The Department of Land Resources prides itself on its hands on approach to learning. Students are provided teaching and learning experience that duplicates real world applications as closely as possible. Housed in the Waco Center about one mile from the main campus, the department has about 300 acres of land adjacent to the building for outdoor projects. A greenhouse and sawmill are located on the property for student use along with storage buildings for timber harvesting equipment. A modern computer lab is available for use in appropriate classes. This lab contains computers, plotters, scanner, and software that replicate those used in government, business, and industry. A wide array of hand tools, equipment, and land surveying instruments appropriate for teaching field labs are available to enhance instruction and learning. Global positioning systems (GPS) and geographic information systems (GIS) technologies are used in several classes.
The baccalaureate degree in natural resource management will take advantage of two associate degree programs in the Department of Land Resources and the strength of course offerings in the Department of Science and Mathematics, Department of Business, and Department of Social Science. The degree was developed around the new general education baccalaureate degree component, a natural resource management core, seven major concentration areas and a block elective component. The seven degree concentrations are applied science, business management, criminal justice, environmental science, forest technology, landman technology, and land surveying technology.
The associate degree programs have active advisory committees comprised of representatives from government, business, and industries that hire graduates. These advisory bodies ensure that classes are continually updated and help greatly with job placement for graduates. Job opportunities remain strong for all program graduates. Graduates receive the associate degree upon completion of their programs in forestry or land surveying. The forestry program is one of only 22 in the country recognized by the Society of American Foresters, and graduates can become registered under state law to practice forest management in West Virginia. Graduates of the land surveying associate degree program receive a surveyor intern status as the curriculum is approved by the West Virginia Board of Examiners of Land Surveyors and the degree provides two of the six years required for licensure. The baccalaureate natural resource management degree with the land surveying technology concentration provides three of the six years required for licensure.
For additional information about the Department of Land Resources, its programs, faculty, and organizations contact:
Dr. Milan C. Vavrek
Professor of Natural Resource Management, Land Resources Department