School of Environmental Planning (BPl)

Jennifer Hyndman, Acting Chair
Mark Groulx, Assistant Professor
Darwin Horning, Assistant Professor
Daniela Fisher, Adjunct Professor
Theresa Healy, Adjunct Professor
Richard Krehbiel, Adjunct Professor
Angel Ransom, Adjunct Professor
Finlay Sinclair, Adjunct Professor
Andrew Young, Adjunct Professor

The degree provides a broad education in environmental planning.? The focus is on understanding the relationship between people and the environment, reducing the environmental impact of human activities, and responding and adapting to environmental change.

The study of planning examines public processes that improve the quality of decisions affecting the environment.? Responsible planning integrates various private and public interests and identifies viable, workable options.? Planners play a vital role in decision-making processes concerning the future of human settlements, resource management, environmental protection, human health and well-being, economic development, and many other areas.? Ultimately, the work of planners becomes part of, or a catalyst to, public policy.

To achieve its purposes, Environmental Planning offers a comprehensive program of courses, such as environmental assessment, ecological design, economic development, First Nations planning, land use planning, and sustainable communities.? Each course provides a creative and challenging learning environment for students to tackle today's most contentious issues such as sustainability, climate change, biodiversity, environmental stewardship, and urban sprawl.? Environmental Planning offers unique perspectives on a rapidly evolving field of study and solutions for an increasingly complex world.

Environmental Planning is dedicated to upholding professional standards of practice and is accredited by the Professional Standards Board (PSB) which is recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and the Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC).? Accreditation is a system for promoting national standards of education in planning and for recognizing educational institutions for a level of performance, integrity, and quality.?

Accreditation benefits students in Environmental Planning in three ways:
  • Current students can apply for Student Membership in PIBC;
  • Graduates are eligible for Full Membership in PIBC and CIP after two years of professional planning experience; and
  • Employers in the planning field look for students graduating from an accredited planning program, thus significantly improving graduates' job prospects.
Three majors are available to students completing the Bachelor of Planning:?
  • Northern and Rural Community Planning;
  • First Nations Planning;
  • Natural Resources Planning.
Planning students complete a set of general program requirements totaling 72 credit hours in addition to completing specialized course requirements for each major.?
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Program Requirements for All Majors in Planning

Lower Division General Environmental Planning Requirement

100 Level
ECON 100-3 Microeconomics
ENPL 104-3 Introduction to Planning
One of the following:
ENGL 170-3 Writing and Communication Skills
POLS 290-3 Research and Writing for Political Science
NRES 100-3 Communications in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies

200 Level
ENPL 204-3 Principles and Practices of Planning
ENPL 205-3 Environment and Society
ENPL 206-3 Planning Analysis and Techniques
ENPL 207-3 Introduction to Computer Aided Design
? ? ?or GEOG 205-3 Cartography and Geomatics
ENPL 208-3 First Nations Community and Environmental Planning
GEOG 204-3 Introduction to GIS
GEOG 210-3 Introduction to Earth Science
POLS 200-3 Canadian Government and Politics

One of the following:
ECON 205-3 Statistics for Business and the Social Sciences
STAT 240-3 Basic Statistics
STAT 371-3 Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers
?Upper Division General Planning Requirement

300 Level
ENPL 301-3 Sustainable Communities: Structure and Sociology
ENPL 303-3 Spatial Planning with Geographical Information Systems
ENPL 304-3 Mediation, Negotiation and Public Participation
ENPL 305-3 Environmental Impact Assessment
Rural Community Economic Development?
ENPL 318-3 Professional Planning Practice
Social Research Methods?

400 Level
ENPL 401-3 Environmental Law
ENPL 410-3 Land Use Planning
ENPL 411-3 Planning Theory, Process and Implementation
ENPL 415-3 Ecological Design
Environmental and Professional Ethics
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Major Requirements?

Students must choose to specialize in one major.? All course requirements in the major must be completed.

Major in Northern and Rural Community Planning


The focus of this major is to promote an understanding of the complexity and diversity of environmental problems, to develop an appreciation of community change processes, and to provide planners with knowledge which will improve the quality of the built environment and reduce the impact of human activities on the natural world. The unique planning requirements of smaller communities and rural regions demand a grounding in both physical and social science methods and an understanding of the relationship between northern communities and surrounding rural resource regions.? Environmental planning necessitates strategic thought and action combined with knowledge grounded in professional practice.? The Northern Rural and Community Planning major combines concepts such as bioregionalism, sustainability and landscape design within the context of physical land-use planning, social planning and community economic development.

Northern and Rural Community Planning is the application of environmental planning principles and practices to the often unique social, economic, and ecological issues confronting northern and circumpolar communities in Canada and elsewhere in the northern hemisphere.? Successfully addressing these issues requires an appreciation of how and why communities change, an understanding of relationships between northern communities and surrounding rural resource regions and of the place and function of northern communities and rural regions in the global environment, and a grounding in both physical and social science methods of research and analysis.

Students must ensure that all prerequisites are fulfilled prior to registering in any course.
72 credit hours?
Major requirement:?
15 credit hours?
Major elective requirement:?
18 credit hours?
General elective requirement:?
Elective credit hours as necessary to?ensure the completion of 120 credit hours.
? The minimum requirement for a Bachelor of Planning with a major in Northern and Rural Community Planning is 120 credit hours.

Major Requirements

Lower-Division Requirements
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BIOL 110-3 Introductory Ecology
ENVS 101-3 Introduction to Environmental Citizenship
??? or GEOG 206-3 Social Geography

Three of the following:
Peoples and Cultures
ENVS 306-3 Human Ecology (regional campus only)
The Aboriginal Peoples of Canada
Planet Earth
British Columbia: People and Places
Resources, Economies, and Sustainability
Social Geography
Introduction to Global Studies
Precalculus
Contemporary Political Issues
Introduction to Social Welfare
Upper-Division Requirements
POLS 350-3 Law and Municipal Government
One of the following:
NREM 306-3 Society, Policy and Administration
Municipal Government and Politics?
Canadian Politics and Policy
One of the following:
GEOG 424-3 Northern Communities
Comparative Northern Development
POLS 434-3 Resource Communities in Transition
Three of the following, minimum 9 credit hours:
ANTH 413-3 Topics in Environmental Anthropology
Cost-Benefit Analysis
ENPL 430-6 Undergraduate Thesis
ENPL 431-3 Professional Report
ENPL 440-(2-6) Internship
ENSC 302-3 Low Carbon Energy Development
ENSC 404-3 Waste Management
Law and Indigenous Peoples
GEOG 305-3 Political Ecology: Environmental Knowledge and Decision-Making
First Nations and Indigenous Geographies
Northern Communities
Society, Policy and Administration
How Government Works
Municipal Government and Politics
Canadian Politics and Policy
Community Development
Local Services and Public Policy
Local Government Finance
Comparative Northern Development
Resource Communities in Transition
SOCW 320-3 Critical Social Policy

Students must ensure that all prerequisites are fulfilled prior to registering in any course.
Students are encouraged to use the general electives to take a minor offered in Geography and Political Science, First Nations Studies, or other fields associated with community development.

Major in First Nations Planning

First Nation communities have significant and growing demands for qualified planners. The opportunities for skilled planners increase as many First Nations move to define land claims in Canada, potentially giving First Nations significant responsibilities for land and community planning. However, planning by and with First Nations requires specific skills and abilities in the planners, whether or not they themselves are First Nation.

For most First Nations communities few distinctions are made between ecological/environmental planning and planning for social and cultural needs which are developed from within, and are grounded in, the ecosystem. First Nations planning must necessarily integrate all of these domains. First Nations wish to remain grounded in tradition and seek to move into the future through sound community economic development and skilled land management.? Most face significant community development needs, including infrastructure development, housing and health planning. Students need not only a sound grasp of planning principles, but also an understanding of the protocols, history, social structure and ecology of Canadian First Nations. Cross-cultural translation skills, community participation techniques and a solid grounding in ethics are required.

Students must ensure that all prerequisites are fulfilled prior to registering in any course.
72 credit hours?
Major requirement:?
19 credit hours?
Major elective requirement:?
18 credit hours?
General elective requirement:?
Elective credit hours as necessary to?ensure the completion of 120 credit hours?
The minimum requirement for a Bachelor of Planning with a major in First Nations Planning is 120 credit hours.

Lower-Division Requirements
BIOL 110-3 Introductory Ecology
FNST 100-3 The Aboriginal Peoples of Canada
A First Nations Language: Level 1?
Three of the following:
Peoples and Cultures?
ENVS 101-3 Introduction into Environmental Citizenship
FNST 161-3 A First Nations Culture: Level 1
Perspectives in First Nations Studies?
Introduction to Traditional Environmental Knowledge
HHSC 102-3 Introduction to Health Sciences II: Rural and Aboriginal Issues
MATH 115-3 Precalculus
NREM 210-4 Integrated Resource Management
Upper-Division Requirements
ENPL 409-4 Advanced First Nations Community and Environmental Planning
FNST 304-3 Indigenous Environmental Philosophy
Law and Indigenous Peoples
Three of the following:
Ethnobotany
ENPL 430-6 Undergraduate Thesis
ENPL 431-3 Professional Report
ENPL 440-(2-6) Internship
FNST 303-3 First Nations Religion and Philosophy
FNST 305-3 Seminar in First Nations Studies
FNST 407-3 First Nations Perspectives on Race, Class, Gender and Power
GEOG 403-3 First Nations and Indigenous Geographies
Aboriginal Perspectives on Land and Resource Management?
Indigenous Tourism and Recreation?
Law and Municipal Government
Indigenous Governance and Social Policy?
Individual and Community Wellness for?Indigenous Peoples
Of the above lower- and upper-division course requirements, students must select a minimum of three FNST courses (9 credit hours). Students must ensure that all prerequisites are fulfilled prior to registering in any courses.

Students are encouraged to use the general electives to take a minor offered in First Nations Studies, or other courses associated with aboriginal and First Nations issues.?

Major in Natural Resources Planning

The major in Natural Resources Planning is designed to provide students with an understanding of the complexities of including the natural and cultural environment in planning decision-making.? The major is intended to address both project-level and large-scale environmental planning issues that occur in developments that impact the natural environment.

The objective of this major is to familiarize students with planning and decision-making in a variety of sectors that include provincial land use planning, environmental assessment, watershed planning and integrated resource and environmental management.? These areas of planning are characterised by complex and intricate questions about how to use our natural resources and who should decide.? The multidimensional aspects of environmental management include natural and cultural complexity, different desired futures, value differences, assessment and monitoring tools, and integration methods.? This major emphasizes an understanding of planning in both the substantive realm (natural and social sciences) and the procedural realm (the process of including people in the decision-making process).

Students enrolled in the Natural Resources Planning major must successfully complete 120 credit hours. Students interested in working with biological and environmental aspects of natural resource planning should take BIOL 103-3 and?BIOL 123-1, and BIOL 104-3 and BIOL 124-1 as elective courses, and BIOL 201 as the ecology elective to satisfy prerequisites for many of the other biological and environmental courses. Those students interested in the environmental sciences should take first- and second-year Chemistry courses as part of the general electives. Students interested in integrated natural resource planning should take BIOL 104/124 and a mix of courses in areas of Political Science, First Nations (FNST or ENPL), Environment Sciences (ENSC), Geography and Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management, and International Studies and Economics.
72 credit hours?
Major requirement:?
17 credit hours?
General elective requirement:?
Elective credit hours as necessary to ensure the completion of 120 credit hours.
??Lower-Division Requirements
BIOL 110-3 Introductory Ecology
? ? ?or?BIOL 201-3 Ecology
GEOG 205-3 Cartography and Geomatics
NREM 210-4
Integrated Resource Management
Three of the following, minimum 9 credit hours:
Introductory Biology I?
Introductory Biology I Laboratory
Introductory Biology II
Introductory Biology II Laboratory
Weather and Climate?
Introduction to Aquatic Systems
FNST 100-3 The Aboriginal Peoples of Canada
FNST 203-3 Introduction to Traditional Environmental Knowledge
Introduction to Soil Science?
INTS 100-3 Introduction to Global Studies
MATH 115-3 Precalculus
NREM 101-3 Introduction to Natural Resources Management and Conservation
Resource Inventories and Measurements
Introduction to Wildlife and Fisheries
Sustainable Outdoor Recreation and Tourism?
Upper-Division Requirements
NREM 400-4 Natural Resources Planning
NREM 410-3
Watershed Management
Three of the following, minimum 9 credit hours:?
Limnology?
Conservation Biology?
Environmental Economics and Environmental Policy
Forestry Economics?
Cost Benefit Analysis?
Advanced First Nations Community and Environmental Planning?
ENPL 430-6 Undergraduate Thesis
ENPL 431-3 Professional Report
ENPL 440-(2-6) Internship
Low Carbon Energy Development
Northern Contaminated Environments
Biometeorology
Waste Management?
Air Pollution
Natural Resources, Environmental Issues and Public Engagement?
Traditional Use Studies?
Tenure, Conflict, and Resource Geography
Global Resources?
Global Environmental Governance?
Agroforestry
Recreation and Tourism Impacts?
Protected Area Planning and Management
Recreation, Tourism and Communities
? ? ? or?NREM 306-3
Society, Policy and Administration of Natural Resources
Society, Policy, and Administration
Law and Municipal Government
Students must ensure that all prerequisites are fulfilled prior to registering in any course.?
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Students are encouraged to use the general electives to take a minor offered in areas of Geography and Political Science, First Nation Studies, or other fields associated with community development.

Minor in Planning

The minor in Planning is designed to provide students with an opportunity to acquire a basic knowledge of planning theory and methods. The minor consists of 12 required credit hours (four designated courses) and 6 credit hours of upper-division elective courses listed below. A maximum of 6 credit hours (2 courses) used to fulfill program requirements for a major or another minor may also be used to fulfill requirements for a minor in Planning.

Required
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ENPL 104-3 Introduction to Planning
ENPL 204-3 Principles and Practices of Planning
ENPL 301-3 Sustainable Communities: Structure and Sociology
ENPL 411-3 Planning Theory, Process and Implementation

Electives
Two of the following:
ENPL 305-3 Environmental Impact Assessment
ENPL 318-3 ? ??? ???
Professional Planning Practice?
ENPL 410-3 Land Use Planning
ENPL 415-3 Ecological Design
Updated: May 29, 2020