2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Nov 15, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Community and Regional Planning (B.S.)

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Robert Watrel, Interim Department Head
Department of Geography
109 Wecota Hall
E-mail: robert.watrel@sdstate.edu
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Program Information

The Community and Regional Planning major prepares students for careers in planning agencies where they can attain positions as city managers and community planners at the city, county, state or regional level. The program also qualifies graduates to hold positions in organizations such as housing agencies, community and neighborhood development corporations, economic development agencies, federal agencies and private development firms and foundations. The core requirements consist of such topics as planning theory and law, plan development, quantitative and qualitative skills, and values and ethnics.  The City/Community Design, Environmental, and Land Use emphases give students the opportunities to cultivate specialized knowledge and skills in domains that range from social and political aspects of planning to technical areas based on engineering and design that best prepares them for more focused career pathways. 

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Community and Regional Planning major, students will:

  • Acquire general planning knowledge, comprehend, represent, and use ideas and information in the planning field, including appropriate perspectives from history, social science, and the design professions.
  • Develop planning skills that can be used and applied to perform specific tasks required in the practice of planning.
  • Include values and employ ethical and normative principles in guiding planning in a democratic society. Incorporate issues of diversity and social justice.
  • Explore other areas such as exposure to other professions, other specializations, and emerging trends and issues.

Course Delivery Format

The Community and Regional Planning program includes lectures, discussions, fieldwork, and travel, with limited online coursework.

Requirements for Community and Regional Planning Major: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Science in Arts and Sciences

System General Education Requirements

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

Bachelor of Science Requirements: 13+

  • Natural Sciences  Credits: 10+
    • Any two lab sciences.
    • Coursework must include 2 prefixes.
    • MATH and STATS courses do not count toward the science requirement.
  • A&S 111 - Introduction to Global Citizenship and Diversity Credits: 3  
  • One declared minor outside of the major prefix OR a second major OR a teaching specialization. The minor may be a traditional minor within one department or it may be interdisciplinary involving more than one department. The minor can be in a different college. The minor must be declared no later than the student’s third semester of enrollment.
  • Capstone course in the major discipline
  • Upper division coursework Credits: 33

System General Education and/or major coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements. Consult program advisor for details. See the College of Arts and Sciences for additional information about Bachelor of Arts specifications.

Select one of the following

Select 15 credits from one of the following emphases. Credits: 15


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120

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