Department History

Department History
The Department of Natural Resources was established in 1969 has graduated 40 classes in its 42-year history. There are currently about 220 students enrolled the department.
Educational Goal’s and Characteristics
The department’s educational policy recognizes the importance of balanced development of both character and scholarship in students and assigns equal importance to instruction, research, and extension. In addition to enhancing students’ study and research habits, the department emphasizes counseling and extracurricular activities. Educational goals include: (1) cultivating well-qualified natural resources conservation, development, management, and administrative personnel and (2) fostering holistically oriented environment and natural resources use, development, and management personnel. Training includes: (1) status and characteristics of resources, (2) resource research and management tools, and (3) resource utilization and environmental conservation and management expertise. The department enjoys the services of expert instructors and top talent from related professions and industries, currently retaining seven full-time professors, eight part-time professors, and one secretary, all from prestigious schools, government agencies (including the Environmental Protection Administration, Council of Agriculture, and Forestry Research Institute), and private sector (including real estate appraisal, investment, and development companies).
In response to the demand for expertise in today’s multidisciplinary-oriented society, the department’s curriculum is designed around (1) required professional foundation courses and (2) required applied science and technology courses. In addition, the department offers students the option of pursuing elective courses along two professional interest tracks, (1) land assets or (2) environmental resources, with faculty counseling in course selection and career planning. Students may select courses along one of these tracks and are encouraged to select courses offered by other departments in order to broaden their world view and to assimilate the essentials of other disciplines. In order to enhance students’ awareness of educational goals, build practical experience, and stimulate learning interest, the faculty organizes on-campus and off-campus fieldwork and internships. In addition, the department is actively involved in or organizes various research projects and seminars to allow students to acquire both academic theory and practical experience.
Basic Skills and Professional Standards of Department Graduates:

  1. basic land use, management, and development skills
  2. basic environmental and natural resource planning, development, and management skills
  3. research data analysis, integration, and application skills
  4. an international outlook and life-long learning orientation in professional expertise



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