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Welcome to the Urban & Regional Planning program at ECU

Our program has a 50-year tradition. In 1960, East Carolina University began to offer courses in urban and regional planning. In 1974, ECU approved the BS degree in urban and regional planning. The BS degree is one of only 15 undergraduate degree programs in the U.S. accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board, and it is the only accredited undergraduate planning program in North Carolina. Over 1,000 students have graduated from our program with an undergraduate major or minor in planning or a graduate concentration in planning. Our program has strong support from active alumni. On behalf of the program, its faculty, and its alumni and friends, I extend our thanks for your interest in the urban and regional planning program.

- Dr. Misun Hur, Interim Director

Planning News

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Featured Dan Hemme in the ECU Pirate Profile

Dan Hemme is a Graduate student who is working toward his graduate certificate in Development and Environmental Planning. He leads the Farmville Greenway Initiative project, a collaboration between ECU’s urban and regional planning program, the Department of Political Science and the Town of Farmville.  The project team includes William Stanton and Sheighla Temple (both Junior ...


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RCAW Poster Presentation WINNER!!!

Our undergraduate team won the RCAW Undergraduate Sustainability Poster category on Wednesday.  Congratulations Nick Musarra and Jordan Reedy (presenters). Both presenters were confident. Great job! The project was completed in Fall 2017 as the planning senior studio class project. Congratulations to all students who conducted the project together. Students involved in the project were Nick ...



Planning Students during the ECU’s Research & Creative Achievement Week 2018

There were total of nine presentations made by students in the Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment during the ECU’s Research & Creative Achievement Week 2018 (RCAW). Zachary Dickerson (Graduate Student, Planning Certificate) made an oral presentation, “A Solar Farm in My Backyard? Resident Perspectives of Utility-Scale Solar in Eastern North Carolina” on Monday, March ...


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SPAN Table Talk Spring 2018 # 3: Eli Johnson

Our last Table Talk series of the 2017-2018 academic year was on March 22, 2018, at 5pm with Mr. Eli Johnson at Pitt County, NC. Eli shared his work as a GIS specialist and also provided advice for students who seek for an internship as the internship coordinator for the county. Another fantastic talk and ...



Teaching children about Planning, Geography, and Atmospheric Science

Our students and faculty participated in the “A Time For Science Expo” at A Time for Science building on Dickinson Avenue on March 17, 2018, 11 am – 3 pm. Hundreds of children enjoyed hands-on activities, which include finding locations on a gigantic map of NC, planting basil seeds as the first step to the ...