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  • Forest Resources and Conservation

    The forest resources and conservation (FRC) major provides students a solid understanding of ecology, while developing expertise in the management of ecosystems to meet society's demands for a vast array of economic, ecological and social products and services.

    About This Major

    Overview

    The curriculum for this major is broad, with required coursework in forest ecology, natural resource measurement and analysis, soil science, plant identification, silviculture, social dimensions of natural resource management, natural resource economics and policy, management of water resources, fire management and interdisciplinary resource management.

    The forest resource management specialization is 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.

    The urban forestry specialization is 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.

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    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

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

    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 UF GPA required
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    Recommended Semesters 1-4 Plan, All Specializations

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

    Semester 1 Credits
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life (GE-H) 3
    MAC 1105 College Algebra (or higher) (State Core GE-M) 3
    Composition (State Core GE-C) (WR) 3
    Elective 3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) (FOR 2662 Forests for the Future recommended) 3
    Total 15
    Semester 2 Credits
    CHM 1030 Basic Chemistry Concepts and Applications, Part 1 or
    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1 (State Core GE-B/P)
    3
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (GE-M) 3
    Electives (FAS 2024 Global and Regional Perspectives in Fisheries recommended) 6
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (State Core GE-S) 3
    Total 15
    Semester 3 Credits
    AEC 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) 4
    Electives (FOR 3004 Forests, Conservation and People recommended) 5
    Composition (GE-C) 3
    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)
    3-4
    AEC 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
    SPC 2608 Introduction to Public Speaking
    3
    Elective (FAS 2024 Global and Regional Perspectives in Fisheries recommended, if not already taken) 3
    Humanities (State Core 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 substitutes: ENC 2210 (3) or ENC 3254 (3) for AEC 3033C (3)

    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.

    Summer Credits
    FOR 3200C Foundations for Natural Resources and Conservation 3
    FOR 3434C Forest Resources Information Systems 3
    Total 6
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    Environmental Pre-Law

    Recommended Semester Plan

    Semester 5 Credits
    FNR 3131C Dendrology/Forest Plants 3
    FNR 3410C Natural Resource Sampling 3
    FOR 3153C Forest Ecology 3
    SWS 3022 Introduction to Soils in the Environment or
    Geomatics course
    3
    Directed elective, adviser-approved * 1
    Total 13
    Semester 6 Credits
    BUL 4310 Legal Environment of Business 4
    CPO 4793 Environmental Politics in the Global South 3
    FOR 3162C Silviculture 4
    FOR 3202 Society and Natural Resources 3
    Total 14

    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 at khaselier@ufl.edu.

    Semester 7 Credits
    AEB 4085 Agricultural Risk Management and the Law 3
    AEB 4126 Agricultural and Natural Resource Ethics or
    POT 3503 Environmental Ethics and Politics
    3
    FNR 4660 Natural Resource Policy and Economics 3
    FOR 4020 Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Forest Resources and Conservation 1
    SUR 4403 Cadastral Principles 3
    Total 13
    Semester 8 Credits
    AEB 4123 Agricultural and Natural Resource Law or
    PAD 4604 Administrative Law and Regulatory Politics
    3
    AEB 4242 International Trade Policy in Agriculture 3
    FNR 4343C Forest Water Resources 3
    FNR 4623C Integrated Natural Resources Management 3
    FOR 3214 Fire Ecology and Management (2) and
    FOR 3214L Fire Ecology and Management Laboratory (1), optional
    2-3
    Total 14-15

    * Please see adviser for list of approved electives.

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    Forest Business Management

    Recommended Semester Plan

    Semester 5 Credits
    AEB 3133 Principles of Agribusiness Management 3
    FNR 3131C Dendrology/Forest Plants 3
    FNR 3410C Natural Resource Sampling 3
    FOR 3153C Forest Ecology 3
    Total 12
    Semester 6 Credits
    AEB 3122 Financial Planning for Agribusiness 3
    FOR 3162C Silviculture 4
    FOR 3202 Society and Natural Resources 3
    FOR 3430C Forest Mensuration 3
    Total 13

    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 at khaselier@ufl.edu.

    Semester 7 Credits
    FNR 4624C Field Operations for Management of Ecosystems 3
    FNR 4660 Natural Resource Policy and Economics 3
    FOR 4020 Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Forest Resources and Conservation 1
    FOR 4621 Forest Economics and Management 4
    Adviser-approved elective ​3
    Total 14
    Semester 8 Credits
    ACG 2021 Introduction to Financial Accounting 4
    AEB 4123 Agricultural and Natural Resource Law 3
    FNR 4343C Forest Water Resources 3
    FNR 4623C Integrated Natural Resource Management 3
    FOR 3214 Fire Ecology and Management (2) and
    FOR 3214L Fire Ecology and Management Laboratory (1), optional
    2-3
    Total 15-16
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    Forest Resource Management

    Recommended Semester Plan

    Semester 5 Credits
    FNR 3131C Dendrology/Forest Plants 3
    FNR 3410C Natural Resource Sampling 3
    FOR 3153C Forest Ecology 3
    SWS 3022 Introduction to Soils in the Environment (3) and
    SWS 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment Laboratory (1), optional
    3-4
    Total 12-13
    Semester 6 Credits
    FOR 3162C Silviculture 4
    FOR 3202 Society and Natural Resources 3
    FOR 3342C Tree Biology 3
    FOR 3430C Forest Mensuration 3
    Total 13

    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 at khaselier@ufl.edu.

    Semester 7 Credits
    FNR 4624C Field Operations for Management of Ecosystems 3
    FNR 4660 Natural Resource Policy and Economics 3
    FOR 4020 Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Forest Resources and Conservation 1
    FOR 4621 Forest Economics and Management 4
    WIS 3401 Wildlife Ecology and Management 3
    Total 14
    Semester 8 Credits
    FNR 4343C Forest Water Resources 3
    FNR 4623C Integrated Natural Resource Management 3
    FOR 3214 Fire Ecology and Management (2) and
    FOR 3214L Fire Ecology and Management Laboratory (1)
    3
    FOR 4060 Global Forests or
    FOR 4090C Urban Forestry
    3
    FOR 4624C Forest Health Management 3
    Total 15
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    Protected Areas Management

    Recommended Semester Plan

    Semester 5 Credits
    FNR 3131C Dendrology/Forest Plants 3
    FNR 3410C Natural Resource Sampling 3
    FOR 3153C Forest Ecology 3
    FOR 4664 Sustainable Ecotourism Development 3
    SWS 3022 Introduction to Soils in the Environment (3) and
    SWS 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment Laboratory (1), optional
    3-4
    Total 15-16
    Semester 6 Credits
    FOR 3162C Silviculture 4
    FOR 3202 Society and Natural Resources 3
    FOR 3430C Forest Mensuration or
    WIS 4554 Conservation Biology
    3
    FOR 4110 Ecology and Restoration of Longleaf Pine Ecosystems 3
    FOR 4941 Internship in Natural Resources * 2
    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 at khaselier@ufl.edu.

    * FOR 4941 Internship in Natural Resources is often completed during this summer term.

    Semester 7 Credits
    AEB 3450 Introduction to Natural Resource and Environmental Economics 3
    FNR 4624C Field Operations for Management of Ecosystems 3
    FNR 4660 Natural Resource Policy and Economics 3
    FOR 4020 Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Forest Resources and Conservation 1
    WIS 3401 Wildlife Ecology and Management 3
    Total 13
    Semester 8 Credits
    FNR 4343C Forest Water Resources 3
    FNR 4623C Integrated Natural Resource Management 3
    FOR 3214 Fire Ecology and Management (2) and
    FOR 3214L Fire Ecology and Management Laboratory (1), optional
    2-3
    FOR 4624C Forest Health Management 3
    Total 11-12
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    Recreation Resources Management

    Recommended Semester Plan

    Semester 5 Credits
    FNR 3131C Dendrology/Forest Plants 3
    FNR 3410C Natural Resource Sampling 3
    FOR 3153C Forest Ecology 3
    FOR 4664 Sustainable Ecotourism Development 3
    Total 12
    Semester 6 Credits
    FOR 3162C Silviculture 4
    FOR 3202 Society and Natural Resources 3
    Business management elective, adviser-approved * 3
    Directed elective(s), adviser-approved * 4
    Total 14

    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 at khaselier@ufl.edu.

    Semester 7 Credits
    FNR 4660 Natural Resource Policy and Economics 3
    FOR 4020 Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Forest Resources and Conservation 1
    Forest resources and management elective * 3
    Recreation elective, adviser-approved * 3
    Recreation resources elective, adviser-approved * 3
    Total 13
    Semester 8 Credits
    FNR 4343C Forest Water Resources 3
    FNR 4623C Integrated Natural Resources Management 3
    FOR 3214 Fire Ecology and Management (2) and
    FOR 3214L Fire Ecology and Management Laboratory (1), optional
    2-3
    MAN 3025 Principles of Management 4
    Recreation elective, adviser-approved * 3
    Total 15-16

    * Please see adviser for list of approved electives.

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    Urban Forestry

    Recommended Semester Plan

    Semester 5 Credits
    FNR 3131C Dendrology/Forest Plants 3
    FNR 3410C Natural Resource Sampling 3
    FOR 3153C Forest Ecology 3
    SWS 3022 Introduction to Soils in the Environment (3) and
    SWS 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment Laboratory (1), optional
    3-4
    Total 12-13
    Semester 6 Credits
    FOR 3162C Silviculture 4
    FOR 3202 Society and Natural Resources 3
    FOR 3342C Tree Biology 3
    ORH 4242C Arboriculture 3
    Total 13

    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 at khaselier@ufl.edu.

    Semester 7 Credits
    FNR 4624C Field Operations for Management of Ecosystems or
    ORH 3513C Environmental Plant Identification and Use
    3
    FNR 4660 Natural Resource Policy and Economics 3
    FOR 4020 Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Forest Resources and Conservation 1
    WIS 3401 Wildlife Ecology and Management 3
    Directed elective, adviser-approved * 2
    Social dimensions elective, adviser-approved * 3
    Total 15
    Semester 8 Credits
    FOR 3214 Fire Ecology and Management (2) and
    FOR 3214L Fire Ecology and Management Laboratory (1), optional
    2-3
    FOR 4090C Urban Forestry 3
    FNR 4343C Forest Water Resources 3
    FNR 4623C Integrated Natural Resource Management 3
    FOR 4624C Forest Health Management 3
    Total 14-15
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    Watershed Science and Management

    Recommended Semester Plan

    Semester 5 Credits
    FNR 3131C Dendrology/Forest Plants 3
    FNR 3410C Natural Resource Sampling 3
    FOR 3153C Forest Ecology 3
    SWS 3022 Introduction to Soils in the Environment (3) and
    SWS 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment Laboratory (1), optional
    3-4
    Total 12-13
    Semester 6 Credits
    FOR 3162C Silviculture 4
    FOR 3202 Society and Natural Resources 3
    GEO 3250 Climatology 3
    GLY 2010C Physical Geology 4
    Total 14

    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 at khaselier@ufl.edu.

    Semester 7 Credits
    FNR 4461 Spatial Models and Decision Analysis 3
    FNR 4660 Natural Resource Policy and Economics 3
    FOR 4020 Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Forest Resources and Conservation 1
    Management and social dimensions elective * 3
    Physical dimensions elective * 3
    Total 13
    Semester 8 Credits
    FNR 4343C Forest Water Resources 3
    FNR 4345 Models of Forest Water Resources 1
    FNR 4623C Integrated Natural Resources Management 3
    FOR 3214 Fire Ecology and Management (2) and
    FOR 3214L Fire Ecology and Management Laboratory (1), optional
    2-3
    Chemical and biological dimensions elective * 3
    Management and social dimensions elective * 3
    Total 15-16

    * Please see adviser for list of approved electives.

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majors: forest-resources-and-conservation