Natural Resource Ecology and Management

 

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.

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


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 - Arts (3)
General Education course - Social Sciences (3)


Total Semester Hours: 16

 

Semester 3


CRITICAL: CHEM 1201.
CHEM 1202 General Chemistry (3)
AGEC 2003 Introduction to Agricultural Economics (3)
CMST 2060 Public Speaking (3)
RNR 2001 Trees and Woody Plants of the Southeast (2)
RNR 2101 Ecology of Renewable Natural Resources (3) or
RNR 2070 HONORS: Ecology of Renewable Natural Resources (4)
Area of concentration courses (2)2


Total Semester Hours: 16

Semester 4


CRITICAL: RNR 1010/RNR 1071; BIOL 1201.
RNR 2039 Introduction to Renewable Natural Resource Policy (3) or
RNR 2071 HONORS: Introduction to Renewable Natural Resources Policy (4)
EXST 2201 Introduction to Statistical Analysis (4)
ENGL 2000 English Composition (3)
Area of concentration courses (7)2


Total Semester Hours: 17

 

Semester 5


CRITICAL: RNR 2101/RNR 2001.
RNR 2102 Natural Resource Measurements and GIS (3)
Area of concentration courses (7)2
General Education courses - Humanities (6)3


Total Semester Hours: 16

Semester 6


Area of concentration courses (13)2, 4
Free Electives (4)


Total Semester Hours: 17

 

Semester 7


Area of concentration courses (9)2
Free Electives (6)


Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 8


RNR 4101 Integrating Natural Resources Management, Policy and Human Dimensions (4)
RNR 4900 Watershed Hydrology (3)
Area of concentration courses (9)2


Total Semester Hours: 16

 

128 TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS

 


 

1- Students may take MATH 1550/MATH 1551 in place of MATH 1431.
2- Forest Enterprise area of concentration courses: ACCT 2001, BLAW 3201, CHEM 1212, MGT 3200, RNR 2003, RNR 2043, RNR 3002, RNR 3034, RNR 3036, RNR 3037, RNR 3040, RNR 3041*, RNR 3105, RNR 4001, RNR 4036, RNR 4038. *Must take three different sections of RNR 3041 (one credit hour each) or a combination of RNR 3038, RNR 3039, or RNR 3041 for a total of three credit hours. RNR 3002 and RNR 4001 must be completed in the fall before spring courses RNR 3034, RNR 3036, RNR 3037, RNR 3040, RNR 3041 and RNR 3105.
 
Select 12 hours from: AGEC 3003, AGEC 3413, AGEC 4403, AGEC 4443**, FIN 3352, FIN 3353, FIN 3440, or RNR 4107. ** A minimum of 9 hours of AGEC may be selected.
 
3– Students interested in professional certification in forestry, participation in required forestry camp courses, or graduate or professional school are advised to take PHIL 2020 as one general education humanities course.
4– The 6th semester is intended to include the 8 week field camp experience (RNR 3034, RNR 3036, RNR 3037, RNR 3040, RNR 3041) preceded by 8 week on-campus courses (RNR 3103, RNR 3105). Students shall only enroll in 8 week area of concentration and 8 week elective courses during this semester and shall expect to be off campus extended period of time, including overnight trips, during the second 8 weeks.