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Environmental and Community PlanningMajor

Make a difference in the sustainability of communities, influence development decisions and create places that preserve history and protect the environment.

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First academic planning program offered at a West Virginia college or university


What is Environmental and Community Planning at WVU like?


Environmental and Community Planning provides you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to help shape your community, region, the state and the world. You’ll also gain a deeper understanding of the natural environment, the built environment and human engagement with the environment.

Upon graduation, you’ll have expertise in both the analysis and the synthesis of the physical, social, political and economic issues that shape development.

The curriculum emphasizes project-based and place-based learning in an interdisciplinary environment. Participation with communities and individuals in envisioning their future is a key component of the planning process. This approach allows you to see how different environments and situations exist, operate and interact in real-life settings. You'll learn to make informed decisions related to alternative futures in community and environmental development and management.

Environmental and Community Planning program highlights:

At a Glance

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Areas of Emphasis

Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:

  • Community
  • Environment

Fast Facts

What makes Environmental and Community Planning at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

Research opportunities include looking at the implementation and impact of plans, examining the importance of plans, and determining what difference exists between places that undertake planning compared to those that do not.

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

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How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Graduates will primarily seek to work as planners (general planners or entry level planners) for local governments and regional entities. Some graduates will find work for development agencies, environmental firms or other organizations focused on issues related to land use, development, and protection/preservation issues.

Regardless of where they work, the recent graduate will be tasked with reviewing proposed projects and developments, examining how they will impact the community where they are proposed and determining whether or not they fit within the vision of the place.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Environmental and Community Planning major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


What are the courses like in Environmental and Community Planning at WVU?

Plan of Study

Check out a program overview, learning goals, course descriptions and suggested plan of study for WVU's Environmental and Community Planning major.

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Popular Courses

LARC 351:
Landscape Architectural Design 3

Site-design problems dealing with complex environmental systems emphasizing rural and urban design. Projects are integrated with landscape architectural construction. (1 hr. lec., two 3-hr. studios.)

LARC 448:
Design Analysis

Analysis of planning and design projects to offer solutions to a given problem.

RESM 450:
Land Use Planning Law

Focus is on identification and understanding of legal issues related to planning and land use. This involves understanding rights, regulations, and responsibilities associated with land use, planning, and related activities.

RESM 455:
Practice of Land Use Planning

Examines comprehensive land use planning including planning's origin and evolution plus the processes used to create and implement a plan. Focus is on land use and how it relates to other issues.

Cost and Aid

How much does Environmental and Community Planning at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $425
Per Semester $5,100
Fall and Spring Semesters $10,200
Per Credit $1,129
Per Semester $13,548
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,096
Per Credit $1,129
Per Semester $13,848
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,696
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Ways to Save

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Extra Merit-based Scholarships

Incoming freshmen to the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design may qualify for merit-based scholarships based on GPA and SAT/ACT test score. No additional application is necessary. These scholarships are in addition to University scholarships.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

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What are the requirements to apply for Environmental and Community Planning at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Environmental and Community Planning major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2022-23 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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