City + Regional Planning

Undergraduate Minor in City Planning

The Program

The Department of City and Regional Planning offers a minor in city and regional planning that is open to all majors at UC Berkeley except urban studies. Each year about 80 students in colleges ranging from Environmental Design, Letters and Science, and Natural Resources complete the minor. The city planning minor provides students with the knowledge of how cities function, how urban processes might be researched, and how urban environments can be transformed through planning, policy, design, and social action. While the minor cannot convey the full scope of city planning, various combinations of courses in the minor program can, we feel, augment a major program with a particular slant or emphasis on planning issues or processes.

For your minor to be added to your transcript, you must file the CED minor completion form with the Office of Undergraduate Advising in 250 Wurster Hall during the semester in which you complete your last class for the minor.

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Faculty Advisers Staff Adviser*
Michael Dear
Chair, Faculty Committee
313C Wurster Hall
m.dear@berkeley.edu
Omar Ramirez
250 Wurster Hall
oramirez@berkeley.edu

* For paperwork and basic scheduling issues.

Prerequisites

Students are required to complete two prerequisites from the following list of courses. The two courses must be from a different subject area (economics, statistics, or environmental design). Prerequisites may be taken on a passed/not passed basis. If economics is taken at another college (and transferred in), it should be either microeconomics or micro and macro together.

Students must meet the prerequisites for courses with an asterisk (*). Please consult with the department and instructor in question.

Economics
  • ECON 1 Introduction to Economics (4), or
    ECON 2 Introduction to Economics (4)
  • ENVECON C1 Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy (cross-listed with ECON C3) (4)*
  • CY PLAN 113A Economic Analysis for Planning (3) (if taken to satisfy the economics prerequisite, this course cannot be applied toward List 1)
Statistics
  • STAT 2 Introduction to Statistics (4)
  • STAT 20 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4)*
  • STAT 21 Introductory Probability and Statistics for Business (4)*
  • STAT 25 Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Engineers (3)*
  • STAT 131A Statistical Inferences for Social and Life Scientists (4)
Environmental Design
  • ENV DES 1 People and Environmental Design (3)
  • ENV DES 100 The City: Theories and Methods of Urban Studies (4)
  • ENV DES C169B American Cultural Landscapes, 1900 to Present (4) (cross-listed with GEOG C160B and AMERSTD C112B)
  • ENV DES 170 The Social Art of Architecture (3)

Required Courses

  • CY PLAN 110 Intro to City Planning (4) (F,Sp,Su), plus:

Four additional courses: At least three from List 1 (planning courses) and not more than one from List 2 (planning-related courses). All five upper-division courses must be taken for a letter grade. Note: All courses may be from List 1 (no courses are required from List 2).

Students who fulfill at least one upper-division City and Regional Planning minor requirement Summer 2013 or prior may use two courses from List 2 if specific courses.See List 2 for specific classes.

List 1: Planning Courses
  • CY PLAN 111 Intro to Housing (3) (Sp)
  • CY PLAN 112A The Idea of Planning (3) (F,Sp)
  • CY PLAN 113A Economic Analysis for Planning (3) (F)
  • CY PLAN 113B Community and Economic Development (3) (Sp)
  • CY PLAN 114 Introduction to Urban and Regional Transportation (3) (Sp,Su)
  • CY PLAN 115 Urbanization in Developing Countries (4) (F)
  • CY PLAN 118AC The Urban Community (4) (F,Sp,Su)
  • CY PLAN 119 Planning for Sustainability (3) (F,Sp)
  • CY PLAN 120 Community Planning and Public Policy for Disability (3) (F)
  • CY PLAN C139 Urban and Sub-national Politics in Developing Countries (4) (F,Sp)
  • CY PLAN 140 Urban Design: City-Building and Place-Making (3) (F)
  • CY PLAN 190 Advanced Topics in Urban Studies (1-4) (topics vary by semester)
List 2: Planning-Related Courses**

Courses marked with a dagger symbol (†), may be used if taken prior to Fall 2013.”

  • AFRICAM 107 Race and Public Policy (3)
  • ANTHRO 189 Special Topics in Social/Cultural Anthropology (4)
  • ARCH 170A History: Survey of Architecture and Urbanism (4)†
  • ARCH 170B History: Survey of Architecture and Urbanism (4)†
  • ARCH 136 The Literature of Space (3)†
  • DEV STD C100 History of Development and Underdevelopment (4) (cross-listed as GEOG C112)
  • DEMOG C126 Social Consequences of Population Dynamics (4) (cross-listed as SOCIOL C126)
  • ECON C102 Natural Resource Economics (4) (F) (cross-listed with ENVECON C102)
  • ECON C125 Economics of the Environment (4) (cross-listed as ENVECON C101)
  • ECON 131 Public Sector Microeconomics (4)*
  • ECON C171 Economic Development (4)* (cross-listed as ENVECON C151)
  • ENE, RES 100 Energy and Society (4) (cross-listed as PUB POL C184)
  • ENE RES 151 Politics of Energy and Environmental Policy (4)
  • ENV DES 100 The City: Theories and Methods of Urban Studies (4)†
  • ENV DES 170 The Social Art of Architecture (3)†
  • ESPM 102D Resource and Environmental Policy (4)
  • ESPM 165 International Environmental Politics (4)
  • ESPM 168 Political Ecology (4)
  • GEOG 110 Economics Geography of the Industrial World (4)
  • GEOG 111 Local and Regional Transformation (4)
  • GEOG 159AC The Southern Border (4)
  • GEOG 181 Urban Field Study (4)
  • GEOG C188 Geographic Information Systems (4) (cross-listed with LD ARCH C188)†
  • IAS 115 Urbanization in Developing Countries (4)†
  • LD ARCH 130 Sustainable Landscapes and Cities (3)†
  • LGL STDS 182 Law, Politics, and Society (4)
  • POL SCI 139D Urban and Sub-national Politics in Developing Countries (4)
  • POL SCI 181 Public Organization and Administration (4)
  • PB HLTH 150B Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences (3)
  • PUBPOL 103 Wealth & Poverty (3)
  • PUBPOL 184 The Economics of Public Problem Solving (4)
  • SOCIOL 110 Organizations and Social Institutions (4)
  • SOCIOL 124 Sociology of Poverty (4) (also taught as SOCIOL 124AC)
  • SOCIOL C126 Social Consequences of Population Dynamics (cross-listed as DEMOG C126) (4)
  • SOCIOL 127 Development and Globalization (4)
  • SOCIOL 136 Urban Sociology (3)
  • UGBA 105 Introduction to Organizational Behavior (3)
  • UGBA 180 Introduction to Real Estate and Urban Land Economics (3)
  • UGBA 183 The Financial Management of Real Estate Resources (3)
  • UGBA 192P Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility and Consulting Projections (3)

Students may petition the department for additional courses that satisfy the List 2 requirement if they can demonstrate that the course has significant content relevant to urban planning.