Forestry and Forest Resources (FRSP)

Ph.D Renewable Natural Resources

The School of Renewable Natural Resources is proud to offer an array of forestry and forest products related research areas for students to explore during their pursuit of an advanced degree. The faculty listed below look forward to working with dedicated, high quality students to address research problems and increase scientific information useful in managing, sustaining, and protecting our forest ecosystems and their productivity.

We invite you to e-mail or call faculty members with expertise in your areas of interest and ask questions that are important to you. Renewable natural resource research, as related to forest ecosystems, their productivity and the associated social and economic need is changing dramatically. Our state and nation need students interested in helping to resolve problems and expand our knowledge of these ecosystems and their products. We hope you will join us in "making a difference". Below is information and the general requirements for students seeking a Doctor of Philosophy in Renewable Natural Resource with an area of concentration in Forestry and Forest Resources.

The Forestry and Forest Resources AOC will require a minimum of 15 hours of coursework in addition to the general 9-hour requirement for all Ph.D. students in the School.  The required courses will be tailored to the student's area of research by the graduate committee.  It is anticipated that these 15 hours will come from the following courses in the School:

Course Credit
Course Title
RNR 4020 4 Taxonomy and Ecology of Wetland Plants
RNR 4025 3 Limnology
RNR 4032 2 Forest Fire Protection and Use
RNR 4033 4 Silviculture and Management of Hardwoods
RNR 4036 4 Forest Management
RNR 4038 3 Forest Resource Economics
RNR 4102   Quantitative Silviculture
RNR 4103 3 Conservation Genetics
RNR 4107 3 Human Dimensions in Natural Resources
RNR 4900 3 Watershed Hydrology
RNR 7002   Advanced Silviculture
RNR 7036   Advanced Topics in Forest Biometrics and Forest Management
RNR 7151   Watershed Hydrology and Floodplain Analysis
RNR 7029 1-4 Advanced Topics in Renewable Natural Resources


Depending on prior coursework and experience, additional courses will be required to satisfy the 34-hour course requirement for the Ph.D. degree. The 34-hour total may include no more than 6 hours of RNR 7029 (Advanced Topics in Renewable Natural Resources). Additional courses required for each student’s program of study will be determined by the graduate committee. These courses will typically be selected from the list below, but may include other courses with committee approval.

Course Credit
Course Title
AGRO 4052 4 Soil Fertility and Management
AGRO 4058 4 Soil Morphology and Classification
AGRO 4077 3 Environmental Soil Physics
AGRO 7051 4 Advanced Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
AGRO 7057   Advanced Soil Physics
BIOL 4024   Plant Anatomy
BIOL 4034   Morphology of Vascular Plants
BIOL 7061 3 Plant Growth and Development
BIOL 7065   Transport Processes in Plants
ECON 7610 3 Mathematics for Economists
ECON 7630 3 Econometric Methods I
ECON 7631 3 Econometric Methods II
ECON 7710   Price Theory I
ECON 7720   Price Theory II
ENTM 4100 3 Insect Behavior
ENTM 4040 3 Insect Ecology
EXST 7031 3 Experimental Design
EXST 7034 3 Regression Analysis
EXST 7037 3 Multivariate Statistics
EXST 7038   Statistical Methods for Spatial Data
GEOG 4022 3 Geomorphology
GEOG 4047 3 Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 4045 3 Environmental Remote Sensing
GEOG 4082   Biogeography
GEOG 4085   Tropical and Subtropical Biogeography
IE 4461 3 Human Factors of Engineering
IE 4462 3 Safety Engineering
MGT 7111   Entrepreneurship Management


Dr. William Kelso
F.O. Bateman Professor and
Coordinator of Graduate Studies and Research
118 Renewable Natural Resources Bldg
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

phone: 225-578-4176

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