Bachelor of Urban Design Curriculum

The main focus of the Bachelor of Urban Design program curriculum in SURP is to prepare students for a broad spectrum of careers in the private and public sectors, as well as non-profit organizations. As a discipline, urban design is situated at the intersection of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban & regional planning. The Bachelor of Urban Design (BUD) is an undergraduate degree program for professionals and pre-professionals who are interested in design of the built environment toward sustainable development at the neighborhood, community, and city scale. The program offers an “interdisciplinary approach” for students who plan to pursue a professional career in an urban discipline such as urban & regional planning, urban development policy, real estate development, municipal and planning law, as well as, design disciplines including architecture and landscape architecture at the graduate level.

The interdisciplinary nature of the program allows students the option to take electives from a variety of different departments and schools. The core courses are offered in the School of Urban & Regional Planning and the School of Architecture. There are three types of core courses: lectures, studio/lab, and participation in professional seminars. All students in the Bachelor of Urban Design program must complete a minimum of 120 credits, including the following:

  1. Satisfaction of all University requirements for baccalaureate degrees;
  2. The last 30 upper division credits (3000/4000-level courses) must be earned in residence at FAU;
  3. At least 33 credits of Urban Design Core courses;
  4. At least 12 credits of Suggested Elective courses;
  5. At least 15 credits of Free Elective courses; and
  6. A minimum grade of “C” is required for each ARC and URP prefixed course. If a grade below “C,” such as “C-,” is earned in ARC and URP required course, the course will not count toward any portion of the 120-credit program.

The course materials taught in the core courses build upon each other. Therefore, students are highly recommended to follow the term schedules identified below. Following the term schedule is also very important in order to ensure the timely graduation of the students. No course substitutions are allowed for core courses.

Core Courses (33 credits)
URP 3000Planning and Growth Management3Fall 1
ARC 3710Pre-Modern Architectural History3Fall 1
URP 4254Introduction to Visual Planning Technologies3Fall 1
ARC 3374Site Planning and Engineering3Spring 1
URP 4343Plan Making and Design3Spring 1
URP 4546Urban Development Planning Methods3Spring 1
ARC 4384Designing Safer Communities3Fall 2
URP 4055City Structure and Change3Fall 2
URP 4979Planning Project3Fall 2
URP 4920Planning Design Studio3Spring 2
URP 4403Sustainable Cities3Spring 2
Suggested Elective Courses (12 credits):
URP 4011Planning Methods3
URP 4120Planning Implementation Strategies3
URP 4420Environmental Planning Methods3
URP 4905Directed Independent Study3
ARC 4057Dynamic Design Methods3
ARC 4202Ethics and Architecture3
ARC 4220Contemporary Design Theories3
ARC 4950Architecture and Urbanism Study Abroad3
GEO 4422American Cultural Landscape3
GEO 4542Tourism and Commercial Recreation3
GEO 4602Urban Geography3
GEO 4700Transportation and Spatial Organization3
GIS  3015CIntroduction to Mapping and GIS3
PHI  3640Environmental Ethics3
SYD 4602The Urban Community3
PAD 4144Introduction to Nonprofit Sector3
REE 3043Principles of Real Estate3
POS 3691Law and American Society3
PUP 4623Politics of Community Development3
CCJ 3136Community Service Systems3
Free Elective Courses (15 Credits):
Free electives are taken in the College for Design and Social Inquiry, College of Liberal Arts, and/or other FAU Colleges. Students are advised to consider additional courses listed under "distributed electives," although other choices are permitted.

For course planning purposes, please see the preliminary three-year course schedule available here.

For any questions regarding the Bachelor of Urban Design degree program, please contact Dr. John Renne (Faculty Advisor) at

For questions about advising, please contact the College Advising Center at 561-297-2316. To make an appointment with your advisor, please log on to the Success Network/Starfish.