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FIELD INSTRUCTION EXPERTISE — You’ll get hands-on experience with professional equipment under the expert guidance of our professors, who sometimes take their classes outside for field work. Above, Professor John Benhart answers a student’s question.

IUP Planning Program Stands Out Nationally — One of Only 15 Accredited

Our program emphasizes conceptual knowledge, experiential learning, innovative planning skills, and civic engagement. As a regional planning major at IUP, you can count on our accredited program to deliver the industry knowledge and best practices you will need to know.

The BS in Regional Planning at IUP is one of only 15 accredited, undergraduate planning programs in the country. This gives you an advantage when it comes to employment and professional certification. Because of the accreditation, you will be able to take the American Institute of Certified Planners certification exam three years after graduation (compared to a minimum of five years for graduates of non-accredited programs). 

Choose from Two Bachelor’s Degree Options

You can choose from two concentrations, or areas of emphasis: the Land Use Planning and GIS Concentration or the Environmental Planner Concentration.

The Geography and Regional Planning Department labs and facilities offer you hands-on experience with the instrumentation used by professionals.

Work with Real-World Problems to Prepare for Your Career

You’ll work with real-world problems and intern with professional planners who deal with these issues on a daily basis. You’ll learn the principles and techniques planners use when working with communities to improve the quality of life for the people who live there.

You’ll take a comprehensive view and develop negotiating skills that will improve your ability to listen to and speak for all citizens. You’ll learn strategies for reconciling controversies and proposing alternatives.

As a planner, you can guide community decision making in allocating scarce resources to create better places to live.

When you graduate with a BS in Regional Planning from IUP, you will be well prepared to guide change in a way that will make our communities better places to live for present and future generations.

BS in Regional Planning: Land Use Planning and GIS Concentration

  • Prepare for employment as a land use analyst, geographic information system specialist, facilities manager, cartographer, remote sensing specialist, and county or city planner.
  • Learn methods for identifying, modeling, and analyzing the spatial organization of human and environmental systems from both practical and theoretical perspectives.
  • Gain the integral skills of data collection, spatial information management, and cartographic/graphic presentation.
  • Develop a working knowledge of subdivision, land use, and zoning regulation.
  • Intern with planning agencies or consulting firms working with professionals.
  • Become familiar with strategies of economic development and both the theory and ethics of planning, which can then be used in coursework for the analysis of wildlife habitat, facilities management, land use planning and site design, transportation system design, and maintenance.

BS Regional Planning: Environmental Planner Concentration

  • Prepare for a career in environmental fields or graduate study that leads to a variety of environmental positions.
  • Learn about the physical and human processes that shape the environment, strategies for analyzing environmental issues, and the concepts and strategies behind solving environmental problems.
  • Achieve a working knowledge of subdivision, land use, and zoning regulation.
  • Become familiar with flood plain and wetland regulation, the management of waste and storm water, and environmental impact assessment.
  • Gain an understanding of both the theory and ethics of planning.
  • Develop the skills needed to assess the causes for, consequences of, and solutions to a wide variety of environmental issues (such as soil erosion, sedimentation, water contamination, flooding, deforestation, and habitat conservation/preservation).
  • Geography and Regional Planning Department
  • Leonard Hall, Room 9
    421 North Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2250
  • Fax: 724-357-6479
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  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–Noon
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.