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Regional PlanningLand Use Planning and GIS, BS

  • Dr. Benhart answers a question for a student using a GPS

    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.

    Discover a Major that Will Take You Places

    As a regional planning major pursuing the Land Use Planning and Geographic Information Systems Track at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you’ll learn the laws, policies, and design concepts of regional planning as well as the methods used in cartography and GIS.

    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.

    Gain a Two-Year Head Start Toward 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. 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).

    Broad Curriculum Covers a Lot of Ground

    Some of the topics you’ll study are vector vs. raster vs. object-oriented spatial data structures, cartography, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) applications, satellite imagery, site analysis, land use law, urban geography concepts, methods for designing GIS systems to user specifications, and thermal sensing.

    Your courses will include methods for identifying, modeling, and analyzing the spatial organization of human and environmental systems from both practical and theoretical perspectives. Data collection, spatial information management, and graphic presentation are integral skills taught in the program.

    Students in planning will graduate with a working knowledge of subdivision, land use, and zoning regulation.

    You’ll become familiar with strategies of economic development and both the theory and ethics of planning. Such skills are commonly used in coursework for the analysis of wildlife habitat, facilities management, land use planning and site design, and transportation system design and maintenance.

    Get 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.

    Explore a World of Options for Careers in Planning and GIS

    The Bachelor of Science degree in Regional Planning achieved in pursuit of the Land Use Planning and GIS track prepares you for a career as a land use analyst, county or city planner, geographic information specialist, facility manager, cartographer, or remote sensing specialist. 

    Our graduates have been 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.