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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. Students can choose to pursue two specializations or one and then more generalized study or one extremely in-depth specialization. Students can check with their UBPL advisors to help them choose the right option for them. 

The minimum number of course hours for the specialization 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.

If students choose to complete two specializations, they will only take one comprehensive exam in the specialization of their choosing.

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

 

 

Housing and Development Planning

Example of Typical Course of Study (Comprehensive Exam Option)

 

*  - Core Courses

#  - Specialization Course

 

First Year Fall Semester - 12 credit hours

*UBPL 741: Quantitative Methods I (3)

*UBPL 815: History and Theory of Planning (3) 

#UBPL 710: Introduction to Housing Planning (3)

ELECTIVE (3)

 

First Year Spring Semester - 12 credit hours

*UBPL 705: Economic Analysis for Planners (3)

*UBPL 736: Planning Institutions (3)

*UBPL 741: Quantitative Methods II (3)

ELECTIVE (3)

 

Second Year Fall Semester - 12 credit hours

*UBPL 763: Professional Practice (3)

*UBPL 850: Urban and Regional Theory (3)

#UBPL 764: Real Estate Development I (3)

ELECTIVE (3)

 

Second Year Spring Semester - 12 credit hours

#UBPL 716: Community and Neighborhood Revitalization (3)

#UBPL 768: Real Estate Development II (3)

ELECTIVE (3)

ELECTIVE (3)

 

 

 

Sustainable Land Use Planning

Example of Typical Course of Study (Comprehensive Exam Option)  

 

* - Core Courses

# - Specialization Course

 

First Year Fall Semester - 12 credit hours

*UBPL 741: Quantitative Methods I (3)

*UBPL 815: History and Theory of Planning (3)

#UBPL 765: Introduction to Sustainable Land Use Planning (3)

ELECTIVE (3)

 

First Year Spring Semester - 12 credit hours

*UBPL 705: Economic Analysis for Planners (3)

*UBPL 736: Planning Institutions (3)

*UBPL 741: Quantitative Methods II (3)

#UBPL  735: Site Planning and Design (3)

OR

#UBPL 738: Environmental Planning Techniques (3)

 

Second Year Fall Semester - 12 credit hours

*UBPL 763: Professional Practice (3)

*UBPL 850: Urban and Regional Theory (3)

ELECTIVE (3)

ELECTIVE (3)

 

Second Year Spring Semester - 12 credit hours

#UBPL 773: Sustainable Land Use Planning Implementation (3)

#UBPL  735: Site Planning and Design (3)

OR

#UBPL 738: Environmental Planning Techniques (3)

ELECTIVE (3)

ELECTIVE (3)

 

 

 

Transportation Planning

Example of Typical Course of Study (Comprehensive Exam Option) 

 

* - Core Courses

# - Specialization Course

 

First Year Fall Semester - 12 credit hours

*UBPL 741: Quantitative Methods I (3)

*UBPL 815: History and Theory of Planning (3)

#UBPL 750: Introduction to Transportation Planning (3)

ELECTIVE (3)                           

 

First Year Spring Semester - 12 credit hours

*UBPL 705: Economic Analysis for Planners (3)

*UBPL 736: Planning Institutions (3)

*UBPL 741: Quantitative Methods II (3)

#UBPL 756: Transportation Demand Forecasting Methods (3)

 

Second Year Fall Semester - 12 credit hours

*UBPL 763: Professional Practice (3)

*UBPL 850: Urban and Regional Theory (3)

#UBPL 758: Public Transit (3)

ELECTIVE (3)

 

Second Year Spring Semester - 12 credit hours

#UBPL 757: Transportation Planning Implementation (3)

ELECTIVE (3)

ELECTIVE (3)

ELECTIVE (3)

 

 


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