Defined by a truly interdisciplinary approach that brings together experience and expertise from nine academic departments in eight colleges, the relatively new bioregional planning program at the University of Idaho is quickly gaining momentum and recognition as a top program. The program is driven by faculty, students, and community members who are committed to sustainable community development, and planning and design in the Intermountain West and beyond.
The program offers the following:
- Master of Science in Bioregional Planning and Community Design: Includes specializations in land use planning; environmental planning; economic development planning; transportation planning; public land planning; and housing, social and community development planning.
- Graduate certificate: Designed for those who want to incorporate sustainable planning principles and concepts into a related professional discipline, such as transportation engineering, environmental and natural resource management, architecture, landscape architecture, and public administration.
The program features a diverse group of faculty members with expertise ranging from architecture and design to conservation and political science. Through our innovative Learning & Practice Collaborative (LPC), you'll partner with students and professors on real-life projects to help Idaho communities fulfill visions for sustainable growth. You'll develop solid research and problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to implement systematic conservation planning and management strategies to positively shape communities for generations to come.
You'll graduate with the hands-on experience to make an immediate impact on your chosen career, whether you become a city planner or a consultant that works with engineering and architectural firms to implement sustainable design concepts across multiple project types in a cost-effective manner.
An innovative university-community partnership
The three interdependent components of this initiative are:
» Since 1990 Idaho's population increased 41%
» By 2050 Idaho is expected to lose 4.5 million acres of ranch, farm & open space land to development.
» Community leaders and professionals need the skills and knowledge to guide this growth.