Explore the basic concepts and philosophies of urban and regional planning, land use, zoning and sustainable urban development with this unique certificate from UW-Eau Claire. Though planning occurs across scale (neighborhood, community, urban, regional) and sector (economic, transportation, environmental), the program emphasizes the spatial implications and relationships of land use activities and how place is linked to quality of life.
Since planning is highly interdisciplinary, the certificate's elective options are flexible. Depending on your goals, you can draw from multiple sub-fields of planning, including geographic, sociological, environmental, political and economic. The certificate provides a foundation for employment from public sector planning agencies to private sector planning firms, and it also supports students interested in planning-related graduate programs.
A major component of this certificate is designed to build your foundational knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS). You'll learn how to identify and process geospatial data representing geographic features of our world. With the use of state-of-the-art GIS technology, you'll analyze geospatial data representing the environmental, economic, socio-cultural and political spheres of our world. Learn how to think spatially, produce maps and communicate spatial information effectively.
Real-world learning. Immerse yourself in different cultures via study abroad, participate in the National Student Exchange program, embark on meaningful field trips or enroll in cultural immersion experiences. All of these opportunities are available to you while you pursue your certificate.
Unparalleled research opportunities. Our geography and anthropology department offers you the chance to contribute to the field of geography in meaningful and lasting ways. Alongside faculty, you’ll have opportunities to participate in groundbreaking research, bringing your findings back to labs equipped with top-notch tools and industry-standard software. Many students go on to present their discoveries at both regional and national competitions.
With curriculum designed by experts in their field, you'll find that every course offers invaluable knowledge. This 15-credit certificate pulls from a variety of disciplines, including economics, political science, sociology, public health and environmental studies and psychology.
What classes do urban and regional planning students take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Urban economics
- Sustainable cities
- Social psychology
- Governments and business
- Sustainable placemaking and community
Learn more about the urban and regional planning certificate in the UWEC course catalog.
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