Graduate coordinator: T. Frazer
The University of Florida School of Natural Resources and Environment offers interdisciplinary coursework in the basic and applied science of ecology, the related social sciences, and sustainability, leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Choose from about 450 courses, 280 faculty advisors, and 44 participating departments. Research areas of ecology graduate students range across natural resource ecology, environmental policy and management, and sustainable development.
Environmental problems are fundamentally human problems and should be understood in terms of human motivations and actions in a biophysical context. Their solution requires holistic thinking about dynamic ecological systems and the social, economic, and political forces driving human action. To this end, the goal of the Interdisciplinary Ecology graduate program is to provide advanced training in ecosystems thinking and the main theories and methodologies of the biophysical and social sciences to foster integrative approaches to complex real-world problems. Interdisciplinary Ecology students are intensely interested in the sustainability problem, and they welcome the challenge of addressing it through more than one traditional discipline.
Combined programs: The School offers a combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program, which allows qualified students to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree with a savings of 1 semester.