Bioregional Planning and Community Design Courses
BioP 500 Master's Research and Thesis (cr arr)
BioP 520 Introduction to Bioregional Planning (3 cr)
This class introduces first semester Bioregional Planning and Community Design students to bioregional planning concepts and current implementation practices.
BioP 521 Local and Regional Comprehensive Planning (3 cr)
Provides an overview of the processes and methods for preparing comprehensive plans for local and county governments in the context of federal and state lands and regional growth management: Integrates land-use with economic development, housing, historic preservation, agricultural viability. Includes lectures by practitioners and interdisciplinary faculty, and a service-learning project. (Fall only)
BioP 522 Bioregional Planning Methods (3 cr)
This is an overview course of the methods used in making evidence based decisions in regional planning. This course will focus on the scientific method, statistics, hypothesis testing, regression analysis, spatial analysis, qualitative analysis, and design methods; giving students a feel for power and limitations of each.
BioP 530 Planning Theory and Professional Ethics (2-3 cr)
Seminar provides a historical and theoretical basis to address the application of knowledge to public and political decisions and the ethics of professional practice within public and non-governmental settings. Readings, discussions, and essays will focus on underlying traditions and assumptions, cultural contexts, social justice and "planner" roles. Non-majors may choose to take the course for two credits, which will not include a professional ethics segment.
BioP 560 Bioregional Planning Studio I (4 cr)
Students will work on one or more projects that target the needs of an Idaho community or regional agency. The projects will involved the application of various tools including GIS, comprehensive planning, physical design, economic development, transportation systems or other relevant methods in the creation of products or proposals. In this course, students will learn a variety of skills related to facilitation, negotiation, community politics, conflict management and assessment tools such as social impact or environmental impact assessments. (Spring only)
BioP 561 Bioregional Planning Studio II (4 cr)
This course is intended to allow students to integrate a number of skill sets by choosing a project that builds on their program specialization. Students work with faculty advisors to develop and complete final projects. Students will also have the opportunity to interact with first year students in BIOP 560 at regular intervals throughout the semester to discuss common readings, provide mutual assistance on projects and peer-to-peer evaluation of completed work. (Spring only)
Prereq: BioP 560
BioP 599 (s) Non-thesis Master's Research (cr arr)