Sustainable City and Regional Planning Certificate


The Department of Geography and Sustainable Planning offers a certificate in sustainable urban and regional planning. Students learn the best practices, strategies and techniques required for sustainable urban and regional development, smart and green infrastructure, and sustainable integration of social, environmental, and economic priorities in planning. 

Anyone admitted to GVSU as a degree-seeking student may complete this certificate.

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.  


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:

  • Urban planning
  • Regional planning
  • Green infrastructure
  • Sustainability planning
  • Environmental planning
  • Smart infrastructure


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.

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