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  • Urban & Regional Planning

    Students in this major develop plans for the use of land and the growth and revitalization of communities and regions. Urban and regional planning explores the social, economic, cultural, and natural forces that govern how communities are shaped. The Urban and Regional Planning program equips students for entry-level positions in planning allied fields and prepares them for graduate studies in fields such as Urban Planning and Land Development. The core curriculum is designed to equip students with knowledge and skills to deal effectively with the opportunities and challenges inherent in the development, growth and culture of neighborhoods, cities, and regions, and is based on theoretical training in the natural, physical, and social sciences. Students acquire skills that enable them to apply these theories to develop communities, cities, and regions which are safe, healthy, and sustainable.

    The Urban Design Track emphasizes physical solutions and the urban form of communities and cities, related to land uses, site planning, the provision of infrastructure such as roads, sidewalks, and storm water management, and the provision of public spaces. Skill-building emphasizes graphic representation and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for both analysis and design.

    The Urban Policy Track emphasizes policy solutions for building resilient, efficient, healthy, and sustainable communities. Policy evaluation and formulation address urban issues related to the equitable provision of public services, housing, environmental services, employment, and transportation. Skill-building emphasizes critical thinking, analytical skills, and written and verbal communication.

    What do you want to do with Urban & Regional Planning?

    Career ideas for Urban & Regional Planning majors:

    City/County Planner, Community/Economic Development Specialists, Emergency Management Specialists, Transportation Planner, Urban Planning Specialists

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