Community Planning (Minor)

Community Planning (Minor)

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What is the community planning minor?

The community planning minor is a set of classes that cover the primary methods of planning and community development. You’ll learn a set of techniques that improve the physical environment for sustaining people, businesses, service delivery and the natural environment. This is a flexible minor intended to enhance most major degrees.

Why study community planning at UNH?

A minor in community planning can enhance your major degree in life sciences and agriculture, liberal arts, health and human services, engineering, business and many others. The community planning minor gives you community-level perspective, critical skills,and hands-on experience and makes you better equipped for creating sustainable solutions for the future health of communities.

Potential career areas

  • Community development practitioner
  • Community planner
  • Recreation planner
  • Regional planner
  • Sustainability specialist
  • Stewardship specialist
  • Transportation planner
  • Urban planner


Mary Friedman

Program Coordinator for Community and Environmental Planning
Phone: (603) 862-4456
Office: Natural Resources & the Environment, James Hall Rm G62, Durham, NH 03824

Wendy Rose

Phone: (603) 862-3933
Office: Natural Resources & the Environment, James Hall Rm 114, Durham, NH 03824
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
University of New Hampshire
James Hall, Rm 114
56 College Road
Durham, NH 03824
(603) 862-1022
  • Tyler Quinn Smith ’18, who dual majored in community and environmental planning and ecogastronomy, talks about his time at UNH and his future.
    Tyler Quinn Smith ’18, who dual majored in community and environmental planning and ecogastronomy, talks about his time at UNH and his future.

Curriculum & Requirements

Planning is a multidisciplinary profession that requires an understanding of social, economic, and environmental connections to land use change. Students may supplement their major with the minor in community planning to enhance their skills to work with communities for improved sustainability. 

  • Required: 20 hours of credit
  • A grade of C- or better in each of the 5 courses.
  • No more than 8 credits used to satisfy major requirements may be used for the minor
  • Credit/fail courses may not be used for the minor.  
Group I: Theory and Practice of Planning
All or equivalent of the following three courses:
CEP 415Community Development Perspectives4
CEP 508Applied Community Development4
CEP 614Fundamentals of Planning4
Group II: Tools and Applications in Planning8
Select two of the following:
CEP 673
Green Real Estate
or CEP 672
Fundamentals of Real Estate
CEP 777
Topics in Community Planning
EREC 606
Land Economics Perspectives: Uses, Policies, and Taxes
EREC 627
Community Economics
EREC 756
Rural and Regional Economic Development
NR 658
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
NR 724
Resolving Environmental Conflicts
NR 785
Systems Thinking for Sustainable Solutions
TOUR 767
Social Impact Assessment
Total Credits20

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