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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 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.

Required Core

The four concentration areas have a common, 16-17 semester-hour, required core consisting of the following courses:

Land Use Major, B.A.

Urban Land Use Planning Concentration


Select a minimum of 3 semester hours from the following courses:

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 courses cannot be taken pass/fail.

Required Courses

In addition to the required core, students must complete the following courses:


Select courses from the following list for a total of at least 46 credit hours.

Areas of Interest

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 (College of Letters, Arts and Sciences); Computer Information Systems, General Business, International Business, Marketing (College of Business), or Criminal Justice and Criminology (College of Professional Studies).

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


General Studies* 34
Land Use Core and Required GIS Concentration Courses 47
Area of Interest 19
Unrestricted Electives * 20
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