Nov. 6, 2023

NDSU announces landscape architecture, disaster resilience, and emergency management department

Carol Cwiak, associate professor of emergency management
Carol Cwiak

The NDSU College of Arts and Sciences​ recently announced the formation of the landscape architecture, disaster resilience, and emergency management department.

This deliberate recalibration of NDSU’s highly ranked and nationally recognized programs in emergency management, geographic information systems, and landscape architecture brings a suite of degrees and certificates focused on planning and designing for resilience. LADREM will prepare practitioners to address the layered vulnerabilities faced by local and global communities in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world. 

“This new department puts NDSU in a position to holistically address the challenge of developing both individual and community level resilience in an era where volatile hazardscapes are marked by more frequent and severe events, devastating impacts on lives, livelihoods, and quality of life, and unsustainable disaster costs. The LADREM team is situated to advance education, research, and practice through a collaborative lens that will change the way resilience is understood and operationalized,”  will allow our researchers and graduates to lead our respective professions in planning, shaping, and strategically protecting people and places,” ​said​ Carol Cwiak, Professor associate professor of emergency management, .

The NDSU landscape architecture and emergency mnagement programs bring 40 years and 20 years of historical contributions, respectively. The NDSU’s emergency management Program program was the first in the nation to develop a full complement of emergency management offerings from the minor to the doctoral level and delivered the first emergency management doctoral degrees in the world. The program has lead discussions and initiatives focused on the advancement of emergency management education and practice both nationally and internationally and is recognized as a leader in the development of the discipline of emergency management. Emergency management program alumni are leading the field across a wide variety of sectors to include: government; education; healthcare; private sector; nonprofits. 

NDSU is consistently ranked in the top 5 for the best value bachelor’s degree and the best crisis, emergency, and disaster management bachelor’s degree schools. 

North Dakota State University is in the top 10% of the country for crisis/emergency/disaster management. Involvement in disaster research at North Dakota State University extends back to 1979 when departmental faculty received National Science Foundation funding to study the impact of a large tornado in Texas. In 2003, the State Board approved proposals for bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in Emergency Management.  

The landscape architecture program is consistently ranked in the top 10 for value and in the top 20 for most hired from programs in the United States. The undergraduate program was established in 1983 and has produced over 400 alumni. The graduate program for the master’s degree in landscape architecture has produced award-winning and employable graduates since 2018 and is continuing to grow with a 24% enrollment increase between 2020 and 2023.  

The landscape architecture, disaster resilience, and emergency management department is currently accepting applications for fall 2024 enrollments in the following:   

  • Master’s degree in landscape architecture 
  • Master’s degree in emergency management 
  • Bachelor’s degree in emergency management 
  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental design/landscape Arch. 
  • Graduate certificate in geographic information systems 
  • Undergraduate certificate in geographic information systems 
  • Minors available in landscape architecture and emergency management 

Please contact Dominic Fischer at dominic.fischer@ndsu or 701-799-3732 for more information.

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