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Shaping the Future: The Importance of UFV’s Bachelor of Regional and Community Planning Program 
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Shaping the Future: The Importance of UFV’s Bachelor of Regional and Community Planning Program 

In an era of rapid urbanization, climate change, and social inequities, it is essential for individuals to learn how to design sustainable, inclusive, and resilient communities. The need for an educational program to address the growing need for skilled professionals capable of tackling complex urban and regional challenges is crucial. This need has driven the University of the Fraser Valley to design an interdisciplinary program that equips graduates for collaboration with nonprofits, policymakers, private firms, and developers to address critical issues such as transportation, public spaces, housing affordability, and food security, ensuring a better future for communities worldwide. 

UFV recently announced that they removed their academic requirements for the Bachelor of Regional and Community Planning! 

What is the Bachelor of Regional and Community Planning (BRCP)? 

The BRCP program is an interdisciplinary program that builds connections between environmental studies, art, natural sciences, policy and law, urban design, history, and communications, with an optional co-op program. This program prepares students for a career as a Registered Professional Planner working with international organizations, First Nations Governments, and governments at all levels. This degree also qualifies students to work with nonprofits, policymakers, private firms, and developers locally and globally to tackle challenges such as transportation, public spaces and parks, housing affordability, and food security.

Key Information: 

Credential: Bachelor’s Degree

Duration: 4-year intake, year 2 (after you meet program prerequisites) 

Location: Abbotsford Campus

Format: Full-time 

Fees & Cost: click here 

Admission Requirements: 

UFV has removed all academic requirements related to specific high school courses. 

Current English Language requirements are as follows: 

  • Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 with no band below 6; Duolingo of 110 
  • 1 term English upgrading: IELTS 6.0 with no band below 5.5; Duolingo of 100 

Course Examples:

  • Environmental Issues and Strategies
  • Planning for Housing: Affordability, Design and Policy
  • Social Geography: The Urban Experience
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • Geographies of Poverty and Development
  • International Planning and Development Policy: Adapting to Climate Change
  • Portfolio Development for Graphic and Digital Design
  • Documentary Video Storytelling
  • Agriculture and Rural Life
  • Geography of Food
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Career Expectations:

For example, students may find work with:

  • Consulting firms
  • Development Firms
  • International Development Agencies
  • UN-Habitat or C-40
  • First Nation Governments
  • Local/Provincial/Federal Governments
  • Nonprofits and Nongovernmental Organizations

Students may find employment as a:

  • Community Planner
  • Development Planner
  • Emergency Planner
  • Environmental Planner
  • Heritage Planner
  • Parks Planner
  • Planning Consultant
  • Social Planner
  • Transportation Planner
  • Rural Planner
  • Urban Designer

For more information about this program, and details on how to apply contact us at info@mycism.com 

Source: UFV Website 

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