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Sustainable Urban and Regional Planning Minor

Sustainable urban and regional planning is for those seeking to improve communities and understand/analyze local issues.

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Program Overview

The Department of Geography and Sustainable Planning offers a minor in sustainable urban and regional planning, which focuses on strategies, best practices, and skills required for sustainable area development, smart and green infrastructure, and sustainable integration of social, environmental, and economic priorities in planning.

See catalog for the complete list of courses.

Why Study Urban and Regional Planning at Grand Valley?

  • To demonstrate mastery of key principles of design and policy in the field of urban and regional planning, including the historical roots of those principles and strategies for their implementation.
  • To understand the historical evolution of urban planning including key thinkers and planning paradigms.
  • To master best practices in urban sustainable design.
  • To develop competency in environmental, economic and social goals of sustainable planning.

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this program study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

  • Face To Face


Students complete 24 credits, including:

  • GPY 111 Cities, Towns and Villages
  • GPY/PA 209 Intro to Urban and Regional Planning
  • GPY/ENS/PA 312 Urban and Regional Environmental Planning
  • GPY/PA 316 Transportation Planning
  • GPY/PA/MKT 365 GIS for Economic and Business Decision Making
  • GPY/ENS/PA 410 Landscape Analysis
  • GPY 414 Land Use Planning

Career Options

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

  • Urban planning
  • Regional planning
  • Environmental planning
  • Sustainability planning
  • Smart/green infrastructure
  • Environmental design

For More Information

Department of Geography and Sustainable Planning
B-4-105 Mackinac Hall, (616) 331-3065
[email protected]

Admissions and Recruitment Office