Courses & Schedules

This course focuses on the relationship between land use planning and environmental and natural resources concerns, using property and landscape as our primary lenses. We will consider how ideas regarding resource management, open space, biodiversity, "sustainability", etc., are reflected in land use planning processes and practices. The course will examine broad planning and regulatory tools, such as EISs, regional planning, and resource management planning, and more specific applications such as Habitat Conservation Plans and open space planning.

Introduces students to the field of planning for healthy communities, including the relationship of the built environment and land conservation to healthy eating, bicycling and other forms of active transportation, walkability and active living, mental health, crime and violence, access to health care, health equity, etc. Students will evaluate the rapidly evolving thinking on these topics.

Sustainability as a concept in environmental and land use planning. Definitions and models of sustainability. Evaluation of sustainable development on global, national, regional, and local levels. Practical experience with city and county planning for sustainability.

Theory, methods, and tools related to the systematic analysis of city, regional, and rural transportation problems. The focus is on fundamental land use and transportation interrelationships. Transportation as an integrated system composed of automobiles, public transit, bicycles, and pedestrian travel modes. Transportation impact assessment. Congestion management, energy conservation, sustainability, and environmental impact considerations.

An exploration of the physical and visual form of urban communities. The appearance and aesthetic qualities of public open spaces, streets, buildings, neighborhoods, city gateways, signs, and other elements of the urban scene. Meaning of "sense of place." The effects of public policy and regulations on urban form. The scale, pattern, and image of urban form elements. Planning for new communities, historic preservation, urban plazas, and public art.

Course focus is on the process of designing urban places where public life and a sense of community can thrive. Many critics of American cities have lamented the fact that these urban areas have lost their uniqueness; the urban landscape has come to be visually characterized by a dispiriting "sameness". Considered most offensive are standardized development of chain and "big box" stores with their corporate "logo" signs, and "cookie cutter" residential subdivisions. The course explores efforts of communities to retain their uniqueness and enhance civic pride, including the creation of vibrant public spaces, lively pedestrian environments, and comfortable and safe streets and neighborhoods. The meaning, purposes, and techniques of "contextual design" are explored, especially those designed to protect local historical heritage and regional distinctiveness.

This course examines the evolution of cities as local and global political, economic and social centers. It explore the forces that drove urban growth and change in the 20th century, with a focus on how these forces shape contemporary issues such as inequality, cultural change, and segregation.

Studies aspects of demography, migration, and the spatial dimension of social organization. Included in the course are the spatial perspectives of social well-being, poverty, crime, and ethnicity. The spatial structure of human settlement, as well as political, religious, and social values will be discussed. Satisfies upper-division GE Area E (Integrated Person).

A lecture/discussion course designed to assist students in understanding energy as a fundamental measure of organization, structure, and transformation in society. Principal topics include: energy history; thermodynamics; energy resources and conversion technologies; global issues and trends; environmental impacts; energy economics, institutions, and politics. Elementary quantitative analysis.

Environmental remote sensing uses imagery from satellite and airborne sensors to map properties of the Earth over broad spatial scales. This course develops an understanding of physical principles behind remote sensing, explores a range of sensors, spatial scales, and locations, and uses image processing techniques for extracting useful environmental information.