Hey everyone, I'm new to this forum, but I have had an interest in becoming an urban planner ever since I first got my first set of legos. I have always by the way urban areas are designed and how they function, but it wasn't until I took an AP Human Geography class in my Junior year of high school that I realized that it was an actual career opportunity. So here I am, an upcoming senior in high school (class of 2010), and I am seriously considering this career possibility as I enter the college application process. My question is this: what is the best way to get there? I know that the end result is an MUP, but I'm wondering what course I should take to set me on the right path to that end result.
A little background about myself:
Located in California, so some of the big schools that I have considered are Cal Poly SLO, UC Berkeley, Stanford, CalTech, UCLA, USC, and some out of state schools as well.
GPA is approximately 4.3 weighted, SAT of 2180 (770 Math), so I stand at least a fighting chance at getting into all of the schools listed.. My course load has been rigorous and I am taking 6 AP classes my Senior year
So I guess my main question is this- what undergrad major should I focus on in order to most successfully get me to be an urban planner? I have considered civil engineering, political science, public affairs, as well as an urban planning major, but I would prefer a major other than simply urban planning in order to have a more diverse background and a backup career should something fall through.
Thanks in advance!