City Planning

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Minor

The City Planning minor provides students with the knowledge of how cities function, how urban processes might be researched, and how urban environments can be transformed through planning, policy, design, and social action. While the minor cannot convey the full scope of city planning, various combinations of courses in the minor program can, we feel, augment a major program with a particular slant or emphasis on planning issues or processes.

Declaring the Minor

For your minor to be added to your transcript, you must file the CED Minor Completion form with the Office of Undergraduate Advising in 250 Wurster Hall during the semester in which you complete your last class for the minor.

Other Major and Minor Programs Offered by the Department of City and Regional Planning

Geospatial Information Science and Technology (Minor only; offered in conjunction with the College of Natural Resources)
Urban Studies (Major only)

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Minor Requirements

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements and are noted officially on the transcript in the memoranda section, but are not noted on diplomas.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses used to fulfill minor requirements must be completed with a letter grade of C- or above.
  2. Students must earn a 2.0 GPA in the upper division requirements for the minor.
  3. Any course used in fulfillment of minor requirements may also be used to fulfill major and upper division CED non-major requirements.
  4. Courses used to fulfill a breadth requirement may also be used to satisfy minor requirements.
  5. Students may apply the non-CED version of a CED cross-listed course towards the minor.
  6. Students may use up to two courses taken abroad to fulfill upper division minor requirements, with faculty approval of the individual courses.

Prerequisites

Select two courses from the following, from different subject areas:
Economics 1
Introduction to Economics
Introduction to Economics--Lecture Format
Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy
Environmental Design
Introduction to Environmental Design
Statistics
Introduction to Statistics
Foundations of Data Science
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Introductory Probability and Statistics for Business
Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Life Scientists
1

If economics is taken at another college (and transferred in), it should be either microeconomics or micro and macro together.

Upper Division

Five courses

CY PLAN 110Introduction to City Planning (A letter grade of C- or higher is required to declare the minor.)4
Select four additional upper division courses
At least three courses must be from List 1 below (Planning courses), and not more than one course must from List 2 below (Planning-related courses); all four courses may be from List 1.

List 1: Planning Courses

CY PLAN/ARCH 111Introduction to Housing: An International Survey3
CY PLAN 113AEconomic Analysis for Planning3
CY PLAN 113BCommunity and Economic Development3
CY PLAN 114Introduction to Urban and Regional Transportation3
CY PLAN 115Urbanization in Developing Countries4
CY PLAN 118ACThe Urban Community4
CY PLAN 120Community Planning and Public Policy for Disability3
CY PLAN C139Urban and Sub-national Politics in Developing Countries4
CY PLAN 140Urban Design: City-Building and Place-Making3
CY PLAN 190Advanced Topics in Urban Studies1-4
ENV DES 100The City: Theories and Methods in Urban Studies4

List 2: Planning-Related Courses

AFRICAM 107Race and Public Policy3
ANTHRO 189Special Topics in Social/Cultural Anthropology4
DEV STD C100History of Development and Underdevelopment (cross-listed as GEOG C112)4
DEMOG C126Sex, Death, and Data (cross-listed as SOCIOL C126)4
ECON C102Natural Resource Economics (cross-listed with ENVECON C102)4
ECON C125Environmental Economics (cross-listed as ENVECON C101)4
ECON 131Public Economics4
ECON C171Economic Development (cross-listed as ENVECON C151)4
ENE,RES C100Energy and Society (cross-listed as PUB POL C184)4
ESPM 102DClimate and Energy Policy4
ESPM 165International Rural Development Policy4
ESPM 168Political Ecology4
GEOG 110Economic Geography of the Industrial World4
GEOG 159ACThe Southern Border4
GEOG 181Urban Field Study4
LEGALST 182Law, Politics and Society4
POL SCI 139DUrban and Sub-national Politics in Developing Countries4
POL SCI 181Public Organization and Administration4
PB HLTH 150BIntroduction to Environmental Health Sciences3
PUB POL 103Wealth and Poverty4
PUB POL C184Energy and Society4
SOCIOL 110Organizations and Social Institutions4
SOCIOL 124Sociology of Poverty (also taught as SOCIOL 124AC)4
SOCIOL C126Sex, Death, and Data (cross-listed as DEMOG C126)4
SOCIOL 127Development and Globalization4
SOCIOL 136Urban Sociology4
UGBA 105Leading People3
UGBA 180Introduction to Real Estate and Urban Land Economics3
UGBA 184Urban and Real Estate Economics3
UGBA 192PSustainable Business Consulting Projects3

Courses

City Planning

CY PLAN 97 Field Studies in City and Regional Planning 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2006, Spring 2006, Spring 2005
Supervised experiences in the study of off-campus organizations relevant to specific aspects of city planning. Regular individual meetings with faculty sponsor and written report required.

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CY PLAN 98 Special Group Study 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Group studies developed to meet specific needs of students.

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CY PLAN 101 Introduction to Urban Data Analytics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017
This course (1) provides a basic intro to census and economic data collection, processing, and analysis; (2) surveys forecasting and modeling techniques in planning; (3) demonstrates the uses of real-time urban data and analytics; and (4) provides a socio-economic-political context for the smart cities movement, focusing on data ethics and governance.

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CY PLAN 110 Introduction to City Planning 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Fall 2016
Survey of city planning as it has evolved in the United States since 1800 in response to physical, social, and economic problems; major concepts and procedures used by city planners and local governments to improve the urban environment.

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CY PLAN 111 Introduction to Housing: An International Survey 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012
Housing problems, government housing policy, and housing as a field of urban planning practice. Emphasis on critical International Issues in the Third World and the United States.

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CY PLAN 113A Economic Analysis for Planning 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Introduction to economic concepts and thinking as used in planning. Micro-economic theory is reviewed and critiqued.

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CY PLAN 113B Community and Economic Development 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Summer 2016 First 6 Week Session, Fall 2015
Introduction to political, economic and social issues involved in theory and practice of community economic development. Focus on national economic and social policies, role of local community economic development corporations (CDCs), resolution of conflicts between private-sector profitability and public sector (community) accountability through critical use of the planning process.

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CY PLAN 114 Introduction to Urban and Regional Transportation 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Spring 2017, Summer 2016 First 6 Week Session
This course is designed to introduce students to the characteristics of urban transportation systems, the methods through which they are planned and analyzed, and the dimensions of key policy issues confronting decision makers.

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CY PLAN 115 Urbanization in Developing Countries 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011
The course covers issues of development and urbanization from the era of colonialism to the era of contemporary globalization. Themes include modernization, urban informality and poverty, transnational economies, and the role of international institutions and agencies.

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CY PLAN N115 Urbanization in Developing Countries 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2003 10 Week Session
The course covers issues of development and urbanization from the era of colonialism to the era of contemporary globalization. Themes include modernization, urban informality and poverty, transnational economies, and the role of international institutions and agencies.

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CY PLAN 116 Urban Planning Process--The Undergraduate Planning Studio 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
An intermediate course in the planning process with practicum in using planning techniques. Classes typically work on developing an area or other community plan. Some lectures, extensive field and group work, oral and written presentations of findings.

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CY PLAN 118AC The Urban Community 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Spring 2017, Summer 2016 First 6 Week Session
This course looks at the idea and practice of community in cities and suburbs and at the dynamics of neighborhood and community formation. Topics include urban social geography, ethnicity, and identity, residential choice behavior, the political economy of neighborhoods, planning for neighborhoods and civic engagement. Instructors emphasize different topics. Class size limits depend on the instructor.

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CY PLAN 119 Planning for Sustainability 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course examines how the concept of sustainable development applies to cities and urban regions and gives students insight into a variety of contemporary urban planning issues through the sustainability lens. The course combines lectures, discussions, student projects, and guest appearances by leading practitioners in Bay Area sustainability efforts. Ways to coordinate goals of environment, economy, and equity at different scales of planning
are addressed, including the region, the city, the neighborhood, and the site.
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CY PLAN 120 Community Planning and Public Policy for Disability 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course reviews what society and local communities can do in terms of policies, programs, and local planning to address the needs of citizens with disabilities. Attention will be given to the economics of disability, to the politics of producing change, and to transportation, housing, public facilities, independent living, employment, and income policies. Options will be assessed from the varying perspectives of those with disabilities
and the broader society.
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CY PLAN C139 Urban and Sub-national Politics in Developing Countries 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2013
Over half of the world's population is now urban. As urban populations swell, metropolitan areas in both the developed and the developing world struggle to provide basic services and address the negative externalities associated with rapid growth. Sanitation, transportation, pollution, energy services, and public safety typically fall to sub-national governments. Yet local sub-national institutions face difficulties as they tackle these challenges because
development tends to spill over political boundaries and resources are limited. Such difficulties are particularly acute in the developing world due to tighter resource constraints, weak institutions, and the comparative severity of the underlying problems. Moreover, democratization and decentralization suggest that urban governance and service delivery may have become more democratic, but present challenges with respect to priority setting, coordination, and corruption.
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CY PLAN 140 Urban Design: City-Building and Place-Making 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The course is concerned with the multidisciplinary field and practice of urban design. It includes a review of historical approaches to urban design and current movements in the field, as well as discussion of the elements of urban form, theories of good city form, scales of urban design, implementation approaches, and challenges and opportunities for the discipline. Learning from cities via fieldwork is an integral part of the course.

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CY PLAN 180 Research Seminar in Urban Studies 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
A capstone course for urban studies majors; open to other majors by instructor approval. Topical focus varies by semester. The course involves student production of a high-quality research report from inception to completion. Lectures introduce a range of research skills typical in urban studies, and cover specific domain knowledge necessary for the completion of the research project. Students identify a research topic subject to instructor
approval and prepare a formal research proposal, undertaking the analysis specified in the proposal, making public presentations of their findings, and producing a professional-quality research report.




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CY PLAN 190 Advanced Topics in Urban Studies 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Analysis of selected topics in urban studies. Topics vary by semester.

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CY PLAN 197 Field Studies 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2007
Supervised experiences in the study of off-campus organizations relevant to specific aspects of city planning. Regular individual meetings with faculty sponsor and a written report are required.

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CY PLAN 198 Special Group Study 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Group studies developed to meet specific needs of students.

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CY PLAN 199 Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 Second 6 Week Session, Fall 2015
Regular meetings with faculty overseer.

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Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

Charisma Acey, Assistant Professor. Water, sanitation, basic services delivery, poverty alleviation, environmental sustainability, environmental justice, urban governance, participatory planning, community-based development, international development, development planning, sustainable development, African studies.
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+ Nezar Alsayyad, Professor. Virtual reality, urban history, Architectural history, Middle Eastern Studies, cross-cultural design, cities and cinema, cultural studies of the built environment, environmental design in developing countries, housing and urban development, Islamic architecture and urbanism, traditional dwelling and settlements, urban design and physical planning.
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Peter C. Bosselmann, Professor. Urban design, architecture, city and regional planning, landscape architecture.
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Teresa Caldeira, Professor.

Karen Chapple, Professor. Poverty, economic development, regional planning, metropolitan spatial patterns, labor markets, community development, neighborhood change, gentrification.
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Daniel Chatman, Associate Professor. Transportation, urban planning, travel behavior, immigration, housing, agglomeration.
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Jason Corburn, Associate Professor. Urban health, informal settlements, global public health, urban climate change, environmental impact assessment, mediation, environmental justice.
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Karen T. Frick, Assistant Adjunct Professor.

Carol J. Galante, Adjunct Professor.

Malo Hutson, Associate Professor. Urban and regional planning, community development, urban policy, population health.
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+ Raymond Lifchez, Professor. Architecture, patronage of the arts, post revolutionary France.
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Elizabeth S. Macdonald, Associate Professor. Urban design.
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John Radke, Associate Professor. City and regional planning, landscape architecture and environmental planning, geographic information systems, database design and construction, spatial analysis, pattern recognition computational morphology.
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Carolina K. Reid, Assistant Professor. Affordable housing, access to credit, foreclosures, community development, the Community Reinvestment Act, poverty, neighborhood change, homeownership and mortgage finance (with a focus on low-income and minority households).
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Daniel Rodriguez, Professor.

Annalee Saxenian, Professor. Innovation, information management, entrepreneurship, Silicon Valley, regional economic development, high skilled immigration, Asian development.
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Michael Smith-Heimer, Adjunct Professor.

Paul Waddell, Professor. UrbanSim, land use models, transportation models, urban sustainability.
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Jennifer Wolch, Professor. Sustainable urbanism, urban design and public health, poverty and homelessness, human-animal studies.
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Lecturers

Sara Hinkley, Lecturer.

Moira O'Neill-Hutson, Lecturer.

Kimberly Suczynski Smith, Lecturer.

David Waldron, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

Edward J. Blakely, Professor Emeritus.

Manuel Castells, Professor Emeritus.

Robert B. Cervero, Professor Emeritus. Transportation planning, city and regional planning, transportation & land use, transportation & urban development, international transportation.
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Karen Christensen, Professor Emeritus. Evaluation, intergovernmental relations, city and regional planning, housing policy, planning theory, organizational theory.
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Stephen Cohen, Professor Emeritus.

Frederick C. Collignon, Professor Emeritus. Urban economics, metropolitan planning, city and regional planning, urban recreational space, passive recreational parkland, urban redevelopment, public assistance, disability.
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Elizabeth A. Deakin, Professor Emeritus. Urban design, city and regional planning, transportation policy, planning and analysis, land use policy and planning; legal and regulatory issues, institutions and organizations, energy and the environment, new technologies.
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Michael James Dear, Professor Emeritus. Social theory, disability studies, urban theory, comparative urbanism.
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David Dowall, Professor Emeritus. City and regional planning, urban and regional development, international comparative urban development policy, domestic and international land management, housing policy, economic development strategy, infrastructure planning, management and finance.
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Judith E. Innes, Professor Emeritus. Innovation, governance, collaborative planning and policy making, regionalism, interpretive methods, complexity and adaptation.
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Allan B. Jacobs, Professor Emeritus.

Michael Southworth, Professor Emeritus. Management, analysis, design, city and regional planning, landscape architecture, environmental planning, morphology of the post-industrial city, design of public space.
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Michael Teitz, Professor Emeritus.

Irene Tinker, Professor Emeritus.

Martin Wachs, Professor Emeritus.

Contact Information

Department of City and Regional Planning

228 Wurster Hall, MC 1850

Berkeley, CA 94720-1850

Phone: 510-642-3256

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Department Chair

Teresa Caldeira

dcrpchair@berkeley.edu

Urban Studies Major Adviser, City Planning Minor Program Staff Adviser

Omar Ramirez

250 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-0926

oramirez@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Major Head, Minor Program Faculty Adviser

Malo Hutson

mhutson@berkeley.edu

College Evaluator

Nancy Trinh

250 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-0928

nantrinh@berkeley.edu

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

Renee Chow

382D Wurster Hall

rychow@berkeley.edu

Director, Office of Undergraduate Advising

Susan Hagstrom

250 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-0408

hagstrom@berkeley.edu

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