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.