Environmental Planning

Bachelor of Science

DescriptionDegree Requirements

The BS degree in Environmental Planning combines coursework in the social and natural sciences with business and other disciplines. The degree emphasizes study of New England but prepares students for work in any geographic area. It examines contemporary and future problems associated with development of the natural and built environs. The program prepares students for careers in planning and management at the community, regional or federal level. The Environmental Planning degree combines skills from the various disciplines that participate in the program. Students learn about the planning process as well as land use law and development; they obtain basic skills in the development of geographic information systems and computer cartography as well as the interpretation of aerial photographs and remote sensing data; and they learn to address historic and contemporary empirical environmental (both nature and human) issues. Additionally, they develop verbal and written communication skills. Student internships in environmental management agencies are an integral part of the program. Students need to earn a grade point average of 2.00 or higher in their major courses.

Degree Requirements (120 credits)


EPL 2100 Community Planning 3
EPL 3100 Environmental Planning 3
EPL 3960 Internship 4
BI 3240 Conservation (DICO) (GACO) (INCO) 3
BU 2290 Organizational Communications (WRCO) 3
GE 2001 Physical Geography 3
GE 2002 Human Geography 3
GE 2090 Computer Mapping (TECO) 3
GE 3030 Urban Geography 3
GE 3270 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
PO 1020 American Government 3
Political Science Elective – complete one of the following: 3
PO 2020 Public Administration (DICO)
PO 3150 State and Local Politics
TMP 2750 Introduction to Travel and Tourism (GACO) 3
Supporting Courses – complete five of the following, at least 12 credits must be taken at the 3000/4000 level: 15-16
AN 4410 Methods of Social Research
BU 2450 Principles of Marketing
BU 3220 Business and the Environment
BU 3560 Land Use Law and Development
CM 3090 Technical Communication (TECO) (WRCO)
EC 2000 Survey of Modern Economics
EPL 4150 Topics in Environmental Planning
EPL 4910 Independent Study
GE 3260 The Physical Geography of National Parks
GE 3300 Introduction to Hydrology
GE 3310 Landform Analysis
GE 3350 Introduction to Airphoto Interpretation and Remote Sensing
GE 4130 Topics in Physical Geography
GE 4140 Topics in Geographic Techniques
GE 4150 Topics in Geography
GE 4270 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
GE 4280 GIS Applications: Computer Mapping
PO 2020 Public Administration (DICO)
PO 3150 State and Local Politics
SO 3100 Urban Sociology
SO 3210 Topics in Sociology
SO 3390 Environment and Society (INCO)
SO 3400 Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management
SO 3480 The Rural Community: Conflict and Change
SO 4410 Methods of Social Research
Capstone course – complete one of the following: 3-4
EPL 4990 Advanced Planning
SS 4950 Community Research Experience (INCO)
Quantitative Reasoning in the Discipline Connection – complete one of the following: 3
MA 2300 Statistics I (QRCO)
SS 3700 Social Statistics (QRCO)
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
MA Mathematics Foundations 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
WECO Wellness Connection 3
Electives 23-19

*All course information is from the 2016-2017 Catalog.

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