Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
Urban Planning and Sustainable Development, BA
What is the study of Urban Planning and Sustainable Development?
This interdisciplinary program prepares students to enter professional fields concerned with the sustainability of the human and natural environment. The Urban Planning and Sustainable Development program consists of a core, and specialization electives. The core incorporates the interdisciplinary foundation of Huxley College’s approach to the study of the environment. Urban planning and sustainable development concentrate studies in public policy development, law, and methods and processes of planning and decision making. The specialization elective component of the program is flexible. It allows students to develop an area of special interest, concentrating on a minor in an academic discipline, or to select from a number of thematically oriented clusters of courses.
Huxley’s Urban Planning and Sustainable Development major emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to solving complex problems that face communities from the local to the global level. The program emphasizes a concern for progressive change that is needed towards the design of equitable, healthful, livable, and sustainable communities for present and future generations. The curriculum combines urban planning, sustainable design, environmental policy, and environmental science to provide students with an understanding of the linkages between urban and natural systems and the multidimensional problems in urban development.
The program prepares students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make positive changes towards sustainability in an increasingly complex world. Graduates are prepared for careers in planning agencies, consulting firms, and nonprofit organizations at the local, state, and federal levels of government, as well as advanced graduate study. Students are accepted into the Urban Planning and Sustainable Design major based on the review of their application and portfolio of work demonstrating their affinity to integrate sustainable design, social equality concerns, and environmental systems principles, and on enrollment limits.
Why Should I Consider this Major?
Do you want to use your knowledge and skills to promote positive change in the environment? Do you love solving problems and implementing shared visions in both natural settings and urban communities? Are you interested in the laws and policies that govern environmental change? Then Planning and Sustainable Development is the major for you.
- Urban Planner
- Environmental Lawyer
- County Planner
- Environmental Public Relations
- Director of Non-Profit Organizations