City and Regional Planning, B.S.
Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements
City and Regional Planning Major
1. Major requirements (36 units)
Electives in City and Regional Planning or Geography (6 units)
2. General Education requirements (49 units)*
3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing
4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)
5. Total units (120)**
* Of the required General Education units, 6 units will satisfy Area D2 (GEOG 81) and Area ID (GEOG 184).
** G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements (See Degree Requirements). The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam.
- General Education and elective units may be applied to a second major or a minor (see double major or departmental minor). Consult the appropriate department chair, program coordinator, or faculty advisor for further information.
- Students must regularly consult with their academic advisor. Such consultation will facilitate course selection and enable the student to develop a program consistent with individual interests and needs.
- The selection of electives within the major should be strongly influenced by career goals, interests in graduate study, and related matters.
Instruction at introductory and advanced levels is conducted by a faculty whose teaching and research interests are diverse. All major facets of the discipline are represented as are a number of specializations, which include medical geography, economic studies of China, urban revitalization, political ecology of natural resource management, environmental monitoring using remote sensing, urban air quality, urban and regional planning, environmental planning, and climate change and global governance.
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B.S. in City and Regional Planning
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Urban and regional planners develop land use plans and programs that help create communities, accommodate population growth, and revitalize transportation infrastructure and public facilities in towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas, and also preserve natural resources, and as well address problems caused by pollution, and to use planning to reduce the impact of natural disasters.
What You Can Do
Employment of urban and regional planners is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the 7% average for all occupations. Demographic, transportation, and evironmental changes will drive employment growth for planners. (US Bureau of Labor Statistics).
- California is a state requiring all municipalities and counties to develop and adopt a General Plan with at least seven elements, and to update plan elements on a 5-year basis.
- Green House Gas Reduction targets increase the need for municipalities and counties develop their own Climate Action Plans.
- Water quality and quantity management are matters of great importance to central and southern California. Water quantity and quality districts throughout the state employ planners.
- Across the country, about two-thirds of all planners are employed in the public sector. In 2010 there was an estimated 245 planners in the Central Valley. This is expected to increase to 282 by 2020 and to 375 by 2030.
- California has: 58 counties, 451 cities, 3,500 special districts, dozens of consulting firms, and state and federal positions, and they all need planners.
Interesting Classes You Might Take
- Introduction to Community Planning
- Environmental Planning
- Introduction to Urban Design
- Community Development Theory & Practice
- Transportation Planning
- Planning Law & Administration
- Economics for Planners
About the College
The College of Social Sciences studies the human experience, including the depth of the past and the breadth of the entire planet.
We place emphasis on learning practical skills to aid you in your career. Our students do internships, participate in archaeological digs, or do service-learning projects with a non-profit agency. Students can assist on research projects or organize a social change project.
Whatever a student's major, they enjoy our witty and talented faculty and our caring staff as they discover our social world.
College Contact Information
Phone: (559) 278-3013
FAX: (559) 278-7664
5340 N. Campus Drive MS/SS91
Fresno CA 93740-8019
Department Contact Information
Department of Geography
Office Location: Science Building, Room 182