Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning Curriculum

Urban and regional planning is interdisciplinary in nature. With the option to take electives from a variety of different departments and schools, the program curriculum has an interdisciplinary approach. Core courses are offered by the School of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Public Administration, and Department of Geosciences. All students in the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning 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 39 credits of Urban and Regional Planning Core courses;
  4. at least 9 credits of upper division Approved Elective courses;
  5. at least 12 credits of Free Elective courses; and
  6. a minimum grade of “C” is required for each core course.

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 timely graduation.

The following curriculum applies to students who first enroll in the BURP program in the Fall 2018 semester or later. Students who first enrolled in the program prior to Fall 2018 should consult the transition rules shown at the bottom of this page. Fall 1 refers to the Fall semester in the first upper division year, etc.

Core Courses (39 credits)
Course NumberCourse TitleSemester and Year
GIS 3015CIntroduction to Mapping and GISFall 1
URP 3000Introduction to Urban Planning and DesignFall 1
URP 4011Planning MethodsFall 1
PAD 4223Public Budgeting and FinanceSpring 1
URP 4254Introduction to Visual Planning TechnologySpring 1
URP 4343Plan Making and ZoningSpring 1
URP 4055City Structure and ChangeFall 2
URP 4255Advanced Visual Planning TechnologiesFall 2
URP 4870Site PlanningFall 2
URP 4120Planning Implementation StrategiesSpring 2
URP 4403Sustainable CitiesSpring 2
URP 4730Capital Facilities PlanningSpring 2
URP 4979Planning CapstoneSpring 2

Note that the following core courses have prerequisites (shown in parentheses): URP 4221 (URP 4254); URP 4343 (URP 3000); and URP 4979 (URP 4870).

Approved Elective Courses (9 credits):
Course NumberCourse Title
URP 4420Environmental Planning Methods
URP 4430Planning for Hazards/Disasters
URP 4546Urban Development Planning Methods
URP 4741Housing Policy and Planning
URP 4883Urban Design: Theories and Methods
URP 4920Urban Design Studio I
URP 4945Planning Internship
URP 4955Planning Abroad
AMH 3630American Environmental History
ECO 4504Economics of the Public Sector
ECP 3603Urban and Regional Economics
ECP 4302Environmental Economics
EVR 3019Environmental Issues in Atmospheric and Earth Science
GEO 4542Tourism and Commercial Recreation
GIS 4035CRemote Sensing of Environment
GLY 3731Coastal and Marine Sciences
GLY 4012CEarth Systems and Resources
PAD 3003Public Management and Administration
PAD 4332Managing for Excellence in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
PAD 4604Administrative Process and Ethics
PAD 4806State and Local Government Administration
PHI 3640Environmental Ethics
POS 3691Law and American Society
PUP 4623Politics of Community Development
REE 3043Principles of Real Estate
SYD 4602The Urban Community
Free Elective Courses (12 Credits):
Free electives are taken in the College for Design and Social Inquiry and other FAU Colleges. Students are advised to consider additional courses listed under suggested electives above, although other choices are permitted.

Transition Rules for Students Who Enrolled in the BURP program Prior to Fall 2018

  • Students may substitute an upper division URP elective for URP 4920 Planning Design Studio (to be renamed Urban Design Studio I).
  • Students may substitute an upper division URP elective for URP 4945 Planning Practice (to be renamed Planning Internship).
  • Students who have not yet taken URP 4254 Introduction to Visual Planning Technologies should take URP 4255 Advanced Visual Planning Technologies instead (however, URP 4254 is recommended as an elective); note that URP 4255 is listed in the Fall 2018 course schedule as a Special Topics course (URP 4930) pending final approval of the permanent course number.
  • Students who have taken URP 4254 but are interested in the revised version of that course (see the new course description below), can enroll for URP 4905 Directed Independent Study and complete the requirements for the new course.

Note that continuing students who are not too far along in the BURP program may have the option of transferring to the new curriculum; please contact the CDSI Advising Center for more information.

Revised course description for URP 4254 Introduction to Visual Planning Technologies:

This course provides an examination of information technology related to planning, development and design.  Students will be introduced to software packages that are commonly used in the field of Urban and Regional Planning.  The course will focus on the practical application of software programs including Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign & Muse), Microsoft Office Suite (Excel & PowerPoint) and others.  In addition, an overview of how to incorporate these technologies into visualization techniques, presentation techniques, and data analysis.

For any questions regarding the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning 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.