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Environmental and Land Use Planning

students on an environmental survey

Master of Urban and Regional Planning students in Professor G. William Page's environmental planning class on field trip to Joseph Davis State Park to learn about making, funding, and implementing environmental restoration plans.

The environmental and physical planning specialization offered by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at UB involves the study of how to use the planning process to resolve three broad sets of problems:

  1. minimizing the negative effects of environmental problems on human health and urban and regional systems;
  2. minimizing the negative effects of human settlements on ecosystems; and 
  3. planning for the remediation and restoration of natural systems;
  4. planning the development of cities, suburbs, and rural areas to be sustainable.

Curriculum (4 courses are required to complete the specialization)

Introductory Course

(Select one of the following two courses. The course not selected to meet the “Intro course” requirement may be used to meet part of the “elective courses” requirement.)

  • URP 568 Environmental Planning and Policy (Spring)
  • URP 505 Urban Planning & Environmental Change (Fall)

Methods Course

(Select one of the following two courses. The course not selected to meet the “methods course” requirement may be used to meet part of the “elective courses” requirement.)

  • URP 578 Environmental Planning Methods (Fall)
  • URP 602 Environmental Planning Support Systems (Spring)

Elective Courses (minimum two)

  • URP 564 Infrastructure Planning & Design (Fall)
  • URP 562 Transportation, Land Use, and Urban Form (Spring)
  • URP 567 Planning Law (Spring)
  • URP 592/URP 605 Built Environment and Public Health (Fall)
  • URP 592/URP 604 Food Systems Planning (Spring)
  • URP 601 Advanced GIS Applications (Spring)

Note: Courses from other departments that contribute to specialized knowledge that can contribute to this specialization may be presented to the specialization director to be considered for approval.

Culminating Exercise:

As part of the requirement for graduation with an MUP, students seeking a specialization must prepare a professional project or at thesis related to that specialization.  In rare cases, students may believe that they are unable to fit their specialization topic into the professional project.  If so, they must still complete the professional project, but must consult with their Specialization Director about an additional class (most likely independent study) through which to demonstrate synthetic knowledge of the specialization.  This may be done only with the Specialization Director’s approval.  

Specialization Director:

G. William Page