Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Planning
Iowa State’s accredited Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Planning (BSCRP) is a professional degree where classroom and studio-based instruction combine to provide students with an understanding of the theory, methods and applications of planning practice. The College’s Department of Community and Regional Planning believes strongly in grounded education; studios and other classes often work with local communities or governments to explore genuine planning problems and solutions.
The BSCRP program provides the foundation for becoming a certified professional planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners, or for more specialized study through graduate study.
The BSCRP curriculum helps prepare students to address a broad range of planning challenges involved in managing the social, economic and physical change of neighborhoods, small towns, cities, suburbs, metropolitan areas, regions and states. The curriculum provides courses in principles of planning, planning methods, and related topics. Studios provide synthesizing experiences in a range of applications through practical, hands-on experience working with communities, or other organizations.
Incoming undergraduate students may enter directly into the professional BSCRP degree program without participating in the Core Design Program.
Undergraduate BSCRP majors can choose from five different areas of focus for your studies, or you can be a generalist. Focus areas include:
- Community Development and Social Policy
- Ecological and Environmental Planning
- Regional and International Planning
- Physical Planning and Urban Design
- Transportation and Land Use
Geographic Information Science
The Department of Community and Regional Planning offers both a minor in geographic information science (GIS) and a GIS graduate certificate. When combined with the BSCRP program, students have access to leading-edge GIS technology and gain skills that open new career and educational pathways.
Iowa State’s BSCRP is a professional degree accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.
Beyond meeting the minimum high school requirements for admission to Iowa State University and the College of Design, students intending to major in Community and Regional Planning may find the below classes very helpful in preparing for college coursework:
- Political science or government
- Environmental science
Because planners typically work with many (sometimes competing) groups and often make presentations to city councils or other decision-making bodies, courses in public speaking, debate, writing, and graphic communication are also recommended.
Success in Design
Students graduate career-ready with internships, capstone projects, professional practice and portfolio classes integrated into the Design programs, and support from the Design Career Services Office. The college also hosts an annual Design Career Fair focused only on design majors. It attracts more than 125 firms recruiting for jobs and internships, with College of Design alumni making up more than half of the recruiters in attendance.
Possible career paths
With 91% of our 2021-2022 graduates employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation, we make it easy for students explore career opportunities. Some recent graduates of Iowa State’s community and regional planning program have pursued careers in the following:
- Comprehensive planning
- Economic development
- Environmental planning
- Historic preservation
- Land-use planning
- Neighborhood planning
- Planning management
- Urban revitalization
- Zoning administration and coordination
- Transportation planning/analyst
- Conservation and economic recovery
A Planner in the Making
Find your place at Iowa State University’s College of Design, where we like to ask questions, poke and prod, create something new, and make a difference through design.