Because plants matterLearn applied skills to design and implement effective restoration and conservation strategies for natural areas and other landscapes affected by the oil and gas, mining, forestry and agricultural industries.
Recently added are CARE major courses about:
- the growing concern of urban conservation, stewardship, and restoration of these natural areas
- land use planning framework
- IDing over 300 species of native and non-native plants plus birds and amphibians
- conducting ecological health assessments and classifying plant communities
- proper techniques for restoration and re-establishing plant communities
- how to classify soil and current practices for soil conservation and restoration
- mapping and ArcView GIS skills
Our emphasis on hands-on learning takes you off campus. Partnerships with industry and government professionals make their workplaces available for field tours, applied projects and living laboratories. Some trips are as far away as the Rocky Mountains and some are as close as college land just west of campus.
Our students and graduates get meaningful summer and full time employment related to the skill set emphasized in the CARE major. Their testimonials demonstrate some of their success to date.