The Department of Urban and Regional Planning offers a minor in urban and regional planning that is open to all majors at Cal Poly Pomona. Although the minor cannot convey the complete scope of urban and planning, the core and elective courses in the minor program can provide students an opportunity to complement their major program with a particular specialized emphasis in association of urban and regional planning issues or processes. The urban and regional planning minor provides students with the knowledge and skillsets including but not limited to the functions of cities, urban policy decision making process, analysis methods for urban issues, and planning, policy, design, and social action in urban environment.
The Field of Urban and Regional Planning
Planning is a systemic, creative way to influence the future of communities, cities, regions, the country and the world. Urban and regional planners use their knowledge and skills to serve communities and cities facing social, economic, environmental, and cultural challenges in various ways. Planners develop environmental sustainability projects or programs to improve energy efficiency, minimize pollution or waste, or restore natural systems, plan alternative transportation systems for urban or regional mobility /accessibility, design physical space in way that connects between people and place, movement and urban form, nature and the built fabric, and keep informed about economic or legal issues involved in zoning codes, building codes, or environmental regulations.
Having planning knowledge and skills enables you to do many types of jobs and be involved in almost any kind of government or private activity that seeks to affect the future or responded to communality change. The majority of planners work in traditional planning areas such as community development, land use, transportation planning, environmental/natural resources planning, economic development, urban design, housing, historic preservation and community activism. However, individual planners may have a wide variety of responsibilities within these broadly defined specialties. Other planners work in less traditional areas, often with people from other disciplines in the fields such as healthy communities, energy development or school planning.
For information regarding Minor in Urban and Regional Planning degree program, please contact the Chair of Urban and Regional Planning:
Dr. Gwen Urey
(909) 869 2725