UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Community Planning Plan

Bachelor of Science Degree. Community Planning Major. Academic Advising Plan.

Visit the Plant and Earth Science Department Community Planning page to learn more about the program.

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman
Year

ESM 105 Introduction to Environmental Studies - 3
ESM 151 Intro to Land Use Theory and Practice - 3
BIOL 150 General Biology - 3
ENGL 100 Academic Reading and Writing - 3
MATH 146 College Algebra - 3
Total semester credits - 15

CHEM 121 General Chemistry I - 5
ENGL 200 Investigating Ideas: Reading, Writing, and the Disciplines - 3
POLS 114 American National, State and Local Government - 3
P ED 108 Health and Fitness for Life - 1
Directed electives - 3
Total semester credits - 15

Sophomore
Year

ESM 251 Community Decision-Making - 3
ECON 100 Modern Economics - 3
Or GEOG 120 Human Geography -3
Or SOCI 100 Intro to Sociology - 3
GEOG 250 Introduction to Cartography and
Geographic Information Systems - 3
COMS 116 Business and Professional Comm - 3
SOIL 210 Introduction to Soil Science - 3
Total semester credits - 15

ESM 220 Environmental Sustainability:
Theory/Issues and Management - 3
ESM 360 Hydrology and Water Quality - 4
PHIL 240 Social Ethics - 3
ESM 351 Planning for Sustainable Communities - 3
GEOG 360 GIS: Theory and Methods - 3
Total semester credits - 16

Junior
Year

ESM 303 Environmental Policies and Administration - 3
ESM 293 Community Analysis - 3
ESM 393 Comprehensive Planning - 3
POLS 245 Intro to Comparative Politics - 3
General Education – Humanities and Fine Arts - 3
Total semester credits - 15

ESM 305 Environmental Impact Assessment - 2
ESM 333 Remote Sensing of Natural Resources - 3
Or ESM 363 GIS Applications in Resource Management - 3
Or GENG 265 Engineering Graphics - 3
PE Activity - 0.5
Directed Electives - 3
University Requirement – Diversity - 3
General Electives - 3
Total semester credits - 14.5

Summer

ESM 270 Internship 1 - 2-4

Senior
Year

ESM 411 Site Planning and Development - 4
General Education – Multidisciplinary - 3
Directed Electives - 4
AGEC/ESM 445 Land Use and Sustainable Agriculture Law - 3
Total semester credits - 14

ESM 435 Advanced Land Use Planning and Design - 4
ESM 485 Senior Seminar in Resource Mngt - 1
ENGL 266 Business Writing - 3
Or ENGL 367 Technical Writing - 3
PE Activity - 0.5
General Electives - 3-5
Total semester credits - 15

Summary of Degree Requirements

University Requirements - 3 cr. 
General Education - 40 cr.
Core - 41-43 cr.
Required Supporting Courses - 15 cr.
General Electives - 17-19 cr. 
Credits to Degree - 120 cr.