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Urban and Regional Planning (URP)
Course Descriptions

URP 5313  Housing Design and Neighborhood Planning
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
An examination of the evolution of housing and neighborhood design and planning with emphasis on sustainable planning and design methods and solutions. (Formerly ARC 5313. Credit cannot be earned for both URP 5313 and ARC 5313.)

URP 5323  Community Planning and Design
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
A study of sustainable design, planning, economic, financial, and environmental issues that shape multicultural communities, regions and borders. (Formerly ARC 5323 and ARC 6233. Credit cannot be earned for more than one of the following: URP 5323, ARC 5323 or ARC 6233.)

URP 5333  Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
An introduction to planning for human needs as related to the physical layout and spatial design of communities and regions. (Formerly ARC 5333. Credit cannot be earned for both URP 5333 and ARC 5333.)

URP 5343  History and Theory of Urban and Regional Planning
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
A survey of the history and theories of urban and regional planning. Includes consideration of the values and ethics of the planning profession and methods of participation. (Formerly ARC 5343. Credit cannot be earned for both URP 5343 and ARC 5343.)

URP 5353  Structure and Function of Cities and Regions
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
A study of the social, political, economic, and changing physical design, form, and infrastructure of cities and regions. (Formerly ARC 5353. Credit cannot be earned for both URP 5353 and ARC 5353.)

URP 5363  Urban Planning Methods I
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Introduction to research tools and methods used in planning. Topics include: demographic and employment analysis and forecasting, visualization, database graphics, and GIS for applications in urban and regional planning. (Formerly ARC 5363. Credit cannot be earned for both URP 5363 and ARC 5363.) (Formerly titled “Intermediate Urban Planning Methods.”)

URP 5373  Planning and Design of Suburbs
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
A survey of the historical evolution and relationship between suburbs and central cities, contemporary trends in suburban planning, and sustainable development options. (Formerly ARC 5373. Credit cannot be earned for both URP 5373 and ARC 5373.)

URP 5383  Planning and Housing for Rural Communities
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
A survey of the comprehensive planning of small towns and housing in rural areas. Includes consideration of growth management techniques. (Formerly ARC 5383. Credit cannot be earned for both URP 5383 and ARC 5383.)

URP 5393  Urban Planning Methods II
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Advanced use of geographic information systems (GIS) and other planning modeling systems to analyze real-world problems or issues requiring spatial data analysis and modeling. (Formerly titled “Advanced Urban Planning Methods.”)

URP 5433  Transportation Planning
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Seminar on urban transportation systems and policies, trends, economics, and land use and transportation interactions and evaluation techniques.

URP 5443  Community Development
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Introduction to contemporary trends in urban development and redevelopment, focusing on planning and development techniques used to develop or revitalize urban and regional areas.

URP 5453  Urban and Regional Sustainability
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Seminar on the main challenges involved in the global planning and developing of sustainable cities and regions. Issues covered include land use, transportation, housing and infrastructure, economic and social equity.

URP 5463  Environmental Planning and Assessment
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Analysis of environmental issues and planning problems that impact metropolitan areas; air and water quality, solid waste, habitat conservation; and techniques for planning assessment and remediation.

URP 5473  Introduction to Health Planning
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to fundamental concepts, principles, and methods of health planning aimed at the provision of health services, health-supportive facilities and the design of healthy communities.

URP 5483  Planning Workshop
(2-2) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
A seminar/workshop involving an application of theory and practice relating to an urban or regional scale project. May be repeated for credit.

URP 6933  Planning Professional Report
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: URP 6943 and approval of the urban and regional planning Graduate Advisor of Record.
The directed planning research course is offered only for nonthesis option students who have completed URP 6943 Professional Internship. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours may be applied to the Master’s degree.

URP 6943  Professional Internship
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing, 18 semester credit hours of graduate work, and consent of instructor.
Supervised professional practice experience with public agencies or private firms. Individual conferences and written reports required. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours will apply to the Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

URP 6951-3  Independent Study
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission in writing (form available) of the instructor and the Graduate Advisor of Record.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member, for students needing specialized work not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

URP 6961  Comprehensive Examination
1 hour credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of the urban and regional planning Graduate Advisor of Record to take the comprehensive examination.
Independent study course for the purpose of taking the Comprehensive Examination. The grade report for the course is either “CR” (satisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination) or “NC” (unsatisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination). Credit earned in URP 6961 may not be counted toward the Master of Science degree. May be repeated once.

URP 6973,6  Special Topics
(3-0, 6-0) 3 or 6 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or 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 Topic courses may be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of URP 6973 or 12 hours of URP 6976 will apply to the Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

URP 6981,3  Master’s Thesis
1 or 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of the urban and regional planning Graduate Advisor of Record.
May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours will apply to the Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Credit will be awarded upon completion of the thesis. Enrollment is required each term in which the thesis is in progress.

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