BS City and Regional Planning

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Program Learning Objectives 

After successfully completing the BSCRP program, students will be able to:

Foundational skills

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical, theoretical, legal, and methodological foundations of planning
  2. Effectively represent and communicate planning and urban design information


  1. Gather, organize, analyze and present planning information
  2. Transform data and information into knowledge for action

Integrative skills

  1. Integrate and apply the necessary skills and knowledge to address complex planning problems
  2. Implement a planning process
  3. Work with a variety of audiences: multiple publics, officials, and decision-makers

Professional skills

  1. Reflect upon, critique, and evolve the practice of planning
  2. Address issues of sustainability, diversity, and environmental and social justice
  3. Practice in accordance with the AICP Code of Ethics

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major or support courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

CRP 201Basic Graphic Skills4
CRP 202Urban Design Studio I4
CRP 203Urban Design Studio II4
CRP 204Theories and Methods of Urban Design3
CRP 211Cities: Form, Culture and Evolution4
CRP 212Introduction to Urban Planning4
CRP 213Population, Housing and Economic Applications4
CRP 214Land Use and Transportation Studies4
CRP 215Planning for and with Multiple Publics (USCP)4
CRP 216Computer Applications for Planning2
CRP 314Planning Theory4
CRP 315Fiscal and Project Feasibility4
CRP 336Introduction to Environmental Planning4
CRP 341Urban Design Studio III4
CRP 342Environmental Planning Methods4
CRP 409Planning Internship2
CRP 410Community Planning Laboratory I4
CRP 411Community Planning Lab II4
CRP 412Plan Implementation4
CRP 420Land Use Law4
CRP 430Professional Planning Practice3
CRP 457GIS Applications in Planning3
Select from the following:4
Senior Project I
and Senior Project II (2, 2)
Senior Project Professional Practice (4)
Approved Electives 2, 3
Select from the following:15
The Global Environment
Land Economics
Human Cultural Adaptations
Toward a Barrier-Free Environment
Urban Design in Architecture
Computer Graphics Applications III
Advanced Computer-Aided Fabrication in Architecture
Organizations, People, and Technology
Human Resources Management
Organizational Behavior
Governmental and Social Influences on Business
Real Estate Investment
Managing Change and Development
Traffic Engineering
Public Transportation
Transportation Systems Planning
Airport Planning and Design
Collaborative Process
Real Property Development Principles
Intergroup Dialogues
Cities in a Global World
Digital Cities
Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduates
Contemporary Urban Design
Environmental Law
Water Resource Law and Policy
Reflections of Planning in Cinema
Biking, Walking, and the City
International Planning and Development
Transportation Theory
Collaborative Planning
Climate Action Planning
Housing and Planning
Planning and Urban Ecology
Development Review and Entitlement
Community Design Methods
Web Technologies for Planning
Local Hazard Mitigation Planning and Design
Selected Advanced Topics
Selected Advanced Laboratory
Planning Colloquium
Special Studies in City and Regional Planning
Individual Study
Planning Research and Analysis
Demographic and Analytic Tools
Feasibility Studies
Plan Implementation
Principles of Environmental Planning
Principles of Urban Design
Project Planning and Design Studio
Economics of Poverty, Discrimination and Immigration
Economics of Development and Growth
Public Finance and Cost-Benefit Analysis
Environmental Economics
Economics of Energy and Resources
Urban Economics
Economics of Land and Water
Principles of Environmental Design
Sustainable Environments
Implementing Sustainable Principles
Advanced Implementation of Sustainable Principles
Corporate Communication
Technical Editing
Introduction to Air Pollution
Environmental Quality Control
Water Chemistry and Water Quality Measurements
Solid Waste Management
Industrial Pollution Prevention
Climate and Humanity
Human Impact on the Earth
Global and Regional Climatology
Global Geography
The World of Spatial Data and Geographic Information Technology
Applications in GIS
Applications in Remote Sensing
Public Relations
Public Relations Campaigns
Introduction to Community and Public Health
Health Behavior Change Programs I
Applications in GIS
Design Theory for Landscape Architects
Cultural Landscapes: People, Places and Ethical Decisions
Evaluating Social and Behavioral Factors for Open Space Design
Natural Resource Ecology and Habitat Management 3
Environmental Measurements and Interpretation
Human Dimensions in Natural Resources Management
Natural Resources Economics and Valuation
Conflict Management in Natural Resources
Environmental Impact Analysis and Management
Advanced Watershed Hydrology
Applied Resource Analysis and Assessment
Natural Resource Policy Analysis
Wildland-Urban Fire Protection
Ecosystem Management
Sustainable Forest and Environmental Practices
Political Philosophy
Philosophy of Law
Social Ethics
Feminist Ethics, Gender and Society
Business Ethics
Environmental Ethics
Politics of Ethnicity and Gender
Political Participation 3
Global Political Issues
Politics of Developing Areas
Modern Political Thought
World Food Systems
Critical Issues in American Politics
California Politics 3
Social Movements and Political Protest
Technology and Public Policy
The Politics of Poverty
Urban Politics 3
Public Policy
Public Finance
Public Policy Analysis
Energy, Society and the Environment
Behavior in Organizations
Environmental Psychology
Group Dynamics
Conflict Resolution: Violent and Nonviolent
Applied Social Psychology
Resource and Grant Development
Social Work and Social Welfare Institutions
The World System and Its Problems
Urban Sociology
Global Race and Ethnic Relations
American Ethnic Minorities
Social Stratification
Quantitative Research Methods
Sociology of Complex Organizations
Methods of Social Work
Social Theory
Soil Morphology
Soil Resource Inventory
Land Use Planning
Forest and Range Soils
Soil Vadose Zone and Groundwater Processes
Environmental Assessment for Erosion Control
Applied Experimental Design and Regression Models
Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists
Select from the following:4
Environmental Biology and Conservation
Natural Resource Ecology and Habitat Management
Select from the following:4
World of Chemistry (B3 & B4) 1
Introduction to Geology (B3) 1
Earthquakes (B3) 1
MATH 118Precalculus Algebra (B1) 14
Select from the following:4
Political Participation
Critical Issues in American Politics 3
American Judicial Politics
American Constitutional Law
Civil Rights in America
Contemporary American Political Thought
California Politics
Urban Politics
STAT 217Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods (B1) 14
(See GE program requirements below.)60
Free Electives0
Total units180

Required in Support; also satisfies GE.


Consultation with advisor is recommended prior to selecting approved electives; bear in mind your selections may impact pursuit of post-baccalaureate studies and/or goals.


If any of these courses is taken to meet a major, support, or general education requirement in the degree, it cannot be double-counted as an approved elective.

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 12 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BScience and Mathematics
B1Mathematics/Statistics (8 units in Support) 10
B2Life Science4
B3Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
Area CArts and Humanities
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective4
Area C elective(Choose one course from C1-C5)4
Area D/ESociety and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D4Self Development (CSU Area E)4
D5Upper-division elective (no CRP course)4
Area FTechnology
F Upper-division elective4
Total units60

Required in Support; also satisfies GE.