Core geographic knowledge and skills
Understand, explain and apply the NGS-related foundational concepts of Human Societies and Spatiality, Physical Environments, Human-Environmental Interaction, Regional Geography, Critical Spatial Thinking, and Effective Communication.
Understand Human Settlement as it relates to Urban Planning
Identify and describe the social, economic, legal, and environmental structure of urban and regional systems and how these play out spatially in the urban landscape.
Understand Historical and Contemporary Planning Practice
Evaluate new and historic projects to identify patterns of failure and strategies for success.
Possess the Skills Needed to Practice Planning
Develop coherent solutions to urban and other land management issues, that respect the diverse (and sometimes conflicting) needs of planners, engineers, architects, land developers, elected officials, and citizens including using the methods of of plan creation, plan adoption, and plan implementation to bring about the greatest pubic good while mitigating foreseeable negative impacts.
Create plans, maps, ordinances, and reports to communicate effectively with citizens and officials concerning planning issues and solutions