May 29, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Urban and Regional Planning Minor


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The urban and regional planning minor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences provides non-geography undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue studies in the professional field of planning. Geography majors can pursue the urban studies option, so this minor would not be available to these majors.

Geography and urban and regional planning share a common concern for the spatial configuration of the places that we inhabit and enjoy. In recognition of this close association, there is currently an articulation agreement between the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences and the College of Architecture and Planning that provides students with a mechanism for acceleration through the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) degree program, if accepted into that graduate program. Those students completing the requirements for an undergraduate planning minor may also be eligible to pursue an accelerated MURP degree and if interested in this option should work closely with the minor advisor in the selection of coursework. (Please see the Graduate Catalog for more information on this graduate program.)

All core courses are offered on a yearly basis.

These degree requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their major advisor and CLAS advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.

Program Delivery

  • This is an on-campus program.

Declaring This Minor

  • Please see your advisor.

General Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.

Program Requirements

  1. Students must complete three core requirements and two electives, totaling 15 semester hours.
  2. 12 semester hours of upper-division courses are required.
  3. Although the three core courses may be taken in any order, it is advisable to begin with GEOG 1602, since this course familiarize students with many key concepts used in other classes.
  4. All undergraduate students, except geography majors, are eligible for this minor.
  5. Students must achieve a grade of C- (2.0) or higher in required courses (this is a B (3.0) if interested in applying for the articulated MURP degree program).
  6. All upper-division courses must be completed at CU Denver and a minimum of 9 semester hours must be completed in CLAS (geography) to satisfy residency requirements.