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BS-URPN Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

The BS-URPN program has two tracks: policy and urban design. Each curriculum addresses issues of the built and natural environment and the complex systems that serve populations who live there.

The core curriculum equips students with knowledge and skills to address community problems. Students learn to deal effectively with opportunities and challenges inherent in the development and growth of communities of various scales.

The multidisciplinary curriculum features theoretical training in the natural, physical, and social sciences.

Curriculum Dimensions

The BS-URPN core curriculum contains four dimensions:

1) Multidisciplinary Theory

Coursework combines theories from diverse social and natural sciences. Theories are applied to examine complex social and community problems and development.

2) Analytical Methods

Courses in analytical methods provide students with a “toolkit” of techniques for:

3) Applied Problem-Solving

Students complete hands-on assignments and service-learning projects in many of their courses. These projects enhance students' ability to improve quality of life in built and natural environments. Capstone courses integrate applied problem-solving in real community settings.

4) Semester Away

BS-URPN students must take a semester away from Texas A&M in fall of their senior year. The College of Architecture currently offers a study abroad program in Bonn, Germany, for urban planning students. Other opportunities include studying at another U.S. university or serving an internship.


For more information about the BS-URPN program, please contact:

Douglas F. Wunneburger, PhD
Instructional Professor and Program Coordinator
College of Architecture
Langford Architecture A 347D

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