Doctorate in Renewable Natural Resources
The School of Renewable Natural Resources offers a Graduate education to students who wish to discover the natural world and ways to improve the management of renewable resources, protect biodiversity, and promote conservation of diverse ecosystems. Two graduate curricula (Masters and Ph.D.) are available that provide students with advanced education in five areas of concentration: Fisheries and Aquaculture, Forest Products, Forestry and Forest Resources, Watershed Science, or Wildlife. In addition to the degree programs, graduate minors are also available in "Renewable Natural Resources" and "Interdepartmental Studies in Wetland Ecology and Restoration."
Admission to the LSU Graduate School is necessary for entrance into the Graduate Program in the School of Renewable Natural Resources. Information on admissions, applications, fees, tuition, and deadlines is available on the LSU Graduate School website.
Doctor of Philosophy in Renewable Natural Resources
The Ph.D. Degree in Renewable Natural Resources is a new degree in the School of Renewable Natural Resources, which will result from the consolidation of two of the School’s historic Ph.D. degrees (Forestry-PFOR, Wildlife and Fisheries Science-PWFS). The Ph.D. degree in the School of Renewable Natural Resources is a unique degree program that is not offered at any other Louisiana university.
Graduates of the Ph.D. program will pursue science-based careers primarily in academia, but will be qualified to become leaders in industrial organizations, local, state, and federal governments, non-governmental organizations, and consulting firms. Surveys of RNR graduates have shown that job demand is sufficient for successful placement of all graduates as natural resource professionals in Louisiana as well as nationally and internationally.
For the Ph.D in Renewable Natural Resources, five areas of concentration are also available: fisheries and aquaculture, forestry and forest resources, forest products, and wildlife (as for the Masters degree) plus the addition of Watershed Science . The Ph.D. in Renewable Natural Resources is also includes the availability of the Graduate Minor in Interdepartmental Studies in Wetland Ecology and Restoration. Information on all of these choices is available below.
Areas of Concentration
- Fisheries and Aquaculture (FAQP)
- Forestry and Forest Resources (FRSP)
- Forest Products (FPDP)
- Watershed Science (WSCP)
- Wildlife (WLDP)
- Interdepartmental Studies in Wetland Ecology and Restoration
The minimum course requirement for the Ph.D. in Renewable Natural Resources is 34 semester hours of graduate credit (exclusive of RNR 8000 and RNR 9000) beyond the baccalaureate degree, plus 20 hours of RNR 9000 (dissertation research). Some of the required coursework can be transferred from graduate programs at other universities, subject to approval by the committee.
The following courses or evidence of their equivalence determined by the full advisory committee must be completed for the Ph.D. degree:
|RNR 7001||3||Research Methodology
(taken the first available semester)
|EXST 7004 or 7005||4||Statistical Techniques I|
|EXST 7014 or 7015||4||Statistical Techniques II|
|RNR 7070 (Fisheries)||1||Graduate Seminar (2 semesters required)|
|RNR 7071 (Forestry)||1||Graduate Seminar (2 semesters required)|
|RNR 7072 (Wildlife)||1||Graduate Seminar (2 semesters required)|
For More Information
William E. Kelso, Ph.D.
Associate Director and Graduate Coordinator
F.O. Bateman Professor of Renewable Natural Resources
School of Renewable Natural Resources
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
118 RNR Building, Baton Rouge, LA 70803