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Urban and Regional Planning (URP)
Course Descriptions

Department of Architecture, College of Architecture


URP 3123  Introduction to Community and Regional Planning and Urban Design
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Introduction to basic practices in community planning and urban design issues, including theoretical/historical bases; developing neighborhood plans/projects; indicators and evaluation of neighborhood sustainability; community patterns; institutional framework, site planning analysis; zoning ordinances; subdivision ordinances; community services, circulation; mixed-use, and community development programming. (Formerly ARC 4123. Credit cannot be earned for both ARC 4123 and URP 3123.)

URP 3153  Comparative Urban and Regional Development
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
A survey of the origin of the contemporary city and region, current conditions, and future trends.

URP 3163  Visual Communications for Community and Regional Planning
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Expressing planning data and geographic information in visual terms for land use planning projects. Application of related computer software including GIS. (Formerly ARC 4163. Credit cannot be earned for both ARC 4163 and URP 3163.)

URP 4113  Urban Project Development
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Introduction to a range of physical planning topics including land use planning, growth management, infrastructure planning, and urban design. Planning mechanisms such as codes and urban design guidelines that help regulate development of the built environment will be emphasized. Planning at different scales including municipal, comprehensive plans, specific area plans, site plans, and state and regional plans. (Formerly ARC 4113. Credit cannot be earned for both ARC 4113 and URP 4113.)

URP 4123  Sustainable Community Development
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Introduction to land use planning topics including new urbanism, growth management, sustainable infrastructure planning, and LEED Neighborhood Development.

URP 4213  Urban Planning and Public Health
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Survey of the interdependence of urban planning and public health to include the impact of physical environments on the health and quality of life of people in housing and neighborhoods.

URP 4913  Independent Study
3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Permission in writing (form available) of the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College in which the course is offered.
Scholarly research under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, may apply to a bachelor’s degree.

URP 4953  Special Studies in Urban and Regional Planning
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Studies may be repeated for credit when topics vary.