Urban Planning

Bachelor's Degree

The bachelor of urban planning and development (BUPD) degree will prepare you for direct entry and subsequent growth in a career as a professional urban planner in the public or private sectors. Our degree program is fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board, the official planning education sanctioning body.

After completing a common course of study in your first year with other new students in the College of Architecture and Planning, you can declare your interest in urban planning and begin our program. The program combines physical and policy approaches, which teach you to improve the design quality of constructed environments while protecting and managing the resources of natural environments. You will also learn the process of community and economic development as applied to small towns and rural areas as well as urban neighborhoods.

In addition to the hands-on experience you will receive, you will be taught awareness of good urban form and land uses, an ethical view of community and citizen needs, and an understanding of the complex nature of urban growth and development. The program emphasizes basic skills of data collection, analysis, synthesis, and presentation.

In your first year, you will complete several core professional courses that will expose you to a broad foundation in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning. You may then declare your major in urban planning.

The bachelor’s degree in urban planning and development requires a minimum of 120 credit hours. You’ll take core courses in history and theory, land use and land development, and planning law as well as several studio courses and complete a required internship.

Students who are members of the university's Honors College may be eligible for departmental honors if they complete a major in the Department of Urban Planning with a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in the major. An application for departmental honors is available at the Honors College and should be turned in prior to the final term of study.

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