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2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
Sustainable Urban and Regional Planning Minor
The sustainable urban and regional planning minor is housed within the department of Geography and Sustainable Planning (www.gvsu.edu/geography) and focuses on optimal and sustainable land use and development in urban, suburban, and rural areas in the U.S. and worldwide. Planners create better living environments for all by designing smart and integrated land use systems. Our graduates find employment in public, private, and governmental institutions.
Reasons to Study Sustainable Urban and Regional Planning
The minor is a valuable addition to a student's transcript that points to their concentration in the planning field.
Sustainable urban and regional planning 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 advice.
Concepts and skills in sustainable urban planning are applicable to a variety of specialties:
- Sustainable urban and regional planning
- Land-use planning
- Urban development and housing
- Transportation planning
- Environmental planning
- Environmental policy and planning law
Requirements for a Minor in Urban and Regional Planning
Students who minor in sustainable urban and regional planning are required to complete a minimum of 24 credit hours from the courses that follow. These 24 hours or eight courses are to be completed in two separate groupings. Group one consists of a six-credit-hour core: GPY/ PA 209 and GPY 310/ PA 313. Group two consists of 18 hours or six courses. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor to optimize course selection.
- GPY/ PA 209 - Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning (3 credits)
- GPY 310/ PA 313 - Land Use Planning (3 credits)
Group Two: Select six courses or 18 credit hours
- GPY 307 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3 credits)
- PA 307 - Local Politics and Administration (3 credits)
- GPY 312 - Urban and Regional Environmental Planning (3 credits)
- GPY 314 - Land Use and Planning Law (3 credits)
- GPY/ PA 316 - Introduction to Transportation Planning (3 credits)
- GPY/ PA 324 - Urbanization (3 credits)
- GPY/ MKT 365 - GIS for Economic and Business Decision-Making (3 credits)
- GPY 381/ PA 380 - Study Abroad(Summer II in the Netherlands) Credits: 3
- GPY/ ECO 385 - GIS in Urban and Regional Analysis (3 credits)
- GPY 410 - Landscape Analysis and Green Infrastructure (3 credits)
- GPY/ ENS 412 - Global Climate and Environmental Change (3 credits)
- PA 495 - Community Analysis (Capstone) (3 credits)
- GPY 496 - Field Research Project (3 credits)