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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Land Use Major, B.A./B.S.

The land use major is a 65 hour extended major that 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. Students will receive a Bachelor of Science degree except when their concentration is urban land use planning in which case the student will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree. The major equips students with a dynamic foundation for understanding issues and solving problems that confront the community and environment, making them highly competitive in the job market. The program is broad in scope and can be applied to a number of career objectives and graduate school programs. Opportunities exist in such areas as cartography, environment and resource management, environmental science, geographic information systems, geology, mining and mineral resources, planning, population analysis, recreational land use, remote sensing, residential and industrial development, transportation, and a variety of other interrelated fields. Because the land use degree is an extended major, it does not require a minor. Each student must have a department advisor and consult with his/her advisor regarding course work to avoid prerequisite problems.

A grade of D or better is required for courses in this program to count toward the Bachelor’s degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required.

The four concentration areas have a common 15-16 hour required core:

Land Use Major, B.S

Environment and Resources Concentration:

Geology Concentration:

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Concentration:

The GIS Concentration provides students with the theoretical knowledge and technical training to develop proficiency in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), cartography and database systems in order to define and solve problems in the management, conservation, and improvement of natural and man-made environments.

Students must complete each course with a grade of “C” or better. The course cannot be taken pass/fail.


Because GIS is an application tool, students are required to specialize in an area of interest. A student can select one of the following interest areas (Environment, Meteorology, Planning, Resources) or design one with the approval of a department advisor or select a minor in Computer Science (School of Letters, Arts and Sciences); Computer Information Systems, General Business, International Business, Marketing (School of Business), or Criminal Justice and Criminology (School of Professional Studies).

Select a minimum of 19 credit hours from one of the following areas.

Areas of Interest:

Subtotal: 19

Subtotal: 19

Subtotal: 19

Subtotal: 19

Subtotal: 19


General Studies* 34
Land Use Core and Required GIS Concentration Courses 46
Area of Interest 19
Unrestricted Electives * 21
Total for Land Use Major, GIS Concentration 120


*the 3 hour Multicultural requirement must be satisfied

**MTH 1110 or MTH 1400 or MTH 1410 is required and satisfies the General Studies Quantitative Literacy requirement

Land Use Major, B.A