Urban and Regional Planning

A professional in this field develops programs for use of land in creating communities, accommodating growth of towns or cities and planning for revitalization of physical facilities in towns, cities, counties, or metropolitan areas.  Activities would include things like reviewing plans submitted by developers, planning land use, helping establish codes and zoning policies, identifying transportation needs and solutions, and assist with the layout and design of streets.  Most urban and regional planners work for local and state governments.  When developing a project, planners work with public officials, community members, and other groups to identify goals or issues.

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How to begin your career path at Jefferson:

Although Jefferson Community College does not have a specific program/major in this field, we can help link you to a beginning a career in urban/regional planning through its Associate in Science degree in Humanities & Social Sciences.  This degree program is designed to prepare the student for transfer opportunities at the bachelor’s degree level where a student would then major in “Urban and Regional Analysis and Planning,” “City and Urban Studies,” “Urban Design and Architecture Studies,” or a related field.  Since one can approach this field in many ways, many bachelor’s and master’s level programs include interdisciplinary courses and training.  At Jefferson, a student would complete general education requirements in the humanities, social sciences, English, mathematics and science.  Coursework in history, sociology, psychology, business, political science, etc., would also be helpful.  Employment in this field usually requires attainment of at least a bachelor’s degree.  Students should work closely with their faculty advisor and transfer/career counselors when selecting courses and planning for further education in this area.  We list our Humanities & Social Sciences degree as a place to begin studies in this field, but keep in mind that a student could also begin his or her path to employment through other programs.

Transfer opportunities in this area include: SUNY College at Buffalo, Cornell University, New York University, Wagner College and Metropolitan College of NYC.

Start at Jefferson/transfer opportunities:

Liberal Arts & Sciences:  Humanities & Social Sciences A.A.


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