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MS Bioregional Planning Degree

The MS Bioregional Planning Degree (MsBRP) prepares students for the planning profession and provides them with expertise in landscape level analysis and planning. Graduate education in bioregional planning recognizes the importance of the reciprocal relationship between the biophysical attributes of a region and the human dimensions of settlement and culture.  The program prepares future planners and land managers to work within a transdisciplinary environment providing better alternatives for land-use decisions and policy.

The two-year Master of Science degree program presents an interdisciplinary core of courses and faculty for the purpose of addressing complex issues in the areas of bioregional analysis, planning and management. Emphasis is placed on four problematic content areas associated with environmental planning: biophysical, social/demographic, economic, and public policy. The spatial focus is on the planning of large landscapes with a diversity of dispersed population densities and a primary economic base in agriculture, energy development, tourism/recreation, new communities, and natural resources.

This program requires a minimum of 41 graduate-level credits, including 6-3 credits of work on an A thesis or Plan B paper/project. A minimum of six of the required credits are to be in the candidate’s area of specialization. These credits are to be negotiated with the candidate’s major professor and supervisory committee.

NOTE: requirements for this degree are subject to change. Click on Bioregional Planning courses for a listing of possible coursework for the degree.