Graduate students design their programs under the guidance of a dedicated faculty advisor and committee, focusing on areas of study ranging broadly from the molecular to landscape levels and spanning disciplines such as ecology, resource management, social sciences, quantitative biology, and geospatial sciences including cadastral principles, unmanned aerial vehicle applications, LIDAR, and more.

GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS

FISHERIES & AQUATIC SCIENCES (FAS)

Graduate work in FAS focuses on four broad areas:

  • Sustainable fisheries
  • Aquaculture
  • Aquatic animal health
  • Conservation and management of aquatic environments

The School’s program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences leads to the Master of Science, Master of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (non-thesis), and Doctor of Philosophy degrees with a program in fisheries and aquatic sciences.

Research programs of faculty encompass water quality and chemistry, fish ecology, marine and estuarine ecology, paleolimnology, crustacean biology, fish and shellfish genetics, fish and shellfish reproduction and endocrinology, fish health management, fish population dynamics, phycology/microbiology, stream ecology, and aquatic plant science and management.

Graduate studies in the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences program emphasizes the needs and interests of individual students. Graduate students work closely with their faculty advisers to develop comprehensive programs of study. Admission to graduate study is based on the individual merits and interests of the applicant, fulfillment of the general admission requirements of the Graduate School, and acceptance by a faculty adviser.

Graduate study is available on UF main campus as well as at Research and Extension facilities at the IRREC (Ft. Pierce) and the Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory. (Ruskin).

This program is designed for working professionals in environmental sciences, fisheries, aquatic sciences, and natural resources, and marine biology fields who are interested in advancing their careers by earning a graduate degree. The ability to take this program entirely online means that students will not have to sacrifice their commitments to career and family in order to earn the degree.

Program Requirements

The MFAS program consists of 32 credits, of which at least 16 must be Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (FAS) courses. The remaining credits may be chosen from any graduate-level courses in the FFGS or at UF, with the approval of your advisor. Part of the application process involves identifying a faculty member to serve as your advisor (see How to Apply) for more information. During the degree, students register for a maximum of 6 credits of FAS 6905 for credit towards their technical paper, usually split between the first semester and the final semester.

Technical Paper
The online MFAS is a non-thesis degree and therefore does not require a research thesis for completion. The degree does require the student to write a technical paper/final project based on extension/outreach or research on a topic of their choosing in an appropriate professional area. The technical paper/final project must be approved by the Supervisory Committee.

FOREST RESOURCES & CONSERVATION (FRC)

The School offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Forest Resources and Conservation (professional, non-thesis), Master of Science (thesis and non-thesis), and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in forest resources and conservation.

Areas of study include agroforestry, biometrics, biotechnology, ecology, economic sustainability, ecotourism, environmental education, fire science, forest economics, forest genetics, forest nutrition, geographic information systems, geomatics, hydrology, international forestry, management operations, pathology, physiology, policy, reforestation, remote sensing, resource management, silviculture, soils, tropical forestry, and urban forestry.

Graduate students should have undergraduate training in biological, social, and physical sciences appropriate to their area of study. Students with inadequate backgrounds may still be admitted but will be required to take appropriate undergraduate courses to support their area of study. Graduate students are expected to develop teaching skills by assisting with courses during their programs.

GEOMATICS CONCENTRATION (FRC)

Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy concentrations in Geomatics are offered to enhance a student’s capabilities in developing technical and professional areas. The MS student is expected to provide technical leadership to surveying and mapping organizations.  PhD students develop a higher level of advancement in the geomatics knowledge base.

To earn a concentration in Geomatics, students must complete a certain number of credits in SUR- or GIS- prefixed courses.

OPTIONAL DEGREE CONCENTRATIONS

Concentrations are available to degree-seeking students in FRC or FAS programs and require 12-15 credits of specific coursework as noted below.

Ecological restoration has been defined as “the return of an ecosystem to a close approximation of its condition prior to disturbance” (NRC, 1992). According to the Society for Ecological Restoration, ecological restoration is “the process of assisting the recovery and management of ecological integrity”. Ecological integrity is related to biodiversity, ecological processes and structures, regional and historical contexts and sustainable use (SER, 1999). Thus, ecological restoration can be considered as human intervention to recover nature’s integrity; to restore the environment to its natural state.

A sound science-based ecological foundation is needed for developing and implementing restoration projects. In order to train our graduate students effectively as future resource managers, environmental scientists, and restoration ecologists, we need to equip them with skills and science-based principles that are transportable from one system to another. They also need to learn that good restoration requires a view above and beyond the technical details and should include historical, social, cultural, political, aesthetic and moral aspects, so these ideas are addressed in the technical courses developed for this program.

The need for such a program is at an all-time high as agencies and private companies involved in ecological restoration and environmental science are striving to re-tool their work force with a solid academic training in ecological restoration.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
The non-thesis Forest Resources and Conservation MS program in Ecological Restoration consists of 30 credits, of which at least 15 must be part of the approved set of courses for the concentration. Students may choose from other FFGS courses or any graduate course offered by UF, with the approval of your advisor. Electives should typically be related to environmental sciences.

Required:
FOR 5157 Ecosystem Restoration Principles and Practice

Choose 4 Electives:
FAS 6932 Invasion Ecology of Aquatic Animals
FOR 5159 Ecology and Restoration of the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem
FOR 6151 Forest Ecosystem Health
FOR 6154 Analysis of Forest Ecosystems
FOR 6934 Ecology and Restoration of Invaded Ecosystems
FOR 6934 Agroforestry of the Southeastern US
FNR 6628 Watershed Restoration and Management
FNR 6669 Policy and Economics of Natural Resources
HOS 6070 Plant Materials for Conservation and Restoration

An additional 15 elective credits are required to complete the 30 credit degree.

Learning Goals

Students completing the MS non-thesis with concentration in Ecological Restoration will develop or strengthen their knowledge and skills allowing them to:

  1. Understand theoretical and technical knowledge from ecology, soils and other bio-physical sciences that form the intellectual foundation of ecological restoration environmental sciences.
  2. Design restoration projects (upland and bottomland forests, wetlands, prairie, and dune) that consider knowledge areas outside students’ current area of expertise and in an interdisciplinary team environment.
  3. Analyze critically and synthesize relevant primary information sources, such as technical reports and scientific publications.
  4. Learn various techniques used in ecological restoration, and evaluation and monitoring.
  5. Understand and appreciate the socio-economic, ethics, laws, policy and political dimensions of ecological restoration.
Our program prepares Geomatics students to become geospatial technology experts through the online Master of Science degree. The Geomatics faculty is nationally and internationally recognized as authors, presenters, and educators. This faculty has developed a flexible degree program that can accommodate each student’s interests in the broad field of geospatial science. Furthermore, MS graduates are well-positioned in the job market to enhance their careers and take advantage of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics projection of continuing job growth in the geospatial workforce for the foreseeable future. The program offers instruction and learning opportunities with the convenience and flexibility of online delivery so students can continue to work while going to school.

The MS Geomatics concentration in the Forest Resources and Conservation degree requires a total of 30 credits, with 15 chosen from available Geomatics courses (“SUR” or "GIS" prefix) at the graduate level. Students may choose remaining credits from other FFGS courses or any graduate course offered by UF, with the approval of your advisor. Electives should typically be related to natural resources, environmental engineering, urban planning, soil and water sciences, and related subjects.

Approved Courses for the MS in Geomatics As noted above, any SUR graduate courses may be used to fulfill the 15 major credits required for this degree, but students may choose to take more SUR/GIS credits as desired.

The online Master of Science in Natural Resource Policy and Administration is designed for natural resource or environmental science professionals who are interested in advancing their careers by earning a graduate degree. The ability to take this program entirely online means that students will not have to sacrifice their commitments to career and family in order to earn the degree.

Graduates of natural resource degree programs are well‐equipped for careers focused in biology, statistics, ecology, geology, and other sciences, but lack a strong basis in the administrative aspects of careers in government, state/federal agencies, NGOs, and private firms. Stakeholder and industry feedback has been unanimous with regards to the need for training, for traditional and non‐traditional students, in policy, analysis, human management, and organizational administration. This concentration offers a means of obtaining the prerequisites to higher‐level administration careers for natural resource professionals as well as students seeking to round‐out their education in natural resources.

Program Requirements
Choose five courses from below, to total 15 credits:

FOR 6005, Conservation Behavior
FOR 6543, Natural Resource Economics & Valuation
FNR 6669 Policy and Economics of Natural Resources
FNR 6061, Conflict, Collaboration, and Community Engagement in Natural Resources
FOR 6934, Human and Organizational Management in Natural Resources
FNR 5625, Managing Public Lands and Waters

An additional 15 elective credits are required to complete the 30 credit degree.

Learning Goals
Students completing the MS non-thesis with concentration in Natural Resource Policy and Administration will develop or strengthen their knowledge and skills, including:

1) Content knowledge in the following areas:
– implications of natural resource policy and economic theory to resource management
– application of policy and economic theory in regards to legislation and administration of natural resources
– how to conduct stakeholder assessments, surveys, and other public interactions

2) Communication skills, with regards to conflict and collaboration management
– application of best practices to communicate effectively with public and stakeholders in written form

3) Critical Thinking
– identify, evaluate, and manage human dimension issues (conflicts)
– analyze natural resource policies and economics
These interdisciplinary concentrations are managed through other programs as linked.

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Certificate Programs

Certificate programs are available to UF and non-degree seeking students.

  • Aquaculture & Fish Health
  • Ecological Restoration
  • Environmental Education & Communication
  • Forest Health & Resilience
  • Geomatics
  • Geospatial Analysis
  • Natural Resource Policy & Administration
  • Quantitative Fisheries Science
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems

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REQUIREMENTS BY DEGREE

This table offers a quick reference for the basic requirements of graduate degrees in FFGS. Current students should visit the Academic Hub for more specific details on courses, timelines, and more.

 

Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences (FAS) CREDITS ONLINE OPTION? THESIS/DISSERTATION? OTHER REQUIREMENTS*
MFAS 32 yes no faculty advisors (3)
technical paper
final exam
MS 30 no yes faculty advisors (3)
exit seminar
final exam + defense
PhD 90 no yes faculty advisors (5)
qualifying exam
exit seminar
final exam + defense
Forest Resources & Conservation (FRC) CREDITS ONLINE OPTION? THESIS/DISSERTATION? OTHER REQUIREMENTS*
MFRC 30 no no faculty advisors (3)
special project
exit seminar
final exam
MS (non-thesis) 30 yes no faculty advisor (1)
final exam
MS 30 no yes faculty advisors (3)
exit seminar
final exam + defense
PhD 90 no yes faculty advisors (5)
qualifying exam
exit seminar
final exam + defense
FRC + Geomatics Concentration
MS (non-thesis) 30 yes no faculty advisor (1)
final exam
MS 30 no yes faculty advisors (3)
exit seminar
final exam + defense
PhD 90 no yes faculty advisors (5)
qualifying exam
exit seminar
final exam + defense

*Academic programs are required to give a final examination to students as part of their MS/PhD graduation requirements. The examination format (e.g., written or oral), length, breadth, location, and subject matter will be determined by the Supervisory Committee according to program and Graduate School policies. The content will be centered on subject matter drawn from the student’s coursework and/or research focus. The examination should be taken during the last semester of enrollment by the relevant Graduate School deadlines.

WHO TO CONTACT

Graduate Student Advisor

Amy Abernethy

aabner@ufl.edu

FAS Graduate Coordinator

Dr. Don Behringer

FRC Graduate Coordinator

Dr. Taylor Stein