Graduate Certificate in Fisheries Science and Assessment

The purpose is to further train professionals (post baccalaureates) already in the workforce and to enhance the education of LSU graduate students by providing a set of specific courses tailored to current issues in fisheries science and management. Upon completion of the certificate, the students will have multi-disciplinary training in fisheries science and assessment, which is in high demand in government and private industry such as environmental consulting. Upon graduation completion of the Certificate Program will be noted, along with the courses taken, on the students transcripts.

Students will be required to take 18 hours of courses, including three (9 credits) required courses. The electives will be from at least three of five topic areas (resource management, resource economics, human dimensions, quantitative methods, and fish ecology) to ensure the breadth of their training, but can be tailored to the specific interests of the student.

All students in the Program will be required to take an FSAC Capstone Course (3 credits). The course will vary in emphasis from week to week and year-to-year depending upon currents issues. All students working to complete the Certificate must enroll in the capstone class designed to encourage exchange of ideas across disciplines. Students will be required to prepare a written document and make an oral presentation to enhance their communication skills.

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