The Bachelors of Science in Urban & Regional Sciences (BS-URS)
program emphasizes the social, economic, cultural and natural forces that govern how communities and society are shaped. Coursework provides students
with the knowledge and skills needed to develop solutions to community and regional growth and development issues that face our state and nation. Our program fosters a unique multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving in order to affect quality of life in communities and regions in the U.S. and world-wide. Students have an opportunity to specialize in specific aspects of community and regional planning and development issues
along with internship
and service-learning experiences locally, nationally, and/or internationally.
The degree provides students with two broad career options:
1. Graduates will be able to seek entry-level positions as technical specialists or program analysts in public and private sector
organizations (both for-profit and not-for-profit) that focus on how neighborhoods and communities develop and re-invent themselves. Examples include community and economic development specialists, urban planning specialists, geographic information analysts, emergency management specialists, and land and real estate analysts.
2. The degree provides excellent preparation for professional and graduate education in fields such as urban and regional planning
(e.g., Master of Urban Planning ), architecture and landscape architecture
( Master of Architecture , Master of Landscape Architecture ), land and real estate development
( Master of Science in Land Development , Master of Real Estate Development), public policy
(Master of Public Administration), law
(JD or Juris Doctor), and various allied fields in health
(Master of Health Care Administration, Master of Health Policy, Master of Public Health).
Specialized Emphasis Areas:
To build leadership, professional, and academic excellence, BS-URS students select 4 to 8 courses in Specialized Emphasis Areas :
- Hazard & Emergency Planning
- Housing, Economic & Urban Development
- Health & Human Services Planning & Policy
- Land Development
- Landscape & Sustainable Urbanism
- Spatial Analysis & Planning