Geography - Sustainable Urban and Regional Planning

  • Minor

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

The Department of Geography and Planning offers a minor in urban and regional planning, which focuses on factors that shape urban, suburban, and rural regions of the U.S. and the development trends that impact environment and society. Students learn strategies and tools to improve towns, villages, and cities while achieving key sustainability goals.


The minor requires completion of 24 credits, including courses in urban planning, land use planning, environmental planning, urbanization, landscape analysis, and environmental and planning law.

Career Options

Concepts and skills in urban planning are applicable to a variety of specialties that include:

  • Eco-tourism
  • Economic development
  • Historic preservation
  • Housing
  • Transportation planning
  • Watershed management

Why Study Urban And Regional Planning at Grand Valley?

The minor is a valuable addition to a student's transcript that points to their concentration in the planning field. Our students:

  • Gain an understanding of planning terms and concepts, which equips them to enter conversations about local planning and zoning, and qualifies them for internships and jobs.
  • Build a strong foundation in the history and theory of planning and a depth of understanding that informs their analyses of local issues.
  • Participate in regional and state planning conferences and are exposed to frequent guest speakers, giving them contact with real-world practitioners in the field of planning.
  • Are in contact with a broad community of alumni in planning related fields — people our undergraduates come to know on a first name basis — offering our graduates a ready-made network for job-hunting and advice.

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