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Regional Planning, Environmental Planner Track (B.S.)

B.S., Regional Planning,
Environmental Planner Track

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

What You'll Do

While some planners design cities, others design natural areas or seek out ways to protect and restore the ones already established on our planet. As a Regional Planning major pursuing the Environmental Planner track at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you’ll study the laws, policies, and design concepts of regional planning, as well as environmental issues, from a geographic perspective.

Some of the courses you may choose to take in this major are Geography of Energy, Climatology, Physiography, Geography of Fresh Water Resources, Map and Photograph Interpretation, Biogeography for Environmental Managers, and Remote Sensing. You’ll also have opportunities to acquire hands-on experience through the Department of Geography and Regional Planning’s labs and weather station.

The skills you’ll gain in this track will help you to assess the causes, consequences, and solutions that pertain to a wide variety of environmental issues such as water pollution, acid rain, or tropical deforestation.

What You'll Become

The Bachelor of Science degree in Regional Planning achieved in pursuit of the Environmental Planner track prepares you for a career or graduate study in environmental fields. More than 95 percent of IUP Department of Geography and Regional Planning graduates in a recent, five-year span were placed in graduate programs or found jobs in business and industry as environmental professionals, as municipal planners, with regional and state agencies, in federal government, as social science educators, and with engineering firms.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of urban and regional planners is expected to grow by 15 percent from 2006 to 2016. Environmental issues are among the concerns that must be addressed in planning.

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Special Features

  • IUP facilities for Geography and Regional Planning include the Spatial Environmental Analysis Lab and the James E. Payne Geographic Information Systems/Cartography Lab.
  • The Department of Geography and Regional Planning has a fully functional weather station.
  • The IUP Gamma Theta Upsilon chapter, in conjunction with the Department of Geography and Regional Planning, sponsors speakers, campus activities, field trips, and social events.
  • Students may want to become involved in IUP’s coal mine-mapping project, which provides critically important information about abandoned or unidentified mines.
  • An honors program is available.
  • IUP offers master’s degree options in Geography and Regional Planning.
  • The Department of Geography and Regional Planning offers an 18-credit program of study leading to a Certificate of Recognition in Geographic Information Science and Geospatial Techniques.