Areas of Specialization

The department offers five primary areas of specialization:


Applications of Technology in Planning

This specialization enables students to develop knowledge and skills for using computer technology in the planning process.  Classes and studies draw on the rich agglomeration of technical applications and skills available in the Silicon Valley region.

Electives in this concentration are:


Community Design and Development

This specialization provides students with knowledge and skills that planners use to ensure that development in our communities is equitable and inclusive; respects the needs and aspirations of residents of diverse cultural, racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds; and considers the process by which buildings, open spaces, streets and all the other physical elements of the city and towns are arranged to define local character.  Towards that aim, this area examines the interactions among social, economic, political, and cultural factors and the built environment.  Students particularly interested in Community Design should take the electives marked with an asterisk.

Elective courses in this concentration are:


Environmental Planning

The linkage between the built environment and the natural environment is a subject of growing concern to planners at the local, regional, and national levels.  This concentration prepares graduates to understand the linkages between land use patterns and the natural environment, as well as the policy tools that planners use to promote sustainable urban development.

Elective courses in this concentration are:


Real Estate Development

This specialization is designed to help current and aspiring real estate developers and city planners to prepare for successful real estate development careers.  More particularly, they will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to initiate, navigate, and manage real estate development projects located in existing communities in Northern California.  Courses marked with an asterisk are required.

Elective courses in this concentration are:


Transportation and Land Use Planning

Students in this specialization learn the principles of transportation and land-use planning are intricately connected and must be planned together to allow residents and freight carriers to access destinations quickly and efficiently, improve accessibility options for residents qho cannot or choose not to drive, and build economically and environmentally sustainable communities.

Elective courses in this concentration are: