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Community & Environmental Planning Concentration

Geographic SciencesCommunity & Environmental Planning Concentration

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Start Date:
2 Years
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September 2019
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
COGS • Lawrencetown Full time • In-class

Concentration Overview

The Community & Environmental Planning concentration is a second year option of the Geographic Sciences diploma program.

If you're interested in learning how you can make a difference by helping to apply environmentally sustainable approaches to community and regional planning, then the Community & Environmental Planning Concentration will appeal to you.

You learn how to work in a team environment, providing a variety of mapping, research and other technical functions to support community, regional and environmental projects and policy development. Building expertise in data analysis, problem-solving and the use of geomatics applications to support decision-making is a primary focus. Off-campus field work, where you get involved in community projects, is an integral part of the concentration.

This program is located at NSCC's Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS). COGS is the Lawrencetown site of Annapolis Valley Campus.

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Admission Requirements

  • Successful completion of Geographic Sciences – Year 1 or Advanced Standing.
  • Advanced Standing – To be considered, you must apply to and meet the Admission Requirements for the Geographic Sciences program. Advanced Standing is based on academic credits (certificate/diploma/degree) completed from a recognized public institution within the past ten years that meet the Academic Requirements of the full first year of the program. Advanced Standing is subject to seat availability.

Employment Opportunities

  • Graduates are prepared to accept positions as Planning Technicians, Development Technicians, Mapping Technicians, Civic Addressing Technicians or Graphic Technicians. Many job opportunities are available with municipal and provincial government departments dealing with parks, economic development commissions and development control agencies and in the private sector with planning consultants, engineering/survey firms or any firm involved in mapping and community planning.

Our Grads

  • Our graduates are assessing the impact of land uses on surface and subsurface water resources. They are helping to plan communities that are both socially and environmentally sensitive. And, they are doing suitability studies on potential development sites.

Student Success

Other Info

  • Electives – Choose from several electives, including Community Mapping, Web Mapping and Mobile GIS Applications.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COEP 3000   Sustainable Community Planning
COEP 3010   Introduction to Planning Law
COEP 4000   Sustainable Development Studio
COEP 4020   Site Planning: Environmental Design
COEP 4040   Map Graphics
COEP 4082   Community Mapping
GEOM 3000   Project Planning for Geographic Sciences
GEOM 3010   Geoprocessing and Problem Solving I
GEOM 3020   Applied GIS I
GEOM 4020   Applied GIS II
GEOM 4050   Mobile GIS Applications
GEOM 5500   Applied Learning II
    Geographic - Community & Environmental Planning electives course requirement. In addition to their required courses, learners will also complete one (1) elective.

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