Sep 15, 2019  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 

School of Forest Resources and Conservation

Director: T. L. White.
Graduate Coordinator: T.V. Stein

Complete faculty listing by department: Follow this link.

The School offers the Forest Resources and Conservation major leading to the Master of Forest Resources and Conservation (professional, nonthesis), Master of Science (thesis and non-thesis), and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in forest resources and conservation. Requirements for these degrees are given in the Graduate Degrees and Programs section of this catalog.

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. All graduate students are required to develop teaching skills by assisting with one course during their programs.

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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