Regional and Community Planningufv.ca/planning-geography-environmental-studies
The Bachelor of Regional and Community Planning (BRCP) is a four-year degree program providing students with skills that can be applied to policy, community development, international development, environmental and natural resources, urban design, land use, and a variety of planning processes. The BRCP is structured around core courses that develop an understanding of the relationship between the built and natural environments, environmental sustainability, innovation, problem solving, research, and communication of ideas and results.
Developed as an integrated and interdisciplinary program, the BRCP builds connections between fields such as environmental studies, art, natural sciences, policy and law, urban design, history, and communications. The program also incorporates a regional focus by addressing the planning and development needs of the Fraser Valley, including growth and community development, affordable housing, community planning, Indigenous planning, climate change, land use planning and GIS, planning law, and communications.
Courses are delivered in both online and face-to-face formats, using lecture, seminar, field-based, and technology-supported classroom experiences. The program also includes a practical work experience component. Students can meet this requirement through either a practicum or an internship. Gaining such real-world experience will enhance their technical skill sets and help build job-ready qualifications.
Graduates will be prepared to work as a planning professional in Canada or abroad, or may choose to pursue graduate studies or another professional designation.
Note: The first entrance to this program will be in Winter 2024.
Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall, Winter, and Summer semesters. For application deadlines, see Specific intake application process.
Applicants are considered once their application is complete. As space in the program may be limited, applicants may be ranked based on their grade point average (GPA) in their last two years of study.
See the Fees and Other Costs section.
Students will complete a minimum of 120 credits, including at least 61 upper-level credits. Students will typically enter the BRCP after their second year of university study and complete the program in the following two years. Total minimum time to complete the degree is approximately four years. Due to the flexibility in course selection, there may be variances in final course credit. Students should consult advising with any questions.
Note: Some of the required courses have prerequisites not included in the program requirements. Students are responsible for satisfying the prerequisites for all courses, and should review upper-level requirements in advance to determine any lower-level prerequisites that should be completed.
Most courses are offered on the Abbotsford campus, with opportunities for regional and international studio courses and practicums. Many courses can also be completed online.
|Communicating Professionally to Academic and Workplace Audiences
|or ENGL 105
|GDS 100/ GEOG 109
|A World of Development
|or GEOG 111
|Environmental Issues and Strategies
|Social Geography: The Urban Experience
|or GEOG 242/ ECON 242
|Explanation in Geography: Quantitative Methods
|or GEOG 253
|Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
|Global Goals Studio: Sustainable Communities by Design
|IPK 100-level or higher
|Professional Report Writing
|Graphic and Digital Design I
|GEOG 340/ GDS 340
|Geographies of Development: Landscapes of Inequality
|or GEOG 344
|Geography of Urban Development
|or GEOG 357/ BIO 357
|Introduction to Regional and Community Planning and Policy
|GEOG 361/ ECON 361
|or GEOG 364
|International Planning and Development Policy: Adapting to Climate Change
|Geography of Tourism and Recreation
|Planning for Housing: Affordability, Design, and Policy
|Planning Law and Ethics
|Resiliency Principles and Spatial Planning
|Theories in Regional and Community Planning
|Indigenizing Planning: Indigenous Land Use and Community Planning
|The Canadian State and Indigenous Governance
|or IPK 332
|Indigenous Governance and Leadership
|Climates of Cities
|Climate Change and Variability
|Global Resources and the Environment
|GEOG 313/ SOC 313
|Agriculture and Rural Life
|Geography of Food
|Environmental Assessment and Management
|GEOG 396/ GDS 310/ SOC 396
|GEOG 398/ GDS 311/ SOC 398
|Practicum in Planning
|Communicating in the Cross-Generational Workplace
|Portfolio Development for Visual Communication
|VA 365/ FILM 365/ JRNL 365
|Documentary Video Storytelling
|GEOG 464/ GD 464
|Community Planning and Development: Local Applied Studio
|or GEOG 466/ GD 466
|Community Planning and Development: International Studio
Students completing the Bachelor of Regional and Community Planning may combine this with a minor such as Graphic and Digital Design, Global Development Studies, or Environmental Studies. Students can also work towards the Geographic Information Systems certificate or Civic Governance and Innovation certificate.
Program continuance and probation are governed by UFV’s Undergraduate Continuance policy (92). Students must have a CGPA of at least 2.00 to remain in good academic standing. Failure to meet or maintain a 2.00 will result in restrictions on registration and may lead to academic suspension. For further details, see the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar.
Students must complete at least 50% of the total credits and at least two thirds of the required upper-level credits at UFV. Transfer credits and credits earned through prior learning assessment, including course challenge, do not meet this requirement. Please see UFV's Credentials policy (64).
To be eligible to graduate students must have completed all the requirements of the Bachelor of Regional and Community Planning with a minimum program GPA of 2.00 and a minimum CGPA of 2.00. Students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor to plan their courses.
Students must apply for graduation in the first month of their final semester. Visit the Graduation webpage for more information. The final deadline for students who wish to attend the June Convocation ceremony is April 1 of each year, with all program requirements completed by April 30.
For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.