Edward Miller, Program Director
Department Office: Sage Hall 4449
Department Telephone: (920) 424-0784
Code 99 or URB
Undergraduate: A major in Urban Planning can lead to the degree(s): Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts.
Summary of Fields of Study
See the department for a listing of their goal(s).
2. The Major(s)
The Department offers one major: Urban Planning.
3. The Minor(s)
The Department offers one minor: Urban Planning.
Urban Planning makes an excellent second major for students whose first major is communications, criminal justice, economics, geography, political science, social work or sociology.
To be eligible for the Urban Planning major or the Urban and Regional Studies minor, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses required for the major or minor.
The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options
Urban Planning Major
Required Units (crs.): 46 minimum
Urban Planning: Urban Planning 131, 300, 310, 317, 320, 350, 351, 425, 480
Geography: Geography 221, 324
One course from the following list:
Geography 213, 311, 377*
Planning Politics: One course from the following list:
Political Science 225, 253, 310, 321, 366
Public Administration 221
Geography: One course from the following list:
Geography 314, 364, 377*, 414, 419
Statistics: One course from the following list:
Mathematics 201, 301
Note: *The student can use Geography 377 to meet either the applied physical geography or the human geography requirement, but not both requirements.
Urban Planning Minor
Recommended for students who will work and live in cities and wish to know better how they work and how to function successfully in them.
- Required Units (crs.): 24 minimum
- Required Courses:
- Urban Planning 131, 300, 310
- Geography 221
- Other Requirements:
- Two courses from the following list:
- Urban Planning 317, 320, 350, 425
- Geography 324
- Statistics: One course from the following:
- Economics 210
- Mathematics 201, 301
- Psychology 203
- Sociology 281
- Geography 385
- Planning Politics: One course from the following:
- Political Science 225, 253, 310, 321, 336
- Public Administration 221
- Electives: See the Coordinator for a list of recommended electives.
Urban Planning 131 3 (crs.)
Introduction to Urban Studies (SS) (XS)
An introductory course which examines some of the major contemporary issues confronting American cities including crime, poverty, education, housing, transportation and the environment. The course will draw on guest lecturers from government agencies.
Urban Planning 250 3 (crs.)
The course focuses on issues of environmental sustainability within an urban context. Students will explore the definition of sustainability and examine methods to measure sustainability. The course will examine potentially sustainable solutions, such as urban growth boundaries, public transportation and green buildings. The course will also consider questions, such as the differential impact of the pollution on disadvantaged population groups and on human health. Each student will complete a substantial community engagement project and document this experience in a term paper.
Urban Planning 300 3 (crs.)
Introduction to Urban Planning
An overview of urban planning including the history of planning, major types of planning techniques and theory, values of planners, and strategies for planning effectiveness. Prerequisites: Urban Planning 131 with a grade of C or better and 45 credits earned. 300/500
Urban Planning 310 3 (crs.)
This course introduces students to the comprehensive urban planning process. Students will engage in data collection and analysis and will critique existing comprehensive plans. Prerequisites: Urban Plng 300 and Geography 391 with a grade of C or better in both courses, Geography 471 (may be taken concurrently).
Urban Planning 317 3 (crs.)
Land Use Regulation
An overview of the purposes, theoretical and legal issues, tools and techniques of land use planning and regulation. Prerequisites: Urban Planning 300/500 (may be taken concurrently with Urban Planning 317/517). 317/517.
Urban Planning 320 3 (crs.)
An overview of urban housing including its recent history, the nature of the housing market, the impact of housing on society, government regulation and assistance, and new housing patterns. Prerequisites: Urban Planning 300/500 (may be taken concurrently with Urban Planning 320/520). 320/520.
Urban Planning 350 3 (crs.)
Planning History and Theory
This core course provides students with knowledge about the origins of urban planning and the ideas that justify its practice. Students will learn how the field has evolved over the last two centuries and how an appreciation for the recent history can enhance future plans. The course also provides an overview of theoretical frameworks and normative briefs that have shaped the field in crucial ways. Prerequisites: 12 credits of Urban Planning.
Urban Planning 351 3 (crs.)
Planning Seminar (SS)
Emphasis on application of theory to particular problems. Prerequisite: Urban Planning 300.
Urban Planning 360 3 (crs.)
Real Estate Development Process
This course introduces students to the process of real estate development. Students will gain knowledge of the role of real estate developers, financial institutions and the public sector in the real estate development process. The course will acquaint students with the process of site selection, design and construction, financial analysis and marketing of real estate. Prerequisites: Urban Planning 317 and Urban Planning 320.
Urban Planning 410 1-3 (crs.)
A seminar type course to suit special, one-time-only situations. Prerequisite: Urban Planning 300 with a grade of C or better.
Urban Planning 420 4 (crs.)
Site Planning Studio
This studio course in urban planning provides hands-on experience in developing a site plan. Using an actual site, a project will be taken through the various stages of plan development. Activities include program analysis, data collection, development of alternative solutions, and selection and presentation of a final site plan. Special fees may apply. Prerequisites: Urban Planning 317 and consent of instructor; strongly recommended: Geography 371 or Practical Arts 102 or Theatre 203.
Urban Planning 425 3 (crs.)
Computer Uses in Urban Analysis
Students will gain a knowledge of electronic data processing and analytical skills appropriate to entry level requirements in urban management positions, in particular analyses and effective display of socio-economic trends and other types of data. Case studies utilized. Prerequisites: Urban Planning 131, Geography 391 with a grade of C or better, Geography 471 (may be taken concurrent with Urban Planning 425).
Urban Planning 446 1-3 (crs.)
See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites and proper contract form requirements. Prerequisite: Urban Planning 351 with a grade of B or better.
Urban Planning 456 1-3 (crs.)
See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites and proper contract form requirements. Prerequisites: Urban Planning 350 and Urban Planning 351 with a grade of B or better in both courses.
Urban Planning 471 1-3 (crs.)
Introduces students to a wide variety of government units and individuals; improves writing skills. Weekly assignments are based on reports of meetings attended which are critiqued on the basis of form and content. Prerequisite: Urban Planning 351 with a grade of C or better.
Urban Planning 474 3 (crs.)
Honors thesis projects include any advanced independent endeavor in the student's major field of study, e.g., a written thesis, scientific experiment or research project, or creative arts exhibit or production. Proposals (attached to Independent Study Contract) must show clear promise of honors level work and be approved by a faculty sponsor. Course title for transcript will be 'Honors Thesis'. Completed projects will be announced and presented to interested students and faculty. Maximum ofsix units (crs.). Prerequisite: University Honors status and 100 credits towards degree.
Urban Planning 480 1-6 (crs.)
A work experience in which students work about thirty hours per unit (cr.) under the direct supervision of a person engaged in some phase of urban and regional planning and management. Prerequisite: Urban Planning 351 with a grade of C or better.