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Urban & Regional Planning

BS Geography emphasis
Explore cities and how to improve them

Charting the future of tomorrow’s cities and lands

Planners guide the development of their neighborhoods, towns, and regions by applying conceptual, analytical, communication, and technological skills. This emphasis is ideal for students who: love cities and/or public lands, want to be involved in government without going into politics, have a talent for resolving conflict, are dismayed by the effects of bad policy on the urban and natural landscape, and want to make a difference in the world.

This emphasis has a solid core of classes designed to give the student valuable understanding concerning the nature and importance of land use and resource planning. The focus is not only on conceptual knowledge but on professional skills, including verbal and written communication, GIS and statistical analysis, creative and critical thinking, and working in teams with various stakeholders. The final result is a graduate who will work successfully with people to help fashion their communities with the skill of a professional land use planner. Graduates of this program have also pursued advanced degrees in geography, public administration, and real estate law.

Career Opportunities

Planners who have graduated from this program are employed in real estate and development companies, city and county governments, private consulting firms, and federal or state land management agencies

Job titles include: Urban/Community Planner, Regional Development Coordinator, Zoning Administrator, Land Management Planner, Site Planner, Airport Planner, Applications Developer

**Students are strongly encouraged to take an internship (paid or unpaid, part-time or summer); there are many local opportunities.

Median Salary: $69,010/year

Expected Learning Outcomes

Those who complete the Urban Planning Program Requirements will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the social, economic, legal, and environmental structure of urban and regional systems and how these play out spatially in the urban landscape.
  • Evaluate new and historic projects to identify patterns of failure and strategies for success.
  • Develop coherent solutions to urban and other land management issues that respect the diverse (and sometimes conflicting) needs of planners, engineers, architects, land developers, elected officials, and citizens, including using the methods of plan creation, plan adoption, and plan implementation to bring about the greatest public good while mitigating foreseeable negative impacts.
  • Create plans, maps, ordinances, and reports to communicate effectively with citizens and officials concerning planning issues and solutions.