2018-2019 General Catalog 
    Apr 24, 2018  
2018-2019 General Catalog

City and Metropolitan Planning

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The Department of City and Metropolitan Planning is member of Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP). The Master of City & Metropolitan (MCMP) is accredited by the National Planning Accreditation Board (PAB)

College of Architecture + Planning
Department Office: 220 Architecture Building
Mailing Address: 375 S. 1530 E. Rm 235, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0370
Phone: 801-581-8255
Fax: 801-581-8217
E-mail: plan@arch.utah.edu
Web Address: http://www.plan.utah.edu/

Chair: Reid Ewing, PhD
Advisor: 235 Architecture & Planning Building 801-581-7175

The Profession of Urban Planning

Planners assist in creating opportunities related to the preservation and enhancement of community life, the protection of the environment, the promotion of equity and the management of urban growth and change. Planners address numerous public issues affecting where people live, work, and play; where they shop and receive medical attention; how they get from place to place; what communities look like; how communities work; and how we use our resources. Planning typically involves the performance of various roles. Some planners function as technical analysts or researchers, others as designers or program developers, some as social change agents, and still others as managers or educators.

Planning is a highly interdisciplinary profession. For planners to develop plans, programs, and policies, they have to assess, understand and communicate the social, economic, political, and environmental consequences of urban policy options. Specializations in the field include land use and environmental planning, economic development, housing and community development, transportation planning, urban design, historic preservation, and governmental information systems. Recurring themes include: human settlements, interconnections, remote and indirect consequences, pathways for future change, plurality of context, diversity of needs, participatory decision making, and linking knowledge to collective action. Planners work in a variety of public agencies - city, county, state and federal - as well as in consulting firms, public utilities, community organizations, and non-profit foundations and agencies.

Undergraduate Program

Please see the Urban Ecology B.A., B.S., H.B.A., H.B.S. and Minor listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

The undergraduate degree in Urban Ecology provides students with unique interdisciplinary academic training in the ecological, infrastructural, building and cultural systems that shape human settlements, with the goal of maximizing the vitality, ecological health, and resilience of places and communities.

Graduates of the program will possess the foundational knowledge and skills needed for understanding the complexity of the social, environmental and economic relationships of urban systems and for improving these systems. They will be prepared to pursue careers in fields such as community and economic development, environmental and sustainability planning, urban planning, public health, public policy, and public administration. Graduates will also be well positioned to pursue graduate studies in a range of fields including city and metropolitan planning, architecture, law, and business.

Students graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Urban Ecology will be able to:

  • Understand the relationships between social, environmental and economic systems and their role in shaping and managing human settlements.
  • Demonstrate ability to analyze spatial, qualitative and quantitative data to address real world problems.
  • Demonstrate competency in written, visual and oral presentation skills.
  • Understand the scientific basis of the environmental challenges and opportunities of human settlements in the 21st Century.
  • Collaborate effectively across multiple planning, design, and scientific disciplines.
  • Understand the history, form, and theory of human settlements.
Admission Requirements

Students entering the Urban Ecology major after Spring of 2017 should refer to the Design Foundations program requirements outlined in the information for the College of Architecture + Planning  .

Graduate Program

Please see the City and Metropolitan Planning MCMP, Metropolitan Planning, Policy and Design PhD, Urban Design Certificate and Urban Planning Certificate listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

Special Requirements

Students in all graduate programs are expected to make timely progress toward completion of their program: this which is defined as completing the equivalent of two semester courses per semester. Progress at less than this rate without prior written permission of the chair will result in dismissal from the program. No graduate course may be repeated without prior written permission of the chair. Graduate students whose GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on probation; see the CA+P handbook for restrictions and requirements concerning probation.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

In addition to financial aid available through the Office of Financial Aid of the University, the College of Architecture + Planning offers both teaching assistantships and scholarships to its graduate students. Applications for teaching assistantships and scholarships are solicited by the department and awarded during the spring term for the next academic year for both enrolled students and new applicants.

Program and Course Offerings



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