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 training in the several facets of land use, with special emphasis on nonurban lands and those in arid and semi-arid environments. The International Center for Arid and Semi-Arid Land Studies (ICASALS) is an on-campus research and instructional facility aligned with this program. 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 land-use planning; 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, preferably computer science. Statistics may be substituted by permission from the steering committee.
A minimum GRE score of 1000 (verbal plus quantitative) is required for consideration for admission to the program.
Since students will come from a variety of backgrounds with different interests and career goals, there is no one standard course of study. An advisory 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 also assist in administering preliminary and 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.
GEOG 5309. Seminar in Regional Analysis (3:3:0).
RWFM 5303. Synecology (3:3:0).
RWFM 6301. Research Methods (3).
PUAD 5340. Seminar in Public Administration (3:3:0).
CE 5396. Environmental Impact Analysis (3:3:0).
ARCH 5382. Principles of Planning (3:3:0)
LAW 6025. Land Use Planning Law (V2 or 3).
PHIL 5330. Philosophy of Science (3:3:0).
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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