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  1. #1
    Jan 2009
    San Francisco, California

    Civil engineering & urban planning degrees

    I'm a freshmen currently studying civil engineering, yet I'm becoming more interested in urban planning. How useful will my civil eng degree be if I try to study urban planning in grad school? My university doesn't have a urban planning major, and I want a civil engineering degree to keep my options open. This is mainly driven by my love of cities and hatred of suburbia and car culture, and my youthfully naive desire change it.
    Last edited by LukaLuka; 19 Jan 2009 at 9:43 PM.

  2. #2
    Nov 2005
    In the Peach State
    Being PE/AICP will open many doors for you. There are some grad programs that offer a dual Master's Degree in Civil Engineering and Urban and Regional Planning. It usually takes more than two years, but it may be worth it to you.

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    Cyburbian Richi's avatar
    Jan 2008
    Tallahassee, FL
    Understanding Engineering will make you a better Planner and understanding Planning will make you a better Engineer!

    A double major will open doors, IMHO. If you get both PE license and AICP You would be very valuable to a consulting firm or working for a small jurisdiction in an area that has teeth in planning requirements (like Florida where the process is far from ideal, but where if you ignore it the jurisdiction can get into trouble).

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    Cyburbian DetroitPlanner's avatar
    Mar 2004
    Where the weak are killed and eaten.
    Combining the two is definitely a plus if you plan on doing infrastructure or transportation planning. Growing up, I would often go to work with my father who worked as a site engineer. Spending time in the trailers overlooking plans, hearing the issues that people ran into on the site has definitely help me converse with engineers and understand their issues.

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