Land Use Program
Land Use Major - BS or BA
Proposed Mission, Program Goals, and Outcomes
Mission Statement of the Land Use Program
The mission of the Sustainable Land Use program is to provide a multidisciplinary professional education that integrates physical and social science with policy and spatial analysis as a foundation for understanding problems and implementing solutions in sustainable land use development. The land use curriculum combines general planning courses with a focused area of study (concentration), including environment and resources, geographic information systems, geology, or urban land use planning, linked by the vital thread of land use management.
Land Use Program Goals
- To prepare students for a professional practice that stresses critical analysis, innovation in problem solving, and sustainability.
- To introduce students to the multidisciplinary approach in the sciences to address land development questions.
- To train students in the interactions between the physical and human environments for sustainable land development.
- To develop a competency in both comprehension and presentation of scientific communication.
Land Use Program Student Learning Outcomes
Graduating students should be able to:
- Knowledge: Identify the relation between human and physical patterns, and examine how and why patterns vary across the surface of the Earth.
- Comprehension: Discuss the interaction among socio-economic, physical, and cultural factors and explain their joint influence on the context and evolution of land use patterns.
- Application: Demonstrate competency in both writing and oral presentation of scientific information using appropriate multimedia resources.
- Analysis: Select and apply an array of analytic tools ranging from earth systems techniques to cultural-socio-economic and ecological approaches to analyze specific land use issues, problems, and conflicts.
- Synthesis and evaluation: Design, plan, and evaluate solutions for complex multi-dimensional land use problems.