Academics

BSURPN Curriculum

The BS-URPN curriculum addresses issues regarding the built and natural environment as well as the complex systems that serve populations living in or near those environments. 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, regions and the global community. The broad-based multidisciplinary curriculum features theoretical training in the natural, physical, and social sciences.

The BS-URPN core curriculum contains three dimensions:

1) Multidisciplinary Theory: Theories from diverse social and natural sciences are integrated into coursework regarding complex social and community problems and development.

2) Analytical Methods: Courses in analytical methods provide students with a “toolkit” of techniques for surveying community needs, risk analysis, mapping information, visually portraying problems and solutions, and statistically determining factors associated with social and ecological problems and trends.

3) Applied Problem-Solving: Assignments and service-learning projects in many of the courses enhance students' applied problem-solving experiences and abilities to improve quality of life in built and natural environments. Capstone courses integrate applied problem-solving in real community settings.

Semester Away: At the beginning of their senior year, the BS-URPN students take a semester away from Texas A&M. This has been an incredibly rewarding opportunity of students to: 1) study abroad, 2) study at another U.S. university, or 3) work at an internship. The College of Architecture currently offers programs in Italy, Spain, and Germany. The faculty will work closely with students to develop appropriate internships locally, nationally, or abroad. Additional opportunities for enriching a student's education beyond the "University's walls" are being developed. Clickhere for additional information regarding the mandatory semester away requirement for College of Architecture undergraduate students.

Specialized Emphasis Areas: To build leadership, professional, and academic excellence, BS-URPN students can select 4 to 8 courses in Specialized Emphasis Areas:

The following table outlines the recommended schedule of courses. Course descriptions can be viewed here.

FRESHMAN YEAR
FIRST SEMESTER (FALL) CR   SECOND SEMESTER (SPRING) CR
ENGL 104 Comp. and Rhetoric 3   ARCH 250 Survey of World Arch History 3
MATH 141 Business Math  3   MATH 142 Business Math 3
POLS 206 American Nat’l Government 3   POLS 207 State & Local Government 3
URPN 200 Intro. To Urban Planning Practice 1   URPN 220 Digital Communications 3
URPN 201 Urban Form & City Planning 3   History Elective 3
History Elective 3      
TOTAL 16   TOTAL 15
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
FIRST SEMESTER (FALL) CR   SECOND SEMESTER (SPRING) CR
ECON 202 Principles of Economics 3   RENR 375 Conservation of Nat. Resources 3
RENR 205 Fundamentals of Ecology 3   URPN 210 Urban Analytical Methods I 3
URPN 202 Urban & Regional Planning 3   Longuage, Philosophy, Culture Elective 3
URPN 325 Intro to GIS 3   Life and Physical Science Elective 5
Social Science Elective OR SOCI 205 3   Sociology Elective 3
TOTAL 15   TOTAL 17
 
JUNIOR YEAR
FIRST SEMESTER (FALL) CR   SECOND SEMESTER (SPRING) CR
ENGL 301 Science and Tech. Writing 3   CARC 481 Seminar 3
RENR 215 Fundamentals of Eco. Lab 1   URPN 302 Planning Law 3
URPN 330 Land Development 3   URPN 331 Public & Private Infrast. Funding 3
URPN 310 Urban Analytical Methods II 3   URPN 469 Urban Infrastructure 3
URPN Portfolio Design 1   Concentration/Directed Elective 3
Concentration/Directed Elective 3   Elective 4
Concentration/Directed Elective 3      
TOTAL 17   TOTAL 16
 
SENIOR YEAR
FIRST SEMESTER (FALL) CR   SECOND SEMESTER (SPRING) CR
URPN 484/494 Professional Internship, Study Abroad 6   URPN 401 Policy Implementation 3
Elective 3   URPN 493 URPN Capstone Course 5
      Concentration/Directed Elective 3
      Elective 3
TOTAL 9   TOTAL 14