Distance Education and Online Programs

Take courses with the Gator Nation.

The School of Forest Resources & Conservation is a proud member of the Natural Resources Distance Learning Consortium (NRDLC), which aims to share courses across universities. Our online degree and certificate programs can offer non-UF students the world-renowned expertise of faculty, the prestige of the Gator Nation, and the quality of our classes while you are pursuing a degree elsewhere. Choose a course or two to count toward your graduate program at another NRDLC institution.

SFRC graduate students may wish to browse the course listings of NRDLC programs for electives.

We offer courses and programs in: ecological restoration, forestry, natural resource policy, environmental education & communication, human dimensions of natural resources, geospatial sciences, fisheries and aquatic sciences, and aquaculture.

request information


Step 1: Details

Confirm the requirements at your university for taking credits elsewhere. “Traveling scholar” or “transient student” forms may be needed.

Step 2: Browse Courses

Choose a course from the SFRC online course listings page. SFRC courses operate on traditional semester schedules.

Step 3: Register

Submit a non-degree registration request with the University of Florida. Our staff will contact you with final registration instructions and assistance.

…That’s it!

Support for Online Students

student photo
As an online student in the SFRC, you will become part of the Distance Education Students online group, where you can participate in orientation, interact with your cohorts, and access tutorials and trainings on the UF e-Learning system and tools.

Our team is here specifically to assist you with your needs as an online student and to ensure that the courses we deliver are high-quality, engaging, and produce the learning outcomes we intend to help you achieve.

Technology Requirements for Online Programs

There are some technical requirements/expectations that you will need to meet in order to be successful in our programs. Requirements will vary with each course, but in general, you need:

Item Details
Computer: See the UF Computing Requirements for details
Internet:   High-speed. DSL may not be sufficient for viewing videos and lectures. It is recommended that you take all exams/quizzes from non-wireless high-speed connections.
Browser:   Latest versions of multiple web browsers, e.g. Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari. Some delivery methods work better in different browsers. Canvas only supports the latest two versions of any given browser.What browser am I using?
Software:   MS Office Suite, Antivirus, Updated Java and Flash, media player(s). How to get these as a student.
Other:   Use of a webcam and microphone is often required for assignments or chat sessions. On rare occasions you may need a camera for field photography.

Review our technology requirements

Fall 2015 starts August 24
Spring 2016 starts January 5
Summer 2016 starts May 9


I had previously been skeptical of online programs. I was wrong and was immensely pleased to have received such a thorough and dynamic education through the SFRC online program.”

Former Student, Project Manager with The Conservation Fund

Site updated December 13, 2019 ; Page updated July 23, 2015