Natural Resource Ecology and Management

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.

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)
CHEM 1201 General Chemistry I (3)
MATH 1431 Calculus with Business and Economic Applications (3)1
General Education course - Humanities (3)
General Education course - Arts (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 (4)


Total Semester Hours: 16

Semester 4


CRITICAL: RNR 1010 /RNR 1071; BIOL 1201.
ENGL 2000 English Composition (3)
SOCL 2001 Introductory Sociology (3) or
POLI 2051 American Government (3)
CMST 2060 Public Speaking (3)
General Education course - Humanities (3)
Area of Concentration Courses (4)
Free Elective (1)


Total Semester Hours: 17

 

Semester 5


CRITICAL: RNR 2101/RNR 2001.
RNR/BIOL 4020 Taxonomy and Ecology of Wetland Plants (4)3 or
BIOL 4041 Plant Taxonomy (4)3
ECON 2030 Economic Principals or
POLI 1001 Fundamental Issues of Politics (3) or
POLI 2053 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3) or
POLI 2057 Introduction to International Politics (3)
EXST 2201 Introduction to Statistical Analysis (4)
Area of concentration courses (6)2


Total Semester Hours: 17

Semester 6


RNR 2031 Principles of Wildlife Management (3) or
RNR 2072 HONORS: Principles of Wildlife Management (4) or
RNR 3105 Forest Biology (2)
RNR 4025 Limnology (3)
Area of Concentration Courses (10)2
Free Electives(1-0)


Total Semester Hours: 16

 

Semester 7


Area of concentration courses (16)2


Total Semester Hours: 16

Semester 8


RNR 4101 Integrating Natural Resources Management, Policy and Human Dimensions (4)
Free Electives (11)


Total Semester Hours: 15

 

128 TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS


 

1- Students may elect to take MATH 1550/MATH 1551 in place of MATH 1431.
2- Fisheries and Aquaculture area of concentration courses 4: REQUIRED: CHEM 2060/CHEM 2261/PHYS 2001, BIOL 2051, RNR 2002, RNR 4022, RNR 4023, RNR 4037, RNR 4040, RNR 4061*, RNR 4103, RNR 4106, RNR 4107, RNR 4145.
*Students take 1 hour of RNR 4061.
3- Students seeking federal employment following graduation should consult their academic advisor about federal requirements for animal and plant taxonomy courses.