City Planning

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program


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

To declare, students must submit the CED Minor Declaration Form, available on the CED website. Once this request has been approved, you will see the minor added to your Cal Central student profile. It is your responsibility to track your progress towards minor completion using the Academic Progress Report and CED Advising Services. 

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT FORM: One semester prior to a students final semester. 

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. 

General Guidelines

  1. All minors must be declared no later than one semester before a student's Expected Graduation Term (EGT).
  2. 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 Minor Declaration Form, available on the CED website. 
    1. DEADLINE TO SUBMIT FORM: One semester prior to a students final semester.
  3. Each course used to fulfill minor requirements must be completed with a letter grade of C- or above.
  4. Students must earn a 2.0 GPA in the upper division requirements for the minor.
  5. Any course used in fulfillment of minor requirements may also be used to fulfill major and upper division CED non-major requirements.
  6. Courses used to fulfill a breadth requirement may also be used to satisfy minor requirements.
  7. Students may apply the non-CED version of a CED cross-listed course towards the minor.
  8. Students may use up to two courses taken abroad to fulfill upper division minor requirements, with faculty approval of the individual courses.


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]
Engineering Data Analysis [3]
Foundations of Data Science [4] (cross-listed w/ COMPSCI C8, INFO C8, & STAT C8)
Introduction to Statistics [4]
Introduction to Probability and Statistics [4]
Introductory Probability and Statistics for Business [4]
Course Not Available [4]
or AP Statistics (passing score of 3 or above)

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

Upper Division

Five courses

Select one upper division core:
Introduction to City Planning [4]
The City: Theories and Methods in Urban Studies [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 101Introduction to Urban Data Analytics4
CY PLAN 113AEconomic Analysis for Planning3
CY PLAN 114Introduction to Urban and Regional Transportation3
CY PLAN 115Urbanization in Developing Countries4
CY PLAN N115Urbanization in Developing Countries3
CY PLAN 117ACUrban & Community Health3
CY PLAN 118ACThe Urban Community4
CY PLAN 119Planning for Sustainability4
CY PLAN 120Community Planning and Public Policy for Disability3
CY PLAN 130U.S. Housing, Planning, and Policy3
CY PLAN C139Urban and Sub-national Politics in Developing Countries4
CY PLAN 140Urban Design: City-Building and Place-Making3
CY PLAN 160The Origins and Practice of Community Development (formerly CYPLAN 113B)4
CY PLAN 190Advanced Topics in Urban Studies2-4
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
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 C171Development Economics (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 w/ PUB POL C184)4
ESPM 102DClimate and Energy Policy4
ESPM 165International Rural Development Policy4
ESPM 168Political Ecology4
ESPM 169International Environmental Politics4
ETH STD 181ACPrison4
GEOG 110Critical Economic Geographies4
GEOG C112Global Development: Theory, History, Geography (cross-listed w/ DEV STD C100)4
GEOG 181Urban Field Study4
GLOBAL 100DGlobal Development: Theory, History, Geography4
GLOBAL C100DGlobal Development: Theory, History, Geography4
LEGALST 182Law, Politics and Society4
POL SCI 139DUrban and Subnational Politics in Low- and Middle-Income Countries4
POL SCI 181Public Organization and Administration4
PB HLTH 150BHuman Health and the Environment in a Changing World3
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


City Planning

Faculty and Instructors

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


Charisma Acey, Associate 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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Sai Balakrishnan, Assistant Professor. New Spatial Forms of Urbanization, Land-use changes.
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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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Stephen J. Collier, Professor. Social welfare transformation, infrastructure, neoliberalism and governmental rationality, emergency government in the United States, urban vulnerability and resilience, insurance and climate change .
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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, Associate Professor. Transportation policy and planning, major infrasctructure projects, American politics and conservative views about planning.
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Carol J. Galante, Adjunct Professor.

Marta Gonzalez, Associate Professor. Data Science, computer modeling.
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Zachary Lamb, Assistant Professor. Urban spatial politics, ecological design and uneven vulnerability to environmental hazards .
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Elizabeth S. Macdonald, Professor. Urban design.
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Ben Metcalf, Adjunct Professor.
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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, Associate 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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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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Sara Hinkley, Lecturer.

Kimberly Suczynski Smith, 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.

Raymond Lifchez, 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 Co-Chairs

Daniel Chatman & Daniel Rodríguez

Urban Studies Major Advisor, City Planning Minor Program Advisor

Kristian Dawson

250 Bauer Wurster Hall

Undergraduate Major Head, Minor Program Faculty Advisor

Charisma Acey

College Evaluator

Heather Grothjan (Peng)

250 Bauer Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-0928

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

Kyle Steinfeld

345 Bauer Wurster Hall

Director, Office of Undergraduate Advising

Omar Ramirez

250 Bauer Wurster Hall

CED Career Services

Dinorah Meyer

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