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Land Use Program

The land use major is an extended major that combines general planning courses with a focused area of study, including environment and resources, geographic information systems, geology, or urban land use planning.  Linked by the vital thread of land use management, these majors equip students with a dynamic foundation for understanding issues and solving problems that confront the community and environment.  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, resource management,  environmental studies, 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.   

You can review major, minor and concentration requirements by clicking on the links below or by visiting the EAS Program Guides section of the EAS website. 


For additional information, advise or to confirm your catalog year, please consult with an EAS Academic Advisor.

The mission of the Sustainable Land Use program is to provide a multidisciplinary professional education that integrates physical and social science with policy and spatial analysis as a foundation for understanding problems and implementing solutions in sustainable land use development. The land use curriculum 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. 

  1. To prepare students for a professional practice that stresses critical analysis, innovation in problem solving, and sustainability.
  2. To introduce students to the multidisciplinary approach in the sciences to address land development questions.
  3. To train students in the interactions between the physical and human environments for sustainable land development.
  4. To develop a competency in both comprehension and presentation of scientific communication.

Graduating students should be able to:

  1. Knowledge: Identify the relation between human and physical patterns, and examine how and why patterns vary across the surface of the Earth.
  2. Comprehension: Discuss the interaction among socio-economic, physical, and cultural factors and explain their joint influence on the context and evolution of land use patterns.
  3. Application: Demonstrate competency in both writing and oral presentation of scientific information using appropriate multimedia resources.
  4. Analysis: Select and apply an array of analytic tools ranging from earth systems techniques to cultural-socio-economic and ecological approaches to analyze specific land use issues, problems, and conflicts.
  5. Synthesis and evaluation: Design, plan, and evaluate solutions for complex multi-dimensional land use problems.