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:
- satisfaction of all University requirements for baccalaureate degrees;
- the last 30 upper division credits (3000/4000-level courses) must be earned in residence at FAU;
- at least 39 credits of Urban and Regional Planning Core courses;
- at least 9 credits of upper division Approved Elective courses;
- at least 12 credits of Free Elective courses; and
- 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 Number||Course Title||Semester and Year|
|GIS 3015C||Introduction to Mapping and GIS||Fall 1|
|URP 3000||Introduction to Urban Planning and Design||Fall 1|
|URP 4011||Planning Methods||Fall 1|
|PAD 4223||Public Budgeting and Finance||Spring 1|
|URP 4254||Introduction to Visual Planning Technology||Spring 1|
|URP 4343||Plan Making and Zoning||Spring 1|
|URP 4055||City Structure and Change||Fall 2|
|URP 4221||Advanced Visual Planning Technologies||Fall 2|
|URP 4870||Site Planning||Fall 2|
|URP 4120||Planning Implementation Strategies||Spring 2|
|URP 4403||Sustainable Cities||Spring 2|
|URP 4730||Capital Facilities Planning||Spring 2|
|URP 4979||Planning Capstone||Spring 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 Number||Course Title|
|URP 4420||Environmental Planning Methods|
|URP 4430||Planning for Hazards/Disasters|
|URP 4546||Urban Development Planning Methods|
|URP 4741||Housing Policy and Planning|
|URP 4883||Urban Design: Theories and Methods|
|URP 4920||Urban Design Studio I|
|URP 4945||Planning Internship|
|URP 4955||Planning Abroad|
|AMH 3630||American Environmental History|
|ECO 4504||Economics of the Public Sector|
|ECP 3603||Urban and Regional Economics|
|ECP 4302||Environmental Economics|
|EVR 3019||Environmental Issues in Atmospheric and Earth Science|
|GEO 4542||Tourism and Commercial Recreation|
|GIS 4035C||Remote Sensing of Environment|
|GLY 3731||Coastal and Marine Sciences|
|GLY 4012C||Earth Systems and Resources|
|PAD 3003||Public Management and Administration|
|PAD 4332||Managing for Excellence in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors|
|PAD 4604||Administrative Process and Ethics|
|PAD 4806||State and Local Government Administration|
|PHI 3640||Environmental Ethics|
|POS 3691||Law and American Society|
|PUP 4623||Politics of Community Development|
|REE 3043||Principles of Real Estate|
|SYD 4602||The 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.|
For course planning purposes, please see the three-year preliminary schedule available here.
Transition Rules for Students Who Enrolled in the BURP program Prior to Fall 2018
- Students may substitute an elective for URP 4920 Planning Design Studio (to be renamed Urban Design Studio I).
- Students may substitute an elective for URP 4979 Planning Practice (to be renamed Planning Internship).
- Students who have not yet taken URP 4254 Introduction to Visual Planning Technologies should take URP 4221 Advanced Visual Planning Technologies instead (however, URP 4254 is recommended as an elective); note that URP 4221 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.