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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 program 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 program advisor and CLAS advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.
- This is an on-campus program.
Declaring This Minor
- Please see your advisor.
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Students must satisfy all requirements as outlined below and by the department offering the minor.
- Students must complete a minimum of 15 GEOG credit hours.
- Students must complete a minimum of 12 GEOG upper-division (3000- level and above) credit hours in the minor.
- Students must earn a minimum grade of C- (1.7) in all minor courses taken at CU Denver and must achieve a minimum cumulative minor GPA of 2.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the minor GPA. Students cannot complete minor or ancillary course requirements as pass/fail.
- Students must complete a minimum of 9 GEOG credit hours with CU Denver faculty.
Program Restrictions, Allowances and Recommendations
- Although the three core courses may be taken in any order, it is advisable to begin with GEOG 1602 Urban Studies and Planning, since this course familiarize students with many key concepts used in other classes.
- All undergraduate students, except geography majors, are eligible for this minor.
- Students interested in applying for the articulated MURP degree program must achieve a grade of B (3.0) or higher in required courses.
|Take all of the following||9|
|GEOG 1602||Urban Studies and Planning||3|
|GEOG 4640||Urban Geography: Denver and the U.S.||3|
|GEOG 4680||Urban Sustainability: Perspectives and Practice||3|
|Take two of the following||6|
|GEOG 4000/URPL 5010||Planning Methods||3|
|GEOG 4085||GIS Applications for the Urban Environment||3|
|GEOG 4230||Hazard Mitigation and Vulnerability Assessment||3|
|GEOG 4235||GIS Applications in the Health Sciences||3|
|GEOG 4450||Urban Food and Agriculture: Perspectives and Research||3|
|GEOG 4460||Sustainable Urban Agriculture Field Study I||3|
|GEOG 4710||Disasters, Climate Change, and Health||3|
|URPL 5000||Planning History and Theory||3|
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