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Undergraduate Program

B.S, Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM)


Students may choose one of nine Areas of Concentration (AoC's).

Course Descriptions are available HERE.
Download a list of current course descripitons for te 2019-2020 academic year HERE.

Six NREM Areas of Concentration (AoCs) Receive Accreditation from the Society of American Foresters

[Jan 2017] Six areas of concentration are now accredited by the Society of American Foresters.

Three of the AoCs (Forest Resource Management, Forest Enterprise, and Wildlife Habitat Conservation and Management) meet the standards for accreditation under SAF’s traditional Forestry program. The other three AoCs (Conservation Biology, Ecological Restoration, and Wetland Science) meet the standards for accreditation under SAF’s 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 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.

Certification and Licensure

Whereas licensure or certification may be available in this field of study, our program does not directly or automatically lead to such licensure or certification upon graduation. Depending on concentration, the professional preparation that you receive in our program meets the educational requirements for certification as an Associate/Certified Fisheries Professional, Associate/Certified Wildlife Biologist, Professional Wetland Scientist, Certified Forester, or a state licensed forester, and the program may still assist you in such pursuits; however, the certification and licensure process falls under the jurisdiction of the individual professional society issuing the certification or jurisdiction of the licensing board for the state, territory, or foreign entity in which a forester practices. Those individuals pursuing state forester licensure or Certified Forester should enroll in certain concentrations in this program that are accredited for forestry and natural resource areas by the Society of American Foresters. If you intend to obtain such credentialing, we strongly advise you to contact the applicable professional society (American Fisheries Society, Society of American Foresters, Society of Wetland Scientists, or The Wildlife Society) to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements, which frequently include additional non-coursework requirements. For state forester licensure information, we strongly advise you to contact the Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, Vermont, or West Virginia state boards of licensure and regulation. Alternatively, you are welcome to contact Dr. Michael Kaller (mkalle1@lsu.edu) with questions in this regard, and we will do our best to assist you in your career planning.

For More Information on our Undergraduate Program-


Dr. Mike Kaller
George William Barineau Jr. Professor and
Curriculum Coordinator,
105 Renewable Natural Resources Bldg
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

email: mkalle1 [at] lsu [dot] edu

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