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Wetland Science

B.S. NREM: Area of Concentration

NUMBER OF HOURS: 128

The Wetland Science area of concentration in the School of Renewable Natural Resources is designed for students who wish to specialize in wetlands, valued as wildlife and fish habitats, for maintaining water quality, and for other economic benefits. Graduates can anticipate working for private or government agencies that manage, restore and/or regulate wetlands, for businesses that delineate wetlands, plan and manage mitigation banks, or plan and construct restoration projects. Course work follows guidelines for professional certification by the Society of Wetland Scientists upon graduation. Many students in this area of concentration will pursue advanced degrees prior to employment.

The Wetland Science 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 Ag.
1
1st semester students only
ENGL 1001(F,S) - English Comp.
3
 
MATH 1021 (F,S) - College Algebra
3
 
BIOL 1201 (F,S) - Biology I for Science Majors
3
ACT of 23 or higher or CHEM 1201
BIOL 1208 (F,S) - Biology Lab I for Science Majors
1
Credit or enrollment in BIOL 1201
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
3
MATH 1021 or MATH 1022
MATH 1550 (F,S) - Analytic Geo. And Calc.
5
Appropriate ALEKS score
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.- Arts
3
 
Gen. Ed.- Humanities
3
 

Year 2
Courses Hours Prerequisites
RNR 2039 (F,S) - Introduction to RNR Policy, or
3
"C" or better in BIOL 1202, 1209, and RNR 1010 or 1071
RNR 2071 (F,S) - HONORS
4
RNR 2070
CHEM 1202 (F,S) - Gen. Chem. II
3
CHEM 1201 or 1421
RNR 2101 (F,S) - Ecology of Renewable Natural Resources, or
3
"C" or better in BIOL 1202, 1209, and RNR 1010 or 1071
RNR 2070 (F,S) - HONORS
4
BIOL 1503, RNR 1071
RNR 2102 (F,S) - Measurements and GIS
3
"C" or better in BIOL 1202, 1209, and RNR 1010 or 1071
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) - Introduction Sociology, or
POLI 2051 (F,S) - American Government
3
 
Gen. Ed.- Humanities
3
 
Area of Concentration Course
6
 

Year 3
Courses Hours Prerequisites
RNR 2001 (F) - Dendrology, or
2
"C" or better in BIOL 1202, 1209, and RNR 1010 or 1071
BIOL 4041 (S) - Plant Taxonomy
4
BIOL 1202, 1209, 60 earned credits
ECON 2030 (F,S) - Economic Principles, or
POLI 1001 (F,S) - Issues of Politics,or
POLI 2053 (F,S) - Comparative Politics, or
POLI 2057 (F,S) - International Politics
3
 
EXST 2201 (F,S) - Introduction To Stats
4
MATH 1021 or equivalent
RNR 3105 (F) - Forest Biology
2
RNR 2101 or 2070, 60 earned credits
AGRO 2051 (F,S) - Soil Science
4
CHEM 1002 or equivalent, CHEM 1212
Area of Concentration Course
11 - 16
 
Gen. Ed.- Humanities
3
 
Free Elective
0 - 3
 

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
29
 

Wetland Science 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, or
3
MATH 1022 or 1023 or 1550 or 1551
PHIL 1021 (F,S) - Introduction to Logic
3
 
OCS 4165 (S) - Environmental Chemistry of Wetlands
3
CHEM 2060 or equivalent, 60 earned credits
RNR 3002 (F) - Silviculture
2
RNR 2101, 60 earned credits
RNR 3004 (F, S) - Photogrammetry, GPS, and GIS
60 earned credits
RNR 3108 (S) - Case Studies in Habitat Restoration
2
RNR 2101 or 2070, 60 earned credits
RNR 4013 (F) - Ecology and Mgmt. of Wetland Wildlife
4
60 earned credits
BIOL 4020 (S) - Wetland Plants, or
4
BIOL 1202, 1209, 60 earned credits
RNR 4020 (S) - Wetland Plants
4
BIOL 1202, 1209, 60 earned credits
RNR 4033 (F) - Silviculture and Mgmt. of Hardwoods
4
RNR 3002, 60 earned credits
RNR 4103 (S) - Conservation Genetics
3
BIOL 1201, 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 ONE of the following
Courses Hours Prerequisites
RNR 4023 (S) - Marine Fisheries
3
60 earned credits
RNR 4040 (F) - Fisheries Management
3
60 earned credits

Select ONE of the following
Courses Hours Prerequisites
OCS 4308 (F) - Plants in Coastal Environments
3
1 semester course in bio or ecology, or consent of instructor, 60 earned credits
OCS 4465 (F) - Coastal Zone Management
3
60 earned credits
OCS 4560 - Wetland Loss, Restoration, and Mgmt.
3
Currently inactive, 2 courses in science above 2000 level, 60 earned credits

Select ONE of the following pairs
Courses
Hours
Prerequisites

The goal is to pair two wildlife course (RNR 2031 and RNR 4011) or two fisheries courses (RNR 2002 and RNR 4023/4040). Students are advised against mixing courses.

RNR 2031 (F, S) - Principles of Wildlife Mgmt. and
3
RNR 2101
RNR 4011 (F) - Wildlife Mgmt. Techniques
4
RNR 2031 or, RNR 2072 and EXST 2201, RNR 3018, 60 earned credits
RNR 2002 (S) - Intro to Fisheries and Aquaculture, and
3
 
RNR 4023 (S) - Marine Fisheries
3
60 earned credits
RNR 2002 (S) - Intro to Fisheries and Aquaculture, and
3
 
RNR 4040 (F) - Fisheries Management
3
60 earned credits

F = Fall semester, S = Spring semester

revised: 07-Feb-2019 7:05