Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Urban & Regional Planning (BS-URPN) was established in 2007 to equip students with skills needed to analyze and develop solutions to the growth and development issues facing communities across the state of Texas, the nation, and globally. The program emphasizes the social, economic, cultural and natural forces that govern how communities and society are shaped. 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 five 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.

Students in the BSURPN are prepared for careers in planning and planning-related fields as well as to pursue graduate studies in planning and allied disciplines:

  • Graduates will be able to seek entry-level positions as planning techniciansassistant planners or research analysts in public and private sector organizations (both for-profit and not-for-profit) that focus on how neighborhoods and communities develop and re-invent themselves. Examples include community and economic development specialists, urban planning specialists, geographic information analysts, emergency management specialists, and land and real estate analysts.
  •  The degree provides excellent preparation for professional and graduate education in fields such as urban and regional planning (e.g., Master of Urban Planning), architecture and landscape architecture (Master of Architecture,Master of Landscape Architecture), land and real estate development (Master of Science in Land and Property Development, Master of Real Estate Development), public policy (Master of Public Administration), law (JD or Juris Doctor), and various allied fields in health (Master of Health Care Administration, Master of Health Policy, Master of Public Health).

BSURPN students wishing to obtain a graduate degree also have the option to apply for one of the following accelerated five-year programs that allows students to complete a combined undergraduate and master’s degree:

  • Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Science and Masters of Land and property Development (BSURPN+MLPD)
  • Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning and Masters of Urban Planning (BSURPN+MUP)


For additional information regarding the BSURPN program please use the following links:

BSURPN Curriculum




Careers in Planning

Student Resources


Contact Information

For additional information regarding the BSURPN program, please contact: 

Galen D. Newman
Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator
Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning
Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning
College of Architecture
Scoates Hall 103

Janet Richards
Academic Advisor
College of Architecture
Office of Student Services
Langford A219H