Courses for your Planning degree

First-year courses

September to December

  • PLAN 100 – Urbanization Today: Introduction to Cities and Regions
  • PLAN 102 – Professional Communication
  • PLAN 107 – How Plans are made: Processes, Stages & Strategies
  • ENVS 195 – Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • One elective

January to April

  • PLAN 103Planning Governance and Administration
  • PLAN 110 – Visual Communication and Design for Planners
  • PLAN 133 – Planning for Equity, Justice, and the Public Interest
  • ENVS 178 – Environmental Applications of Data Management and Statistics
  • One elective

After first year

Most of the classes you’ll take will be Planning courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.

View a list of all the courses required for your degree.

Sample upper-year courses 

PLAN 202 – Transportation & Housing: A Systems Approach
PLAN 210 – Community Design Fundamentals
PLAN 300 – Planning Theory & Ethics
PLAN 375 – Municipal Finance & Land Economics
PLAN 471 – Planning and Municipal Law


Advisors are here to help

With so much flexibility, you might have a lot of questions. We're here to help! If you're applying for admission, email our Faculty of Environment recruitment coordinator.

Once you're a Waterloo student, you'll have access to academic advisors who can help you

  • choose your courses,
  • select minors and specializations,
  • ensure that you're meeting the requirements for your degree, and more.

Learn more

Overview of Waterloo's Planning program.