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Office of the University Registrar

2008-09 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 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. 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 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 (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 NRC major provides a broad ecology/environmental management curriculum.

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

Critical Tracking and Recommended Semester Plan

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 2 of 10 critical-tracking courses: CHM 2045/2045L, MAC 2233 or MAC 2311, BSC 2010/2010L, BSC 2011/ 2011L, ECO 2023 or AEB 3103,
    PHY 2020, STA 2023, CGS 2531, three credits of sociology or psychology,
    AEE 3030C or SPC 2600, excluding labs

Semester 2:

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

Semester 3:

  • Complete at least 3 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs

Semester 4:

  • Complete at least 3 additional critical-tracking courses, excluding labs

Semester 5:

  • Complete all 10 critical-tracking courses, including labs

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

Recommended semester plan

Semester 1Credits
CGS 2531 Problem Solving Using Computer Software (GE-M)3
ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (3) or
AEB 3103 Principles of Food and Resource Economics (4) (GE-S) *
Psychology or sociology (GE-S)3
Composition (GE-C, WR)3
Humanities (GE-H)3
Total 15-16
Semester 2Credits
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (GE-M)3
CHM 2045 and 2045L General Chemistry 1 (3) and Laboratory (1) (GE-P)4
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) or Humanities (GE-H)3
Total 16
Semester 3Credits
BSC 2010 and 2010L Integrated Principles of Biology 1 (3) and Laboratory (1) (GE-B)4
MAC 2233 Survey of Calculus 1 or
MAC 2311 Analytical Geometry and Calculus 1
Total 16
Semester 4Credits
BSC 2011 and 2011L Integrated Principles of Biology 2 (3) and Laboratory (1) (GE-B) *4
PHY 2020 Introduction to Principles of Physics *3
AEE 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
SPC 2600 Introduction to Public Speaking *
Humanities (GE-H)3
Total 13

* Use these 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 laboratory for PHY 2020 (3)
  • SPC 2600 (3) for AEE 3030C (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 critical (e.g., Biology 1 and 2), successful completion is more important than the sequence in which the course is taken.

AEE 3033C Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Natural Resources or
ENC 2210 Technical Writing
Total 3
Semester 5Credits
FNR 3131C Dendrology/Forest Plants3
FNR 3410C Natural Resource Sampling3
Adviser-approved coursework9
Total 15
Semester 6Credits
Adviser-approved coursework12
Total 12

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 7Credits
FNR 4660C Natural Resource Policy and Administration3
Adviser-approved coursework12
Total 15
Semester 8Credits
FNR 4623C Integrated Natural Resource Management3
Adviser-approved coursework12
Total 15