Academic Calendar 2023/24

Regional and Community Planning

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Bachelor of Regional and Community Planning degree

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.

Entrance requirements

  1. A minimum of 45 university credits including:
    • One of GDS 100/GEOG 109, GEOG 111, or equivalent.
    • One of GEOG 241, GEOG 242, GEOG 260, or equivalent.
    • One of ENGL 105, CMNS 125, or equivalent.
    • One of GEOG 253, CMNS 235, CMNS 251, or equivalent.
  2. A minimum CGPA of 2.85 on all attempted courses.
  3. Applicants must meet the Degree/diploma level English language proficiency requirement. For details on how this requirement may be met, see the English language proficiency requirement section of the calendar.

When to apply

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.

How to apply

  1. Apply online at ufv.ca/admissions/apply.

    Additional documents required for a complete application:

    • Official transcripts (or interim transcripts) from all post-secondary institutions attended showing grade/course achievement as per entrance requirements. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to UFV from the originating institution; see the Transfer Credit section for details.
  2. Applicants will be advised of an admission decision and, if accepted, will be provided with registration information. A deposit is required prior to registration (see the Fees and Other Costs section) and will be applied toward tuition fees.

Basis for admission decision

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.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section.

Program duration

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.

Location

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.

Program outline

Lower-level requirements: 22 credits

Course Title Credits
CMNS 125 Communicating Professionally to Academic and Workplace Audiences 3
or ENGL 105 Academic Writing  
GDS 100/ GEOG 109 A World of Development 3
or GEOG 111 Environmental Issues and Strategies  
GEOG 241 Social Geography: The Urban Experience 3
or GEOG 242/ ECON 242 Economic Geography
GEOG 252 Explanation in Geography: Quantitative Methods 4
or GEOG 253 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 260 Global Goals Studio: Sustainable Communities by Design 3
IPK IPK 100-level or higher 3
One of: 3
CMNS 235 Public Speaking
CMNS 251 Professional Report Writing  
GD 260 Graphic and Digital Design I  

Upper-level requirements: 61-66 credits

Course Title Credits
GEOG 340/ GDS 340 Geographies of Development: Landscapes of Inequality 4
or GEOG 344 Geography of Urban Development
GEOG 353 GIS Applications 4
or GEOG 357/ BIO 357 Conservation GIS
GEOG 360 Introduction to Regional and Community Planning and Policy 4
GEOG 361/ ECON 361 Environmental Economics 3-4
or GEOG 364 International Planning and Development Policy: Adapting to Climate Change
GEOG 362 Geography of Tourism and Recreation 4
PLAN 300 Planning for Housing: Affordability, Design, and Policy 4
PLAN 310 Planning Law and Ethics 4
PLAN 366 Resiliency Principles and Spatial Planning 4
PLAN 400 Theories in Regional and Community Planning 4
PLAN 410 Indigenizing Planning: Indigenous Land Use and Community Planning 4
POSC 301 The Canadian State and Indigenous Governance 3-4
or IPK 332 Indigenous Governance and Leadership
One of: 4
GEOG 307 Climates of Cities
GEOG 308 Climate Change and Variability
GEOG 311 Global Resources and the Environment
One of: 4
GEOG 313/ SOC 313 Agriculture and Rural Life
GEOG 314 Geography of Food
GEOG 331 Environmental Assessment and Management
One of: 4-6
GEOG 396/ GDS 310/ SOC 396 Canada Internship  
GEOG 398/ GDS 311/ SOC 398 International Internship
GEOG 460 Practicum in Planning
One of: 3
CMNS 360 Advocacy Writing
CMNS 380 Communicating in the Cross-Generational Workplace
GD 361 Portfolio Development for Visual Communication
VA 365/ FILM 365/ JRNL 365 Documentary Video Storytelling
Plus:  
GEOG 464/ GD 464 Community Planning and Development: Local Applied Studio 4-5
or GEOG 466/ GD 466 Community Planning and Development: International Studio  

Minors

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

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.

Residency

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).

Graduation requirements

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.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

Current Students