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The Department of Urban and Regional Planning (URP) strives to be a leading graduate program with excellence in planning education, research, and service for the citizens of the state, the nation, and the world. The department values diversity and strives to recruit and retain faculty and students with diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and economic backgrounds.


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DCP 4000 Overview of Historic Preservation 3 Credits

Grading Scheme: Letter Grade

Overview of historic preservation and its relationship to historic communities. The course covers terminology, theory, legal, design, social issues and community assessments.

Prerequisite: junior standing or higher.

URP 3001 Cities of the World 3 Credits

Grading Scheme: Letter Grade

Comparative case studies of contemporary cities in the U.S. and a series of foreign countries, both industrialized and developing. Special consideration is given to energy consumption. (S and N)

Attributes: General Education - International, General Education - Social Science

URP 4000 Preview of Urban and Regional Planning 3 Credits

Grading Scheme: Letter Grade

An overview of the comprehensive planning process or students who may be considering a career in urban and regional planning or who may be pursuing studies where some knowledge of the planning process is desirable. (H)

Attributes: General Education - Humanities

URP 4230 3D Modeling, Visualization, and Simulation 3 Credits

Grading Scheme: Letter Grade

Introduces a variety of methods and techniques to interactively model and visualize physical urban environments in two, three, and four dimensions through a hands-on approach using computer software.

Prerequisite: DCP 2002 or instructor permission.

URP 4273 Survey of Planning Information Systems 3 Credits

Grading Scheme: Letter Grade

Introduces concepts and theories associated with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as related to urban and environmental planning. Lectures, class assignments and homework assignments are required.

URP 4283 Automation for Geospatial Modeling and Analysis 3 Credits

Grading Scheme: Letter Grade

Covers methods and techniques for automating geospatial modeling and analysis for planning and built environment by using visual models, computer programming, and custom-built applications and tools that utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology in the context of planning information systems.

Prerequisite: junior standing or higher.

URP 4640 Sustainable Urbanism in Europe 3 Credits

Grading Scheme: Letter Grade

Explores the diverse urban places that make up modern Europe, its historic development since the pre-industrial city, challenges and accomplishments of urbanization in Europe in recent decades and current accomplishments in achieving sustainable development.

Prerequisite: junior standing or higher.

URP 4740 Housing and Urban Development 3 Credits

Grading Scheme: Letter Grade

Concepts and theories about the economics of the housing market, land development and home building process, and the growth of cities.

URP 4882 Defensible Space and CPTED in Urban Design 3 Credits

Grading Scheme: Letter Grade

Explore the history, theory, application and possibilities associated with crime prevention planning. Course investigates theories and strategies in the planner's toolkit and how police, planning and other agencies interact to implement them. The course focuses on real-world applications and students will visit sites that offer teaching and research opportunities.

URP 4905 Special Studies 1-3 Credits

Grading Scheme: Letter Grade

Variable topics course of lecture, studio and seminar that explores current issues in urban planning, from geographic information systems to transportation planning.

URP 4942 Community Service 3 Credits

Grading Scheme: S/U

Provides an opportunity to work directly with a community service agency. Public sector agencies, such as a city or county office and nonprofit organizations, qualify as community service agencies. In lieu of meeting in a classroom, students will be placed in a community service agency and will work as volunteers for a minimum of 60 hours during the academic semester.

Prerequisite: URP 3001 or URP 4000.