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    Planning Tracks

    In addition to the core curriculum and the four departmental specializations, the department offers course tracks. These tracks cut across specializations and serve to augment the core and specialization curricula. The tracks are packages of courses can be taken as electives along with the specializations and in some cases can lead to a separate certificate degree as detailed below. Currently, the following tracks are offered: Real Estate Development, Design, Natural Hazards Resilience*, Geographic Information Science*, International Development*.

    *These are UNC certificate programs and require the additional step of requesting admission.


    Design Track

    The design track emphasizes site-level physical planning that enables students to become effective placemakers by promoting sustainable development that is aesthetically enriching. 

    The course sequence includes:
    PLAN 651 -
    Urban Form
    PLAN 752 -
    Site Planning
    PLAN 757 -
    Historic Preservation or PLAN 745 - Impact Assessment.

    DCRP Faculty contact:
    Prof. Andrew Whittemore


    Real Estate Development Track

    The real estate track focuses on the planning, development, and redevelopment of the city as a physical entity. The tracks prepares students to become conversant in the development process, contributing to the creation of urban environments that are healthful, equitable, and sustainable.

    The course sequence includes:

    PLAN 765 -
    Real Estate Development
    PLAN 760 -
    Affordable Housing
    PLAN 776 -
    Development Finance OR MBA 826 OR PLAN 771 Development Planning Techniques OR PLAN 770 Economic Development Policy OR PLAN 752 Site Planning OR PLAN 773 Urban & Regional Development Seminar OR MBA 852.

    DCRP Faculty contact:
    Prof. Emil Malizia

     

    Natural Hazards Resilience Track

    The natural hazards resilience track helps train researchers and practitioners who can help the public, non-profit and private sectors become more resilient in the face of natural hazards and disasters and adapt to the effects of a changing climate. This is a UNC certificate program requiring an additional admissions application.

    The certificate program in natural hazards resilience includes:

    1) two core course, 2) one elective, and 3) a 1 hour lecture series course as follows.
    PLAN 755 Planning for Natural Hazards and Climate Change Adaptation (3).
    PLAN 756 Survey of Natural Hazards and Disasters (3).

    Elective Courses

    Lecture Series:
    This one-credit requirement is intended to expose students to a range of scholars and practitioners in the field and help foster an esprit de corps among those pursuing the certificate.  It is also intended to publicize the certificate program across campus by introducing prospective students and interested faculty to a range of topical issues.

    For more details and a list of elective courses allowed see:
    Natural Hazards Resilience Certificate Application Form


    DCRP Faculty contact: Prof. Gavin Smith

     

    Geographic Information Science Track

    This track is designed to educate and train students in geographic information systems, remote sensing, quantitative methods, spatial analysis, global positioning systems, and data visualization. The track is intended to provide a mix of theory and practical knowledge having wide application in business, health, environment, planning, and in other areas. This is a UNC certificate program requiring an additional admissions application.  The Program requires 21-hours of graduate-level university credit to obtain a Certificate of Achievement in Geographic Information Sciences.

    For details on the courses allowed and more information see:

    https://geography.unc.edu/files/2014/07/GISc_Certificate_Program_Description2014-1-1.pdf


    DCRP Faculty contact:
    Prof. Yan Song


    International Development Track

    This track allows students to step outside of the U.S. perspective when focusing on development; research and coursework; foster interdisciplinary approaches to development; and engage in peer learning. This is a UNC certificate program requiring an additional admissions application.

    Requirements include enrolling in four graduate courses (total of 12 credit hours) on a topic related to international development and social change. At least two of these four courses must be external to the student's home department or school. Important: only up to 4.5 credit hours of these four courses can be double counted toward both the certificate and the degree the student is pursuing.  Participating in a bi-weekly workshop organized each spring by the Center for Global Initiatives. Submitting to the Center for Global Initiatives a written piece of work (e.g., masters paper) on a topic related to international development and social change. Demonstrating relevant language skills, international experience, or technical training.


    For details on the courses allowed and more information see:

    http://cgi.unc.edu/programs/certificate-programs/cid

    DCRP Faculty contact: Prof. Meenu Tewari

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