Protected Areas Management

Providing students with a solid understanding of ecology, this major prepares students to manage and develop forest areas for economic, recreational, and ecological purposes. Forest Resources and Conservation students study natural resource management and analysis, soil and water sciences, plant identification, law and policy, fire management, and natural resource economics.

About this Program

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

School Information

The School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences is a unit within the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS). The school is home to three distinct yet integrated program areas: Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Forest Resources and Conservation, and Geomatics. The school’s faculty, staff, and students conduct research, teaching, and extension that cuts across a wide range of environments and disciplines.
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P.O. Box 110410
1745 McCarty Drive
136 NEWINS-ZIEGLER HALL
GAINESVILLE FL 32611-0410
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 Curriculum

Related Programs 

Specializations

Forest Resource Management

Accredited by the Society of American Foresters and is for students seeking careers as professional forest resource managers who apply science-based strategies to managing publicly and privately-owned forest lands.

Urban Forestry

Accredited by the Society of American Foresters and is for students with interests in forest management in the typically local-scale forests in urban-suburban landscapes, and at the interface of urban and undeveloped lands.

Environmental Pre-Law

Accredited by the Society of American Foresters and provides a solid basis of forest and natural resources science and management upon which is built a broad introduction to the policies, ethics, and processes affecting the use of natural resources.

Protected Areas Management

Accredited by the Society of American Foresters and is for students interested in managing lands for conservation and restoration purposes, usually on public lands managed by the government or by lands owned by private conservation organizations.

Recreation Resources Management

Accredited by the Society of American Foresters and focuses on the sustainable management of recreation lands as a natural resource and understanding human dimensions as related to their use.

Forest Business Management

Accredited by the Society of American Foresters and gives students a sound background in natural resource management and a broad introduction to business as appropriate for students interested in consulting, real estate or working for forest industry.

Watershed Science and Management

Prepares students to address the many and varied management issues associated with water resources, including wetlands, soils, policy, and water quality.

Protected Areas Management

This specialization is for students interested in managing lands for conservation and restoration purposes, usually on public lands managed by the government or by lands owned by private conservation organizations.

Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for progress toward each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

Semester 1

Semester 2

  • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses
  • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 3

  • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses
  • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 4

  • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses
  • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 5

  • Complete all 7 critical-tracking courses
  • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 upper division GPA required
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 6

Semester 7

Semester 8

  • Complete all remaining required major courses
  • 2.0 upper division GPA required
  • 2.0  UF GPA required

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
Select one: 3
Basic Chemistry Concepts and Applications 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Biological and Physical Sciences)  
General Chemistry 1 (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Biological and Physical Sciences)  
FOR 2662 Forests for the Future (Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences; recommended course) 3
State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Semester Two
BSC 2010
2010L
Integrated Principles of Biology 1
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1 (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Biological and Physical Sciences)
4
MAC 1105 Basic College Algebra (Critical Tracking; or higher; State Core Gen Ed Mathematics) 3
FAS 2024 Sustainable Fisheries (recommended elective) 3
State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Elective 3
 Credits16
Semester Three
AEC 3033C Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences (Critical Tracking; Writing Requirement) 1 3
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Mathematics) 3
FOR 2662 Forests for the Future (recommended, if not already taken) 2 3
Gen Ed Composition 3
Elective 2
 Credits14
Semester Four
Quest 2 (Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 3
Select one: 3-4
Economic Issues, Food and You (Critical Tracking)  
Principles of Macroeconomics (Critical Tracking)  
Principles of Microeconomics (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences)  
Select one: 3
Effective Oral Communication (Critical Tracking)  
Introduction to Public Speaking (Critical Tracking)  
FAS 2024 Sustainable Fisheries (recommended elective, if not already taken) 3
State Core Gen Ed Humanities 3
 Credits15-16
Summer After Semester Four
FOR 3200C Foundations of Natural Resources and Conservation (Critical Tracking; Summer B only) 3
FOR 3434C Forest Resources Information Systems (Critical Tracking; Summer B only) 3
 Credits6
Semester Five
FNR 3131C Dendrology/Forest Plants (Critical Tracking) 3
FNR 3410C Natural Resource Sampling (Critical Tracking) 3
FOR 3153C Forest Ecology (Critical Tracking) 3
FOR 4664 Sustainable Ecotourism Development 3
SWS 3022 Introduction to Soils in the Environment 3
SWS 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment Laboratory (optional) 0-1
 Credits15-16
Semester Six
FOR 3162C Silviculture (Critical Tracking) 4
FOR 3202 Society and Natural Resources (Critical Tracking) 3
FOR 3430C
Forest Mensuration
or Conservation Biology
3
FOR 4110 Ecology and Restoration of Longleaf Pine Ecosystems 3
FOR 4941 Internship in Natural Resources (often completed during this summer term) 2
 Credits15
Semester Seven
AEB 3450 Introduction to Natural Resource and Environmental Economics 3
FNR 3020 Professional Practice in Natural Resources 1
FNR 4624C Field Operations for Management of Ecosystems 3
FNR 4660 Natural Resource Policy and Economics (Critical Tracking) 3
WIS 3401 Wildlife Ecology and Management 3
 Credits13
Semester Eight
FNR 4343C Forest Water Resources (Critical Tracking) 3
FNR 4623C Integrated Natural Resource Management (Critical Tracking) 3
FOR 3214 Fire Ecology and Management (Critical Tracking) 2
FOR 3214L Fire Ecology and Management Laboratory (optional) 0-1
FOR 4624C Forest Health Management 3
 Credits11-12
 Total Credits120

Placement tests and/or prerequisites may be necessary for access to certain courses.

Course availability may necessitate departure from this course sequence. Except for certain courses where sequence is important, successful completion is more important than the sequence in which the courses are taken.

The summer term between the junior and senior year is normally reserved for professional work experience. For questions regarding opportunities, email the SFRC Student Services office.


The forest resources and conservation major provides a broad education in the ecological, economic and social aspects of forest and natural resources and their management. The major also provides national accreditation from the Society of American Foresters.

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Pass the forest resources and conservation competency exam, given in five parts. One part will be given in each of these required courses:
    FNR 3131CDendrology/Forest Plants3
    FNR 3410CNatural Resource Sampling3
    FNR 4040C
    FNR 4623CIntegrated Natural Resource Management3
    FNR 4660Natural Resource Policy and Economics3
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

Students in the Major Will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Content

  1. Demonstrate competency in biology/ecology, quantification, policy/administration and management of forest and related natural resources.
  2. Analyze, interpret, synthesize and communicate information and data, including the use of mathematical and statistical methods.

Critical Thinking

  1. Solve novel problems in forest and natural resource management.

Communication

  1. Create, interpret and analyze written text, oral messages and multimedia presentations.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4
FNR 3131C I I
FNR 3410C I
FNR 4343C R R R
FNR 4623C R A A
FNR 4660 I R R
FOR 3153C I I R I
FOR 3162C R R R
FOR 3200C I I I I
FOR 3202 I R R
FOR 3214 R R R R
FOR 3434C I I
FOR 4020 R R

Assessment Types

  • Final group project
  • Exams
  • Program exit exam