and Cultural Resource
Students interested in the Natural and Cultural Resource Management program at Thomas University, are generally interested in conservation techniques, public policies, planning, protection, management, and public and private job opportunities dealing with public service in these sensitive environmental, wildlife, archaeological, hydrological, and mixed use stakeholder arenas. Our program is designed to give each student a broad background in the environmental/natural as well as cultural components necessary to engage stakeholder participation that leads to durable conservation management decisions.
With Thomas University’s state of the art GIS/GPS technology in our working Geospatial Analysis Planning and Preservation (GAPP) Center, local planning and preservation projects to manage cultural and natural resources become more than just a class experience. The GAPP Center continues to incorporate cutting edge technology in land management and archaeology. There are many opportunities for students, both in and out of classes, to participate in hands on work: in internships, or as part of class projects. Often GAPP Center projects are embedded in courses such as conservation biology, field archaeology, GIS 1, GIS 2, Ecology, Field Biology, Environmental Science, Field Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Human Dimensions in Planning, and Conservation GIS.
There are also many opportunities to apply this information and technology in our international program offerings, Mexico and Nicaragua, where the environmental and cultural resource protection challenges are many. These and related subjects will prepare students for their Internship and final Project Management Project in which they will design, plan, budget, staff, research, and prepare for publication an original project.
The NCRM program has a core set of classes all majors must take and allows for 3 areas of concentration depending on interest area of at least 22 hours each:
This major will prepare the student for applied work in public or private local, state, or federal and international compliance entities with natural or cultural resource management, historic preservation, environmental planning, or environmental regulations.