Urban and Regional Planning - BS

The Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning degree program is based in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning (LAUP) within the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University. The Urban and Regional Planning program equips students for entry-level positions in planning allied fields and prepares them for graduate studies in fields such as Urban Planning and Land Development. The core curriculum, designed to equip students with knowledge and skills to deal effectively with the opportunities and challenges inherent in the development, growth and culture of neighborhoods, cities, and regions, is based on theoretical training in the natural, physical, and social sciences. Students acquire skills that enable them to apply these theories to develop communities, cities, and regions which are safe, healthy, and sustainable.

Critical thinking and analytical skills are emphasized for problem-solving at the community and regional scale. Classroom service-learning experiences enable graduates to more reliably and realistically assess complex community problems, design solutions for overcoming those problems, and evaluate the outcomes of programs and policies in meeting community and regional needs.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
LAND 101 Introduction to Landscape Architectural Practice 1
MATH 141 Finite Mathematics 3
POLS 206 American National Government 3
URPN 201 The Evolving City 3
American history 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
ARCH 250 Survey of World Architecture History II 3
MATH 142 Business Calculus 3
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
RENR 205 Fundamentals of Ecology 3
American history 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
ECON 202 Principles of Economics 3
URPN 202 Building Better Cities 3
URPN 325 Introduction to GIS in Urban and Regional Planning 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
Concentration elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
RENR 375 Conservation of Natural Resources 3
URPN 210 Urban Analytical Methods I 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Life and physical sciences 5
Select one of the following Sociology electives: 3
Classical Sociological Theory  
Social Change  
Population and Society  
Social Problems  
 Semester Credit Hours17
Third Year
ENGL 210 Technical and Business Writing 3
RENR 215 Fundamentals of Ecology--Laboratory 1
URPN 310 Urban Analytical Methods II 3
URPN 330 Land Development I 3
Concentration elective 1 3
Concentration elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
CARC 481 Seminar 1
URPN 302 Planning Law 3
URPN 331 Public and Private Infrastructure Funding 3
URPN 469 Urban Infrastructure 3
URPN 489 Special Topics in... 1
Concentration elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Fourth Year
Semester Away 2 6
Select one of the following:  
Field Studies in Design Innovation 3  
Elective 4, 5 6
 Semester Credit Hours12
URPN 401 Policy Implementation 3
URPN 493 Urban and Regional Studies Capstone Course 5
Concentration elective 1 3
Elective 5 4
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

A grade of C or better is required in all courses to satisfy Urban and Regional Planning degree requirements.