Required Courses

The required curriculum includes core and capstone courses. The core curriculum assists students in understanding the institutions and systems—social, economic, environmental, political, administrative, and legal systems—as context for planning and policy analysis and making public choices. Students develop the ability to identify social goals and normative criteria for evaluating public policies. Both quantitative (statistics, forecasting, surveys, regional analysis) and non-quantitative skills are required to perform evaluations and produce plans. The capstone courses enable students to apply core class principles to actual planning problems.

First-semester courses draw from traditional disciplines, particularly economics and statistics, and are combined with introductions to law, land use and the theories and practice of planning. As students proceed, increasing emphasis is placed on the development of critical judgment and insight through the application of theories to realistic planning problems and case studies.

Core and capstone curriculum courses are noted in the typical class schedule that follows. Students with sufficient previous coursework may request a waiver of a core course.

 First Semester  
URP:6200Analytic Methods Icore3 s.h.
URP:6202Land Use Planning: Law and Practicecore4 s.h.
URP:6203History and Theories of Planningcore3 s.h.
URP:6205Economics for Policy Analysiscore3 s.h.
URP:6208Program Seminar in Planning Practicecore1 s.h.
 Second Semester  
URP:6201Analytic Methods IIcore3 s.h.
 Electives and area of concentration courseselective9 s.h.
 Third Semester  
URP:6209Field Problems in Planning Icapstone3 s.h.
URP:6258Modeling Dynamic Systemscore3 s.h.
 Electives and area of concentration courseselective6 s.h.
URP:6335Internshipelective2 s.h.
 Fourth Semester  
URP:6210Field Problems in Planning IIcapstone3 s.h.
 Electives and area of concentration courseselective9 s.h.
In addition to the courses listed above, students are required to take at least one of the advanced economic methods courses listed below, generally during the student's first three semesters.
 Other Required Courses  
URP:6233Public Finance and Budgetingcore3 s.h.
URP:6290Economic Impact Assessmentcore3 s.h.