Environmental and Climate Change Planning

This concentration features several tracks: (1) Coastal Resilience, (2) Environmental and Human Health Planning (3) Environmental Policy, and (4) Land Use Planning. Because there are many connections among these topics, students may choose to blend tracks for a custom concentration. We urge students to work with their advisers. Students should take at least four courses for the concentration, one required and three recommended, as shown below.

This concentration prepares students to plan and manage the human-environment interface. The Coastal Resilience track brings the science of sea level rise and storm risk together with planning and engineering responses to make coastal settlements safer. The Environment and Human Health track focuses on the application of planning and risk analysis tools to improve human health outcomes. The Environmental Policy track focuses on policy approaches to managing local, regional, and global environmental problems. The Land Use Planning track emphasizes land-use planning, master planning, and zoning regulation at the scale of towns, cities, and states. All students in this concentration will develop familiarity with design, environmental justice, regulatory and managerial approaches. Recommended Methods courses include Graphical Communication and Design Representation (34:970:590), Introduction to GIS for Planning and Policy (34:970:591), and Topics in GIS (34:970:592). At least one graduate planning studio in environmental, coastal risk, comprehensive planning or other physical planning is strongly recommended.

Required Course
  • 34:970:618 Environmental Planning and Management I (Fall)
Recommended Courses for All Tracks (consider substituting one of these as your fourth course)
  • 34:970:670 Environmental activism and justice (S26)
  • 16:450:605 Geography Seminar: Environmental Change Topics (occasional)
  • Any course offered as part of the graduate certificates (see graduate certificates listing at the end of the page)
Coastal Resilience Track
Recommended Courses (choose at least three additional courses)
  • 34:970:627 Hazard Mitigation Planning: Prevention, Resilience and Sustainability (Spring)
  • 34:970:631 Communicating Science to Decision Makers (S24, alt. years)
  • 16:460:571 Climate Change Risk Analysis (S23, alt. years)
  • 16:712:500 Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience (Fall)
Environment and Health Track
Recommended Courses (choose at least three additional courses)
  • 34:970:532 Bridging Public Health and Urban Planning (Fall)
  • 34:970:552 Transportation and Environment (F25, alt. years)
  • 34:970:563 Community Development (Fall)
  • 34:970:572 Green Building (F23, alt. years)
  • 34:501:520 Community Assessment for Healthcare Administration (Spring/Fall)
  • 16:450:508 Environment and Development (semester varies, alt. years)
Environmental Policy
Recommended Courses (choose at least three additional courses)
  • 34:970:523 Environmental Law and Policy (Spring)
  • 34:970:571 Industrial Ecology (TBD)
  • 34:970:619 Environmental Economics and Policy (F23, alt. years)
  • 34:970:620 Energy Sustainability and Policy (TBD)
  • 34:970:655 Global Environment (S25)
  • 34:816:637 Global Data Analytics (Spring)
  • 16:375:530 Hazardous Waste Management (Spring)
  • 16:375:534 Environmental Sustainability (Fall)
Land Use Track
Recommended Courses (choose at least three additional courses)
  • 34:970:508 Comprehensive Planning (Spring)
  • 34:970:520 Planning and Land Use Administration (TBD)
  • 34:970:521 Historic Preservation (Spring)
  • 34:970:530 International Urbanization and Housing Issues (F24, alt. years)
  • 34:970:551 Transportation and Land Use (S23, alt. years)
  • 34:970:590 Graphic Communication and Design Representation (Fall)
  • 34:970:600 Planning and Design I (Fall, pre- or co-req of 34:970:590)
  • 34:970:601 Planning and Design II (Spring, pre- or co-req of 34:970:590)
  • 34:970:602 Zoning for Urban Planning (S25)
  • 34:970:605 Planning Real Estate Analysis (Fall)
  • 34:970:621 Infrastructure Planning (Spring)
  • 34:970:622 Urban Redevelopment (Fall)
  • 11:550:431 Advanced Landscape Architecture (studio course, requires design background, Fall)
Graduate Certificates

Students in this concentration may be interested in graduate certificates in Human Dimensions of Environmental Change, Historic Preservation, Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience, Energy, and Geospatial Information Science.

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