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In addition to their core courses, each student specializes in a substantive area among the following three: housing and development planning, sustainable land use planning, 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 his/her area of specialization.

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. Click here to see the theory/policy, methods and implementation courses in each specialty area.

Below are examples of the semester-by-semester courses of study for the comprehensive exam option for each of the three specializations:

 

Housing and Development Planning

Sustainable Land Use Planning

Transportation Planning

 

 

Example of Typical Course of Study (Comprehensive Exam Option) – Housing and Development Planning

 

*  Core Courses

#  Specialization Course

 

First Year Fall Semester

UBPL 741 *                            Quantitative Methods I

UBPL 815 *                            History and Theory of the Planning

UBPL 710 #                            Introduction to Housing Planning

ELECTIVE

 

First Year Spring Semester

UBPL 705 *                            Economic Analysis for Planners

UBPL 736 *                            Planning Institutions

UBPL 741 *                            Quantitative Methods II

ELECTIVE

 

Second Year Fall Semester

UBPL 763 *                            Professional Practice

UBPL 850 *                            Urban and Regional Theory

UBPL 764 #                           Real Estate Development I

UBPL 760 #                           Historic Preservation Planning

 

Second Year Spring Semester

UBPL 716 #                            Community and Neighborhood Revitalization

UBPL 768 #                            Real Estate Development II

ELECTIVE

ELECTIVE

 

 

 

Example of Typical Course of Study (Comprehensive Exam Option) – Sustainable Land Use Planning

 

*  Core Courses

#  Specialization Course

 

First Year Fall Semester

UBPL 741 *                            Quantitative Methods I

UBPL 815 *                            History and Theory of the Planning

UBPL 765 #                            Introduction to Sustainable Land Use Planning

ELECTIVE

 

First Year Spring Semester

UBPL 705 *                            Economic Analysis for Planners

UBPL 736 *                            Planning Institutions

UBPL 741 *                            Quantitative Methods II

UBPL  735 #                           Site Planning

OR

UBPL 738 #                            Environmental Planning Techniques

 

Second Year Fall Semester

UBPL 763 *                            Professional Practice

UBPL 850 *                            Urban and Regional Theory

ELECTIVE

ELECTIVE

 

Second Year Spring Semester

UBPL 773 #                            Sustainable Land Use Planning Implementation

UBPL  735 #                           Site Planning

OR

UBPL 738 #                            Environmental Planning Techniques

ELECTIVE

ELECTIVE

 

 

 

Example of Typical Course of Study (Comprehensive Exam Option) – Transportation Planning

 

*  Core Courses

#  Specialization Course

 

First Year Fall Semester

UBPL 741 *                            Quantitative Methods I

UBPL 815 *                            History and Theory of the Planning

UBPL 750 #                            Introduction to Transportation Planning

ELECTIVE                            

 

First Year Spring Semester

UBPL 705 *                            Economic Analysis for Planners

UBPL 736 *                            Planning Institutions

UBPL 741 *                            Quantitative Methods II

UBPL 756 #                            Transportation Demand Forecasting Methods

 

Second Year Fall Semester

UBPL 763 *                            Professional Practice

UBPL 850 *                            Urban and Regional Theory

UBPL 758 #                            Public Transit

ELECTIVE

 

Second Year Spring Semester

UBPL 757 #                            Transportation Planning Implementation

UBPL 755 #                            Planning Intercity Transportation Systems

ELECTIVE

ELECTIVE

 

 


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