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 509Law of Planning and Urban Development1
CPLN 631Planning for Land Conservation1
Methods Courses
CPLN 503Modeling Geographical Objects1
or CPLN 632 Modeling Geographic Space
CPLN 999Independent Study and Research1
Tools Course
Select one of the following:1
Conservation and Land Management
Topics in Ecological Design
Total Course Units5

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.