Mar 25, 2023  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2014-15 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2014-15 [Archived Catalog]

Geography—Urban Planning Major (B.S)

Major code BS4234

College of Arts and Sciences 
Geography Department
Clippinger Laboratories 122
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1140
Fax: 740.593.1138

Geoff Buckley, contact person

Program Overview

The curriculum is designed to provide basic academic requirements for a career in urban planning in the United States. Urban planning majors take courses both inside and outside the Geography Department that emphasize social, political, and environmental aspects of the planning profession. The majority of job opportunities for urban planners are with government agencies at the local, state, and federal levels. The Bachelor of Science degree in urban planning can provide planners initial entry into the profession. However, planning positions frequently require candidates to have earned a graduate degree in planning. Therefore the urban planning major offered by the Geography Department positions graduates well for acceptance into Master of Science programs, too.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

The majority of job opportunities for planners are with government agencies at the local, state, and federal levels, urban and environmental planning firms, real estate development companies and community-based NGOs.


Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement

View the A&S - College Level Requirements (A&S CLR) .

Geography - Urban Planning Major

The major requirement for the B.S. degree in Geography - Urban Planning is a minimum of 44 hours of geography.


Geography Foundations

Complete the following geography foundation courses with at least the minimum grade indicated for each course:

Geography Regional Course

Complete one regional course from the following:

Program Requirements

Core Requirements

Complete the following three required courses:

Core Electives

Complete three of the following courses:

Recommended Courses

The following courses are highly recommended and students are encouraged to take some of them to satisfy the University General Education Requirements and the College of Arts and Sciences Requirements.