Natural Resource Conservation

major

Conservationists protect and sustain our world’s natural resources for future generations. Well-versed in economics and communications, Natural Resource Conservation students are equipped with strong analytical, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills. Natural Resource Conservation students study chemistry; biology; ecology; and forest, wildlife, fisheries, and aquatic resources.

This is an archived copy of the 2021-2022 catalog. To access the most recent version of the catalog, please visit http://catalog.ufl.edu.

About this Program

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

Department Information

The Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation fosters education, expands knowledge, and rewards scholarship, using multi-disciplinary approaches for the purpose of understanding, managing, and conserving biological resources.
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110 NEWINS-ZIEGLER HALL
GAINESVILLE FL 32611-0430
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The Natural Resource Conservation (NRC) major provides students an interdisciplinary curriculum preparing them to address a broad range of natural resource-related issues. The core set of courses provides students with a solid foundation in natural history (floral and faunal), ecology, policy and economics, field applications, quantitative assessment and analysis, human dimensions, and spatial analysis. Working with a faculty advisor, students can elect to focus on a wide range of natural resource-related courses. In the required capstone experience, students demonstrate their understanding and proficiency in the core skill sets, as well as further develop their area of concentration.

Graduates seek advanced degrees in a variety of fields, or are successfully employed in a wide range of environmental careers. The major is cooperatively offered by faculty in the School of Forest Resources & Conservation, the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, and the Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, and students are paired with one of these faculty members to develop a curriculum that suits their needs. Students interested in more structured and/or accredited curricula in professional natural resource management are encouraged to look at majors in Forest Resources and Conservation, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, or Interdisciplinary Studies | Marine Sciences.

All NRC majors are required to complete core work in nine content areas (minimum 25 credits): professional seminar, ecology, quantitative analysis and assessment, natural history, human dimensions, policy and economics, field applications, spatial analysis, and capstone experience. These courses embrace a variety of conservation objectives and span local to global scales. They stress the complexities in achieving social, environmental, and economic sustainability; develop critical thinking skills; create significant and valuable field experience; and provide the tools needed for graduates to manage, conserve, and educate people about natural resources.

Students work closely with a faculty advisor to select the remaining 35 upper-division credits to create a curriculum plan designed to meet the specific goals of each student. Each curriculum plan must be approved by the program's undergraduate coordinator before the student reaches 70 credits.

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

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 at least 2 additional critical-tracking courses, excluding labs
  • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 3

  • Complete at least 2 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs
  • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 4

  • Complete at least 2 additional critical-tracking courses, excluding labs
  • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 5

  • Complete all critical-tracking courses, including labs
  • 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

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)  
General Chemistry 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Biological Sciences and Physical Sciences)  
FOR 2662 Forests for the Future (recommended; Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences and Diversity) 3
State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Semester Two
MAC 1105 Basic College Algebra (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Mathematics) 1 3
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
FAS 2024 Sustainable Fisheries (recommended; or 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) 2 3
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Mathematics) 3
FOR 3004 Forests, Conservation and People (recommended; or elective) 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; Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences)  
Principles of Macroeconomics (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences)  
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)  
State Core Gen Ed Humanities 3
Elective 3 3
 Credits15-16
Summer After Semester Four
Summer B  
Select one: 3
Foundations of Natural Resources and Conservation (Critical Tracking)  
Topics in Natural Resources (Professional Practice in Natural Resources)  
 Credits3
Semester Five
Select one: 3-4
Biology of Fishes (Critical Tracking)  
Dendrology/Forest Plants (fall only; Critical Tracking)  
Wildlife of Florida
and Wildlife of Florida Laboratory (spring only; Critical Tracking)
 
Select one: 3-4
Topics in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (Applied Fisheries Statistics; Critical Tracking)  
Natural Resource Sampling (Critical Tracking)  
WIS 4601
Quantitative Wildlife Ecology
 
Wildlife Techniques  
Select one: 3-4
Marine Ecological Processes  
Topics in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (Freshwater Ecology)  
Forest Ecology (Critical Tracking)  
Natural Resource Ecology (Critical Tracking)  
WIS 4443
Wetland Ecology
 
FOR 3434C
Forest Resources Information Systems
or Geographic Information Systems
3
 Credits12-15
Semester Six
Select one: 3
Society and Natural Resources (Critical Tracking)  
Global Forests  
Topics in Natural Resources (Environment and Society)  
Approved courses 12
 Credits15
Semester Seven
Select one: 3
Introduction to Fishery Science  
Topics in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (Field Ecology of Aquatic Organisms)  
Environmental Education Program Development  
Field Operations for Management of Ecosystems (Critical Tracking)  
Fire Ecology and Management
and Fire Ecology and Management Laboratory
 
Sustainable Ecotourism Development  
Wildlife Habitat Management  
FNR 4660
Natural Resource Policy and Economics (Critical Tracking)
or Forest Economics and Management
3
Approved courses 9
 Credits15
Semester Eight
Select one: 3
Individual Study  
Individual Study in Natural Resources  
Topics in Natural Resources
and Integrated Natural Resource Management
 
Internship in Natural Resources  
Individual Problems  
Approved courses 12
 Credits15
 Total Credits120

Given the flexible, advisor/student-driven nature of this major, students may deviate significantly from this plan relative to course timing. As part of their curriculum plan, students are required to complete at least one course from the following nine content areas:

Professional Seminar
FOR 3200CFoundations of Natural Resources and Conservation3
FOR 4934Topics in Natural Resources (Professional Practice in Natural Resources)1-4
Ecology
FAS 4270Marine Ecological Processes3
FAS 4932Topics in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (Freshwater Ecology)1-4
FOR 3153CForest Ecology3
WIS 3404Natural Resource Ecology3
WIS 4443Wetland Ecology3
Quantitative Analysis and Assessment
FAS 4932Topics in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences1-4
FNR 3410CNatural Resource Sampling3
WIS 4601Quantitative Wildlife Ecology3
WIS 4935CWildlife Techniques3
Natural History
FAS 4202CBiology of Fishes4
FNR 3131CDendrology/Forest Plants3
WIS 3402
3402L
Wildlife of Florida
and Wildlife of Florida Laboratory
4
Human Dimensions
FOR 3202Society and Natural Resources3
FOR 4060Global Forests3
FOR 4934Topics in Natural Resources (Environment and Society)1-4
Policy and Economics
FNR 4660Natural Resource Policy and Economics3
FOR 4621Forest Economics and Management4
Field Applications
FAS 4305CIntroduction to Fishery Science3
FAS 4932Topics in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (Field Ecology of Aquatic Organisms)1-4
FNR 4070CEnvironmental Education Program Development3
FNR 4624CField Operations for Management of Ecosystems3
FOR 3214
3214L
Fire Ecology and Management
and Fire Ecology and Management Laboratory
3
FOR 4664Sustainable Ecotourism Development3
WIS 4427CWildlife Habitat Management3
Spatial Analysis
FOR 3434CForest Resources Information Systems3
GIS 3072CGeographic Information Systems3
Capstone Experience
FAS 4905Individual Study1-4
FOR 4905Individual Study in Natural Resources1-4
FOR 4934
FNR 4623C
Topics in Natural Resources
and Integrated Natural Resource Management (Integrated Management and Assessment)
6
FOR 4941Internship in Natural Resources1-4
WIS 4905Individual Problems1-4

The summer term between the junior and senior year is normally reserved for professional work experience.

The natural resource conservation major provides a broad education in the ecological, economic and social aspects of forest and natural resources and their management. The individualized nature of the major allows students to create a curriculum specific to their interests.

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 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 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
FOR 3153C I I R I
FOR 3200C I I I I
FOR 3202 I R R
FNR 3131C I I
FNR 3410C I I
FNR 4623C R R A A
FNR 4624C R R
FNR 4660 I R R
Exit Exam A A

Assessment Types

  • Group project
  • Presentation
  • Final exam