BA, Urban Planning & Sustainable Development

Planning Accreditation Board

Department of Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy | Huxley College of the Environment | Western Washington University

Huxley College's BA in Urban Planning and Sustainable Development Program is nationally accredited through the Planning Accreditation Board

Huxley’s Urban Planning and Sustainable Development (UPSD) major emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to solving complex problems that face communities. The program emphasizes a concern for progressive change that is needed in the design of equitable, healthful, livable, diverse and sustainable communities for present and future generations. The curriculum combines urban planning, sustainable design, policy and environmental science to provide students with an understanding of the linkages between urban and the multidimensional problems in urban development. Our program aspires to serve diverse communities and we encourage students with a breadth of backgrounds and life experiences to apply.

The program prepares students with the knowledge and skills that are necessary to make positive changes towards sustainability in an increasingly complex world. Graduates are prepared for professional careers in planning agencies, consulting firms, and nonprofit organizations at the local, state, and federal levels of government, as well as advanced graduate study.


Urban planning students looking at poster and model town

The program envisions a society where individuals and groups can fully participate in the planning and development of their communities such that basic needs of safety, shelter, livelihoods, and opportunity for self-realization and participation are met for all. Community aspirations, as understood by diverse segments of the community, are discussed freely and form the foundation of planning for a more sustainable future, with special consideration for those who are most marginalized and for the ecological systems that sustain and inspire us.


The mission of the Urban Planning and Sustainable Development Program is to cultivate students to become future planning leaders who are ethical, knowledgeable, and technically capable to assist communities as they plan more sustainable futures. The Urban Planning program’s mission affirms and works within the broader mission of Huxley College to integrate an outstanding urban planning educational program through faculty-student collaboration, applied research, and professional and community service.

PAB ACCREDITATION NEWS: We received notice on December 11, 2020 from PAB that our application for re-accreditation has been approved for the next five years.

NEWS FLASH: Senior Planning Studio wins 2020 Washington American Planning Association and Planning Association of Washington Excellence in Planning Award for City of Ferndale Downtown Redevelopment Plan.

Additional Information

For more information on Huxley's UPSD program, please explore the following documentation:

Or visit the UPSD entry in the WWU Catalog.

Sustainable Design Minor

Application Form | Sustainable Design Minor Program Description


Planning Studio Publications


AICP Candidacy Pilot Program

Put your professional career on the Fast Track. Distinguish yourself from your peers through the AICP Candidate Pilot Program. Demonstrate to potential employers a commitment to mastering planning skills and maintaining the highest standard of ethical practice. The AICP Candidacy Pilot program allows students and graduates from accredited programs to register for the AICP Certification Exam in December or June after you graduate, completing the exam prior to earning professional planning experience while the knowledge you gained in the program is still fresh, and authorizing graduates to include "AICP Candidate" in your credentials. Registration information.