About This Degree
Environmental planning is focused on how the biophysical attributes of a region influence the human dimensions of culture and settlement, and also how human settlement and building affect the environment of the geographic area in which the community is situated.
The environmental planning degree prepares graduates to assist communities with growth and development. Additionally, graduates will be able to produce and evaluate alternative futures to help communities make decisions about future building and growth. This program is unique in that it focuses on large-scale planning; environmental planners deal with entire geographic regions, yet they are also qualified for smaller city planning as well.
What You Will Learn
The program has an interdisciplinary core of courses that provides the background for addressing complex issues in the areas of environmental analysis, planning, and policy.
The program emphasizes group projects and interactions in a studio setting, individual research, field trips to study areas, and department seminars, along with traditional- and workshop-style coursework.
An important aspect of the program is learning to use spatial visualization techniques to help multiple audiences understand alternative future development and conservation scenarios. These techniques can be anything from “then-and-now” photographs to detailed maps created using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software.
Employment is available in both the private and public sectors, wherever there is emphasis on large-scale landscape planning, policy and management, as well as traditional planning positions, such as municipal planners.
Career And Outcomes
Graduates are qualified for careers as bioregional planners for local, state, and national agencies. Planners work in the following areas:
- Large-scale planning of broad geographic areas
- Municipal planning
- Zoning administration
- Planning policy and management
- Planning for government entities
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