The Department of Land Resources prides itself on its hands-on approach to learning. Students are provided learning experiences that duplicate real world applications. 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 computer-based classes such as Computer Assisted Mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This lab contains computers, plotters, a scanner and software that replicates 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 geospatial technologies are used in several classes.
The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management with five major areas: Criminal Justice, Energy and Land Management, Environmental Science, Forest Technology, and Land Surveying Technology.
Two associate degree programs, in Forest Technology and Land Surveying Technology, are also offered. 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 also 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 beginning Fall 2020. The new certificate requires 12 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, Department of Land Resources
214 Waco Center