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BS in Urban and Regional Planning

Why major in Urban and Regional Planning?

Planners use their expertise to find creative ways to resolve urban and regional problems, establish sustainable communities, and improve the quality of life. They help communities develop their visions of the future, and formulate plans that respond to community needs and aspirations, conserve natural resources, improve public services and facilities, and manage urban development. Planners are specialized in land use, environmental protection, economic development, transportation, or community development. The URPL program prepares students to compete for professional planning jobs and to pursue graduate education. Obtaining a planning degree enables you to be involved in public and private activities that shape the future of your communities and states.

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Begin Your Planning Career with the American Planning Association

Planning students can become members of the American Planning Association (APA). The APA membership is free for students who are actively enrolled or matriculated in any university or college degree program. The free membership includes APA, APA chapter, and AICP membership in addition to membership in up to five APA divisions. Click here to begin your planning career with APA for free!

Our Alumni

Our alumni are employed in state and local governments, and work with private and nonprofit organizations. A significant portion of our alumni have attended graduate schools. Planners with a Bachelor's degree can qualify for positions as assistant or junior planners. The American Planning Association indicates that a Bachelor's degree in urban planning in addition to one year of planning experience is required for Planner I or Assistant Planner positions, while candidates with a Bachelor's degree and four years of professional planning experience can be accepted for the Planner II level, and those with a Bachelor's degree in planning and six years of professional planning experience can be hired as a Planner III, or Senior Planner. 

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Some examples of recent employers:

  • Baltimore County Department of Planning.
  • Baltimore Office of Sustainability.
  • GMB Architects/Engineers.  
  • Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning.
  • Maryland Department of Planning (MDP).
  • Montgomery County Planning Department.
  • Town of Easton, Planning and Zoning Department.
  • Warren County Planning Department.
  • Wicomico County Department of Planning, Zoning and Community Development.
  • and many more

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What is the Program of Study?

One of the unique characteristics of the URPL program is its multidisciplinary orientation that enables students to understand complex urban and regional issues. The required core classes give students a solid background in planning and related disciplines. Students choose one of two tracks (Land Use Planning or Environmental Planning) that are needed in the State of Maryland and nationwide. Students are strongly recommended to complete one minor.

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Coursework Required:

General Education Requirements

Core Courses (11 Courses)

ECON 150 Principles of Economics                                             _3_                                   

    or

ECON 211 Micro-Economic Principles                                          _3_                                                         

GEOG 100 Introduction to Human Geography                               _3_                                                                  

   or

GEOG 101 World Geography: Europe and Asia                             _3_                                                         

   or  

GEOG 102 World Geography: Africa and the Americas                   _3_       

GEOG 204 Statistical Problem Solving in Geography                      _4_  

GEOG 219 Map Interpretation and Analysis                                  _4_           

GEOG 319 Geographic Information Science                                  _4_    

GEOG 414 Research and Writing                                                _3_      

MATH 155 Modern Statistics with Computer Analysis                     _3_     

POSC 202 State and Local Government in the US                         _4_      

URPL 308 Principles of Planning                                                _3_  

URPL 402 Environmental Planning                                             _3_      

URPL 408 Seminar in Urban Theory                                           _3_

 Track Requirements:

Choose and complete one track: Land Use Planning or Environmental Planning (see below).

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LAND USE PLANNING TRACK

A. Complete three courses

   GEOG 304 Decision Making with GIS                                        _4_                            

   URPL 328 Applied Planning                                                     _3_    

   URPL 416 Smart Growth                                                        _3_      

 B. Complete at least two courses from the following

   GEOG 325 Conservation and Resource Management                    _3_        

   GEOG 401 Soil, Water and Environment                                    _3_               

   GEOG 403 Environmental Hazards                                            _3_                          

   POSC 360 Environmental Policy                                               _4_                                  

   POSC 460 Environmental Law                                                  _4_   

C. Complete at least one of the following:

    GEOG 333 Global Development and Sustainability                     _3_          

    POSC 311 Comparative Gov. of Developing Nations                  _4_     

    URPL 363 Cities of the Middle East                                         _3_            

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ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING TRACK

A. Complete at least three courses from the following

    GEOG 325 Conservation and Resource Management                 _3_      

    GEOG 401 Soil, Water and Environment                                 _3_                     

    POSC 360 Environmental Policy                                            _4_                            

    POSC 460 Environmental Law                                               _4_      

    URPL 416 Smart Growth                                                      _3_     

 B. Complete at least two courses different from those taken to satisfy the track requirements

    GEOG 325 Conservation and Resource Management                 _3_       

    GEOG 304 Decision Making with GIS                                     _4_                    

    GEOG 401 Soil, Water and Environment                                 _3_                    

    GEOG 403 Environmental Hazards                                        _3_                        

    POSC 360 Environmental Policy                                            _4_                      

    POSC 460 Environmental Law                                               _4_                              

    URPL 328 Applied Planning                                                   _3_                          

    URPL 416 Smart Growth                                                     _3_      

C. Complete at least one of the following:

    GEOG 333 Global Development and Sustainability                   _3_     

    POSC 311 Comparative Gov. of Developing Nations                 _4_     

    URPL 363 Cities of the Middle East                                        _3_                   

MINOR RECOMMENDATION:

Select and complete one area: CADR, ECON, ENVR, GEOG, GIS, HIST or POSC. 

 

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