Sep 16, 2019  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog

School of Forest Resources and Conservation

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College of Agricultural and Life Sciences  

Director: Terrell “Red” Baker III
Graduate Coordinator: T.V. Stein

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Since 1937 the School of Forest Resources & Conservation has prepared students for professional careers caring for natural resources.  We emphasis the role of people in managing both terrestrial and aquatic systems, to produce the myriad of benefits and services they provide.  Our faculty have a broad range of interests, including ecology, economics/policy, and recreation/education, and are united by an interest in environmental resources, rather than by traditional academic discipline.  The School is composed of three programmatic areas: Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Forest Resources and Conservation, and Geomatics.  Combined, these programs offer seven different degree options (including two professional masters degrees), as well as concentrations and certificates in a diversity of specific areas. Minimum requirements for these degrees are given in the Graduate Degrees  section of this catalog.

Joint program: Students may simultaneously earn a juris doctorate from the College of Law and a graduate degree (M.F.R.C., M.S., or Ph.D.) in Forest Resources and Conservation.

Combined programs: The School offers a combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program, which allows qualified students to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree with a savings of 1 semester. Ph.D. students may pursue a co-major with the Department of Statistics (see below).

Concentration in geomatics: Students completing 15 or more credits with an SUR designation, as part of an SFRC graduate degree, may earn the concentration in geomatics. Geomatics is the collection, analysis, and management of spatial information and includes such fields as surveying, mapping, land tenure, cadastral systems, geographic information systems, and remote sensing.

Concentration in ecological restoration: This concentration is available to M.S. non-thesis students. To earn this concentration a student must complete Ecosystem Restoration Principles and Practice and four of the following courses: Ecological Distribution and Management of Invasive Plants, Ecology and Restoration of Invaded Ecosystems, Ecology and Restoration of Longleaf Pine Ecosystem, Watershed Restoration and Management, Natural Resource Policy and Administration, or Agroforestry in the Southeastern US. Ecological restoration seeks to return ecosystems to a close approximation of condition before a disturbance.

Statistics co-major: Ph.D. students with the School may elect the co-major offered jointly with the Department of Statistics. Students focusing on forest genetics, tree improvement, and other statistics-intensive aspects of natural resource management are potential candidates for this option.

Certificates: The School administers the Graduate Certificate in Agroforestry, and SFRC students regularly earn certificates in Geographic Information Systems and in Environmental Education and Communication. Requirements are described under Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificates and Concentrations in this catalog.

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