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Most students tend to align themselves and follow a suggested sequence of courses within their area of interest; thus specializing in a specific field.  Some students choose to take a generalist approach throughout their studies. Because each student must take 15-18 hours of electives, most pick one of the four available specializations. Students seek advice from their advisor and faculty members within their area of interest to suggest a sequencing of classes. During the second year of study, students prepare their terminal project or their thesis.  A student typically derives their topic from coursework in their specialization. Click here to see recent terminal projects and theses. Coursework to support these areas are found in the department as well as throughout the university. Present specializations include:Specialization Page Image

Environmental Planning

GIS/Land Use Planning

Transportation Planning

Housing / Community Development / Urban Design