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Bachelor in Urban & Regional Planning at Frostburg State University

Bachelor in Urban & Regional Planning

Build your future today while planning the world of tomorrow

A degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Frostburg State University can be your gateway to a career spent improving the world around you, one project at a time. As old infrastructure ages and new communities grow, the need for creative planning and organization grows as well. Urban and regional planners address this need by combining expertise from a variety of disciplines to come up with a solution that works for everyone.

FSU’s program prepares you to meet these challenges and more in both public and private sector positions, enabling you to find jobs in both local governments and private development firms. Like many programs at Frostburg, the Urban & Regional Planning major emphasizes experiential learning throughout its course offerings so you can develop the skills you’ll need in the real world and be prepared for whatever comes your way.

  • Connect your education with a wide variety of studies in this interdisciplinary major! The Urban & Regional Planning program combines the best of geography, political science, economics, sociology, communication studies and more!
  • Pick your focus in Community Planning, Tourism Development, Mapping Science or Environmental Planning.

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Bachelor in Urban & Regional Planning Highlights:

  • Get engaged in a diverse field with several areas to choose from: environmental protection, economic development, housing, and community services and design, to name just a few.

  • Achieve your travel dreams and study abroad! Besides the hundreds of options available through FSU’s Center for International Education, the Geography department offers a direct exchange program with Northumbria University in Newcastle, England.

  • Join social groups that connect you with like-minded peers and great opportunities. FSU hosts the Geography Club and a chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilion Honor Society, and your major’s interdisciplinary nature means you’ll meet lots of great people outside the Geography department.

  • Conduct your own research or partner on a faculty mentor’s project and present your work at FSU’s Undergraduate Research Symposium, achievements that look great on any resume!

About Our Urban & Regional Planning Faculty:

  • Learn in small classes with diverse, energetic professors who get to know you individually so you can get the most from your time in class and in the field.

  • Meet professors who practice what they preach, actively conducting research and publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and who often include students in their projects.

Sample Urban & Regional Planning Courses You May Take:

Urban Planning – City planning: needs assessment, land use suitability, policy and design. Participation in limited scope planning projects.

Human Geography – Systematic consideration of factors influencing the distribution of human beings in relation to population dynamics and migration, economic development and urbanization, and cultural diversity.

Principles of Geographic Information Science – An examination of the basic theory, concepts, data structures, operations and applications of geographic information systems (GIS) as a science. Lectures supplemented by computer-based laboratory exercises.

Sociology of Urban Life – A study of the city, its role in history, the problems of today, and prospects for the future. Emphasis on urbanism as a way of life.

Regional Planning – Consideration of regional needs and infrastructure development. Discussion of approaches to regional economic development.

Find out more about Frostburg State University’s urban & regional planning program requirements (PDF).

Career Outlook for Urban & Regional Planners:

Most graduates of urban & regional planning programs find work in local governments or regional development organizations, but many opportunities also exist with private development firms. A few planners find employment with the federal government or international development organizations. Urban & regional planners may also be in higher demand in areas facing environmental changes and population growth. While most administrative positions require a master’s degree, those with a bachelor’s can qualify for jobs as assistants or entry-level planners. Traditional and online master’s programs in urban & regional planning are typically highly interactive, heavy on workshops and experiences that foster an ability to solve planning problems. For more information, check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ page on Urban and Regional Planners (U.S. Government Occupational Outlook Handbook).

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