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Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning

What is Urban and Regional Planning?

Urban Planning is a profession concerned with the design and development of the built environment. Urban planners understand the needs of a viable community and have the skills to address its challenges. They collaborate with government officials, business leaders, and citizens to help build communities following evidence-based choices of where and how people work and live.

About the Program

The Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning (BS-URPN) degree program prepares students to address problems in communities across the state, nation, and world. Students learn to deal effectively with the opportunities and challenges inherent in the development and growth of communities.

Classroom service-learning experiences teach students to address complex community problems. Critical thinking and analytical skills are used for problem-solving at the community and regional scale.

The program has two tracks: policy and urban design. Each track addresses issues of the built and natural environment.

BS-URPN students wishing to obtain a graduate degree can apply for one of five accelerated five-year programs.

Policy Track

The Policy Track equips students for entry-level positions in planning related fields. Students may pursue graduate studies in fields such as urban planning and land development.

Students learn to assess problems, plan policy solutions, and evaluate the outcomes of programs and policies. The core curriculum is based on theoretical training in the natural, physical, and social sciences. Students gain skills that enable them to apply these theories to develop safe, healthy, and sustainable places.

Areas of Interest:

View BS-URPN Planning Track Curriculum

Urban Design Track

The Urban Design Track prepares students for entry-level positions in planning related fields. Students may pursue graduate studies in fields such as urban planning and urban design.
Students learn to assess problems, design solutions, and gauge the outcomes of the designed environment. The core curriculum integrates the many aspects of place-making. It emphasizes social justice, environmental stewardship, economic viability, and practical design.

Areas of Interest:

View BS-URPN Urban Design Track Curriculum

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
College of Architecture
Office of Student Services
Langford A219H
jrichards@arch.tamu.edu
979.845.3941

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