Majors & Minors

Program and Curriculum

The Community Planning program at UW-River Falls provides a major and minor that will prepare you for employment in city or county government, private consulting, nonprofit advocacy, natural resources management, and real estate development. It is also excellent preparation for studying planning at the graduate level.

While we offer a broad comprehensive curriculum, we are particularly strong in the areas of environmental and sustainability planning. Given our reasonable proximity to the Twin Cities and our focus on experiential learning, we are able to utilize place-based learning to help students understand firsthand the challenges faced at the rural-urban fringe of a growing metropolitan region.

The major includes 41-43 credits (depending on whether you do a 2 or 4 credit internship) of Community Planning core courses and 15 credits of supporting courses for a total of 56-58 credits. The minor consists of 7 courses for 23 total credits.

Why Major In Community Planning?

Students majoring in Community Planning are often interested in:

  • Protecting the environment and encouraging sustainable lifestyles, business practices and local development.
  • Designing great places that improve peoples' lives and make them proud of their community.
  • Ensuring housing is affordable and that a variety of choices are available for people at all socio-economic levels.
  • Improving and stabilizing the local job market and ensuring that the goods and services needed are readily available to all.
  • Engaging residents of a community in local decision-making concerning the optimal future conditions of the community.


The environmental science and management unit within the plant and earth science department is home to the community planning major. There are four full-time faculty that form the instructional and student advising core for the major. Because community planning is such a diverse discipline, numerous other faculty provide support courses for the major.

Land Use Planning 

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Community Planning . . .

is the profession that concerns itself with the design of communities. Planners work to create places that people feel connected to, build economic stability, and minimize the negative impacts on the environment.

Planners employ a comprehensive approach to identifying a community's goals and vision, assess its strengths and weaknesses, and propose plans and solutions that help all members of the community.

Department of Plant and Earth Science
324 Agricultural Science

Community Planning is a program in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

Community Planning Academic Plan

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