Our Courses: Something for Everyone

Our Courses: Something for Everyone

We offer a variety of courses for students from all disciplines. Undergraduate students can take classes toward the Sustainable Cities Minor or complete their Real Estate Development Certificate. Graduate students have a wide range of options for completing their master's study or augmenting their degree work in another field. 

Please note, all of our courses are not offered every semester. Take a look at our current course offerings below. If you would like to see a complete list of all of our courses, please visit the official GT course catalog.

Spring 2020 Undergraduate Courses

CP 2233 - Sustainable Urban Development Introduces students to the theory and practice of sustainability as applied to the built environment at scales from the site to the mega-region.  

CP 4020 - Introduction to Urban Regional Planning Provides an overview of the planning of cities and metropolitan regions. The legal and historical context as well as substantive areas of urban planning are addressed.

CP 4052 - Sustainable Cities Studio Provides students with a faculty-supervised community engagement experience in developing a sustainability-related project for a non-profit, business, or government agency. 

CP 4105 - Land Conservation Considers the distinctive American view of land and history of the conservation movement, then discusses the why and how of modern land conservation.

CP 4510 - Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems Provides a basic understanding of the tools for collecting, storing, and analyzing spatially distributed data. Basic issues of software design and application are covered. 

CP 4620 - Housing & Real Estate Economics Examination of private and public sector approaches to housing. Economic theory of durable goods, demand elasticities, applied market research analyses, and history of public intervention. 
 

Spring 2020 Graduate Courses

CP 6016 - Growth Management Law Study of legal framework of planning focusing on managing development to achieve desired outcomes for the economy, society, and the environment

CP 6024 - Quantitative & Computer Methods Introduction to computing and quantitative methods in planning. Discusses commonly used data sources, data management, presentation techniques, and planning analytical models.

CP 6031 - Economic Analysis-Planning Applications of economic principles to planning, including market theory, public goods, externalities, cost benefit analysis, and project economics.

CP 6053 - Urban Design Studio The studio investigates urban physical settings. It emphasizes processes from visual representation, performance evaluations to design decision making of future sustainable urban systems. 

CP 6055 - Planning Studio Analysis and preparation of alternatives for an existing neighborhood, community, or region. Emphasis on application of planning skills in a real-world situation.

CP 6105 - Land Conservation This course considers the distinctive American view of land and history of the conservation movement, then discusses the why and how of modern land conservation.

CP 6213 - Urban Environmental Planning & Design This course introduces students to the basic theoretical and analytical underpinnings of urban environmental planning and design.

CP 6217 - Climate Change and the City The course explores land use and urban design strategies for adapting to climate change in cities and on local hazard mitigation policy. 

CP 6233 - Sustainable Urban Development Explores the principles and practice of sustainable urban development and the role of planning.

CP 6243 - Health Impact Assessment Students conduct an HIA, evaluate a completed HIA and propose approaches to institutionalizing HIA in institutions that traditionally do not focus on health outcomes. 

CP 6331 - Land Use & Transportation Overview of land use and transportation planning principles, how development impacts transportation, how transportation investments impact development patterns and air quality.

CP 6422 - Econ Develop Analysis This course focuses on strategy development, methods of analysis, and approaches to practice for urban and regional economic development policy and planning.

CP 6442 - Equity, Justice & Economic Development Explores concepts and theories of equity and social justice, analysis of indicators of (in)justice/equity, and economic development planning's role in promoting equity and social justice.

CP 6514 - Introduction to GIS This course introduces students to spatial analysis using geographic information systems. Fundamentals of software design and geographic data are covered.

CP 6521 - Advanced GIS The course provides students with advanced spatial analysis techniques including network analysis, three-dimensional surface modeling, and GIS application development.

CP 6570 - Socioeconomic GIS An advanced GIS course addressing the collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of spatial social, economic, housing, and demographic information. 

CP 6592 - GIS Capstone Project Preparation This course allows students to select a MSGIST capstone project topic, conduct a professional and academic literature review, and assemble required spatial datasets. 

CP 6611 - Real Estate Finance & Development Introduction to principles of real estate finance, focusing on the role the public sector plays in making desirable development projects financially feasible.

CP 6612 - Community Development This course will examine neighborhood-based efforts, public policy, trends and practices that have shaped community development in American inner city communities since 1950.

CP 6760 - Negotiation & Conflict Management Practical and theoretical instruction on techniques of negotiation and consensus building using training exercises and case studies. Emphasizes environmental, policy, planning, and development disputes. Crosslisted with PUBP 6760.

CP 6836 - Urban Ecological Design Engages the contemporary issues of urban ecology and its articulation to design. Explores relationships among urban forms, and flows of ecology, energy, material, water and information.

CP 7000 - Master's Thesis Provides students with an opportunity to pursue advanced research under the guidance of a faculty committee.

CP 8022 - PhD Seminar in Research and Pedagogy Students conceptualize and share ongoing research with their peers, develop professional and pedagogical skills, and explore issues of student and career development. 

CP 8505 - Advanced Quantitative Research Methods This course addresses two complementary topics: the design of quantitative research related to planning, design, and policy; and advanced statistical techniques for accomplishing such research.

CP 8813 - Special Topic-Land Use Plan Topics of current interest in land use planning.

CP 8833 - Special Topic-Transport Plan Topics of current interest in transportation planning

CP 8853 - Special Topics in GIS Topics of current interest in geographic information systems.

CP 8863 - Special Topics-Land Development Topics of current interest in land development.

CP 8881/8882/8883 - Special Topics- City and Region Plan Topics of current interest in city and regional planning.

CP 8990 - Applied Research Paper The applied research paper requires students to demonstrate their ability to organize and execute professional-level work in consultation with a faculty member.

Fall 2019 Undergraduate Courses

CP 4020 - Introduction to Urban Regional Planning Provides an overview of the planning of cities and metropolitan regions. Addresses the legal and historical context as well as substantive areas of urban planning.

CP 4052 - Sustainable Cities Studio Provides students with a faculty-supervised community engagement experience in developing a sustainability-related project for a non-profit, business, or government agency. 

CP 4310 - Urban Transportation and Planning Designed to introduce the fundamentals of urban transportation planning and policy and is applicable to students in a variety of concentrations of study. The purpose of the course will be to acquaint students with transportation planning as a profession and the types of projects that transportation planners are required to conduct.

CP 4510 - Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems Provides a basic understanding of the tools for collecting, storing, and analyzing spatially distributed data. Basic issues of software design and application are covered. 

CP 4610 - Introduction to Real Estate Investment Subjects include attributes of real property, value determinations, appraisal, investment analysis, market analysis, asset management, and public aspects.

Fall 2019 Graduate Courses

CP 6005 - Drawing for Planners Teaches planning students through drawing to record, analyze, conceptualize, and represent commonly recurring physical and diagrammatic relationships that occur in the physical environment. 

CP 6006 - Visualization for Planners Explores visual and representational techniques and methods for physical planning, introducing a common set of computer applications designed to enhance visual representation and communication. 

CP 6012 - Planning Theory Examines theories of planning and the public interest. Considers the roles of planners within the American political system and the historical development of the planning profession.

CP 6025 - Advanced Planning Methods Analytical methods in planning including inferential statistics, linear regression, and analysis of variance and how they are applied to planning problems.

CP 6052 - Planning Studio Analysis and preparation of alternatives for an existing neighborhood, community, or region. Emphasis on application of planning skills in a real-world situation.

CP 6112 - Intro to Land Use This course introduces students to land use planning. The basic rationale for land use planning and its form in different states is covered.

CP 6223 - Policy Tools-Environmental Management The course covers the regulatory, market, and procedural tools used to manage the environment. It examines the strengths and weaknesses of alternative techniques.

CP 6241 - Water Resource Planning Fundamentals of water resources planning and watershed management. Emphasis on urban water resources problems, policies, and practices.

CP 6311 - Introduction to Transportation Planning Overview course in transportation planning including basic principles to understanding transportation, current transportation problems, transportation policy, and decision-making processes and methods.

CP 6321 - Transportation Planning & Investment Review of transportation methods and how they interface with investment decisions. How transportation planners at the local, regional, state, and federal levels employ methods.

CP 6412 - Economic Development Plan Policy Introduction to local economic development planning, examining theory, process and practice, international and regional factors, public and private roles.

CP 6514 - Introduction to GIS This course introduces students to spatial analysis using geographic information systems. Fundamentals of software design and geographic data are covered.

CP 6531 - Introduction to Remote Sensing This course introduces students to the collection and use of satellite imagery and other remote sensing data.

CP 6541 - Environmental GIS This course focuses on the application of geographic information systems (GIS) to environmental problems. It highlights the types and sources of data appropriate to those applications.

CP 6542 - Transportation & GIS Transportation data models, data processing, modeling, and service delivery in geographical information systems.

CP 6581 Programming for GIS This course teaches fundamental programming skills for geoprocessing and data presentation in a geographic information system environment. The primary languages used are Python and Javascript.

CP 6591 - GIS Professional Seminar This course provides MSGIST students with a bridge from the academic world to the professional GIS world. 

CP 6630 - Government & Housing Markets Examination of the operation of local housing markets and national, state, regional, and local housing policies.

CP 6640 - Real Estate Development Methods Application of the development process, market and financial feasibility analyses, and public policy to large development projects. Extensive use of case studies involving professional developers.

CP 6834 - Urban Design Policy Urban design policy making and its implementation including an analysis of the behavioral basis for policies that promote quality in built form.

CP 6850 - Public Health and the Built Environment Examines how cities and neighborhoods can have both positive and adverse effects on human health and produces recommendations to improve these outcomes.

CP 8012 - PhD Foundations Seminar Incoming City and Regional Planning doctoral students reflect upon research, assess opportunities afforded by doctoral education, and develop a plan of study for the program. 

CP 8022 - PhD Seminar in Research and Pedagogy Students conceptualize and share ongoing research with their peers, develop professional and pedagogical skills, and explore issues of student and career development. 

CP 8400 - Research Design and Qualitative Methods Examines issues associated with the design and methodological implementation of planning and applied social research, with a focus on techniques for qualitative inquiry.

CP 8881/8882/8883 - Special Topics- City and Region Plan Topics of current interest in city and regional planning.

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