The Integrated Environmental Planning (IEP) program prepares students to meet growing needs for technologists capable of assisting in all areas of land use and environmental planning, environmental chemistry and hydrology, applied ecology and microbiology, and geographic information systems. Graduates of this program are trained in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data entry and spatial analysis using Arc GIS and other software. Graduates possess the practical field and laboratory skills and technical competencies not only to acquire, compile, analyze, evaluate and present environmental information, but also to integrate it effectively into formal planning and review processes.
The first year of Forest Technology, Recreation, Fish and Wildlife Technology and Integrated Environmental Planning Technology programs consist of a core of common courses emphasizing resource skills, knowledge and professionalism in: fish and wildlife ecology, botany and terrestrial ecology, inventory, measurement, mapping, communications, math and interpretation.
The second year of each program synthesizes the skills, knowledge, and professionalism of first year with applied management, planning, and advanced techniques and principles. Integration of learning in each program is required.
The common core allows students to obtain an additional diploma in RFW or Forestry by completing the relevant third year.