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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2009-10 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2009-10 [Archived Catalog]

Geography—Urban Planning Major (B.S)

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Special curriculum; major code BS4234

This special curriculum is designed to provide some of the basic academic requirements for a career in urban planning in the United States. While working toward a conventional B.S. in geography, you will take certain required courses and select from an approved list of electives (both inside and outside the Department of Geography) that emphasize legal, social, political, and historical aspects of the planning profession. These courses simultaneously fulfill some of the Department and College requirements. The distinctiveness of the curriculum comes from the direction you are given and the preselection of courses in which you may enroll; these elements separate the special curriculum from the general geography program. To enroll in the preparation for urban and regional planning major, contact the chair of the Department of Geography as soon as possible, preferably not later than the beginning of your sophomore year.

The majority of job opportunities for planners are with government agencies at the local, state, and federal levels. Their activities largely concern administration and implementation of federal programs, and continued funding depends upon Congress. While a bachelor’s degree can provide initial entry into the profession, job descriptions usually specify a master’s degree. It is recommended that you continue toward such a degree, which involves an additional two years of study and is offered by more than 70 American universities.

Universitywide Graduation Requirements

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

College-Level Requirements

Please see the College of Arts and Sciences  for college-level requirements.

Geography Core Requirements

Complete 55 hours of approved geography courses, including:


At least 30 hours at the 300 level or above. A minimum grade of C- is required for 100- and 200-level geography courses. No more than 5 hours each of 485 or 490/494 can count toward the 55 hours in geography. Hours in 486 do not count toward this total. Work with your advisor to develop a plan to complete the University General Education requirements.

Majors are not permitted to take geography and required courses pass/fail.

Program Requirements

You must meet all requirements for a geography major (listed above), with the following additional specifications:

Three of the following:

Other Departments (two courses)

Except for MGT 202, these courses currently fulfill the social sciences area requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences.


Work with your advisor to develop a plan to complete University General Education requirements.

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