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Wildlife Habitat Conservation & Management

B.S. NREM: Area of Concentration

NUMBER OF HOURS: 128

The Natural Resource Ecology and Management concentration in Wildlife Habitat Conservation and Management is designed for students interested in conserving, managing, and restoring habitats to promote fish, wildlife, and animal biodiversity. Students will receive additional exposure into the theories and practice of forest land and wetland classification, manipulation, and conservation strategies than other areas of concentration in natural resources ecology and management. Students also will have the opportunity to take off-campus courses at Lee Memorial Forest and the Louisiana University Marine Consortium (LUMCON) through this area of concentration.

Students from this area of concentration may anticipate employment with state or federal agencies that regulate and/or directly manage land and land uses, governmental agencies involved in restoration, private environmental consulting firms that provide technical assistance to landowners, and non-governmental organizations that manage lands or provide technical assistance to public and private landowners. Many students in this area of concentration will pursue advanced degrees prior to employment.

The Wildlife Habitat Conservation and Management area of concentration meets the standards for accreditation under Society of American Foresters' (SAF) traditional Forestry program.

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

The forestry program in RNR has been continuously accredited by SAF since 1936, the first year SAF started its 81-year-old accreditation program. 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, or
3
 
CHEM 1422 (F,S)- HONORS
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 Geometry and Calculus
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 RNR, 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
7
 
Free Elective
2
 

Year 3
Courses Hours Prerequisites
AGEC 2003 (F,S) - Ag. Economics
3
 
EXST 2201 (F,S) - Introduction To Stats
4
MATH 1021 or equivalent
RNR 3004 (F,S) - Photogrammetry, GPS, GIS
3
 
Area of Concentration Courses
17
 
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
22 - 24
 
Free Elective
5 - 7
 

Wildlife Habitat Conservation & Management 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. 1, or
3
CHEM 1201 or 1422
PHYS 2001 (F,S) - Gen. Physics 1
3
MATH 1022 or 1023 or 1550 or 1551
RNR 2001 (F) - Trees and Woody Plants of the Southeast
2
"C" or better in BIOL 1202, 1209, and RNR 1010 or 1071
RNR 2043- Wood Science and Forest Products
3
Currently inactive
RNR 3002 (F) - Silviculture
2
RNR 2101, 60 earned credits
RNR 3034 (S) - Field Studies in Dendrology
1
RNR 2001, 60 earned credits,
CAMP SEQUENCE - 2nd 8 weeks
RNR 3036 (S) - Field Studies in Mensuration
2
RNR 3103, 60 earned credits,
CAMP SEQUENCE - 2nd 8 weeks
RNR 3040 (S) - Silviculture Prescriptions
1
RNR 3002 and 3103, 60 earned credits,
CAMP SEQUENCE - 2nd 8 weeks
RNR 3041 (S) - Field Studies in Forested Wetlands
1
60 earned credits,
CAMP SEQUENCE - 2nd 8 weeks
RNR 3103 (S) - Forest Biometrics
2
RNR 2102, EXST 2201, MATH 1431, 60 earned credits, CAMP SEQUENCE - 1st 8 weeks
RNR 3105 (F) - Forest Biology
2
RNR 2101 or 2070, 60 earned credits,
CAMP SEQUENCE - 1st 8 weeks
RNR 3018 (S) - Ecology and Mgmt. of Southeastern Wildlife
4
RNR 2031 or 2072, 60 earned credits
RNR 4001 (F) - Silviculture Lab
1
RNR 3002, 60 earned credits
RNR 4033 (F) - Silviculture and Mgmt. of Hardwoods
4
RNR 3002, 60 earned credits
RNR 4036 (F) - Forest Management
4
ECON 2030 or AGEC 2003, RNR 3036, 3037, 3040, 60 earned credits
RNR 4038 (S) - Forest Resource Economics
3
ECON 2030 or AGEC 2003, 60 earned credits
RNR 4103 (F) - Conservation Genetics
3
BIOL 1201 and 1202, 60 earned credits
RNR 4107 (F) - Human Dimension in Natural Resources
3
RNR 2039 or 2072, 6hrs. 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
Required Courses Hours Prerequisites
RNR 3108 (S) - Case Studies in Habitat Restoration
2
RNR 2101 or 2070, 60 earned credits
AGRO 2051 (F,S) - Soil Science
4
CHEM 1002 or 1212 or equivalent, 60 earned credits

Select ONE of the following
Required Courses Hours Prerequisites
RNR 4032 (S) - Forest Fire Protection and Use
2
60 earned credits, CAMP SEQUENCE- 1st 8 weeks
RNR 3106 (S) - Timber Harvesting
2
60 earned credits,
CAMP SEQUENCE- Fall prior to camp
RNR 3107 (F) - Wood Procurement
2
60 earned credits, CAMP SEQUENCE- 1st 8 weeks

F = Fall semester, S = Spring semester

revised: 07-Feb-2019 7:05