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2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Regional and Community Planning (MRCP)


The curriculum leading to the professional graduate degree in regional and community planning prepares students for a variety of career opportunities found within the planning profession. Special emphasis is placed on learning the planning process; collecting and analyzing data; thinking critically and creatively and creating alternative scenarios for developing a comprehensive community land use and transportation plan; managing the future through development of such regulatory tools as the zoning ordinance, subdivision regulations, and fiscal budgeting; and working with people in fashioning a vision of the future that is realistic, attainable, and sustainable. Understanding the environment and the role of the planner in preserving both the natural and built environment is critical to success in maintaining or improving the quality of life in our communities.

The regional and community planning program is fully accredited by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and the American Planning Association (APA) through the Planning Accreditation Board at the master’s level.

Students in the planning program should have access to a computer for assignments, but it is not required. Judicious use of the program computer facilities and/or college computing laboratory makes owning a computer a matter of convenience.

The planning program requires a minimum of 18 credit hours of university general education (UGE) electives, of which at least 6 credit hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above. At least 15 credit hours must be in courses taken outside the college. No more than two UGE courses may be taken in a single discipline. A current listing of UGE electives may be found on the webpage

A listing of departmental professional electives that lead to a minor in community planning or a graduate certificate in community planning and development can be found on the departmental website. Students seeking a dual degree in regional and community planning should speak with the program director. 

It is important to refer to the college website for current information regarding this program. This curriculum is subject to constant review and change without notice. Students should obtain a copy of the current curriculum when they enter the program.

Master’s degree requirements

First semester (15 credit hours)


  • *Humanities/Design Elective Credits: (3)
  • *Social Science/History Elective Credits: (3)
  • *Social Science/Sociology Elective Credits: (3)

Second semester (16 credit hours)


  • *Humanities/Design Elective Credits: (3)
  • *Social Science/History Elective Credits: (3)
  • *Natural Science Elective with Lab Credits: (4)
  • Free Elective Credits: (3)

Third semester (16 credit hours)


  • *Humanities/Design Elective Credits: (3)
  • *Social Science/History Elective Credits: (3)
  • *Social Science/Economics Elective Credits: (3)

Fourth semester (16 credit hours)


  • Statistics Elective Credits: (3)
  • *Literature/Communications Elective Credits: (3)
  • *Social Science/Geography Elective Credits: (3)

Fifth semester (15 credit hours)


  • *Natural Science Elective Credits: (3)
  • *Design/Resource Elective Credits: (3)
  • *Social Science/Political Science Elective Credits: (3)

Choose one from the following:


Seventh semester (15 credit hours)


  • Planning Electives Credits: (9)

Ninth semester (16 credit hours)


  • Civil Engineering/Transportation Elective Credits: (3)

Tenth semester (14 credit hours)


  • Planning Electives Credits: (8-9)

Note


At least 18 credit hours of the undergraduate electives must be university general education (UGE) elective credits, of which at least 6 must be in courses numbered 300 or above. Of these 18 UGE credits, 3 may be taken within the College of Architecture, Planning and Design. None, however, can be in a student’s major field. No more than 2 UGE courses may be taken in a single discipline. UGE courses must be taken at K-State. Transfer credits may reduce the number of lower level UGE courses required—see sliding scale. Students who participate in study abroad programs approved by K-State will meet UGE credit at the 300 level upon successful completion of the program.

Total hours required for graduation (150)