Fisheries and Aquaculture (FAQM)

MS Renewable Natural Resources

The School of Renewable Natural Resources offers exciting opportunities for students interested in basic and applied research in aquatic systems. The fisheries and aquaculture faculty is committed to working with outstanding graduate students to solve the complex problems that are currently affecting the production and management of aquatic invertebrates and fishes. Pollution, degradation, and loss of freshwater and marine habitats continue to reduce the quantity and quality of our aquatic resources, the diversity and abundance of organisms dependent on these habitats, and the production and harvest of commercially and recreationally important species.

The ecological and economic importance of the world's aquatic resources provides the basis for a diverse research program in fisheries and aquaculture at LSU - take a look at the Fisheries and Aquaculture Faculty members to see the research interests and the different types of research projects currently in progress. We hope you will take the time to contact faculty members concerning potential research opportunities, and will seriously consider joining one of the research projects in the School. Below are the requirements for students seeking a Master of Science in Renewable Natural Resources with an area of concentration in Fisheries and Aquaculture.

The Fisheries and Aquaculture AOC will require a minimum of 9 hours of coursework in addition to the general 9-hour requirement for all M.S. students in the School. The following courses, or demonstration to the student’s Graduate Committee of proficiency in one or more of these courses from previous coursework and experience, are required, and may be included in the 9 hours required for this AOC:

Course Credit
Course Title
RNR 4022 4 Principles of Aquaculture
RNR 4025 3 Limnology
RNR 4037 3 Biology of Fishes
RNR 4040 3 Fisheries Management
RNR 4145 4 Ichthyology


Depending on prior coursework and experience, additional courses will be required to satisfy the 24-hour course requirement for the M.S. degree. The 24-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 Hours Course Title
RNR 7010   Nutrition of Aquatic Animals
RNR 7020 3 Ecology of Fishes
RNR 7025   Advanced Aquaculture
RNR 7026   Shellfisheries aquaculture
RNR 7027   Genetics and Culture of Finfishes
RNR 7029 1-4 Advanced Topics in Renewable Natural Resources
RNR 7036 3 Natural Resource Biometrics and Management
RNR 7424 3 Diseases of Aquatic Animals
BIOL 4052   Phycology
BIOL 4105 3 Parasitology
BIOL 7080 3 Population Ecology
BIOL 7083 3 Community Ecology
BIOL 7120 3 Marine Ecology
EXST 7024   Biological Population Statistics I
EXST 7025 3 Biological Population Statistics II
EXST 7035   Applied Least Squares
EXST 7036 3 Categorical Data Analysis
EXST 7037 3 Multivariate Statistics


Programs for the Master's degree must be completed within five years of entrance into the program.


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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