Land Resources Analyst Certificate

The purpose of the Land Resources Analyst Certificate is to certify students as having proficiency in occupational skills in land resources interpretation, assessment, inventory, and management- skills required for planning, resource management, and related positions with employers such as township and county planning agencies, county zoning offices, departments of natural resources, private planning and engineering firms, and firms engaged in landscape architecture.

Course Requirement

  1. One course in land resources, land stewardship ecology, or town and country planning, with a minimum of 90 contact hours.

  2. One of the following: 301, 303, 304, 310, 343, 362, 367, 482 with a minimum of 90 contact hours.

  3. One course from the following, with a minimum of 90 contact hours: Physical geography, soils, hydrology, general geology, field geology, geomorphology, environmental geology.

  4. One course in ecology, ecological agriculture, or development and ecological sustainability with a minimum of 90 contact hours.

Occupational Techniques Requirement

This requirement is met through course work and proficiency tests administered by the faculty of the Institute.

  1. Remote Sensing and Photographic Interpretation Techniques, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geographical Positioning Systems (GPS)
    Must demonstrate proficiency in managing geographic information systems and ability to use satellite and aircraft imagery in interpreting and mapping land forms, vegetation types, and urban development.

  2. Field Techniques

    Must demonstrate proficiency in use of topographic maps, aerial imagery, and geographical positioning systems (GPS) for orientation and other purposes under field conditions. Must demonstrate proficiency in dominant species identification and classification of biotic communities and ecosystems.

  3. Laboratory Techniques

    Must demonstrate proficiency in overlay mapping techniques applied to land resources planning, management, and decision-making.

  4. Literature and Information
Must demonstrate proficiency in identification, location, procurement, and use of planning and management documents of public and private agencies. Must demonstrate proficiency in preparing land resources maps and integrating them with non-technical, accurate text for use in policy-making and planning.

  5. Computing and Information Processing Techniques
    Must demonstrate proficiency in the use of computers in ecological and geographic and geo-referenced data management and analysis, spreadsheet modeling, and word-processing.