Undergraduate Degree - Urban and Regional Planning

Urban and Regional Planning
Program Code:
7616 Urban and Regional Planning
Program Level:
Award Type:
Bachelor of Science
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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.
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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 environment-, economy- and society-related planning issues using scientific, social scientific or humanistic approaches. Students will learn the history of urbanism, the theory and principles of urban design, and the relevant legal and administrative policies & 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, including politics, law, economics, social aspects, pollution control, natural resources and the interactions of human beings and nature. 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.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban and Regional Planning
  1. 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 Experiential Learning requirement for the College of Social Science is met by completion of UP 494 referenced in item 3. a. below.

    The STEM requirement for the College of Social Science is met by completion of 6 credits from 3. c. and 6 credits from 3. d. below.
  2. The College of Social Science requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. All of the following courses with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each course (35 credits):
    UP 201 Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning 4
    UP 314 Methods for Investigation of Urban Systems 4
    UP 353 Land Use Planning 4
    UP 365 Planning Law and Ethics (W) 4
    UP 400 Special Topics in Urban Planning 3
    UP 424 Geographic Information Systems and Design Tools for Planning 3
    UP 433 Introduction to Environmental Planning 4
    UP 454 Local Economic Planning 3
    UP 494 Planning Practicum 6
    b. Complete 12 credits of 300-level or above Urban and Regional Planning electives from a set of approved courses planed in consultation with the program advisor. These credits may not be used to fulfill requirement 3. d. below.
    c. Complete 6 credits from the following to satisfy the STEM requirement for the College of Social Science.
    ANP 206 Introduction to Physical Anthropology 3
    CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
    CMSE 201 Computational Modeling and Data Analysis I 4
    CMSE 202 Computational Modeling and Data Analysis II 4
    CSUS 200 Introduction to Sustainability 3
    CSE 102 Algorithmic Thinking and Programming 3
    CSE 231 Introduction to Programming I 4
    EGR 100 Introduction to Engineering Design 2
    EGR 102 Introduction to Engineering Modeling 2
    ENT 205 Pests, Society and Environment 3
    EPI 390 Disease in Society: Introduction to Epidemiology and Public Health 4
    GEO 203 Introduction to Meteorology 3
    GEO 206 Physical Geography 3
    GEO 302 Climates of the World 3
    GLG 201 The Dynamic Earth 4
    GLG 202 Geology of Michigan 3
    HNF 150 Introduction to Human Nutrition 3
    MTH 124 Survey of Calculus I 3
    MTH 132 Calculus I 3
    PHY 231 Introductory Physics I 3
    PHY 251 Introductory Physics Laboratory I 1
    STT 200 Statistical Methods 3
    STT 201 Statistical Methods 4
    d. Complete 6 credits from the following courses to satisfy the College of Social Science STEM requirement:
    PDC 403 Introduction to Domicology: Sustainable Built Environment 3
    PDC 491 Special Topics in Planning, Design and Construction 1 to 4