Land Preservation, Certificate

This Certificate is aimed at two types of students: working practitioners needing basic training in land preservation or updating current practices, and graduate students in Penn’s schools interested in adding knowledge about land preservation practices to their professional qualifications. These include students in the Weitzman School of Design, the School of Arts and Sciences (especially in Environmental Studies), Fels, the Law School, and The Wharton School.


A total of 5 course units are required to complete the Certificate program.

Weitzman School of Design students may complete this Certificate within the time-span of their chosen degrees in the same manner as other School-wide certificates. All others complete the five course unit program.

Required Courses 1
Foundation Courses
CPLN 5090Law of Planning and Urban Development1
CPLN 6310Planning for Land Conservation1
Methods Courses
CPLN 5030Modeling Geographical Objects1
or CPLN 6320 Modeling Geographic Space
CPLN 9990Independent Study and Research1
Tools Course
Select one of the following:1
Conservation and Land Management
Topics in Ecological Design
Total Course Units5

Substitutions must be approved in writing by the Director and submitted to the Weitzman School of Design Office of Student Services.


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2024 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.