The ideal program for future urban planners, this career-focused option will challenge you to develop and design healthy, sustainable and efficient urban communities. With plenty of hands-on intensive field work, you’ll acquire advanced knowledge about urban planning and position yourself as an excellent candidate for grad school.

FYI: An option is a “mini-minor” – a set of courses in one discipline that can be completed in conjunction with any undergraduate degree program, allowing you to focus on an additional subject of interest.

This Option Is Perfect For Students Who Want To:

  • Position themselves as an ideal candidate for graduate studies in urban planning
  • Learn to conduct site analysis and research area-specific planning projects
  • Master spatial and analytical methods using cutting-edge geographical information systems (GIS)
  • Develop soft skills used in urban planning such as problem-solving, teamwork, project organization, and oral presentation skills
  • Acquire advanced knowledge about urban planning and regional planning practices
 and policy

Courses & Eligibility

This option is open to all undergraduate students who successfully complete the following course requirements

  • GEOG 1030 (Human Geography in a Global Context)
  • GEOG-ERSC 2090 (Introduction to GIS)
  • GEOG-CAST 2710 (Cities: An Introduction to Urban Geography)
  • GEOG-CAST 3710 (Urban and Regional Planning)
  • GEOG 3790 (Exploring the Practice of Urban Planning)

At least two (2) from:

  • GEOG 2310 (Geography of Recreation)
  • GEOG 3110 (Practice and Profession of Geography)
  • ERST 3000 (Environmental Professional Practice)
  • GEOG-INDG 3220 (Indigenous People in Urban Selected Issues and Cities)
  • GEOG-WMST-CAST 3220 (Gender, Society & Space)
  • ERST 3502 (Environmental Communication + Writing)
  • GEOG-NURS 3820 (Health Geography)
  • GEOG-CAST-SAFS 4444 (Rural Community Sustainability)
  • GEOG-POST 4555 (City Economy & Society)
  • IESS-ERST-INDG 4730 (Sustainable Indigenous Communities)
  • ERST 4810 (Ecological Design)

At least one (1) from:

  • GEOG 3530 (Hydrology)
  • GEOG-ERSC 3010 (Fundamental GIS Analysis)
  • GEOG-ERCS 3020 (Remote Sensing)
  • GEOG-ERSC-EGEO 3003 (Field Methods in Environmental Geoscience)
  • ERST 3081 (Local Waste Management)
  • GEOG-ERST-CAST 3720 (Urban Environments)
  • ERST-GEOG 4140 (Climate and Energy Policy)
  • ERST 3250 (Introduction to Environmental Law)


  • Peterborough

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