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BS-URPN Urban Design Track

The Urban Design Track equips students for entry-level positions in planning-allied fields and prepares them for graduate studies in fields such as Urban Planning and Urban Design. The core curriculum integrates the many aspects of place-making with emphasis on social justice, environmental stewardship, economic viability, and practical design. Students learn to deal effectively with the opportunities and challenges inherent in the development, growth and culture of neighborhoods, cities, and regions. 

The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture is a four year undergraduate degree and requires a minimum of 128 credit hours.

For more details about each course, view the listings in the Texas A&M Course Catalog.

Urban & Regional Planning Catalog 143 (2020 - 2021) Urban Design Track Program Semester Curriculum*

Total Credit Hours: 120

First Year, Fall Semester

Listing Class Credits
ENDS 101 Design Process 3
ENGL 104 Composition & Rhetoric 3
LAND 101 Introduction to Landscape Architecture Practice 1
RENR 201 Fundamentals of Ecology 3
URPN 201 The Evolving City 3
General Elective 1
First Year Experience 0
Semester Credit Hours 14

First Year, Spring Semester

Listing Class Credits
ECON 202 Principles of Economics 3
LAND 240 History of Landscape Architecture 3
MATH 140 Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences 3
POLS 206 American National Government 3
URPN 202 Building Better Cities 3
Semester Credit Hours 15

Second Year, Fall Semester

Listing Class Credits
MATH 142 Business Calculus 3
URPN 210 Urban Analytical Methods I 3
URPN 220 Digital Communication I 3
American History University Core Curriculum 3
Life & Physical Sciences Core Curriculum 4
Semester Credit Hours 16

Second Year, Spring Semester

Listing Class Credits
ENGL 210 Technical and Business Writing 3
RENR 215 Fundamentals of Ecology Lab 1
URPN 310 Urban Analytical Methods II 3
URPN 320 Digital Communications II 3
Sociology Requirement (upper level)** 3
American History University Core Curriculum 3
Semester Credit Hours 16

Third Year, Fall Semester

Listing Class Credits
POLS 207 State & Local Government 3
URPN 325 Introduction to GIS in Urban & Regional Planning 3
UPRN 330 Land Development I 3
UPRN 420 Principles of Urban Design 3
URPN 489 Portfolio 1
General Elective 3
Semester Credit Hours 16

Third Year, Spring Semester

Listing Class Credits
CARC 481 Seminar 1
RENR 375 Conservation of Natural Resources 3
URPN 326 Advanced GIS in Urban & Regional Planning 3
URPN 401 Policy Implementation 3
URPN 483 Studio in Urban & Regional Planning 3
General Elective 3
Semester Credit Hours 16

Fourth Year, Fall Semester

Listing Class Credits
URPN 494 or CARC 301 Internship or Field Studies in Design Innovation 6
Study Abroad or 2 Concentration Electives** 6
Semester Credit Hours 6 or 12

Fourth Year, Spring Semester

Listing Class Credits
URPN 331 Public & Private Infrastructure Funding 3
URPN 409 GeoDesign Studio 5
Life & Physical Sciences 1
Concentration Elective 3
General Elective 3
Semester Credit Hours 15

*Subject to change

**See advisor for a list of approved courses.

A grade of C or better is required in courses under major coursework and supporting coursework.

Study abroad students will take CARC 301, CARC 311, and CARC 331. Other university courses will be approved individually through advisor.

Internship students will register for URPN 494 in 4th year, fall semester. Two approved supporting coursework courses must be taken in semesters other than fall 4th year.

Questions?

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
d-wunneburger@tamu.edu
979.845.8756 

Janet Richards
Academic Advisor IV
College of Architecture
Office of Student Services
Langford A219H
jrichards@arch.tamu.edu
979.845.3941