PLAS 489 or AGRO/CRPL/HORT 889 – Urbanization of Rural Landscapes


Instructor: Dr. Charles Francis

Number of Credit Hours: 3

Description: Development converts rural landscapes into housing, roads, malls, parks, and commercial uses. This process fragments landscapes and changes ecosystem functions, drives up land prices, and pushes agriculture into more marginal areas.This multi-disciplinary, experiential course guides students in learning about the urbanization process, the impacts on landscapes, people, and the community, and the choices that are available to informed citizens.

Prerequisites: Senior standing or graduate standing.

Course Requirements & Materials:

  • Technical Requirements: PC or laptop/notebook, high-speed Internet access, Windows software package. All materials will be available via Canvas.

This Course is Ideal For…

  • Graduate students interested in learning more about urbanization

Questions About This Module? Contact Leah Sandall at or 402-472-9295.