Our Forest Resources and Conservation, Geomatics, and interdisciplinary Natural Resource Conservation programs offer practical, hands-on training in forestry, natural resource management, ecology, recreation, surveying and mapping, as well as biology and genetics.
Forest Resources and Conservation Major
Today we face the significant challenge of protecting the environment while maintaining our quality of life. There is a need for professionals who care about the environment, have a broad understanding of natural resources, are creative and enjoy a challenge. If you want to make a difference in the environment and people, check out the Forest Resources and Conservation (FRC) major.
The FRC major introduces students to a wide range of natural resource fields, including forest ecology, ecosystem management, economics, environmental policy, modern technology applications for natural resource managers, wildlife management and forest health. With this knowledge and understanding our graduates go on to help create solutions in a number of environmental areas including; ecological restoration, sustainable wood supply, alternative energy, global climate change, environmental policy and law, and clean air and water. FRC students spend significant time in the field gaining hands-on experience with ecological and management principles.
Graduates of this major are successful professionals in a variety of fields. According to a 2014 survey of alumni, 89% find full-time employment in the field within six months. Over their entire career, 63% of alumni work for a government agency, 57% work for a private company, 25% work for an academic institution, and 6% work for a non-profit/non-governmental organization. Responding to the question “how well did your degree prepare you for your career?”, 83% indicated “well prepared” or “excellently prepared”.
The following specializations are accredited by the Society of American Foresters:
- Business Management
- Environmental Pre-Law
- Forest Resource Management
- Protected Areas Management
- Recreation Resources Management
- Urban Forestry
These specializations are intended for students seeking careers as professional forest resource managers who apply science-based strategies to managing publicly and privately-owned forest lands. All specializations are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The SFRC offers the only accredited forestry programs in Florida.
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Future prospects for FRC majors.
The seven specializations within the major reflect the broad career opportunities available to our graduates, ranging from conservation and restoration work on government owned lands to the practice of environmental law, and from working with the forest resources in and around cities and towns, to those privately owned lands managed by consulting firms.
Forest Resource Management is for students seeking a comprehensive education in forest resource science and management.
Urban Forestry is the art and science of managing trees, vegetation, forests, and natural areas in and around human settlements for the health and well-being of people.
Protected Areas Management is for students interested in managing lands for conservation and restoration purposes, usually on lands owned by the government or by private conservation organizations.
Business Management gives students a sound background in natural resource management and a broad introduction to business as appropriate for students interested in consulting, real estate or working for forest industry.
Watershed Science and Management prepares students to address the many management issues associated with water resources, including soils, policy and water quality.
Recreation Resources Management focuses on the sustainable management of recreation for our natural resources and understanding human dimensions as related to their use.
Environmental Pre-Law provides a solid undergraduate basis of forest and natural resources science and management upon which is built a broad introduction to the policies and processes affecting the use of natural resources.
Minor: Forest Resources & Conservation
This minor is for students who want a general introduction to natural resource management. The minor is ideal for students majoring in a related field such as wildlife ecology, soil and water science, environmental science, etc., as well as students who are interested in the social aspects of natural resources (students majoring in business, education, food and resource economics, political science, etc).
The Forest Resources and Conservation minor is well suited for students majoring in other natural resource related majors (Wildlife Ecology, Environmental Science, Soil and Water Science, etc.), as well as students in more distantly related fields whose future careers might require a basic foundation in forestry (business majors who wish to work for a forest products company, journalism majors interested in environmental management issues, etc.).
Minor Course Requirements
|Course||Term||Credits||Suggested Prerequisite Courses|
|FNR3131C Dendrology/Forest Plants||Fall||3||General biology or botany (BSC205, BSC2010, BOT2010, etc.)|
|FNR3410C Natural Resource Sampling||Fall||3||Introductory statistics(STA2023, STA2122, etc.)|
|FOR3162 Silviculture||Spring||4||General ecology (FOR3153C, PCB3034C, etc.)|
|FOR4621 Forest Economics & Management||Fall||4||FOR3162C Silviculture, Microeconomics (ECO2023, AEB3103, etc.)|
|FOR#### any additional FOR course||Varies||Varies||Discuss prerequisite courses with course’s instructor, or with the SFRC Student Services Office|
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