The Department of Land Resources prides itself on its hands-on approach to learning. Students are provided experiences that duplicate real world applications as closely as possible. Housed in the Landaplenty Center within the Waco Center, the Department has state-of-the-art facilities and about 300 acres of land adjacent to the building for outdoor projects. A sawmill is located on the property for student use along with storage buildings for timber harvesting equipment. A computer lab is available for the appropriate classes. The lab contains computers, plotters, a scanner, and software that replicate those used in government, business, and industry offices. A wide array of hand tools, large equipment, and instruments suitable for 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 department offers BS degree in Natural Resource Management with seven major concentration areas such as Applied Science, Business Management, Criminal Justice, Energy and Land Management, Environmental Science, Forest Technology, and Land Surveying Technology.
Two associate degree programs are also offered, Forest Technology and Land Surveying Technology. Students completing these associate degree programs can matriculate seamlessly into the Natural Resource Management degree program. The associate degree programs, like the baccalaureate program, have active advisory committees comprised of representatives from government, business, and industry. These advisory bodies ensure that classes are continually updated and meet the needs of industry and government. Job opportunities remain strong for graduates of the three degree programs.
The department offers a Certificate in Land Surveying and GIS. The certificate program requires 12 hours of relevant courses. The new Certificate in Geographic Information System (GIS) is a completely online program which will be offered starting Fall 2020. The new certificate requires 10 hours of geospatial technology courses.
Students can also minor in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management with 19-20 hours of additional courses in the discipline.
For additional information about the Department of Land Resources, its programs, faculty, and organizations contact:
Dr. Rico Gazal
Professor of Forestry, Land Resources Department
214 Waco Center