Environmental and Land Use Planning

students on an environmental survey.

The Environmental and Land Use Planning specialization offered by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning involves the study of how to use the planning process to resolve four 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; 
  3. planning for the remediation and restoration of natural systems; and 
  4. planning the development of cities, suburbs, and rural areas to be sustainable.
  • Introductory:  URP 568, Environmental Planning and Policy, 3 credits
  • Advanced: URP 578, Environmental Planning Methods, 3 credits
  • URP 581 or URP 582, Planning Practicum II designated for the specialization, 6 credits
  • Specialization paper, consisting of one of the following, as approved by the specialization director:
    • Masters Project relevant to the specialization
    • Thesis relevant to the specialization
    • Independent study relevant to the specialization


Specialization Director:

Wes Grooms, Ph.D.
Interim Director