Natural Resource Ecology & Management (BS)

Louisiana State University

Date Posted: Nov. 2, 2018
Submitted by: Claire Pope
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Baccalaureate degree


The School of Renewable Natural Resources offers a B.S in Natural Resource Ecology and Management. The curriculum is diverse with opportunities to study wetlands, wildlife, conservation biology, fisheries, aquaculture, forestry, habitat management, and law enforcement. Additionally, students in this program may prepare for careers as wildlife-oriented veterinarians. This program differs from traditional biology programs by integrating a hands-on approach to learning and introducing resource policy, regulations, and human aspects of resource research and management. Students in this program can expect field experiences in forests, wetlands, and in the water. Importantly, unlike similar programs, the focus will be on habitats, animal populations and communities, people management, and less on individual animals in this program.

The B.S. in Natural Resource Ecology and Management curriculum is designed to offer students the opportunity to be certified professional scientists by The Wildlife Society, American Fisheries Society, the Society of Wetland Scientists, or the Society of American Foresters. The Forest Resource Management area of concentration is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). Graduates work for state or federal wildlife and fisheries or land management agencies, non-governmental organizations (e.g., The Nature Conservancy), private or publicly-held environmental consulting firms, or pursue veterinary school or graduate education toward advanced, research-oriented degrees.

Students in the B.S in Natural Resources Ecology and Management have nine options for specialization (Areas of Concentration - AoCs). Conservation Biology Fisheries and Aquaculture Wildlife Ecology Ecological Restoration Wetland Science Forest Resources Management Forest Enterprise Wildlife Habitat Conservation Management * Pre-Veterinary Medicine/Wildlife & Fisheries