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A Major in Urban Planning

Description of Major

This major educates students about planning as a problem-solving activity oriented toward the future with special emphasis on the built and natural environment and on improving the quality of life. It is a professional, studio-based five-year cooperative education program that is unique in the United States, which allows one to sit for the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) examination without receiving a graduate degree.

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Employment Opportunities 

Graduates are prepared for a wide range of positions in business, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. A variety of jobs are available for urban planning graduates, including:

Appraiser Architect
City Planner Civil Engineer
Professor Community Relations Coordinator
Construction Manager Consultant
Ecological Risk Assessor Economic Development Planner
Educational Administrator Environmental Advocate
Environmental Designer Environmental Engineer
Environmental Planner Facility Manager
Conservationist Geographer
Grounds Manager Historical Preservationist
Housing and Community Development Planner Human Services Planner
International Development Planner Land Developer
Land Stewardship Director Landscape Architect
Lawyer Lobbyist
Park Manager Nonprofit Administrator
Policy Planner/Manager Property Manager
Public Relations Representative Real Estate Agent
Restoration Coordinator Surveyor
Traffic Coordinator Transportation Manager
Urban Designer Urban Planner
Writer Zoning Inspector


Some positions listed may require education or training beyond an undergraduate degree. 

Additional Links 


Additional Links 

American Planning Association

American Public Works Association

Association of Metropolitan Planning Associations

Community Development Society

International Downtown Association

UC College of DAAP