One of the greatest strengths of our undergraduate education is that students receive real-world field experience in our courses. Our goal is for students to apply the principles learned in the classroom to practical and relevant situations now and in the future.


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. Go to the UF Undergraduate Catalog >

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.

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. We offer the only accredited forestry programs in Florida.

Geomatics refers to the integrated approach of measurement, analysis, and management of the descriptions and locations of geo-spatial data. These data come from many sources, including earth-orbiting satellites, air and sea-borne sensors and ground based instruments. It is processed and manipulated with state-of-the-art information technology. Go to the UF Undergraduate Catalog >

There are two specializations within the Geomatics major:

The Geomatics Program within the School is the oldest program of its kind in the southeastern United States. Students have the opportunity to pursue a BS in Geomatics, an MS with a concentration in Geomatics or a PhD. The Bachelor of Science in Geomatics is accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Our Geomatics undergraduate degree is available at three locations throughout the state of Florida: on the main campus in Gainesville, at the Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center (FLREC) or at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) in Plant City. Students interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Geomatics may attend at any of the locations.

This interdisciplinary degree program focuses on a truly holistic discipline, requiring the integration of marine biology, ecology, conservation, and sustainable resource management. Students are prepared for graduate study and careers related to marine ecology and resources management. An interdisciplinary approach to marine science education and research is promoted to prepare students for a variety of rewarding academic and professional careers. Go to the UF Undergraduate Catalog >

The Marine Sciences curriculum is built upon the following required courses:

  • STA2023 Introduction to Statistics
  • GLY3083C Fundamentals of Marine Sciences
  • FAS4175 Biology and Ecology of Algae
  • FAS4202C Biology of Fishes
  • FNR3410C Natural Resource Sampling (or other approved statistics course)
  • FAS4270 Marine Ecological Processes or ZOO4926 Marine Ecology
  • FNR4660 Natural Resource Policy and Economics
  • ZOO4205C Invertebrate biodiversity

These courses are designed to give students a broad understanding of marine ecosystems, quantitative research methods, and the policies that influence marine resource management. Students work closely with a Faculty Adviser to create an individualized curriculum plan of at least 18 credits of Approved Electives. These can include courses on resource management, human dimensions, conservation, quantitative population assessment and other areas. Students must complete a Curriculum Plan and have it approved by the program undergraduate coordinator before they reach 70 credits.

NRC students build their own curriculum along with a faculty advisor who shares similar interests. NRC curricula can vary from very focused and specific to broad and multi-disciplinary depending on the students’ interests and career goals. Go to the UF Undergraduate Catalog >

The NRC curriculum is built upon the following nine core categories that all NRC students are required to complete:
  • Professional Seminar
  • Ecology
  • Quantitative Analysis and Assessment
  • Natural History
  • Human Dimensions
  • Policy and Economics
  • Field Applications
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Capstone Experience

These categories are designed to give students a broad understanding of natural resources, their management, and the policies that influence management activities. Students should follow the instructions outlined in the Curriculum Plan form to develop their individual plans of study.

All NRC majors are required to complete nine core courses, as well as planned courses from the natural resource academic units on campus (School of Forest Resources & Conservation and the Department of Wildlife Ecology). 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 undergraduate coordinator by the time they reach 70 credits. Electives Students in the NRC major may choose courses from any program or department at the University of Florida as electives. These must be chosen and included in your Curriculum Plan, which is approved by your advisor. The goal is to have flexibility in your focus while still maintaining a coherent program that will serve your future goals.

This major is also offered at the West Florida Research and Education Center in Milton, FL. Ideal for place-bound students, this version of the NRC major provides a broad ecology/environmental management curriculum.

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). 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
Although Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (FAS) is primarily a graduate program, this minor is a good place to jump-start their academic and professional career in fisheries and aquatic sciences. Our undergraduate courses are designed to provide you with the foundation necessary to build on if you decide to pursue a graduate degree. Courses include a basic introduction to fisheries science, fish biology, aquatic plant biology and management, aquaculture principles, as well as global issues. FAS minor form This minor requires 15 semester credits with a grade of C or better. Students pursuing a minor must complete at least three FAS courses of three or more credits each at the 3000-level or higher. A maximum of 3 credits of FAS 4905 Problems in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences may be applied toward the 15 credit minimum for the minor, but may not be used to fulfill the nine credits of 3000-level or higher courses. Students applying for the minor must obtain written approval from their academic advisor and the undergraduate coordinator in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (FAS) program at least two semesters before graduation.
Current UF students (and those pursuing non-degree coursework) are eligible to obtain a 15-credit standalone Certificate in Geomatics that also counts toward your overall degree program credits. You'll need to apply for the Certificate before you start taking the courses. Learn more >


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Which scenario sounds like you?

There are a few different ways you can join the School of Forest, Fisheries, & Geomatics Sciences.

If you are already a UF student, it's easy to change your major to one of our programs. Reach out to our advisors and they will be happy to help you plan your program and make sure you stay on track to graduate within your timeline.
If you are a student at a state college or other university, you can apply to transfer after completing 60 or more credit hours. An Associate of Arts degree from a Florida institution is preferred, as it will satisfy all of UF’s requirements. Admissions into the program will be based on your performance in the courses listed in the Transfer Admissions Guide for your desired major.
If you are applying to UF as a freshman, you can declare your major in the usual way. Feel free to reach out to our advisors if you want to discuss your future prospects in Forest Resources, Geomatics, Marine Sciences, or Natural Resource Conservation - they will be glad to help you plan.

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