School of Urban & Regional Planning

Florida Atlantic University

BURP Curriculum

The main focus of the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning program curriculum in SURP is to prepare students for a broad spectrum of careers in public and private sectors. Planning as a discipline is interdisciplinary in nature. With the option to take electives from a variety of different departments and schools, the program curriculum has an interdisciplinary approach. The core courses are offered in the department. There are three types of core courses: lectures, studio/lab, and participation in professional seminars. All students in the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning program must complete a minimum of 120 credits, including the following:

  1. Satisfaction of all University requirements for baccalaureate degrees;
  2. The last 30 upper division credits (3000/4000-level courses) must be earned in residence at FAU;
  3. At least 39 credits of Planning Core courses;
  4. At least 6 credits of Upper Division Approved Elective courses;
  5. At least 15 credits of Free Elective courses;
  6. An Internship (as part of the Planning Core) of 3 credits; and
  7. A minimum grade of “C” is required for each URP- prefixed course. If a grade below “C,” such as “C-,” is earned in a URP-required course, the course will not count toward any portion of the 120-credit program.

The course materials taught in the core courses build upon each other. Therefore, students are highly recommended to follow the term schedules identified below. Following the term schedule is also very important in order to ensure the timely graduation of the students. No course substitutions are allowed for core courses. For further questions about classes and scheduling you can contact Dr. Jesse Saginor (undergraduate program coordinator) and Todd Hedrick (academic program advisor).

Core Courses
URP 3000 Planning and Growth Management 3 Fall 1
URP 4011 Planning Methods 3 Fall 1
URP 4055 City Structure 3 Fall 1
URP 4730 Capital Facilities 3 Spring 1
URP 4343 Plan Making and Design 3 Spring 1
URP 4920 Planning Design Studio 3 Fall 2
PAD 4223 Public Budgeting 3 Fall 2
URP 4870 Site Planning 3 Fall 2
URP 4120 Planning Implementation Strategies 3 Spring 2
URP 4403 Sustainable Cities 3 Spring 2
URP 4979 Planning Project 3 Spring 2
URP 4254 Intro. To Visual Planning Technologies 3 Any semester
URP 4945 Planning Practice (Includes internship experience) 3 Any semester
Elective Courses (6 credits):
URP 4420 Environmental Planning Methods 3  
URP 4546 Urban Devel. Planning Methods 3  
PAD 4806 State & Local Government Administration 3  
PAD 4604 Admininstative Process and Ethics 3  
PAD 4332 Managing for Excellence in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors 3  
PAD 3003 Public Management & Administration 3  
POS 3691 Law and American Society 3  
PUP 4623 Politics of Community Development 3  
REE 3043 Principles of Real Estate 3  
PHI 3640 Environmental Ethics 3  
AMH 3630 American Environmental History 3  
CCJ 3126 Community Service Systems 3  
ECP 4302 Environmental Economics 3  
HIS 4086 Historic Preservation 3  
GLY 3730 Coastal and Marine Sciences 3  
ECO 4504 Economics of the Public Sector 3  
SYD 4602 The Urban Community 3  
EVR 3019 Environmental Issues in Atmospheric and Earth Science 3  
GEO 4542 Tourism & Commercial Recreation 3  
GEO 4131C Remote Sensing of Environment 3  
GEO 3040C Map Analysis and Design 3  
Free Elective Courses (15 Credits):
Free electives are taken in the College of Urban and Public Affairs, College of Liberal Arts, and/or other FAU Colleges. Students are advised to consider additional courses listed under "distributed electives," although other choices are permitted.
Work Experience (3 Credits):
Students must complete at least 160 actual hours of practice in a local planning agency or planning-related organization. Credit for this course is obtained under the core course, URP 4945 - Planning Practice.

For questions pertaining to your application and admissions please contact Todd Hedrick at thedrick@fau.edu.

For specific questions about the BURP program and its curriculum please contact Dr. Saginor, the BURP faculty coordinator, at jsaginor@fau.edu.