Urban planning student at computer looking at virtual map of Salisbury.
Create a World Within a World

Urban and Regional Planning Program

Our environment influences how we talk, live and grow. Cities are a tangible part of your world that become part of your daily life: the school where you grew up, your favorite grocery store, that graffiti-covered traffic sign you pass on the way to work, that old man always sitting on the park bench. City planning is not just about the buildings or roads, but the environment we build and how we interact with it every day. With an urban and regional planning (URPL) degree at Salisbury University, you can help create these worlds within worlds.

Why Choose Urban and Regional Planning at SU?

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 goals, conserve natural resources and improve public services. A planning degree enables you to be involved in public and private activities that shape the future of your communities.

One of the unique characteristics of the URPL program at SU is its multidisciplinary curriculum, giving students a broad foundation for their future career or postgraduate studies. Core classes give students a solid background in planning and related disciplines, while classes focused on land use planning or environmental planning fulfill nationwide requirements. A variety of minors allows URPL majors to further tailor their degree to their interests. Minors include:

  • Conflict analysis and dispute resolution
  • Environmental studies
  • Economics
  • Political Science

At SU, our students get real-life experience. Students work with faculty on planning research projects to address urban and environmental challenges. They are involved in community projects to resolve real urban problems. Many students participate in planning internships to gain professional experiences in the field. Students participate in the Smart Growth Club activities that seek to raise community awareness of environmental problems.

Our alumni are employed in federal, state and local governments, and work with private and nonprofit organizations. A significant portion of our alumni have attended graduate schools. Some examples of recent employers include:

  • Carroll County Department of Planning
  • Cecil County Planning & Zoning Division
  • Department of Industry and Employment Projections (DIEP), Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Harford County Department of Planning and Zoning
  • National Association of Conservation Districts
  • Plano Coudon Construction
  • Somerset County Planning and Zoning Department
  • Sussex County Planning & Zoning Office, DE
  • Talbot County Planning & Zoning Department
  • Town of Ocean City Planning and Community Development
  • Town of Easton, Planning and Zoning Department
  • Wicomico County Department of Planning, Zoning and Community Development


After completing core classes, students in the URPL major then follow one of the two planning tracks and complete the additional requirements.


Our program prepares students to compete for professional planning jobs in the private and public sectors, and to pursue graduate education. With a bachelor’s degree, you could become a junior or assistant planner, but you could also go on to become one of the following:

  • Civil Service Administrator
  • Community Development Worker
  • Environmental Manager
  • Planning and Development Surveyor
  • Project Manager
  • Sustainability Consultant
Meet Carter – Urban and Regional Planning Major

Meet Carter – Urban and Regional Planning Major

Find out how Carter can make positive change through his major by focusing on environmental planning.

This program gives students an opportunity to shape the future of our communities, states, the nation and, ultimately, the planet.
Amal K. Ali, Ph.D. Urban & Regional Planning Program Director

Learn More About Our Program