The Department building occupies a total area of 4300m2 that includes laboratories of soil mechanics, soil physics, vegetation engineering, and Geographic information Systems. Several buildings and outdoor experimental sites are organized for specific research and teaching needs, such as rainfall simulator building (15m tall), steep-slope hydraulics laboratory, educational meteorology station, outdoor experimental sites at different gradients for erosion research, slopeland orchard, farmland and bamboo watershed.
The ultimate goal of the Department is to coordinate the needs of nation’s hillslope development and disaster prevention, therefore, students are trained with up-to-date techniques and fundamental engineering core abilities. Special project that expands for two consecutive academic years is one of requirement that assists students in their senior years to gain hand-on experience.
The Department is devoted to foster students with natural resources conservation technology, including techniques of rational soil and water resource usage and conservation, vegetation engineering, watershed management, disaster prevention on hillslopes, GIS, and climate resource analysis for sloping lands.
All courses taught in the Department emphasize both theory and practice. The four-year program is built upon fundamental courses of computing, ecology, geology, botany, meteorology, hydrology, engineering mechanics, soil physics, and soil erosion. Watershed management, vegetative engineering and resource conservation are taught to equip students with knowledge and techniques of soil and water conservation.