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Geography and Planning

Planning Track

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Geography and Planning

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Department of Geography and Planning
College of Business and Public Management
Fifth Floor
Business and Public Management Center
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2343

Name: Dr. Dottie Ives Dewey
Position: Department Chair

Name: Heather McQueen
Position: Department Secretary

Planning Track

  • Are you interested in making a positive change to your community?
  • Are you interested in the land development process?
  • Do you like devising solutions to complex problems?
  • Do you like working with people?
  • Do you like to communicate ideas and plans?
  • Do you think about the future and how it could be better?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then the Planning track might be for you!

You will learn about the urban and regional planning profession and develop basic skills in planning analysis in the areas of land use, housing, transportation and urban design. Many students in this track are able to complement their studies with real-world internship experiences. Graduates of this track have gone on to work in entry-level planning positions in the private, public and non-profit sectors. A number of graduates have pursued further study in some of the top graduate planning schools.

Advising Sheets

Advising sheets are available online . Paper copies can be found in Ruby Jones Hall, from either the department secretary in room 103, or the bookcase across from room 104. Advising sheets are subject to change; majors should check with their advisor before registering for classes.

Required Courses: (6 semester hours)

  • GEO214 Introduction to Planning; and
  • GEO324 Introduction to GIS OR GEO328 Computer Cartography

Elective Courses (9 semester hours) and Cognate Courses (15 semester hours) are typically selected under advisement from the following course options:

  • GEO320 Land Use Planning
  • GEO322 Land Development
  • GEO336 Environmental Planning
  • GEO312 Urban Geography
  • GEO316 Planning for Public Services
  • GEO318 Economic Geography
  • GEO331 Transportation Planning
  • GEO338 Environmental Applications of GIS
  • GEO354 Geography & Planning of Housing
  • GEO403 Planning Design
  • GEO424 GIS Applications

For more information on this track, please contact Dr. Matin Katirai.

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