Option in City & Regional Planning

The option in City and Regional Planning is designed to provide the knowledge, skills, and values that will enable students to secure professional employment, to perform effectively as planners, to think critically, and to participate meaningfully in the planning profession.  The planning option emphasizes practical experience with a rich diversity of planning applications in the city of Fresno, as well as the Central Valley region.  Students enrolled in this option will be exposed to a wide variety of physical and environmental planning issues and problems.  Students will learn about the array of methods and techniques employed by planners in their work.  The courses are carefully selected to introduce the techniques and approaches of city planners and provide excellent preparation for graduate studies in urban and regional planning and in public policy analysis.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in geography and the option in city and regional planning requires the completion of 120 units.

Major requirements (38-39 units)

Lower Division Core courses (12 units)
GEOG 4, 5, 7, 30

Upper Division Core Courses (18 units)
GEOG 141, 160, 173 or 178, 132, 181, 184

Electives in Planning (8-9 units)
*BA 154, CE 150, EES 104, 168, GEOG 115, 118, 122, 127, 128, 132, 142, 143, 152, 167, 184, 187T, IT 198W, PH 161, PLSI 175, SOC 144, 184, SSCI 185

Additional requirements (28 units)
ECON 40, EES 4, HIST 4, IS 52, 52L, PLSI 181, SOC 163 (22 units)
PLSI 160 or 163 (3 units)
ECON 119, 131 or FIN 185 (3 units)

Remaining General Education requirements** (42 units)

Electives and remaining degree requirements (11-12 units)
(See Degree Requirements); may be used toward a double major or minor.

Total (120 units)

*Some of these courses have one, or more, prerequisite courses that must be taken.

**Of the required General Education units, 9 units will be satisfied by the following three courses in additional requirements: 3 units of EES in G.E. Breadth B1, 3 units of ECON 40 in G.E. Breadth D3, and 3 units of SOC 163 in G.E. Area ID.

Advising Notes

  1. No General Education Integration or Multicultural/International course offered by the Department of Geography may be used to satisfy the General Education requirements for geography majors.
  2. CR/NC grading is not permitted in the geography major.
  3. 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 adviser for further information.
  4. Students must complete 40 upper-division units as part of the requirements to earn a B.A.
  5. Students must regularly consult with their academic adviser.  Such consultation will facilitate course selection and enable the student to develop a program consistent with individual interests and needs.
  6. The selection of electives within the major should be strongly influenced by career goals, interests in graduate study, and related matters.  Whether one's interest focuses on environmental protections, planning, cartography, GIS, locational analysis, or any one of a wide array of geographic competencies, the department can provide current applicable information.  Inquiries are welcomed.