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Environmental and Community Planning

students working on a trail in the woods

With more than half of the world’s population living in cities, environmental and community planners are the key to creating functional and sustainable spaces where people live, work and play. Advance your knowledge of the natural environment, the built environment and how humans engage both. Gain hands-on experience through complex studio projects, service learning and internships, and tailor your education by focusing on either environmental or community planning.

Fast Facts

Leading the Way

One of only 36 environmental and community planning programs in the nation.

Gain  valuable skills

Develop essential technical skills in geographical information systems mapping.

interdisciplinary environment

Share classes and ideas with landscape architecture students as part of an interdisciplinary learning environment.


  • City, County, or State Planner
  • Transportation Planner
  • Environmental Planner
  • Zoning Administrator
  • Community Development Director
  • Urban Development Specialist
  • Nonprofit Advocate

Course Schedule

Freshman Year

Suggested Plan of Study

Fall Spring
ENGL 101 – Composition and Rhetoric LARC 212 - Landscape Architecture History
LARC 105 - Intro to LA, Planning, & Env. Des. LARC 271 - Portfolio Design
LARC 120 - Landscape Architectural Drawing
COMM 104 - Public Communication
DSGN 140 - Sustainable Living MATH/STAT 111 – Math & Quantitative Skills
Environmental (ENV) or Community (COMM) or GEF Focus Area
Environmental (ENV) or Community (COMM) or GEF Focus Area