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Minor in Urban Planning

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 to citizens, but also issues related to the position of the built environment upon the natural environment.

By pursuing a minor in urban planning at Texas A&M, students will earn an education within a multi-disciplinary atmosphere where analytical skills and critical thinking are harvested. Students will then apply this acquired knowledge to address real-world issues which communities and regions face on a daily basis. Those earning a minor in urban planning can effectively solve problems related to a number of complex issues involving the built and natural environment, transportation, health, economic development, among others.

The minor in urban planning program will provide a solid educational basis for those students wishing to pursue a post-graduate education within the planning field. Also, because of its broad scope, the minor program may serve as an effective introduction to graduate studies in other social science disciplines such as economics, geography, political science, and public policy.

The minor program will prepare students for entry-level positions in a variety of fields including state and local government; advocacy, grant-making and civic organizations; real estate management; environmental science; social assistance services; and health care services.


The courses listed below constitutethe15 hours required for a minor in urban planning:




URPN 201

The Evolving City


URPN 202  or URPN 330

Building Better Cities – if NOT USAR major

Land Development I – If USAR major




Choose 9 hours from the following list

URPN 370

Health Systems Planning


URPN 340

Housing & Community


URPN 361

Urban Issues


URPN 460

Sustainable Communities


URPN 471

Planning Healthier Communities



Satisfactory completion of courses: To be awarded the minor in Urban & Regional Planning and receive transcript recognition, students must obtain a "C" or better in each of the courses selected from the list above.

Transfer courses: Transfer courses are not permitted.

Effective date: This minor became effective at the beginning of the fall semester 2003. Students declaring a minor in Urban & Regional Planning must meet all requirements listed in this document to receive transcript recognition. Students must declare their intent to seek the minor prior to the semester in which they intend to graduate.

Upper level courses: All students pursuing the minor in Urban & Regional Planning must have U3 (junior) or U4 (senior) classification to enroll in required 300 – 400 level courses.

Advising: Per University guidelines, the student’s home college or major department is responsible for advising students pursuing a minor in Urban & Regional Planning. In addition, students are required to meet with the urban planning Academic Advisor in the Department of Landscape Architecture for advising prior to admission to the program. 


Students who wish to pursue the minor in urban planning must fill out the Minor in Urban Planning Request form (16.0 KB) and should consult the Urban Planning Academic Advisor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning. The academic advisor will review the applicant’s qualifications for admission to the minor program. Students applying for the minor must have a 2.0 or better overall GPR.

Upon consulting with the Academic Advisor, the student must file their application in their home college or major department. It is important to note that not all Colleges or departments outside the College of Architecture will permit students to obtain a minor.

Contact Information

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