Autumn at Fresno State


CRPC is committed in providing highly innovative, real-world learning experiences to prepare students to become leaders in the field of Community and Regional Planning in the San Joaquin Valley.


Planning Certificate Program

Beginning Fall 2016, Fresno State will be offering a Certificate of Advanced Study in Community and Regional Planning. The Certificate Program is designed to target current graduate-level students who plan to obtain their master's degree in a land use planning-related field, such as: Real Estate, Public Administration, Civil Engineering, Public Health, and Architecture. It also targets planning-related practicing professionals, such as architects, engineers, planners, elected and appointed public officials, and nonprofit community service providers.

Enrollment in this certificate program requires admission to postbaccalaureate standing at Fresno State and is available through a full online delivery mode to accommodate participants' work schedules. The program consists of 5 courses for a total of 15 units of graduate level academic credit:

1) GEOG 201 Foundations in Urban Planning (3 units)

2) GEOG 202 Land Use Regulation, Law and Ethics (3 units)

3) GEOG 203 Community Development and Planning (3 units)

4) GEOG 204 Environmental Planning (3 units)

5) GEOG 205 Transportation Planning (3 units)

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B.A. in Geography

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in geography requires the completion of 120 units. Areas of concentration include: atmospheric sciences, environmental studies, global and regional studies, urban and regional planning, geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing, and international development studies.


City and Regional Planning Option

For students pursuing a B.A. in Geography...

The option in City and Regional Planning is designed to provide the knowledge, skills, and values that will enable students to secure professional employment, to perform effectively as planners, to think critically, and to participate meaningfully in the planning profession. The planning option emphasizes practical experience with a rich diversity of planning applications in the city of Fresno, as well as the San Joaquin Valley region.

Students enrolled in this option are exposed to a wide variety of physical and environmental planning issues and problems. Students learn about the array of methods and techniques employed by planners in their work. The courses are carefully selected to introduce the techniques and approaches of city planners and provide excellent preparation for graduate studies in urban and regional planning and in public policy analysis.


Minor in Urban Studies

The interdisciplinary Urban Studies Minor provides exposure to the analysis of urban and regional problems and serves as an excellent supplement to other academic degree programs offered throughout the university. Courses are offered in Political Science, Anthropology, Criminology, Economy, History, Finance, and Sociology. A special major in urban studies may be designed to meet the needs of students with an interest in this area.


Online Geographic Information Systems Certificate

The Geographic Information Systems Certificate of Advanced Study program goal is to provide a strong foundational education that delves into the principles and real-world application of GIS. Students will explore the principle tenets of GIS in completing coursework that builds their credentials and capitalizes on a marketplace hungry for skilled employees.

The courses within the online certificate in GIS enable our students:

  • To become well-versed in GIS theory
  • To become knowledgeable in designing and managing spatial databases
  • To become versed in building and using spatial data models
  • To be creatively perceptive regarding spatial decision-making

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Urban and Regional Transformation Cohort


CRPC staff coordinates the events and activities of the Urban and Regional Transformation cohort at Fresno State. The URT cohort is a diverse group of faculty members who work as a team to develop research and strategies that support urban and regional transformation in the San Joaquin Valley. Cohort members represent the following colleges and departments:

Colleges Departments
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Mathematics
  • College of Social Sciences
  • Craig School of Business
  • Jordan College of Ag Sciences and Technology
  • Lyles College of Engineering
  • Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Ag Business
  • Chemistry
  • Civil and Geomatics Egineering
  • Construction Management
  • Economics
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Gazarian Real Estate Center
  • Geography
  • Information Systems
  • Psychology
  • Recreation Administration
  • Sociology


The mission of the URT cohort is to integrate and utilize the expertise of faculty members to improve understanding of and provide innovative responses to urban and regional issues in the San Joaquin Valley. The cohort pursues its mission by (1) conducting interdisciplinary research that produces knowledge which contributes to meeting urban and regional challenges in the Valley and beyond; (2) collaborating with and providing services to local communities; and (3) training students in relevant fields with the ability to serve the transformation of the Valley.

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