Environmental and Physical Planning Concentration

Faculty Advisers

Clinton Andrews, Tony Nelessen, Michael Greenberg, Lyna Wiggins

 

Overview

This concentration prepares students to plan, design and manage the human-environment interface. This concentration has three tracks – land use planning, urban design, and environmental policy. The urban design track focuses on the visioning, planning and design of neighborhoods and developments. The land use planning track emphasizes master planning and zoning regulation at the scale of towns and cities. The environmental policy track focuses on the application of management and policy tools to reduce anthropogenic environmental impacts and to mitigate natural hazards. All students in this concentration will develop fluency with the distinct but interdependent design, regulatory and managerial approaches. Students must take at least four courses total in the concentration. They can focus on one of three tracks selecting from the list below, depending on interest. At least one graduate planning studio in environmental or physical planning is strongly recommended.

 

Required Courses (you must take at least three of the following  courses)

Land Use Planning Track
34:970:508 Comprehensive Planning
34:970:667 Planning and Land Use Administration

Urban Design Track*
34:970:674 Fundamentals of Urban Design
34:970:601 Introduction to Planning and Design **

 

Environmental Policy Track
34:970:618 Environmental Planning and Management
34:970:619 Environmental Economics and Policy
34:970:571 Industrial Ecology

 

Note:
*Urban design students must complete 590 (Graphics) and 674 (Fundamentals) before completing 601 (Intro) or 510 (Urban Design Studio)
**Required prerequisites include: 590 (Graphics) and 674 (Fundamentals) 

 

Recommended Courses (choose additional courses to bring the total to four)

34:970:521 Historic Preservation 
34:970:523 Legal Aspects of Environmental Planning 
34:970:553 Transportation and Environment
34:970:554 Transportation and Land Use
34:833:572 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 
34:970:594 Program Evaluation 
34:970:604 Land Development Practice 
34:970:620 Energy Policy and Planning 
34:970:6xx Rotating seminar classes on relevant topics

 

Recommended Methods Courses

34:970:590 Graphical Communication for Urban Planners
34:970:591 Introduction to GIS for Planning and Policy
34:970:592 Topics in GIS

 

Recommended Studios

34:970:510 Studio: Urban Design *
34:970:511 Studio: Comprehensive Planning
34:970:510/511 Studio: Environmental topics on a rotating basis

 

Upper Division Undergraduate and Graduate Courses in Other Departments

Geography 

(Note: Courses labeled Geography Seminar are offered on an occasional basis) 
01:450:404 Advanced Physical Geography: Biogeography
01:450:419 Advanced Conservation and Use of Natural Resources
16:450:508 Environment and Development 
16:450:510 Water Resources Management 
16:450:605 Geography Seminar: Human Dimensions of Environmental Change 
16:450:606 Geography Seminar: Integrated Land Use Change 
16:450:612 Natural Hazards (co-listed as undergrad course 01:450:311)

 

Landscape Architecture 

11:372:444 Watershed Management: An Interdisciplinary Perspective 
11:550:431 Advanced Landscape Architecture (studio course, requires design some design background, topics vary)

 

Environmental Science 
Students with appropriate backgrounds (chemistry and calculus typically required) should consider courses in the Department of Environmental Science. 
16:375:530 Hazardous Waste Management 
16:375:534 Environmental Sustainability: Life-Cycle Assessment Tools

 

Graduate Certificates

Students in this concentration may be interested in Graduate Certificate Programs. Of potential interest are Human Dimensions of Environmental Change and Geographic and Geospatial Information Science. Contact your faculty advisor for more information.

 

Recommended Course Flow

First Year – Fall Semester

Second Year – Fall Semester
Core (pick 1-2) Core (pick 1-2)
501 History and Theory of Planning  501 History and Theory of Planning
509 Urban Economy and Spatial Patterns  509 Urban Economy and Spatial Patterns
515 Methods of Planning Analysis I  510 Studio  (Urban Design Studio requires prerequisite of 590 and 674) **
516 Methods of Planning Analysis II
(if passed out of I)
515 Methods of Planning Analysis I 
517 Survey of Planning Law 516 Methods of Planning Analysis II 
  517 Survey of Planning Law
   
Electives/Methods (pick 1-2) Electives/Methods (pick 2-3)
554 Transportation and Land Use  554 Transportation and Land Use
590 Graphical Communication for Planners *
(required prerequisite for 601)
590 Graphical Communication for Planners *
(required prerequisite for 601)
591 Introduction to GIS for Planning and Policy 591 Introduction to GIS for Planning and Policy 
604 Land Development Practice 604 Land Development Practice 
619 Environmental Economics and Policy 619 Environmental Economics and Policy 
620 Energy Policy and Planning 620 Energy Policy and Planning 
674 Fundamentals of Urban Design  
   
First Year – Spring Semester Second Year – Spring Semester 
Core (pick 1-2) Core (pick 1-2)
501 History and Theory of Planning  501 History and Theory of Planning 
509 Urban Economy and Spatial Patterns 509 Urban Economy and Spatial Patterns
515 Methods of Planning Analysis I 511 Studio
516 Methods of Planning Analysis II  515 Methods of Planning Analysis I 

517 Survey of Planning Law

516 Methods of Planning Analysis II 
  517 Survey of Planning Law
   
Required (pick 1-2) Required (pick 1)
508 Comprehensive Planning 571 Industrial Ecology 
601 Introduction to Planning and Design **
(requires prerequisite of 590 and 674)

618 Environmental Planning and Management

571 Industrial Ecology  
618 Environmental Planning and Management  
   
Electives/Methods (pick 1-2) Electives/Methods (pick 2-3)
521 Historic Preservation 521 Historic Preservation 
523 Legal Aspects of Environmental Planning  523 Legal Aspects of Environmental Planning 
553 Transportation and Environment 553 Transportation and Environment
572 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 572 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
590 Graphical Communication for Planners *
590 Graphical Communication for Planners *
591 Introduction to GIS for Planning and Policy 591 Introduction to GIS for Planning and Policy 
685 Environmental Conflict and Cooperation  


*Urban design students must complete 590 (Graphics) and 674 (Fundamentals) before completing 601 (Intro) or 510 (Urban Design Studio)
**Required prerequisites include: 590 (Graphics) and 674 (Fundamentals)

Other Areas of Concentration:


Environmental and Physical Planning
Housing and Real Estate
International Development and Regional Planning
Transportation Policy and Planning
Urban and Community Development