Associate Dean Michael A. Jones, Coordinator.
This interdisciplinary program leading to a Ph.D. degree is administered by the Dean of the College of Architecture with faculty and courses drawn from participating units throughout the University. It is designed to provide education in the several facets of physical design, with special emphasis on nonurban lands and those in arid and semi-arid environments. Included in the program are studies of the complex factors influencing the human use of resources; training in the research and evaluative methods that can be applied to interdisciplinary studies; and education in the institutional structures that shape policy and action.
This doctoral degree requires 66 semester hours of graduate work beyond the bachelor's degree, 6 of which are tool requirements, plus a minimum of 12 hours of dissertation. This includes a 24-hour core of the program which consists of a variety of courses taught in the colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering and in the School of Law. This fundamental knowledge is expanded by a specialization in one of four tracks: Environmental-Natural Resource Planning and Management; Public Policy Administration; Community Planning and Design; and Historic Preservation. Additional course work, research projects, and ultimately the student's dissertation will focus on the track selected. A student also is required to present evidence of competency in an appropriate tool subject, computer science or statistics.
Requirements considered for admission to the program include GRE, grade-point average, statement of research interests and goals, and letters of recommendation on official letterhead.
Since students will come from a variety of backgrounds with different interests and career goals, there is no one standard course of study. Initial advisement and program development is conducted by the program coordinator. A degree plan is formulated by a committee drawn from three or more departments and two or more colleges will arrange a student's course of study in both the core and track specialization. The student will therefore follow a "custom-designed" program of study. The advisory committee will assist in administering comprehensive exams and direct the dissertation and the student's program in general.
The core courses for the program are listed below, although a certain flexibility is allowed. Current course descriptions may be found in the listings of the various departments.
ARCH 5382. Principles of Planning (3:3:0)
CE 5396. Environmental Impact Analysis (3:3:0).
GEOG 5309. Seminar in Regional Analysis (3:3:0).
PHIL 5330. Philosophy of Science (3:3:0).
PUAD 5340. Seminar in Public Administration (3:3:0).
LAW 6025. Land Use Planning Law (V2 or 3).
RWFM 5310. Advanced Range Ecology (3:3:0).
RWFM 6301. Research Methods (3).
Courses in Land-Use Planning, Management, and Design. (LPMD)
7000. Research (V1-12).
7100. Seminar (1:1:0). Enrollment required each time offered; must be taken pass-fail.
8000. Doctor's Dissertation (V1-12).
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