Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning

The Bachelor of Science in Urban & Regional Planning (BS-URPN) program emphasizes the social, economic, cultural and natural forces that govern how communities and society are shaped. Coursework provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to develop solutions to community and regional growth and development issues that face our state and nation. Our program fosters a unique multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving in order to affect quality of life in communities and regions in the U.S. and world-wide. Students have an opportunity to specialize in specific aspects of community and regional planning and development issues along with internship and service-learning experiences locally, nationally, and/or internationally.

The BS-URPN Program is based in the Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning (LAUP), within the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University. This Department offers 5 other degree programs: Bachelors of Landscape Architecture, Masters of Landscape Architecture, Masters of Urban Planning, Masters of Land Development, and Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Science. Faculty who participate in the BS-URPN program are also involved in these other degree programs. The mingling of students from the various degree programs, both graduate and undergraduate, enriches the students' multidisciplinary perspectives as well as multicultural experiences.

Careers

The BS-URPN Program prepares students for entry-level positions as well as provides a well-rounded education for advanced studies. The core curriculum equips students with knowledge and skills to deal effectively with the opportunities and challenges inherent in the development, growth and culture of neighborhoods, cities, regional and the global community. The broad-based multidisciplinary curriculum features theoretical training in the natural, physical, and social sciences. Recognizing that space and society are shaped by human relationships and decisions, the Program emphasizes the social, economic, cultural, and natural forces that govern how planners, community leaders, and citizens can make places safe, healthy, and sustainable.

Curriculum

The BS-URPN core curriculum addresses issues regarding the built and natural environment as well as the complex systems that serve populations living in or near those environments. Population trends in the U.S. are changing rapidly, with aging of the population along with minority and immigrant status increasing demands on cities to provide affordable, healthy, and safe living and work environments. Changes in the size, composition, and distribution of our population bring implications for not only how we understand, analyze and plan for cities and regions, but also for the labor force necessary to meet the changing needs of the population. As urban areas grow, the skills needed to manage and direct this growth become increasingly complex, involving not just the delivery of goods and services but also issues related to the juxtaposition of the built environment upon the natural environment.  Curriculum (Icon 161.7 KB)

Admissions

Freshman Admissions

Applications for admission to Texas A&M University can be downloaded from Office of Admissions and Records web site. The Office of Admissions and Records web site contains all general information pertinent to applying for undergraduate degree programs at Texas A&M University.

Transfer Admissions

Transfer applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPR on at least 24 graded semester hours of transferable coursework at the time of application to be considered. The GPR necessary to be competitive can vary by college and major.

Applicants who drop or withdraw from courses frequently and who do not achieve satisfactory grades (B or C, depending upon the intended major) will be at a disadvantage in the review for admission.

Transfer applicants are admitted to a specific major and are required to follow the curriculum of that major. Some colleges consider second choice majors. While such admissions may be more competitive since they are made after applicants indicating that major as first choice, the admission decision follows the guidelines for that college presented in the college-specific information. Note that several colleges do not consider second choice majors. Click here for a complete list of colleges and majors.

The entire application, including the essay, is considered to identify admissible candidates. Many of the colleges base their decisions, in part, on the content of Essay Topic A. Therefore, all applicants are required to complete the essay and thoroughly describe their educational goals.

College Specified Required Courses:

Subject Area LAUP Requirements Texas A&M Course Number State of Texas Common Course Number
English Composition 3 ENGL 104 ENGL 1301
Technical Writing 3 ENGL 210, ENGL 301 ENGL 2311
Speech 3 COMM 203 SPCH 1315 or 1321
Science 41,4 BIOL 111, 112 CHEM 101, 111, 102, 112, GEOL 1011,4 BIOL 1406, 1407 CHEM 1411, 1412, GEOL 1303 & 1103, 14031,4
Mathematics 31 MATH 141, 1421 MATH 1324, 13251

 

Other Recommended Courses:

Subject Area LAUP Requirements Texas A&M Course Number State of Texas Common Course Number
US History and Political Science 12 HIST 105, 106 POLS 206, 207 HIST 1301, 1302 GOVT 2305, 2306
Mathematics 3 MATH 141, 1425 MATH 1324, 13255
Natural Sciences 44,6 RENR 205/2154,6  
Social and Behavioral Sciences 36 GEOG 3116, SOCI 2056 SOCI 13016
Humanities 31,5    
Visual and Performing Arts 31,6 ARCH 2051,6 ARCH 1302

 

Notes
  1. Students may also refer to the TAMU Undergraduate Catalog to find a list of courses to fulfill the University’s Core requirements, http://www.tamu.edu/admissions/catalogs/09-10_UG_Catalog/gen_info/university_core_curriculum/specific_requirements.htm .
  2. Texas Common Course Numbers: To assist students transferring from one school to another, many institutions of higher education in Texas have adopted the Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS). For course equivalencies write to Undergraduate Admissions, Texas A&M University, P. O. Box 30014, College Station, TX 77842-3014 or visit www.tccns.org
  3. Bachelor of Arts degree requirements in foreign language may be earned through examination or class work but must appear on the applicant's official college transcript.
  4. See the section of the Texas A&M University Undergraduate Catalog pertaining to your major for the specific science requirement.
  5. Humanities for the College of Architecture are limited to arts or architecture courses.
  6. See current curriculum requirements for LAUP programs; http://archone.tamu.edu/laup/Programs/

Change of Major Applicants

  • Less than 60 college credit hours (including AP or other qualifying-test equivalent hours). NOTE: Students with Junior standing or higher may be encouraged to take the Urban Planning Minor (15 credit hours in URPN courses).
  • Change of major students will be advised on appropriate equivalency of their existing University Core and Elective courses. If course(s) are not equivalent, the student may have to take more than 120 credit hours for their undergraduate degree to fulfill specific program requirements.

For program information, please contact:
Ms. Janet Richards, Academic Advisor II
Langfor A219F
(979) 845-3941
jrichards@arch.tamu.edu

Faculty

LAUP faculty put a strong emphasis on research along with their devotion for teaching, thus bringing together "cutting edge" knowledge and research methods into the classroom. Faculty bring their own interdisciplinary perspectives from their education and professional backgrounds in a variety of fields related to planning and community development. Another outstanding aspect of the program is faculty's interest in creating opportunities to involve communities and groups in service-learning classroom projects. These experiences enrich students' practical knowledge as well as leadership and professionalism. Motivated students are encouraged to participate in the faculty's research and projects, and to collaborate on presentations at conferences and meetings facilitated by faculty's national and international professional and research networks.

The faculty emphasize individualized attention and mentoring in working with the BS-URPN students. Many of the Upper-Level courses involve classes alongside graduate students.

Specialized emphasis areas can offer students opportunities to collaborate with faculty on current projects, research, publications, and presentations.

Faculty's networks world-wide open up opportunities for the student's Semester Away.