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

A letter grade of C- or higher is required in two of the lower division requirements listed below to declare the minor. To declare, students must submit the CED Request to Add Minor Form, available on the CED website. When completing the final requirements for the minor, submit the CED Minor Completion Form.

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. When completing their final requirements for the minor, students must submit the CED Minor Completion Form, available on the CED website.

General Guidelines

  1. A letter grade of C- or higher is required in two of the lower division requirements listed below to declare the minor. To declare, submit the CED Request to Add Minor Form, available on the CED website.
  2. Each course used to fulfill minor requirements must be completed with a letter grade of C- or above.
  3. Students must earn a 2.0 GPA in the upper division requirements for the minor.
  4. Any course used in fulfillment of minor requirements may also be used to fulfill major and upper division CED non-major requirements.
  5. Courses used to fulfill a breadth requirement may also be used to satisfy minor requirements.
  6. Students may apply the non-CED version of a CED cross-listed course towards the minor.
  7. 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 [4]
Introduction to Economics--Lecture Format [4]
Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy [4]
or AP Economics, Micro (passing score of 3 or above)
Environmental Design
Introduction to Environmental Design [3]
Statistics
Engineering Data Analysis [3]
Introduction to Statistics [4]
Foundations of Data Science [4]
Introduction to Probability and Statistics [4]
Introductory Probability and Statistics for Business [4]
Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Life Scientists [4]
or AP Statistics (passing score of 3 or above)
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 Planning4
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 101Introduction to Urban Data Analytics4
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 117ACUrban & Community Health3
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
EDUC 186ACThe Southern Border (cross-listed w/ETH STD 159AC and GEOG 159AC)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
ESPM 169International Environmental Politics4
GEOG 110Economic Geography of the Industrial World4
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

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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Teresa Caldeira, Professor. Comparative urban studies, urbanization in the global south, social theory, ethnography. qualitative methodology.
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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, 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.
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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.
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Annalee Saxenian, Professor. Innovation, information management, entrepreneurship, Silicon Valley, regional economic development, high skilled immigration, Asian development.
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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.

Peter C. Bosselmann, Professor Emeritus. Urban design, architecture, city and regional planning, landscape architecture.
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Manuel Castells, Professor Emeritus.

Robert B. Cervero, Professor Emeritus. Transportation planning, city and regional planning, transportation and land use, transportation and 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

Jason Corburn

jcorburn@berkeley.edu

College Evaluator

Nancy Trinh Chieng

250 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-0928

nantrinh@berkeley.edu

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

C. Greig Crysler

354 Wurster Hall

crysler@berkeley.edu

Director, Office of Undergraduate Advising

Susan Hagstrom

250 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-0408

hagstrom@berkeley.edu

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