Undergraduate Planning Degree Program
The Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Planning (BSCRP) from Iowa State University is a professional degree accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. This four-year degree consists of one year in the College of Design's Core Design Program, followed by three years in the BSCRP program. A limited number of students are admitted into the program through transfer from other programs or institutions.
The BSCRP program combines classroom and studio-based instruction to provide students with an understanding of the theory, methods and applications of planning practice. Our department believes strongly in grounded education, so studios and other classes often work with local communities or governments to explore genuine planning problems and solutions.
The BSCRP degree provides the foundation for becoming a certified professional planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners, or for more specialized study through graduate (master's or doctoral) study. Certification provides additional credentials based on a planner's education and professional experience. It is similar in many ways to professional licensing in other fields.
The Community and Regional Planning Program also offers an accredited Master of Community and Regional Planning degree.