URSC Curriculum

Students in the Urban and Regional Sciences program are required to take courses in four areas: research, analytic, theory, and specialty. The research, analytic, and theory areas each consist of three courses – two required of all students, as noted below, and one in the student’s area of specialization. Beyond these courses students are also required to take three to four courses in their area of specialization.

Research Methods

CARC 601. Foundations
CARC 602. Methods
Specialty Methods Course: e.g., ECON 655, GEOG 611, LAND 640, PLAN 604, PLAN 613, PHSB 605 RELM 635, SOCI 623, SOCI 624, or SOCI 633

Analytic Methods

URSC 641. Analytic Research Methods I
URSC 642. Analytic Research Methods II
Specialty Analytic Course: e.g., EDAD 690,PSYC 607, PSYC 671, PSYC 672, PSYC 673, or EPSY 690

Theory

URSC 631. Foundations of Planning Thought
URSC 632. Structure and Functions of Cities and Regions
– Specialty Theory Course: e.g., ARCH 675, LAND 645, LDEV 673, LDEV 667, PLAN 631, PLAN 649, PLAN 664, POLS 646, RLEM 602, or SOCI 622

 

Urban and Regional Sciences courses

URSC 631. Foundations of Planning Thought. (3-0). Credit 3. This PhD level course examines a series of foundational issues in planning and design theory. These include the definition of planning problems, rationality, modernism and post modernism, the validation of value judgments, relations with future generations, multiculturalism and gender justice in liberal democratic societies. Prerequisite: Doctoral classification or instructor permission. 

URSC 632. Structure and Functions of Cities and Regions. (3-0). Credit 3. Surveys the design, financial, natural, physical, political and social parameters that influence the development of cities and regions, including presentation of theories about cities and regions, organizations of, planning to shape them, and public and private sector plans for structure and function of cities and regions. Prerequisite: Doctoral classification or instruction permission.

URSC 641. Analytic Methods in Landscape and Urban Research I. (3-0). Credit 3. Explicitly address linking theory, measurement, data set development and data analysis issues critical for conducting research in urban and regional planning and landscape architecture. Prerequisites: Doctoral classification or approval of instructor. 

URSC 642. Analytic methods in Landscape and Urban Research II. (3-0). Credit 3. Provides students in urban and regional science with a survey of hands on experiences with advance techniques and procedures related to conceptual measurement and operational issues, data set development and manipulation and data analysis issues critical for conducting academic research. Prerequisites: STAT 651, CARC 601, URSC 641, permission. 

URSC 681. Seminar (1-0). Credit 1. Oral communication of current research and selected topics in urban and regional science to include lecturers, presentations, interviews and discussions. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. 

URSC 682. Seminar. (1-0). Credit 1. Written communication of current research and selected topics in urban and regional science to include posters, articles, reports and books. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. 

URSC 685. Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 6. Directed study of selected problems within urban and regional science. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. 

URSC 689. Special Topic in… Credit 1 to 4. Selected topics in and identified area of urban and regional science. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. 

URSC 691. Research. Credit 1 or more each semester. Research for dissertation. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

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