the future.

The Society of American Foresters established the standards for accrediting natural resource and ecosystem management programs in 2014 to create educational criteria that train resource professional in the art and science of sustaining ecosystem composition, structure, and function that satisfy long-term objectives. RNR’s long history of accreditation reflects the School’s ability to identify and respond to the evolving needs of society from its natural resources.

BASIC SCHOLASTIC EXPECTATION

  • Complete English 1001 and one General Education Analytical Reasoning course within the first 30 hours of study.
  • Maintain a cumulative and LSU GPA of 2.0.
  • Students entering the program with 30 or more semester hours will take one more elective in place of AGRI 1001.

CRITICAL REQUIREMENTS

Theis curriculum shows how one may complete the curriculum in 4 years. CRITICAL REQUIREMENTS must be met by the indicated semester to be considered making minimal progress in their degree program.


***RNR classes listed below are linked to the Course Description page, and will give more specifics about each class.

NOTE:
This page is offered as an aid for planning a course of study. The LSU General Catalog contains the official requirements for graduation. See the requirements for your program and catalog year for the specifics of the progress through your program. This page is updated for the 2017-2018 academic year.


Curriculum

F = Fall semester, S = Spring semester

YEAR 1
Courses Hours Prerequisites
AGRI 1001 (F) - Intro to Agriculture
1
1st semester students only
ENGL 1001 (F,S) - English Composition
3
 
MATH 1021 (F, S) - College Algebra
3
ACT of 23 or higher or CHEM 1201
BIOL 1201 (F, S) - Bio. I for Science Majors
3
Credit or enrollment in BIOL 1201
BIOL 1208 (F, S) - Bio. Lab I for Science Majors
1
 
RNR 1010 (F, S) - Intro to NREM, or
RNR 1071 (F, S) - Honors
4
 
CHEM 1201 (F, S) - Gen Chem. I
3
MATH 1022,1023,1431,1550,1551, or placement credit
MATH 1431 (F, S) - Business Calculus, or
MATH 1550 (F, S) - Analytic Geometry and Calculus
3
5
MATH 1021 or MATH 1022
BIOL 1202 (F, S) - Bio II for Science Majors
3
BIOL 1201
BIOL 1209 (F, S) - Bio Lab II
1
BIOL 1201, BIOL 1208
Gen. Ed. Course - Arts
3
 
Gen. Ed. Course - Humanities
3
 

YEAR 2
Courses Hours Prerequisites
RNR 2039 (F, S) - Intro. to RNR Policy, or
RNR 2071 (F, S) - Honors
3/4
“C” or better in RNR 1010,
“C” or better in BIOL 1202
CHEM 1202 (F, S) - Gen. Chem. II
3
CHEM 1201 or 1421
RNR 2101 (F, S) -Ecology of RNR, or
RNR 2070 (F, S) - Honors
3/4
"C" or better in BIOL 1202, 1209, and
RNR 1010 or 1071
RNR 2102 (F, S) - Measurements and GIS
3
“C” or better in RNR 1010,
“C” or better in BIOL 1202
ENGL 2000 (F, S) - English Composition
3
ENGL 1001 or placement credit, 39 earned credits
CMST 2060(F, S) - Public Speaking
3
 
SOCL 2001 (F, S) - Introductory Sociology, or
POLI 2051 (F, S) - American Government
3
 
Gen. Ed. Course - Humanities
3
 
Area of Concentration Course
3
 
Free Elective
3
 

YEAR 3
Courses Hours Prerequisites
RNR 2001 (F) - Dendrology, or
2
“C” or better in RNR 1010,
“C” or better in BIOL 1202
RNR 4020 (S) - Wetland Plants, or
4
BIOL 1202, 1209, 60 earned credits
BIOL 4041 (S) - Plant Taxonomy
4
BIOL 1202, 1209, 60 earned credits
ECON 2030 (F, S) - Economic Principles
3
 
EXST 2201 (F, S) - Intro. To Stats
4
MATH 1021 or equivalent
RNR 3105 (F) - Forest Biology
2
RNR 2101 or 2070, 60 earned credits
RNR 3004 (F, S) - Photogrametry, GPS, and GIS
4
60 earned credits
Area of Concentration Course
14
 
Free Elective
4
 

YEAR 4
Courses Hours Prerequisites
RNR 4101 (F,S) - CAPSTONE: Natural Resources Management, Policy and Human Dimensions
4
Senior status, RNR 2039 or 2071, RNR 3004
Area of Concentration Course
21
 
Free Elective
7
 

Conservation Biology Concentration Courses
Required Courses
Hours
Prerequisites
CHEM 2060 (F, S) - Organic Chem. Survey, or
3
CHEM 1202 or 1422
CHEM 2261 (F, S) - Organic Chem. I, or
3
CHEM 1202 or 1422
PHYS 2001 (F, S) - General Physics
3
 
BIOL 4015 (F, S) - Conservation Biology, or
RNR 4015 (F, S) - Conservation Biology
4
11 hrs biological sciences, genetics recommended, 60 earned credits
ECON 4320 (F)- Environmental Economics, or
3
ECON 2000 and 2010, or ECON 2030,
60 earned credits
RNR 4038 (S)- Forest Resource Economics
3
ECON 2030 or AGEC 2003, 60 earned credits
RNR 3018 (S)- Southeastern Wildlife
4
RNR 2031 or 2072, 60 earned credits
RNR 2031 (F, S)- Principles of Wildlife Mgmt. or
3
RNR 2101 or 2070
RNR 2072 - HONORS
4
RNR 2071
RNR 4103 (S)- Conservation Genetics
3
BIOL 1201 and 1202, 60 earned credits
RNR 4107 (F, S) - Human Dimensions in Natural Resources
3
RNR 2039 or 2072, 6 hrs social science gen. ed. Electives, 60 earned credits
RNR 4150 (F)- Forest Hydrology and Soils
3
AGRO 2051 or instructor's consent, 60 earned credits

Select 1 course of the following
Courses Hours Prerequisites
RNR 4023 (S)- Marine Fishes Resources
3
60 earned credits
RNR 4040 (F)- Fisheries Management
3
60 earned credits

Select 9 hours from the following
Courses Hours Prerequisites
BIOL 4017 (F, S) - Lab. In Con. Bio.
2
BIOL 4015 or RNR 4015, or equivalent
60 earned credits
EMS 3040 (S) - Applied Environmental Management
4
EMS 1011, ENGL 2000, 60 earned credits
GEOG 4078 (S) - Environment and Development
3
EMS 1011, ENGL 2000, 60 earned credits
OCS 3103 (F) - Global Environmental Cycles
3
CHEM 1201, MATH 1550, and BIOL 1201,
or current enrollment, 60 earned credits
RNR 4268 (Summer) - Environment and Natural Resources Policy
3
60 earned credits (inactive)

F = Fall semester, S = Spring semester

revised: 07-Feb-2019 7:05