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2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Certificate in Sustainable Urban and Regional Planning

The certification program in Sustainable Urban and Regional Planning is housed within the department of Geography and Sustainable Planning ( This applied program offers practical tools and strategies to students interested in smart urban development, land-use planning, transportation, green architecture and design, and applications of geographic techniques in planning and urban development. Open for all majors.

Program coordinator: Professor Jeroen Wagendorp, Ph.D., Department of Geography and Sustainable Planning.

Reasons to Study Sustainable Urban and Regional Planning

The certificate in sustainable urban and regional planning 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.

Students who have graduated from GVSU with the sustainable urban and regional planning certificate have found employment in economic development, housing, real estate, transportation planning, watershed management, land-use planning, and environmental planning.

Requirements for a Certificate in Sustainable Urban and Regional Planning

Students must be degree seeking students to receive the certificate. The certificate will be awarded at the same time as the degree is awarded. All undergraduate certificates have received Higher Learning Commission approval, and students are eligible for financial aid because they are seeking a degree. Students who seek a certificate in sustainable urban and regional planning are required to complete GPY/ PA 209, a course that should be taken first. GPY 209 is followed by three or more courses for a minimum of 12 credit hours from the electives listed below.



Geography and Sustainable Planning Program Description

Click here for the program description.

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