Undergraduate Degree

Urban and Regional Planning

Urban and Regional Planning
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Bachelor of Science
College of Social Science
School of Planning, Design and Construction CSS

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.

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.

Admission is competitive, and enrollment is limited for each entering class. The department accepts and reviews applications during the Spring semester of each year for admission into the UP core courses the following Fall.

All students interested in applying for admission as juniors to the bachelor’s degree program in Urban and Regional Planning must:

  1. complete UP 201 with a minimum grade of 2.0;
  2. submit an application package that will include:
    1. a resume;
    2. an application form indicating intent to apply to the upper division of the urban and regional planning program for the upcoming academic year; and
    3. an academic/career goals statement, which can be submitted in essay or video format.

Program faculty and academic staff determine admissions based on the applicants’ qualifications and the program’s enrollment capacity. Review committees will consider factors such as applicants’:

  1. previous work, service, and research experiences;
  2. overall grade-point average and performance in UP 201;
  3. motivation and goals relative to the major and potential career; and
  4. factors such as ability to overcome adversity, perseverance, teamwork, and work ethic.

Admission decisions are made each year at the end of the Spring semester.

For additional information about admission criteria and procedures, students should contact the Urban and Regional Planning program in the School of Planning, Design and Construction.

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 12 credits from 3. c. 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 (32 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 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 6 credits of 400-level Urban and Regional Planning elective course work. Courses from 3. a. cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
    c. Complete 12 credits in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses from the following list of courses. Fulfillment of this requirement also meets the College of Social Science STEM Graduation Requirement for the Bachelor of Science degree.
    ANP 203 Introduction to Archeology 3
    ANP 206 Introduction to Physical Anthropology 3
    CSS 101 Introduction to Crop Science 3
    CSS 101L Introduction to Crop Science Laboratory 1
    CSS 210 Fundamentals of Soil Science 3
    CSUS 200 Introduction to Sustainability 3
    ENT 205 Pests, Society and Environment 3
    EPI 390 Disease in Society: Introduction to Epidemiology and Public Health 4
    FW 110 Conservation and Management of Marine Resources 3
    GEO 203 Introduction to Meteorology 3
    GEO 206 Physical Geography 3
    GLG 201 The Dynamic Earth 4
    PDC 403 Introduction to Domicology: Sustainable Built Environment 3