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  • Natural Resource Conservation

    The natural resource conservation major allows students to tailor a curriculum that suits their interests and career goals. Working with a faculty adviser, students can elect to focus their curriculum on any number of natural resource fields. Students preparing for advanced degrees in natural resources often elect to complete a very broad, interdisciplinary program.

    About This Major

    • College: Agricultural and Life Sciences
    • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources and Conservation
    • Hours for the Degree: 120
    • Minor: No
    • Combined-Degree Program: Yes
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    All NRC majors are required to complete five core courses in plant identification, communications, natural resource measurements, environmental policy, and integrated resource management, as well as five additional courses from the natural resource academic units on campus (School of Forest Resources and Conservation and the Department of Wildlife Ecology). Additional courses can be selected from any other unit on campus, with guidance from the faculty adviser. Students must complete a curriculum plan and have it approved by the SFRC undergraduate coordinator by the time they reach 70 credits.

    This major is also offered at the West Florida Research and Education Center in Milton, Fla. Ideal for place-bound students, this version of the NRC major provides a broad ecology/environmental management curriculum.

    Critical Tracking

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

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

    Semester 1

    • 2.0 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5
    • 2.5 GPA on all critical-tracking coursework for semesters 1-5
    • Complete at least 1 of 7 critical-tracking courses (excluding labs): AEB 2014 or ECO 2013 or ECO 2023, AEC 3030C or SPC 2608, BSC 2010/2010L, CHM 1030 or CHM 2045, MAC 1105, STA 2023, AEC 3033C

    Semester 2

    • Complete at least 2 additional critical-tracking courses, excluding labs

    Semester 3

    • Complete at least 2 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs

    Semester 4

    • Complete at least 2 additional critical-tracking courses, excluding labs

    Semester 5

    • Complete all critical-tracking courses, including labs
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    Recommended Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

    Semester 1 Credits
    MAC 1105 College Algebra (or higher) (GE-M) 3
    Composition (GE-C, WR) 3
    Humanities (GE-H) 3
    Elective​ 3​
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
    Total 15
    Semester 2 Credits
    CHM 1030 Basic Chemistry Concepts and Applications, Part 1 or
    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1 (GE-P)
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (GE-M) 3
    Electives 6
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) or Humanities (GE-H) 3
    Total 15
    Semester 3 Credits
    AEE 3033C Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences (WR)* 3​
    BSC 2010 and 2010L Integrated Principles of Biology 1 (3) and Integrated Principles of Biology 1 Laboratory (1) (GE-B) 4
    Electives 8
    Total 15
    Semester 4 Credits
    AEB 2014 Economic Issues, Food and You (3) or
    ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (4) or
    ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (4) (GE-S)
    AEC 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
    SPC 2608 Introduction to Public Speaking
    Elective​ 3​
    Humanities (GE-H) 3
    Physical Science (GE-P) (PHY 2020 Introduction to Principles of Physics recommended)​ 3​
    Total 15-16

    * The following courses may be used as substitutions:
    BOT 2010C for BSC 2010 and 2010L; ENC 2210 for AEC 3033C
    Placement tests and/or prerequisites may be necessary for access to certain courses.

    Course availability may necessitate departure from this course sequence. Successful completion is more important than the sequence in which the course is taken.

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    Semester 5 Credits
    FNR 3131C Dendrology/Forest Plants 3
    FNR 3410C Natural Resource Sampling 3
    Adviser-approved coursework 9
    Total 15
    Semester 6 Credits
    Adviser-approved coursework 15
    Total 15

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

    Semester 7 Credits
    FNR 4660C Natural Resource Policy and Administration 3
    Adviser-approved coursework 12
    Total 15
    Semester 8 Credits
    FNR 4623C Integrated Natural Resource Management 3
    Adviser-approved coursework 12
    Total 15
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majors: natural-resource-conservation