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Office of the University Registrar

2005-06 Undergraduate Catalog


Natural Resource Conservation
College: Agricultural and Life Sciences
School: Forest Resources and Conservation
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources and Conservation
Hours for the Degree: 120
Minor: No
Combined-Degree Program: Yes

The RCN 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. Commonly selected areas include environmental education, wetlands ecology, the use of computers in natural resource management, ecotourism, environmental pre-law, biology education certification and landscape ecology. Students preparing for advanced degrees in natural resources often elect to complete a very broad, interdisciplinary program.

All RCN 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 (SFRC, the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences). 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 offered off campus in Milton, Fla., at the West Florida Research and Education Center, and in Plant City, Fla., at the Hillsborough Community College campus. Ideal for place-bound students, this version of the RCN major provides a broad ecology/environmental management curriculum.

Semester 1:

  • 2.0 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5
  • Complete at least 1 of 12 critical courses with a 2.5 GPA in all critical courses – excluding labs – CHM 2045, CHM 2045L, MAC 2233 or MAC 2311, BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, ECO 2023 or AEB 3103, PHY 2020, STA 2023, CGS 2531, three credits of sociology or psychology, AEE 3030C or SPC 2600, FNR 3131C and FNR 4040C

Semester 2:

  • Complete at least 2 additional critical courses with a 2.5 GPA in all critical courses

Semester 3:

  • Complete at least 1 additional critical course with a 2.5 GPA in all critical courses

Semester 4:

  • Complete at least 2 additional critical courses with a 2.5 GPA on all critical courses

Semester 5:

  • Complete all 12 critical courses with a 2.5 GPA in all critical courses

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

Suggested semester-by-semester plan

Semester 1Credits
Composition (GE–C)3
Psychology or sociology (GE–S)3
Humanities (GE–H)3
CGS 2531 Problem Solving Using Computer Software (GE–M)3
ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (GE–S) *3-4
Total 15-16
Semester 2 Credits
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (GE–M)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE–S) or Humanities (GE–H)3
CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1 (GE–P)3
CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (GE–P)1
Total 13
Semester 3 Credits
BSC 2010 Integrated Principles of Biology 1 (GE–B)3
BSC 2010L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1 (GE–B)1
MAC 2233 Survey of Calculus 13
Total 12
Semester 4 Credits
BSC 2011 Integrated Principles of Biology 2(GE–B) *3
BSC 2011L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 2 (GE–B) *1
PHY 2020 Introduction to Principles of Physics *3
Humanities (GE–H)3
AEE 3030C Effective Oral Communication * 3
Total 13

* Use the following courses as substitutes:

AEB 3103 (4) for ECO 2023 (3)

BOT 2011 (4) for BSC 2011 and 2011L

PHY 2004 and 2004L or a 4-credit physics course with lab for PHY 2020 (3)

SPC 2600 (3) for AEE 3030C (3)

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

GE denotes General Education courses that can be selected from any approved course. Selection of courses should consider satisfaction of the writing and math requirement and the international studies and diversity requirement (refer to the policies section of the catalog or the Schedule of Courses).

Course availability may necessitate departure from this course sequence. Except for certain courses where sequence is critical (i.e.: Biology 1 and 2), successful completion is more important than sequence in which the course is taken.

FNR 3131C Dendrology/Forest Plants4
FNR 4040C Natural Resource Communications3
Total 7
Semester 5 Credits
FNR 3410C Natural Resource Sampling4
Adviser-approved course work11
Total 15
Semester 6 Credits
Adviser-approved course work15
Total 15

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

Semester 7 Credits
FNR 4660C Natural Resource Policy and Administration3
Adviser-approved course work15
Total 15
Semester 8 Credits
FNR 4623C Integrated Natural Resource Management3
Adviser-approved course work12
Total 15