The Undergraduate Planning Minor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences would provide non-geography undergraduate students in CLAS at UC Denver the opportunity to pursue studies in the professional field of planning. Geography majors would be able to pursue the Urban Studies Option and so this minor would not be available to these majors. In a sense, the relationship between the Urban and Regional Studies Minor and the Urban Studies Option within Geography would be similar to the Geography Minor and a Geography Major. The same set of classes cannot count for a major and a minor degree.
Geography and urban and regional planning share a common concern for the spatial configuration of the places that we inhabit and enjoy. In recognition of this close association, there is currently an articulation agreement between the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences and the College of Architecture and Planning that provides students with a mechanism for acceleration through the Masters in Urban and Regional Planning degree program if accepted into it. Those students completing the requirements for an Undergraduate Planning Minor may also be eligible to pursue an accelerated MURP degree.
To meet the requirements for this minor, students must complete three core requirements and two electives, totaling 15 credit hours. Although the three core courses may be taken in any order, it is advisable to begin with Introduction to Human Geography, since this course familiarizes students with many key concepts used in the other classes. All core courses are offered on a yearly basis.
Core Requirements (nine hours)
GEOG 1602, Introduction to Urban Studies
GEOG 4640, Urban Geography: Denver and the US
URP 5501, Planning Issues and Processes
Two Electives from the Following Courses (six hours)
GEOG 4610,5610/URP 5520, Urban Spatial Analysis
GEOG 4400,5400/URP 6671-3, Regional Economic Development
GEOG 4085-3, GIS Applications
GEOG 4630,5630/URP 6673-3, Transportation Planning I: Transport Network Analysis
GEOG 4940-3, Senior Seminar: Overview of the Planning Process
Students must complete 15 credit hours in geography and/or planning. Because of the professional nature of this minor and the potential for fast-tracking in the MURP program, 12 credit hours of upper division are required. Students must achieve a grade of C (2.0) or above in required courses. All upper division courses must be completed at UC Denver and a minimum of nine credits must be completed in CLAS (Geography) to satisfy residency.