Sustainable City and Regional Planning Certificate
PROGRAM OFFERINGS AT GRAND VALLEY
The Department of Geography and Planning offers a certificate in sustainable urban and regional planning. Students learn how U.S. regions are shaped and how development trends impact environment and society. They also learn tools and strategies to help towns, villages, and cities become their "best selves" while achieving key sustainability goals.
Student must complete four of the following 3 credit courses:
- GPY/PA 209 Intro to Urban and Regional Planning
- GPY 310/PA 313 Land Use Planning
- GPY/ENS/PA 312 Urban and Regional Environmental Planning
- GPY/PA 324 Urbanization
- GPY/ENS/PA 410 Landscape Analysis (prerequisite: GPY 100, GEO 111, or BIO 105)
Concepts and skills in urban planning are applicable to a variety of specialties that include:
- Economic development
- Historic preservation
- Transportation planning
- Watershed management
WHY STUDY PLANNING AT GRAND VALLEY
- The certificate gives students additional expertise and opportunities for applying geographic understandings and skills in the wider community. Our students:
- Gain an understanding of planning terms and concepts, which equips them to enter conversation about local planning and zoning, and qualifies them for internship 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.
For more information visit the GVSU Course Catalog.