2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Sep 28, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Community and Regional Planning (B.S.)

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Jamie Spinney, Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
414 Wecota Annex

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 Natural Sciences

System General Education Requirements

Department of Geography Requirements

Bachelor of Science Requirements: 13+

  • Natural Sciences  Credits: 10+
    • Any two lab sciences.
    • Coursework must include 2 prefixes.
    • MATH and STAT courses do not count toward the science requirement.
  • AHSS 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.

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

Summary of Program Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences

System General Education Requirements 30 Credit Hours
Department of Geography Requirements* 13+ Credit Hours
Major Requirements 64 Credit Hours
Electives** 19 Credit Hours

*System General Education Requirements, Major Requirements, and Supporting Coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements.  
**Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Academic Advising Guide Sheet

The goal of the academic advising guide sheets and sample plans of study is to promote undergraduate student success by guiding all students to timely completion of an undergraduate degree. Students are not limited to the course sequence provided for their academic program. Instead, the sample plan of study is one possible path to completing your degree and is meant to be used as a guide for planning purposes in consultation with an academic advisor. The plans also help students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor and track their progress in their selected academic program.

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