Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certiication.
College of Social Science School of Planning, Design and Construction Undergraduate Programs Urban and Regional Planning
The undergraduate program in urban and regional planning provides students with a basic understanding of the history of urbanism, the theory and principles of urban design, and the relevant legal and administrative procedures. Students study the techniques of survey and research used in the analysis of the structure and growth of urban areas. They are involved in written and graphic communication. They recognize the contributions made by other disciplines concerned with the study of urban development. By developing systematic programs for the orderly and unified arrangement of urban physical structures, students focus their accumulated knowledge and skills on specific urban problems. The undergraduate program, which has been accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board, is designed to prepare majors to assume the responsibilities encountered in entry level professional planning practice.
Admission as a Junior
The number of students who can be admitted as juniors to the urban and regional planning major is limited. Applications are accepted and reviewed only during the spring semester of each year.
To be considered for admission as a junior, a student must have:
submitted a completed application form by the deadline specified by the school.
completed Urban Planning 201 with a minimum grade of 2.0, which is a prerequisite for the 300–400 level courses required for the bachelor’s degree.
completed the following prerequisites (13 credits) with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each course:
Computing Concepts and Competencies
Introduction to Microeconomics
Introduction to American National Government
The completion of Statistics and Probability 201 may also be used to satisfy the University mathematics requirement.
Admission decisions are determined by the faculty on the basis of the relative qualifications of applicants and the enrollment capacity in the program. Admission is competitive. Factors related to the program’s accreditation may also be considered in the selection process.
A student who has been admitted to the urban and regional planning major for a given semester, and decides not to enroll for that semester, would need to reapply for admission to the program. There is no guarantee of admission to the program.
All persons who are interested in applying for admission as juniors to the urban and regional planning major must request an application form and detailed information regarding admission requirements and procedures from the School of Planning, Design and Construction, Room 101 Human Ecology.
Students who are enrolled in colleges and universities other than Michigan State University should contact Michigan State University’s Office of Admissions and the School of Planning, Design and Construction regarding admission to the Bachelor of Science degree program in Urban and Regional Planning as transfer students.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban and Regional Planning
The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning.
The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Urban and Regional Planning major is met by completing Urban Planning 365. That course is referenced in item 3. a. below.
The College of Social Science requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree.
The following requirements for the major:
All of the following courses with a grade of 2.0 in each course (30 credits):
Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning
Methods for Investigation of Urban Systems
Land Use Planning
Planning Law and Ethics (W)
Geographic Information Systems and Design Tools for Planning
Introduction to Environmental Planning
Local Economic Planning
Cognate Areas (21 credits):A critical component for completion of the major is the design of a professional cognate. Students must meet with the program advisor to identify a cognate that complements their core planning courses. All selected courses must be at or above the 300-level.
James Madison Writing: 2. James Madison Writing: 2 courses from MC111, MC112
Residential College Writing: 3. Residential College Writing: 2 courses from RCAH111, RCAH112
Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201
Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211
Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses
Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL
Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses
Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE
Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE
Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit
Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10
Requirement 11: Major - Urban and Regional Planning - Planning
Major - Urban and Regional Planning - Planning: 1 course from UP201
Requirement 12: Major - Urban and Regional Planning - 300-Level
Major - Urban and Regional Planning - 300-Level: 3 courses from UP314, UP353, UP365
Requirement 13: Major - Urban and Regional Planning - Geographic Information Systems
Major - Urban and Regional Planning - Geographic Information Systems: 1 course from UP424
Requirement 14: Major - Urban and Regional Planning - Introduction to Environmental Planning
Major - Urban and Regional Planning - Introduction to Environmental Planning: 1 course from UP433
Requirement 15: Major - Urban and Regional Planning - Economic Planning
Major - Urban and Regional Planning - Economic Planning: 1 course from UP454
Requirement 16: Major - Urban and Regional Planning - Practicum
Major - Urban and Regional Planning - Practicum: 1 course from UP494
Requirement 17: Major - Urban and Regional Planning - Required Courses
Major - Urban and Regional Planning - Required Courses: 3 courses from EC201, PLS100, STT201
Requirement 18: Major - Urban and Regional Planning - Required Courses - CSE101
Major - Urban and Regional Planning - Required Courses - CSE101: 1 course from CSE101
Requirement 19: Major - Urban and Regional Planning - Cognate
Major - Urban and Regional Planning - Cognate: 21 credits from a professional cognate. Student must meet with the program advisor to identify a cogante that complements their core planning courses. All selected courses must be at or above the 300-level.
Requirement 20: Major Distribution
Major Distribution: 30 credits from Urban Planning courses to meet the requirement of at least 30 credits.
Requirement 21: College - Social Science - Social Science
College - Social Science - Social Science: 9 credits from the following departments: ANP, CJ, EC, FCE, GEO, HST, LIR, PLS, PSY, SOC, SW, excluding GEO203, GEO206, GEO206L, ANP202, 206, 340.
College - Social Science - Social Science: No more than 4 credits from SSC493, SSC496 in Requirement(s) 21
Requirement 22: College - Social Science - Arts and Letters
College - Social Science - Arts and Letters: 6 credits from Approved courses from the College of Arts & Letters. A department or school may require its major to complete specific courses or particular subject matter areas.
Requirement 23: College - Social Science - Natural Science
College - Social Science - Natural Science: 15 credits from approved College of Natural Science courses.
Requirement 24: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses at the 300 level and above.
Requirement 25: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.
Requirement 26: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.