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Undergraduate Catalog | 2017-2018 
    
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Geography, Urban and Regional Planning Concentration, B.S.


Planners solve social and environmental problems in the built environment by translating knowledge into action.  Planners work across cultural and disciplinary boundaries to create healthy, just, and sustainable communities.  Therefore, the Concentration in Urban and Regional Planning supplies students with a trans-disciplinary perspective on major societal issues.  Specific areas of instruction include land use, transportation and infrastructure, social justice, urban design, environmental preservation, and analytical methods.  Knowledge, skills, and methods gained from the Concentration in Urban and Regional Planning afford students with opportunities for successful careers in public, private, and non-profit organizations.  The concentration also prepares students for graduate studies in planning, geography, policy studies, and associated fields. 

Degree Requirements


General Education Courses (37-41 credit hours)


For details on required courses, refer to the General Education Program 

Foreign Language Requirement (0-8 credit hours)


All students who earn a degree within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences are required to demonstrate proficiency in the language of their choice through the 1202 level.  Proficiency can be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

  • Completing the required coursework at UNC Charlotte
  • Completing three years of the same foreign language in high school through level three
  • Achieving a satisfactory score on the foreign languages placement test (in Spanish, French, or German)
  • Through approved transfer or transient credit earned at other accredited institutions
  • By transferring in with an A.A., A.S. or A.F.A. degree
  • A combination of the above methods (e.g., placing out of or earning transfer or transient credit for 1201 and completing the 1202 course, completing 1201 and placing out of or earning transfer or transient credit for 1202)

Restricted Elective Courses (18 credit hours)


Select 18 credit hours of elective GEOG coursework at the 3000 or above level.  Up to three elective courses may be selected from courses with the ESCI, GEOL, and METR prefix.

Concentration Courses (14 credit hours)


Students in the Concentration in Urban and Regional Planning should select their courses in consultation with their advisor.

Unrestricted Elective Courses


As needed to complete the credit hours required for graduation.

Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours


Cooperative Education Program


Students in the Geography and Earth Sciences programs may obtain practical work experience while pursuing their degrees by participating in the Cooperative Education program.  The work experience is approved by the department and is closely related to the student’s field of study.  The Cooperative Education Program allows qualified students either to alternate semesters of academic study with semesters of full-time work experience or to combine part-time academic study and part-time work during the same semester.  Students who are in good standing with the University, have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5, and have completed 30 credit hours are eligible to apply.  Transfer students are required to complete 12 credit hours at the University prior to application. Students interested in learning more about participating in this program should contact the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences or the University Career Center.

Honors Program


For details about the Honors Program in Earth Sciences, Geography, Geology, or Metrology, visit the program page .

Suggested Curriculum


For the suggested course sequence toward completing the major, please see the Academic Plan of Study available online at academics.uncc.edu.  Consultation with an advisor is required each semester.