What will I study?
If you wish to complete the BSc in Land Planning and Development, you must take the following papers:
- MATH 130 Fundamentals of Modern Mathematics I
- SURV 120 Surveying and Spatial Science
- SURV 130 People, Place and the Built Environment
- ENGL 228 Writing for the Professions
200-level papers include civil engineering, urban design, geographic information systems, land administration, land tenure and planning.
Papers at 300-level and above include Resource Management Act processes and offers experience in designing residential subdivisions in concept and detailed layout phases.
Students can add papers from other degree programmes (such as Geography, Economics or Surveying) to complement their programme of study.
How will I study?
Land Planning and Development is a practical course as well as an academic one. You will have lectures, tutorials and workshops using computer software and Computer Aided Draughting packages, and Geographic Information Systems data gathering and analysis (including communicating spatial information).
You will also undertake engineering labs, infrastructure inspections, site visits to view landscape and construction examples and a one week hands on field course at the end of the academic year.
Combining Landing Planning and Development with other areas of study
The Land Planning and Development major lends itself to combining with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Geography, Business / Management, Environment and Society or Environmental Management. These compatible subjects are available as minors within the Science degree structure, allowing you to pursue a coherent line of study through to an advanced level, within the three- year degree.
You could also combine Land Planning and Development with a second major e.g., Geography or Geographic Information Systems, if you have a passion for a second area of endeavour.
A background in both human and physical geography is desirable, high standards of literacy and numeracy skills, an enquiring and critical mind and a strong interest in land and the legal, ecological, economic and social environment.