Urban & Regional Planning

What Is It?:

Urban Planning looks at the way our cities are designed, constructed, and planned. It studies the socio-economic factors and conditions behind housing projects in the city while also studying the effect of public transportation in suburban areas. It emphasizes both an analytical and quantitative approach combining policy, statistics, a sense of history, and more. Urban Planners help us look at the ways we can improve our neighborhoods, preserving some of the past while keeping an eye open for future improvements. The degree is professionally accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.

For more information, please visit the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.


  • Sustainability Concentration
  • Policy and Planning Concentration
  • Social Justice Concentration
  • Global Cities Concentration

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • UP 101—Introduction to City Planning
  • UP 116—Urban Informatics I

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Economic Development
  • Environmental Protection and Regulation
  • Historic Preservation and Regulation
  • Housing and Community Development
  • Not-for-profit Organizations
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Planning, Zoning, and Building
  • Real Estate Development
  • State Government Offices
  • Transportation and Parking

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Assistant Associate Planner
  • Associate Planner
  • City Planner
  • Community Planner
  • Land Planner
  • Land Use Environmental Planner
  • Landscape Architect Land Planner
  • Landscape Planner
  • Planner Coordinator Senior Planner
  • Principal Planner
  • Senior Planner
  • Transportation Traffic Planner
  • Urban And Regional Planner
  • Urban Planner

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • Student Planning Organization: SPO's mission is to provide a vehicle for communication between staff, faculty and students in the planning program, provide forums for workshops and discussions, and organize social events for the department.

Related Skills:

  • Analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Computer skills
  • Independent, self-motivated work ethic
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
  • Oral/written communication
  • Organizational skills
  • Research
  • Teamwork skills

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Urban and Regional Planning, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Urban and Regional Planning.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Urban and Regional Planning.  These organizations include American Planning Association, Urban Institute, and The Department of Housing and Urban Development.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Urban and Regional Planning, visit Undergraduate Programs.