TCD Certificate Requirements for PhD Students
For the TCD Certificate, Ph.D. students are required to earn 15 credit hours as follows:
Interdisciplinary Core Courses (9 credits)
Ph.D. students must take LAS 6290 (or the equivalent) and LAS 6291 plus one additional core course. This additional course may be any of the following: LAS 6290, LAS 6291, LAS 6292, or LAS 6940 (Tropical Conservation and Development Practicum).
LAS 6290 Tropical Conservation and Development (3 credits)
Social and biological perspectives on biodiversity conservation, sustainable resource use, and human well-being in the tropics. Theory, concepts and case studies, bridging global to local scales.
LAS 6291 Conservation and Development Skills (3 credits)
Development of practical skills deemed critical for conservation and development professionals, such as conflict management and negotiation, conservation planning and policy, green entrepreneurship, group facilitation and collaborative decision making, impacting policy, effective presentations and communication, workshop organization and delivery.
LAS 6292 Tropical Conservation and Development Research Methods (3 credits)
Introduction to research methods for studies focused on biodiversity conservation, sustainable resource use, and human well-being in the tropics. Specialized methods and field courses taught on an occasional basis.
LAS 6940 Tropical Conservation and Development Practicum (3 credits)
Design and organization of an independent service-oriented project beyond thesis research, on or off-campus, to practice leadership and collaboration skills by engaging others in workshops, outreach and other practical activities.
Disciplinary Courses (6 credits)
Ph.D. students must take:
- One tropical ecology course (3 credits)
- One social science course relevant to tropical conservation and development (3 credits)
For students in natural science departments, the social science course must be taken outside their major department.
To fulfill the tropical ecology and social science requirements, students select from existing courses taught across campus that have been approved by the TCD Academic Advisor. Courses may be counted from the student’s major (except for the case noted above).
*Please note that PhD students seeking a second TCD certificate/concentration, in addition to one already received at the Masters level, cannot count any of their 4 Masters-level required TCD courses for their doctoral certificate/concentration. As dictated by UF’s Graduate School, they must complete 5 different TCD required courses to receive an additional TCD certificate/concentration on their transcript at the doctoral level.*
TCD Concentration Requirements for Affiliate Department PhD Students
For the TCD concentration, Ph.D. students must complete the coursework required for the TCD certificate and focus on tropical conservation and development in their thesis, dissertation, or final project (in the case of non-thesis degree programs). Also, one member of the student’s supervisory committee must be a TCD affiliate faculty member.