The BS in Planning is an integrated, interdisciplinary degree program in which students can choose to focus on either Natural Resource Planning or Urban Resource Planning.
The 57-credit BS in Planning degree encompasses extensive topics of relevance to urban and regional planning professionals. Exposed to the theories and history of planning methods, students are equipped with the knowledge and tools needed to serve in natural resource agencies, national, city or county planning departments, private industry, and nonprofit organizations throughout the world.
All three of BSU’s signature themes are strongly supported by this program. The university theme of sustainability is emphasized by a focus on the need to move beyond standard multiple-use practices to ecosystem management and, further, to adaptive management in the face of such challenges as intensifying climate change impacts. BSU’s emphasis on civic responsibility is supported by an emphasis on the changing realities of planning law in the U.S. and of international efforts to institutionalize planning objectives globally. Importantly, both of these signature themes are supported by careful examination of planning not as a mere technical profession, but as varying in form and practice culturally. Program themes commonly found in professional practice include issues involving economic development, social housing, transportation systems, infill and revitalization, sustainable architecture, environmental analysis and policy, and regional and international development.
Students can choose to focus on either Natural Resource Planning or Urban Resource Planning as they develop skills in a sequence of courses that moves from an introduction to the field through to focus on site analysis, metropolitan land use, public lands, and international regional development. Parallel offerings expose students to more specialized emphasis on political ecology and conservation biology while promoting a background in urban and economic geography essential to any geographer’s professional training.