Urban and Regional Planning - BS, Urban Policy Track

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.

The Urban Policy Track emphasizes policy solutions for building resilient, efficient, healthy, and sustainable communities. Policy evaluation and formulation address urban issues related to the equitable provision of public services, housing, environmental services, employment, and transportation. Skill-building emphasizes critical thinking, analytical skills, and written and verbal communication.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
LAND 101 Introduction to Landscape Architectural Practice 1 1
MATH 140 Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences 3
POLS 206 American National Government 3
URPN 201 The Evolving City 1 3
American history 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
ARCH 250 Survey of World Architecture History II 3
ECON 202 Principles of Economics 1 3
MATH 142 Business Calculus 3
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
URPN 202 Building Better Cities 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
LAND 240 History of Landscape Architecture 3
RENR 205 Fundamentals of Ecology 3
URPN 210 Urban Analytical Methods I 1 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
General elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
URPN 310 Urban Analytical Methods II 1 3
Select one of the following Sociology electives: 1 3
Classical Sociological Theory  
Social Change  
Population and Society  
Social Problems  
Racial and Ethnic Relations  
American history 3
Life and physical sciences 4
General elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
ENGL 210 Technical and Business Writing 3
RENR 215 Fundamentals of Ecology--Laboratory 1
RENR 375 Conservation of Natural Resources 1 3
URPN 220 Digital Communication I 1 3
URPN 302 Planning Law 1 3
Concentration elective 1,2 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
CARC 481 Seminar 1 1
URPN 325 Introduction to GIS in Urban and Regional Planning 1 3
URPN 330 Land Development I 1 3
URPN 401 Policy Implementation 1 3
URPN 483 Studio in Urban and Regional Science 1 4
Life and physical sciences 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Semester Away 3  
Select one of the following: 6
Field Studies in Design Innovation 1,4  
Internship 1,5  
Concentration elective 1,2,6 6
 Semester Credit Hours12
URPN 331 Public and Private Infrastructure Funding 1 3
URPN 493 Urban and Regional Studies Capstone Course 1 5
Concentration elective 1,2 3
General elective 4
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours120