BS Urban & Environmental Planning

  • Do you want to make a positive change to your community?
  • Are you interested in the land development process?
  • Do you want to protect natural resources and open spaces?
  • Do you think about the future and how are neighborhoods could be better?
  • Do you like working with people?
  • Do you like to make plans and communicate ideas?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then a career in planning might be for you!

You will learn about the urban and regional planning profession and develop basic skills in planning analysis in the areas of land use, natural resource protection, housing, transportation and urban design. Many students in this program are able to complement their studies with real-world internship experiences. Graduates of the program have gone on to work in entry-level planning positions in the private, public and non-profit sectors. A number of graduates have pursued graduate study in planning, geography, landscape architecture, and law.

Learn More

For more information about this program, please contact:

Planning Program Administrator: 

Dr. Amy Lynch


Chair, Geography & Planning Department:

Dr. Coutu



General Education

All students in the BS Urban & Environmental Planning program will have to complete the University General Education requirements

Required Major Core Courses (18 semester hours):

  • PLN214 Introduction to Planning
  • PLN301 Planning History, Theory & Ethics
  • PLN302 Community Engagement Techniques
  • PLN320 Land Use Planning
  • PLN322 Land Development Controls
  • PLN336 Environmental Planning

Capstone Courses (6 semester hours):

  • PLN403 Planning Studio A
  • PLN405 Planning Studio B

Other Required Courses (15 semester hours):

  • GEO230 Environmental Conservation & Sustainability (Directed General Education)
  • GEO310 Population Geography (Writing Emphasis)
  • GEO324 Introduction to GIS (Cognate)
  • GEO326 Geographic Analysis (Cognate)
  • GEO328 Computer Cartography (Cognate)

Planning Elective Courses (15 semester hours) and Additional Elective Courses (12 semester hours):

These courses are typically selected under advisement. Sample course options include:

  • GEO102 Physical Geography
  • GEO200 Global Cities
  • GEO312 Urban Geography
  • PLN316 Planning for Public Services
  • PLN318 Economic Geography
  • PLN331 Transportation Planning
  • GEO338 Environmental Applications of GIS
  • PLN354 Planning for Housing in America
  • GEO424 GIS Applications

Advising Sheet

Be sure to check with your advisor before registering for classes.