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 216Representing the City2
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 1, 2
Select from the following:15
The Global Environment
Human Cultural Adaptations
Urban Design in Architecture
Advanced Computer-Aided Fabrication in Architecture
Leadership and Organizations
Human Resources Management
Management Consulting and Change Management
Real Property Development Principles
Digital Cities
Cities in a Global World
Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduates
Contemporary Urban Design
Environmental Law
Water Resource Law and Policy
Planning Healthy Communities
International Planning and Development
Transportation Theory
Climate Action Planning
Housing and Planning
Planning and Urban Ecology
Development Review and Entitlement
Principles of Urban Design
Community Design Methods
Transportation Policy and Planning
Web Technologies for Planning
Hazard Mitigation Planning & Resilient Design
Selected Advanced Topics
Selected Advanced Laboratory
Individual Study
Planning Research and Analysis
Demographic and Analytic Tools
Feasibility Studies
Plan Implementation
Principles of Environmental Planning
Economics of Poverty, Discrimination and Immigration
Principles of Environmental Design
Sustainable Environments
Implementing Sustainable Principles
Advanced Implementation of Sustainable Principles
Corporate Communication
Technical Editing
Engineering for the Environment
Introduction to Air Pollution
Climate and Humanity
Human Impact on the Earth
Global and Regional Climatology
Applications in GIS
Global Geography
Public Relations
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
The World of Spatial Data and Geographic Information Technology
Natural Resource Ecology and Habitat Management
Human Dimensions in Natural Resources Management
Natural Resources Economics and Valuation
Environmental Impact Analysis and Management
Applied Resource Analysis and Assessment
Environmental Policy Analysis
Senior Project - Ecosystem Management
Senior Project - Forest Stewardship
Political Philosophy
Philosophy of Law
Social Ethics
Feminist Ethics, Gender, Sexuality and Society
Business Ethics
Environmental Ethics
The Politics of Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality
Political Participation
Global Political Issues
World Food Systems
Critical Issues in American Politics
California Politics
Social Movements and Political Protest
Technology and Public Policy
The Politics of Poverty
Urban Politics
Public Policy
Energy, Society and the Environment
Behavior in Organizations
Intergroup Dialogues
Environmental Psychology
Conflict Resolution: Violent and Nonviolent
Resource and Grant Development
Global Race and Ethnic Relations
Social Stratification
Quantitative Research Methods
Sociology of Complex Organizations
Applied Experimental Design and Regression Models
Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists
MATH 118Precalculus Algebra (B4) 34
NR 306Natural Resource Ecology and Habitat Management4
or BIO 263 Introductory Ecology and Evolution
or LA 220 Landscape Ecology: Concepts, Issues, and Interrelationships
Select from the following:4
Political Participation
Critical Issues in American Politics
American Judicial Politics
American Constitutional Law
Civil Rights in America
Contemporary American Political Thought
Public Policy and Administration
California Politics
Urban Politics
STAT 217Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods (GE Electives) 34
or STAT 218 Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences
(See GE program requirements below.)64
Free Electives 40
Total units180

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 8 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • If any of the remaining 64 units is used to satisfy a Major or Support requirement, additional units of Free Electives may be needed to complete the total units required for the degree.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in one course in each of the following GE Areas: A1 (Oral Communication), A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking), and B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning). 
Area AEnglish Language Communication and Critical Thinking
A1Oral Communication4
A2Written Communication4
A3Critical Thinking4
Area BScientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Physical Science4
B2Life Science4
B3One lab taken with either a B1 or B2 course
B4Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (4 units in Support) 10
Upper-Division B4
Area CArts and Humanities
Lower-division courses in Area C must come from three different subject prefixes.
C1Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater4
C2Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English4
Lower-Division C Elective - Select a course from either C1 or C24
Upper-Division C4
Area DSocial Sciences - Select courses in Area D from at least two different prefixes
D1American Institutions (Title 5, Section 40404 Requirement)4
D2Lower-Division D4
Upper-Division D4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
Lower-Division E4
Area F Ethnic Studies
F Ethnic Studies4
GE Electives in Areas B, C, and D
Select courses from two different areas; may be lower-division or upper-division courses.
GE Electives (4 units in Support plus 4 units in GE) 14
Total units64