Bachelor of Science in City and Regional Planning

The Bachelor of City and Regional Planning program provides students with the academic knowledge and technical skills to ensure our cities are equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and resilient.

Today most people in the world live in cities. The urban planning professional is essential to help guide and shape the future quality of life for all people living in urban communities. Urban planning can be complex and difficult, and urban planners deal with big challenges such as climate change, economic and social inequality, and inclusive infrastructure planning. Students in planning learn about topics like land use planning, transportation, sustainability and resiliency, regional economic development, social justice, food systems, planning for housing, and equity planning.

The BSCRP at Knowlton blends liberal arts with training for professional practice, fostering capability in history, law, physical planning, communication, public participation and advocacy, forecasting, and data analysis.

At the heart of our planning program are studio courses where students engage in real-life planning projects that make important contributions throughout Ohio. These studios hone skills and apply knowledge gained in the classroom to real-world contexts. Our students work alongside planning professionals to create solutions across a range of topic areas. Students gain experiences that enhance resumes, bolster work portfolios, and make graduates of our program highly competitive for positions in planning and for admission to top graduate schools.

Ohio State’s BSCRP alumni are visionaries and advocates who use technology and tools to help communities thrive. They ensure that communities offer quality choices for where and how people live by helping leaders and citizens achieve a balance of equity and new development, essential services, environmental protection, and innovative change.

Since these concerns are global, the BSCRP program at Ohio State offers a broad and evolving set of travel programs in such places as Belize, Taiwan, Europe, and Latin America.

As a BSCRP student at Ohio State, students gain entry to the profession of 50,000 practicing planners in the U.S.

Global-Option Knowlton

Global-Option Knowlton is a curriculum enhancement program that allows Ohio State students to acquire documented international expertise integrated into participating majors without adding time to graduation.

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Accredited and Comprehensive

This BSCRP degree is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board. Students take courses in several areas. You will explore analytical methods as well as social and natural sciences. Our BSCRP program also prepares students for intensive graduate programs that further develop skills. If continuing with the MCRP, students may reduce the MCRP’s time through the BS/MCRP program.

Performance Indicators for the Bachelor of Science in City and Regional Planning

Curriculum

The program for a Bachelor of Science in City and Regional Planning leads to a four-year professional undergraduate degree. The degree qualifies graduates to sit for certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners after just three years of work as a planner following their bachelor's degree.

The program combines a General Education Curriculum (GE) with a major tailored to the profession. The major is divided into required and CRP elective courses, and into lecture classes and studio courses. Students take the required major courses and select from the menu of GE and elective major courses in line with their interests.

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Year 1

AUTUMN      
CRPLAN 1100 Survey   1
CRPLAN 2110 Creating Innovative Cities   3
MATH 1148 (depends on placement results)   4
GE (Social Science: A or B)   3
GE (Biological Science)   4
Total     15
SPRING    
CRPLAN 2100 History & Law 3
ENGLISH 1110 (Writing I) 3
MATH 1118 (depends on placement results) 3
GE Econ 2001.02 (Social Science C) 3
CRP ELECT CRP Elective 3
Total   15

Year 2

AUTUMN    
CRPLAN 2600 Designing Communiation 4
STATS 1350 (Data Analysis) 3
GE (Visual & Performing Arts) 3
CRP ELECT CRP Elective 3
CRP ELECT CRP Elective 3
Total   14
SPRING    
CRPLAN 3000 Planning Resilient Environments 3
CRP ELECT CRP Elective 3
GE (Historical Study) 3
GE LARCH 2367 or other Writing II 3
GE (Literature) 3
Total   15

Year 3

AUTUMN    
CRPLAN 3100 Analyzing the City 3
CRPLAN 3200 Place Making 4
CRP ELECT CRP Elective 4
GE (Physical Science) 4
Total   14
SPRING      
CRPLAN 4900S Plan Making (Junior Studio) 6
CRPLAN 3300 Planning for and with People 3
CRPLAN 3150* Digital Design and Analysis 2
GE (Open Option) 3
Total   14

Year 4

AUTUMN    
CRPLAN 4910S Realizing the Plan (Senior Studio) 6
CRPLAN 4950 Professional Planning Skills 3
CRP ELECT CRP Elective 3
CRP ELECT CRP Elective 3
Total   15
SPRING    
CRP ELECT CRP Elective 3
CRP ELECT CRP Elective 3
CRP ELECT CRP Elective 4
GE (Culture & Ideas) 3
GE (Open Option) 3
Total   16