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The Land Use Planning Concentration provides students with a framework of study for this integrated branch of public policy which seeks to order and regulate land use. Land Use Planning encompasses various disciplines in a systematic assessment of physical, social and economic factors in order to assist in the development of efficient and ethical options for land users.  The way in which society plans for land uses is fundamental to sustainability.

Students study the historic and cultural roots of land use planning and survey the legal foundations of planning in the U.S. while developing a set of skills to apply the methodology of the land use planner. Students explore the issues and techniques of planning through participation in community planning efforts.

Students interested in careers in land use planning in the government, private sector or non-profit public advocacy group, public administration, environmental law, or real estate and development would benefit from courses in the Land Use Planning Concentration.

Land Use Planning Concentration (42 credits)

Core courses cannot be used to meet upper division elective requirements within this concentration.

Land Use Planning Concentration Core (24 credits)

Lower Division: Select one of the following (4 credits)

  • GEOG 101 Introduction to Geography (4)
  • GEOG 107 Human Geography (4)
  • GEOG 108 Global Lands and Livelihoods (4)

Upper Division: Required (20 credits)

  • GEOG 350 Urban Environments (4)
  • ES/GEOG 439 Land Use Planning (4)
  • ES/GEOG 440 Planning Issues (4)
  • ES/GEOG 451 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (4)
  • ES/GEOG 494 Field Geography (4)

Upper Division Social Science: Select two of the following (8 credits)

  • GEOG 360 Population, Development and the Environment (4)
  • ES/SOC 420 Environmental Sociology (4)
  • ES 423 Sustainability & Natural Resources (4)
  • ES 421 Ecological Economics & Sustainable Development (4)
  • ANTH 462 Cultural Resource Management (4)
  • ES/GEOG 437 Conservation in the U.S. (4)
  • SOC 310 Community Studies (4)
  • SOC 450 Social & Cultural Change (4)

Upper Division Natural Science: Select two of the following (8 credits)

  • ES/GEOG 386 Environmental Data Analysis (4)
  • ES 327 Energy & Climate Change (4)
  • G 360 Environmental Geology (4)
  • ES/GEOG 433 Soil Science (4)
  • ES/GEOG 453 Introduction to Remote Sensing (4)
  • ES/GEOG 457 Introduction to Global Positioning Systems (4)
  • GEOG/G 481 Geomorphology (4)
  • GEOG 482 Climatology (4)
  • ES 475 Environmental Modeling (4)
  • ES 435 Water Resources (4)

Internship/Practicum (2 credits)

  • ES 409 Practicum (2)
  • ES/GEOG 496 Internship (2)

ES Faculty Advisors - Land Use Planning Concentration 

Prof. Pat Acklin

 

Dr. Gregory Jones