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Planning specialization students in a geography lab examining mapping systems

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Planning specialization students in a geography lab examining mapping systems

Undergraduate

Consistently named one of Canada’s ‘top jobs,’ urban planning is a rewarding career path for anyone interested in developing safe, functional and sustainable communities. If you’re an undergraduate student thinking of pursuing graduate studies to become an urban planner, Trent’s option in Planning will help give you a valuable head start.

As a career-oriented option, you’ll experience a variety of specialized courses emphasizing experiential learning and skill development. Learn from top experts from Trent’s world-class School of the Environment, introducing you to a variety of applied courses in urban planning, environmental policy, ecological design, health, recreation, and community sustainability. As part of the hands-on learning process, you’ll challenge yourself with an intensive field capstone course - exploring and researching your very own site specific development project.

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 three (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)

Locations:

  • Peterborough

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