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Regional PlanningEnvironmental Planner, BS

  • Students learn about water systems

    DIVE INTO THE ISSUES SURROUNDING NATURAL RESOURCES — Professor Richard Hoch helps students understand some of the issues communities face with waterways and water supplies and how those issues can be handled.

    Take an Environmental Approach to Planning

    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 planner's point of view.

    Make the Change You Want to See in the World Happen

    Planners can bring about practical solutions to environmental problems. Students who choose this concentration will study the processes that shape the environment and strategies for analyzing environmental issues and bettering environmental problems. You'll learn how the leadership and expertise of a planner can be a factor in protecting the environment and improving communities.

    Our Accredited Program Stands Out to Employers

    The IUP Bachelor of Science degree in Regional Planning is one of only 16 accredited undergraduate planning degree programs in the United States. This gives you an advantage when it comes to employment and professional certification. Employers view our bachelor's graduates as extremely well prepared to enter the planning job market because of the approval that the Planning Accreditation Board has given our program.

    Gain a Two-Year Head Start Toward Professional Certification

    In addition, graduates of our Regional Planning program can take the American Institute of Certified Planners certification exam three years after graduation (compared to a minimum five years for graduates of non-accredited programs).

    Hands-on Experience in Our Labs

    In this major, you'll also have opportunities to acquire hands-on experience through the Department of Geography and Regional Planning's labs and weather station.

    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 learn how to assess the causes, consequences, and solutions to a wide variety of environmental issues such as water pollution, acid rain, and tropical deforestation.