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Undergraduate Record 2008-2009 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

Urban and Environmental Planning


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Urban and Environmental Planning

The Program in Urban and Environmental Planning balances professional planning skills with a liberal education emphasizing interdisciplinary study. Students typically take courses in the social and natural sciences, the humanities, and in design fields that complement professional courses in planning practice and theory. Graduates either begin work in the public or private sectors or go on to graduate professional studies.

The scope of the planner’s work encompasses present and future urban and environmental concerns, including such diverse issues as environmental impact, quality of life, and the public and private costs of development. Planners work in the public and private sectors in urban and rural areas. Public sector planners work for all levels of government, formulating plans to redevelop or rehabilitate downtowns and neighborhoods, develop land aesthetically and profitably, and regulate private development to protect public interests. Although planners frame long-range designs, anticipating futures 5 to 15 years away, they are also deeply involved in choosing among current projects. Private sector planners employed with land developers, utilities, banks, property management firms, industries, and other major corporations do similar work according to the particular concerns of each business. Many of these concerns are integrated with the department’s focus on sustainable community development.

Students may enter the program directly from high school, or they may transfer from another University school or other accredited universities or colleges. Usually, students transfer in their first or second year and complete the degree requirements without additional sessions. Although the first two years conform closely to the Arts and Sciences core curriculum, students who wish to transfer to the program should consult with the director of undergraduate studies. Students may apply for transfer for the spring or fall semesters. If other prerequisites have been met, it is possible for transfer students to complete the required planning courses in two years.

Accreditation The Graduate Program in Urban and Environmental Planning is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board, sponsored jointly by the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.

Urban and Environmental Planning


Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning

Students must have a minimum of 122 credits with at least a 2.000 average in order to graduate with a Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning degree. A minimum of C- is required of all PLAN/PLAC and Language of Architecture courses.

First Year


Fall Semester - Credits: 16-17


  • English Credits: 3 
    English requirement is proficiency at ENWR 110 level plus a second writing requirement as in Arts and Sciences.
  • Math/Science Credits: 3-4
    Environmental Science and Math are encouraged (some EVSC are classified as Social Science, however).
  • Social Science elective Credits: 3 
    Majors take six credits of Politics and 12 other credits of Social Science in addition to ECON 201 and 202.
  • Language of Architecture Credits: 4
    • Take one from among ARCH 101, or AR H 101.
  • PLAN 103 Intro to Urban & Environmental Planning Credits: 3

Spring Semester - Credits: 15-16


  • English Credits (or 2nd Writing Requirement): 3
  • Math/Science Credits: 3-4
    Environmental Science and Math are encouraged (some EVSC are classified as Social Science, however).
  • Social Science Credits: 3 
    Majors take six credits of Politics and 12 other credits of Social Science in addition to ECON 201 and 202.
  • Humanities Credits: 3
    One Non-Western Studies included.
  • Language of Architecture Credits: 4
    • Take one from among ARCH 102 or AR H 102

Second Year


Fall Semester - Credits: 16-17


  • Math/Science Credits: 3-4
    Environmental Science and Math are encouraged EVSC 320 highly recommended (some EVSC are classified as Social Science, however).
  • Humanities Credits: 3
    One Non-Western Studies included.
  • Open Elective Credits: 3

Spring Semester - Credits: 16-17


  • Math/Science Credits: 3-4
    Environmental Science and Math are encouraged EVSC 320 highly recommended (some EVSC are classified as Social Science, however).
  • Statistics Credits: 3
  • Open Elective Credits: 3
    One Non-Western Studies included.

Third Year


Fall Semester - Credits: 15


  • Politics Credits: 3
  • Electives Credits: 6
    One Non-Western Studies included.

Spring Semester - Credits: 15


  • Professional Elective Credits: 3
    A Professional Elective can be taken in a professional school at the 300 level or above with advisors permission.
  • Politics Elective Credits: 3
  • Electives Credits: 6
    One Non-Western Studies included.

Fourth Year


Fall Semester - Credits: 15


  • Professional Electives Credits: 6
    A Professional Elective can be taken in a professional school at the 300 level or above with advisors permission. 
  • Social Science Credits: 3
    Majors take six credits of Politics and 12 other credits of Social Science in addition to ECON 201 and 202.
  • Open Elective Credits:  
    One Non-Western Studies included.

Spring Semester - Credits: 15


  • Planning Application Course Credits: 3
    Planning applications courses are designated as PLAC. These courses emphasize field work, analysis, plan development, and document preparations.
  • Social Science Credits: 3
    Majors take six credits of Politics and 12 other credits of Social Science in addition to ECON 201 and 202.
  • PLAN Elective or Fourth Year project Credits: 3
  • Open Elective Credits:
    One Non-Western Studies included.

Urban and Environmental Planning Minor


An application for the minor is available in Campbell Hall, Room 120A. Upon completion of all requirements, the signature of the respective department chair must be obtained.

Requirements


A minor in urban and environmental planning requires 15 credits of PLAN courses with a minimum grade of C-. Students may choose from among any PLAN course, with no more than 6 credits at the 500 level. PLAN courses taken as a completed Planning Minor do not count against the limit of credits college students can take outside the College.

Jointly listed courses PLAN/ARCH, PLAN/EVSC, etc. also count toward the minor.

Course Descriptions for Minor


See the Major in Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning for course descriptions.

Urban and Environmental Planning Course Descriptions


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