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Undergraduate Program

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

The School of Renewable Natural Resources offers a B.S in Natural Resource Ecology and Management. The curriculum is diverse with opportunities to study wetlands, wildlife, conservation biology, fisheries, aquaculture, forestry, habitat management, and law enforcement. Additionally, students in this program may prepare for careers as wildlife-oriented veterinarians. This program differs from traditional biology programs by integrating a hands-on approach to learning and introducing resource policy, regulations, and human aspects of resource research and management. Students in this program can expect field experiences in forests, wetlands, and in the water. Importantly, unlike similar programs, the focus will be on habitats, animal populations and communities, people management, and less on individual animals in this program.


The B.S. in Natural Resource Ecology and Management curriculum is designed to offer students the opportunity to be certified professional scientists by The Wildlife Society, American Fisheries Society, the Society of Wetland Scientists, or the Society of American Foresters. The Forest Resource Management area of concentration is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). Graduates work for state or federal wildlife and fisheries or land management agencies, non-governmental organizations (e.g., The Nature Conservancy), private or publicly-held environmental consulting firms, or pursue veterinary school or graduate education toward advanced, research-oriented degrees.



Unique facilities and resources are one of the hallmarks of the B.S in Natural Resource Ecology and Management. Students will have the opportunity to take courses and have access to the School’s Lee Memorial Forest that has dorms and teaching facilities and is an actively managed forest. Additionally, the School has vans and trucks for off-campus field trips and activities.

Students in the B.S in Natural Resources Ecology and Management have nine options for specialization (Areas of Concentration - AoCs). Click each for a description of the program below. A link to an example curriculum is provided.

Three options are oriented to the management of animal populations and their habitats:
Conservation Biology
Fisheries and Aquaculture
Wildlife Ecology

Two options focus on conservation and restoration of habitats:
Ecological Restoration
Wetland Science

Three options prepare students for habitat and forest management:
Forest Resources Management
Forest Enterprise
Wildlife Habitat Conservation Management

One option prepares students for veterinary school:
Pre-Veterinary Medicine/Wildlife & Fisheries


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.

Specializations include these Areas of Concentration:

Conservation Biology
Students in this specialization are interested stopping loss (conserving) rare, uncommon, threatened, or endangered species. Students are interested in learning about habitat manipulations and genetic approaches to enhancing these species.

An example curriculum for an area of concentration in Conservation Biology (B.S in Natural Resources Ecology and Management, NREM) is provided HERE.
Fisheries and Aquaculture
Students are prepared for managing, conserving, and enhancing populations of aquatic organisms in the wild or through the use of aquaculture. Commercial aspects of fisheries and aquaculture also will be explored.

An example curriculum for an area of concentration in Fisheries and Aquaculture (B.S in Natural Resources Ecology and Management, NREM) is provided HERE.
Wildlife Ecology
Students study a broader range of wildlife than other specializations, including recreationally and culturally important game species and ecologically important non-game species. Students participate in a two-week camp off-campus at Lee Memorial Forest. Students are generally preparing for pursuit of advanced degrees.

An example curriculum for an area of concentration in Wildlife Ecology (B.S in Natural Resources Ecology and Management, NREM) is provided HERE.
Wetland Science
The Wetland Science Area of Concentration was designed for students who wish to specialize in wetlands, which are valued as wildlife and fish habitat, for maintaining water quality, and for economic benefits.

An example curriculum for an area of concentration in Wetland Science (B.S in Natural Resources Ecology and Management, NREM) is provided HERE.
Ecological Restoration
Students in this specialization are interested in using the principles of forestry and natural resource management to conserve and restore impacted landscapes.

An example curriculum for an area of concentration in Ecological Restoration (B.S in Natural Resources Ecology and Management, NREM) is provided HERE.
 
Forest Resource Management
Students are prepared for the diverse challenges of managing forested landscapes for various sustainable uses. This area of concentration has been accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF) since 1937, and student with this AOC can become certified foresters.

An example curriculum for an area of concentration in Forest Resource Management (B.S in Natural Resources Ecology and Management, NREM) is provided HERE.
Forest Enterprise
Students in this specialization focus on the business aspects of forestry and wood products. Forestry is the largest agricultural sector in Louisiana, and forest products and enterprises contribute greatly to local, state, and national economies.

An example curriculum for an area of concentration in Forest Enterprise (B.S in Natural Resources Ecology and Management, NREM) is provided HERE.
Wildlife Habitat Conservation and Management
Students in this concentration are interested in managing habitats to promote wildlife. Compared with other wildlife concentrations, students in this concentration gain greater experience with forest management including an 8-week forestry camp off-campus at Lee Memorial Forest.

An example curriculum for an area of concentration in Wildlife Habitat Conservation and Management (B.S in Natural Resources Ecology and Management, NREM) is provided HERE.
Pre-Veterinary Medicine - Wildlife & Fisheries
Students are preparing for a career as a wildlife or zoo veterinarian. These veterinarians do not typically work in clinics. Rather, these veterinarians work for state or federal agencies, non-governmental environmental organizations, wildlife rehabilitation facilities, or zoos and aquariums. This option includes all of the courses required for application to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. Students interest in more traditional veterinary medicine, with a focus on companion animals or livestock, should check out the LSU School of Animal Science.

An example curriculum for an area of concentration in Pre-Veterinary Medicine - Wildlife & Fisheries (B.S in Natural Resources Ecology and Management, NREM) is provided HERE.


Scholarships

A number of scholarships are offered to students in the program in addition to those offered by the College of Agriculture and LSU. After 14 days of class, in the Fall Semester, the scholarship committee meets and awards scholarships based on G.P.A. and individual scholarship requirements. In any given year, 15-20 scholarships may be awarded. Scholarship information (LSU, College of Agriculture, and the School of Renewable Natural Resources) is provided here.

Contact Information

For More Information on our Undergraduate Program-

Dr. Mike Kaller
Associate Research Professor and
Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs
119 Renewable Natural Resources Bldg
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

email: mkalle1 [at] lsu [dot] edu

revised: 17-Jan-2017 14:58