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 are 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 & Planning 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.
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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
Core Requirements (nine hours)
GEOG 1602, Urban Studies & Planning
GEOG 4640, Urban Geography: Denver and the US
GEOG 4680, Urban Sustainability: Perspectives and Practice
Two Electives from the Following Courses (six hours)
GEOG 4000/URPL 5010, Planning MethodsGEOG 4085, GIS Applications for the Urban Environment
GEOG 4230, Hazard Mitigation and Vulnerability Assessment
GEOG 4235, GIS Applications in the Health Sciences
GEOG 4450, Urban Food and Agriculture: Perspectives and Research
GEOG 4630 / URPL 6550, Transportation Planning and Policy
URPL 5000, Planning History and Theory
Students must complete three core requirements and two electives, totaling 15 semester hours.
hours of upper-division courses
three core courses
may be taken in any order, it is advisable to begin with GEOG 1602, since this course familiarize students
with many key concepts
used in other classes.
All undergraduate students, except geography majors, are eligible
for this minor.
Students must achieve a grade of C (2.0) or higher in required
courses (this is a B 3.0 if
interested in applying for the articulated MURP degree program)
All upper-division courses must be completed at CU Denver
and a minimum
of 9 semester hours must
be completed in CLAS (geography) to satisfy residency requirements.