Natural Resource Ecology and Management

Pre-Veterinary Medicine - Wildlife or 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 interested in more traditional veterinary medicine, with a focus on companion animals or livestock, should check out the LSU School of Animal Science.

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: CHEM 1201.
BIOL 1202 Biology for Science Majors II (3)
BIOL 1209 Biology Laboratory for Science Majors II (1)
CHEM 1201 General Chemistry I (3)
MATH 1550 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (5)1
General Education course - Arts (3)
General Education course - Humanities (3)


Total Semester Hours: 18

 

Semester 3


CRITICAL: MATH 1550.
PHYS 2001 General Physics I (3)
RNR 2101 Ecology of Renewable Natural Resources (3)
RNR 2102 Natural Resource Measurements and GIS (3)
CHEM 1202 General Chemistry (3)
CHEM 1212 General Chemistry Laboratory (2)
RNR 2001 Trees and Woody Plants of the Southeast (2) or
RNR 4020 Taxonomy and Ecology of Wetland Plants (4) or
BIOL 4041 Plant Taxonomy (4)


Total Semester Hours: 16-18

Semester 4


CRITICAL: RNR 1010 /RNR 1071; BIOL 1201.
ENGL 2000 English Composition (3)
CMST 2060 Public Speaking (3)
RNR 2031 Principals of Wildlife Management (3) or
RNR 2072 Honors: Principals of Wildlife Management (4)
PHYS 2002 General Physics II (3)
SOCL 2001 Introductory Sociology (3) or
POLI 2051 American Government (3)
General Education course - Humanities (3)


Total Semester Hours: 18

 

Semester 5


APPLICATIONS FOR LSU SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE ARE DUE DURING THE 5TH SEMESTER. STUDENTS NOT MEETING RECOMMENDED ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES SHOULD SEE THEIR ACADEMIC ADVISOR TO SELECT A 4-YEAR CURRICULUM.
 
CRITICAL: RNR 2101/RNR 2001.
ECON 2030 Economic Principals (3) or
POLI 2051 American Government (3)
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)
BIOL 2051 General Microbiology (4)
CHEM 2060 Survey of Organic Chemistry (3) or
CHEM 2261 Organic Chemistry (3)


Total Semester Hours: 14

Semester 6


STUDENTS ACCEPTED TO THE LSU SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE FOLLOWING THE 6TH SEMESTER WILL COMPLETE SEMESTERS 7 AND 8 AT THE LSU SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE.
 
STUDENTS NOT ACCEPTED TO THE LSU SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE MUST LEAVE THE PRE-VETERINARY MEDICINE AREA OF CONCENTRATION AND MUST SELECT A 4-YEAR CURRICULUM.
 
RNR 4103 Conservation Genetics (3)
RNR 3105 Forest Biology (2)
RNR 3004 Photogrammetry, GPS and GIS (3)
BIOL 2083 The Elements of Biochemistry (3) or
BIOL 4087 Basic Biochemistry (4)
RNR 3018 Ecology and Management of Southeastern Wildlife (4)


Total Semester Hours: 15-16

 

140 TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS

 


 

1- Calculus is required by many graduate schools.
*Students entering the program with 30 or more semester hours will take one additional hour of approved electives in place of AGRI 1001.