Bachelor of Community Design (Honours) (four year program)

The Bachelor of Community Design (Honours) normally takes four years of full-time study. The program requires 120 credit hours of course work.

The Honours programs provide opportunities for students to engage in an internship work placement, and supervised thesis projects. Students participate in studios where learning involves hands-on training and working on community-centred projects. The BCD Honours is a professional degree in planning recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Program requirements are as follows:

Year 1 (30 Credit Hours)

Planning required courses

Other required courses

Year 2 (30 Credit Hours) 

Planning required courses

  • PLAN 2006.03: Space, Place and Geographic Information Systems
  • PLAN 2101.03: Data, Probability and Planning
  • PLAN 2201.03: Introduction to Environmental Planning
  • PLAN 2009.03: Introduction to Policy Making
  • Plus core elective/ free electives

Recommended core electives or free electives for second year:


Year 3 (30 Credit Hours)

Planning required courses

Plus choose 3 courses from among the following:

  • PLAN 3110.03: Planning for Healthy Communities
  • PLAN 3115.03: Social Justice
  • PLAN 3045.03: Community Design Practice
  • ARCH 3106.03: Ancient Settlements, Building & Landscapes
  • ARCH 3107.03: Modern Settlements, Building & Landscapes

Students may declare their intention to pursue a BCD Honours Degree once they have completed all first year requirements, including the writing requirement. They will submit a full application once the mandatory second year (2000-level) planning courses are completed. Admission to the Honours degree requires the following:

  1. 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA; and
  2. 3.0 or higher GPA calculated for mandatory planning and core elective courses completed at the time of application to the Honours program. (Where students have completed more than nine credit hours of core electives, the highest grades for the nine credit hours will be used in the calculation.); and
  3. A portfolio submitted to the School of Planning by a date in the Winter semester each year, announced in the immediately preceding Fall semester of each academic year in the School of Planning. Requirements of the portfolio are available from the School of Planning.

Admission to the Honours program is competitive. Up to 20 applicants will normally be admitted to the Honours degree based on admission review.

Once in the Honours program, students must maintain both a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and a GPA of 3.0 or higher for mandatory Planning courses and core electives. If a student falls below either of these minimum standards, the student cannot continue in the Honours program. A student may apply for re-entry to the Honours program once the minimum standard is restored. Students have a choice of major within the Honours program. During the Honours year, students require 30 credit hours, as follows.

Year 4 of Honours Major in Urban Design and Planning (30 Credit Hours)
  • PLAN 4002.06: Urban Design Studio
  • PLAN 4050.03: Thesis Proposal
  • PLAN 4035.03: Application of Planning Law
  • PLAN 4100.03: Community Design Internship
  • PLAN 4500.06: Thesis Project
  • Fourth year planning required courses - choose two from among:

                PLAN 4106.03: Transportation Planning

                PLAN 4105.03: Land Development Economics

                PLAN 4201.03: Waste Management Planning

  • Plus three credit hours from core elective list B (Urban Design and Planning) or list C (electives for either major) at 2000 level or above
Year 4 of Honours Major in Environmental Planning (30 Credit Hours)
  • PLAN 4001.06: Environmental Planning Studio
  • PLAN 4050.03: Thesis Proposal
  • PLAN 4035.03: Application of Planning Law
  • PLAN 4100.03: Community Design Internship
  • PLAN 4500.06: Thesis Project
  • Choose two courses from among the following:

                PLAN 4106.03: Transportation Planning

                PLAN 4105.03: Land Development Economics

                PLAN 4201.03: Waste Management Planning

  • Plus three credit hours from core electives list A (Environmental Planning) or list C (electives for either major) at 2000 level or above
Requirements for Graduation with Honours

In order to graduate with the Honours (Major) distinction in the BCD the student will have completed the course requirements identified above and will have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and a calculated GPA of 3.0 or higher for required Community Design courses and core electives.

 

Other Requirements

In adddition to the core program courses listed above, students must complete:

  • in the first three years, six credit hours of science courses, and six credit hours of courses from the arts, humanities or social science disciplines; and
  • in the first year, six credit hours from the following courses approved for the Bachelor Community Design English writing requirement. Other writing requirement courses may be considered by the School of Planning on an individual basis:

CLAS 1010X/Y.06, CLAS 1103.03, CLAS 1104.03, ENGL 1000X/Y.06, ENGL 1005.03, ENGL 1010.03, ENGL 1015.03, ENGL 1020.03, ENGL 1025.03, ENGL 1040.03, ENGL 1100.03, ENGL 2100.03, ENGL 2110.03, HIST 1005.06, HSTC 1800.03, HSTC 1801.03, JOUR 1001X/Y.06, POLI 1103X/Y.06, PHIL 1010X/Y.06, SOSA 1050.06, SUST 1000.06, THEA 1000X/Y.06, THEA 1300X/Y.06.

Note: Students who complete the requirements for Years 1, 2, and 3, above (including the requirements for English writing courses; science courses; and arts, humanities and social science courses), may choose to apply to graduate with the 90 credit hour Bachelor of Community Design general degree. Please note that the Bachelor of Community Design 90 credit hour degree is not accredited by the Professional Standards Board as a professional planning degree.