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Physical Planning Concentration

Physical planning, the most traditional specialty within planning, is concerned with the orderly, efficient, and equitable development and arrangement of human activities on the land. Future land use plans guide decisions about private development and public projects. Students in this specialization address issues such as land use regulation, recreation, housing, resource management and environmental conservation, public policy, zoning and transportation. Students may design their own sub-specialty within physical planning with the approval of their academic advisor.

Students in the Physical Planning specialization are required to complete five courses. These courses include the three required courses listed below and two electives chosen from the recommended elective list or similar courses in the university.

Required Courses

Recommended Methods Courses

  • 23PLAN705 Methods of Physical Analysis
  • 23PLAN754 Computer Graphics for Planners
  • 23PLAN780 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Planners

Recommended Electives

Choose two for the MCP and one for the accelerated MCP.

School of Planning:

  • 23PLAN720 Site Planning
  • 23PLAN603 Environmental Resource Analysis
  • 23PLAN605 Workshop in Land Use, Urban Design, and Environmental Planning
  • 23PLAN606 Environmental Processes and Programs
  • 23PLAN609 Environmental Planning and Policy
  • 23PLAN713 Economic Development Planning Methods I
  • 23PLAN715 Economic Development Planning Methods II
  • 23PLAN661 History of Urban Spatial Environments
  • 23PLAN662 History of Urban Form

College of Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering:

  • 20-257-605 Transportation Demand Forecasting I
  • 20-257-610 Computer Methods in Transportation
  • 20-257-612 Transportation Demand Forecasting II