Natural Resource Ecology and Management

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.

Career Possibilities: aquaculture specialist, conservation biologist, environmental lawyer (with additional education), wildlife or fisheries biologist or ecologist, wildlife or fisheries veterinarian (with additional education), wildlife law enforcement officer, forester, wetland scientist.


 

Semester 1


CRITICAL: MATH 1021.
AGRI 1001 Introduction to Agriculture (1)
ENGL 1001 English Composition (3)
MATH 1021 College Algebra (3)
BIOL 1201 Biology for Science Majors I (3)
BIOL 1208 Biology Laboratory for Science Majors I (1)
RNR 1010 Introduction to Natural Resource Ecology and Management (4) or
RNR 1071 HONORS: Introduction to Natural Resource Ecology and Management (4)


Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 2


CRITICAL: MATH 1431.
BIOL 1202 Biology for Science Majors II (3)
BIOL 1209 Biology Laboratory for Science Majors II (1)
MATH 1431 Calculus with Business and Economic Applications (3)1
CHEM 1201 General Chemistry I (3)
General Education course - Arts (3)
General Education course - Humanities (3)


Total Semester Hours: 16

 

Semester 3


CRITICAL: CHEM 1201.
RNR 2039 Introduction to Renewable Natural Resource Policy (3) or
RNR 2071 HONORS: Introduction to Renewable Natural Resources Policy (4)
RNR 2101 Ecology of Renewable Natural Resources (3) or
RNR 2070 HONORS: Ecology of Renewable Natural Resources (4)
RNR 2102 Natural Resource Measurements and GIS (3)
CHEM 1202 General Chemistry (3)
Free Elective (3)


Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 4


CRITICAL:  RNR 1010 /RNR 1071; BIOL 1201.
ENGL 2000 English Composition (3)
CMST 2060 Public Speaking (3)
SOCL 2001 Introductory Sociology (3) or
POLI 2051 American Government (3)
General Education course - Humanities (3)
Area of Concentration Course (3)2
Free Electives (3)


Total Semester Hours: 18

Semester 5


CRITICAL: RNR 2101/RNR 2001.
RNR 2001 Trees and Woody Plants of the Southeast (2) or
RNR/BIOL 4020 Taxonomy and Ecology of Wetland Plants (4)3 or
BIOL 4041 Plant Taxonomy (4)3
ECON 2030 Economic Principals (3)
EXST 2201 Introduction to Statistical Analysis (4)
Area of Concentration Courses (5)2
Free Electives (2-0)


Total Semester Hours: 16

Semester 6


RNR 3105 Forest Biology (2)
RNR 3004 Photogrammetry, GPS and GIS (3)
Area of Concentration Courses (9)2
Free Electives (2)


Total Semester Hours: 16

 

Semester 7


Area of Concentration Courses (11)2
Free Electives (5)


Total Semester Hours: 16

Semester 8


RNR 4101 Integrating Natural Resources Management, Policy and Human Dimensions (4)
Area of Concentration Courses (10)2
Free Electives (2)


Total Semester Hours: 16

 

120 TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS

 


 

1- Students may elect to take MATH 1550/MATH 1551 in place of MATH 1431.
2- Conservation Biology area of concentration courses: REQUIRED: CHEM 2060/CHEM 2261/PHYS 2001, BIOL 4015/RNR 4015, ECON 4320 or RNR 4038, RNR 2031/RNR 2072, RNR 3018, RNR 4103, RNR 4107, RNR 4150. Select nine hours from: BIOL 4017, EMS 3040, ENVS 4261, GEOG 4078, OCS 3103, OCS 4600, RNR4268. Select one course from the following: RNR 4023 or RNR 4040.
3- Students seeking federal employment following graduation should consult their academic advisor about federal requirements for animal and plant taxonomy courses.