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Urban Planning Specializations

Each student specializes in one substantive area among the following four: environmental planning, housing and development planning, land use planning and urban design, and transportation planning. The student should declare this area by the second semester of his/her course of study. The minimum number of course hours for the major area depends on whether the student pursues the comprehensive examination or thesis option. Specialization area requirements for the two options are as follows: (1) Comprehensive Exam Option - At least four courses (twelve credit hours) are taken by each student in his/her area of specialization. (2) Thesis Option - At least three courses (nine credit hours) are taken by each student. In each specialty area, relevant courses are classified in three groups: theory/policy, methods, and implementation. Each student must take at least one course in each of the above three groups. Faculty advisors have some latitude to designate supplementary courses that they think useful to the student's education. In addition, students may take Directed Readings courses to complete their specialization. Following are the theory/policy, methods and implementation courses in each specialty area:

Environmental Planning - Advisor, Stacey White

Analysis of human interaction with the natural environment, policy alternatives for balancing interests and sustaining the function of natural systems, and techniques for minimizing environmental harms.

Theory and Policy

   

UBPL 765

Planning and the Natural Environment

 

3

Methods

   

UBPL 738

Introduction to Environmental Planning

 

3

Implementation

   

UBPL 773

Environmental Planning Implementation

 

3

Supplementary courses

   

UBPL 730

Introduction to Land Use Planning

 

3

UBPL 735 Site Planning  
3
UBPL 802 Policy and Methods in Environmental Planning  
3

POLS 624/ENVR 620

Environmental Politics and Policy

 

3

ARCH 600

Sustainability in Context

 

3

 

Housing and Development Planning - Advisor, Kirk McClure

 

Analysis of housing and neighborhood problems, the real estate market, study of public policy alternatives directed to new construction, rehabilitation and community development at the federal, state, and local levels.

Theory and Policy

   

UBPL 710

Introduction to Housing Policy

 

3

UBPL 715 Community and Neighborhood Revitalization   3

Methods

 

 

 

UBPL 764 Real Estate Development Planning  
3

Implementation

   

UBPL 714

Local Economic Development Planning

 

3

UBPL 716 Community and Neighborhood Revitalization   3

Supplementary Courses

   
UBPL 760 Historic Preservation Planning   3

UBPL 768

Real Estate Development Planning II

 

3

UBPL 802

Historic Preservation Ecnomics

 

3

 

Land Use Planning and Urban Design - Advisor, Bonnie Johnson

 

Land use and urban design combine the art and science of making places. Through the layout of city functions and the interplay of buildings and open space, planners help build sustainable communities. They use their understanding of regulatory and cooperative techniques and different policy contexts to help elected officials and citizens balance economic, environmental, equity, and livability values.

Theory and Policy

   

UBPL 730

Introduction to Land Use Planning

 

3

Methods

 

 

 

UBPL 735

Site Planning

 

3

Implementation

   

UBPL 766

Urban Design Implementation

 

3

Supplementary Courses

   

UBPL 662

Twentieth Century American Landscape

 

3

UBPL 739

Issues in Growth Management

 

3

UBPL 760

Historic Preservation Planning

 

3

UBPL 764 Real Estate Development Planning   3

 

Transportation Planning - Advisor, Anne Dunning

 

Physical characteristics of urban transportation systems (highways and mass transit), transportation planning techniques including travel demand forecasting, evaluation of alternative transportation plans, institutional and policy aspects of urban transportation.

Theory and Policy

   

UBPL 750

Introduction to Transportation Planning

 

3

Methods

   

UBPL 756

Travel Demand Forecasting Methods

 

3

Implementation

   

UBPL 757

Transportation Planning Implementation

 

3

Supplementary Courses

   

UBPL 758

Urban Mass Transportation

 

3

CE 781

Traffic Engineering I

 

3

CE 881

Traffic Engineering II

 

3


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