Burp curriculum

Urban and regional planning 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. Core courses are offered by the School of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Public Administration, and Department of Geosciences. 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 Urban and Regional Planning Core courses

4. At least 9 credits of upper division Approved Elective courses

5. At least 12 credits of Free Elective courses

6. A minimum grade of “C” is required for each core course.


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 timely graduation.

The following curriculum applies to students who first enroll in the BURP program in the Fall 2018 semester or later. Students who first enrolled in the program prior to Fall 2018 should consult the transition rules shown at the bottom of this page. Fall 1 refers to the Fall semester in the first upper division year, etc. This suggested course sequence is for full-time students who first enroll in the BURP program during the Fall semester:

Core Course Sequence for Students Starting in the Fall Semester (39 credits)
Course Number Course Title Semester and Year
GIS 3015C Introduction to Mapping and GIS Fall 1
URP 3000 Introduction to Urban Planning and Design Fall 1
URP 4011 Planning Methods Fall 1
URP 4254 Introduction to Visual Planning Technology Spring 1
URP 4343 Plan Making and Zoning Spring 1
URP 4870 Site Planning Spring 1
PAD 4223 Public Budgeting and Finance Fall 2
URP 4055 City Structure and Change Fall 2
URP 4255 Advanced Visual Planning Technologies Fall 2
URP 4120 Planning Implementation Strategies Spring 2
URP 4403 Sustainable Cities Spring 2
URP 4730 Capital Facilities Planning Spring 2
URP 4979 Planning Capstone Spring 2


This suggested course sequence is for full-time students who first enroll in the BURP program during the Spring semester:

Core Course Sequence for Students Starting in the Spring Semester (39 credits)
Course Number Course Title Semester and Year
GIS 3015C Introduction to Mapping and GIS Spring 1
URP 3000 Introduction to Urban Planning and Design Spring 1
URP 4870 Site Planning Spring 1
URP 4011 Planning Methods Fall 1
URP 4254 Introduction to Visual Planning Technology Fall 1
URP 4343 Plan Making and Zoning Fall 1
URP 4120 Planning Implemenetation Strategies Spring 2
URP 4255 Advanced Visual Planning Technologies Spring 2
URP 4403 Sustainable Cities Spring 2
URP 4730 Capital Facilities Planning Spring 2
PAD 4055 City Structure and Change Fall 2
PAD 4223 Public Budgeting and Finance Fall 2
URP 4979 Planning Capstone Fall 2


Note that the following core courses have prerequisites (shown in parentheses): URP 4255 (URP 4254); URP 4343 (URP 3000); and URP 4979 (URP 4870).

Note also that many core courses are offered in more than one term each year, giving students additional options for completing the program:

  • URP 3000, URP 4343, and URP 4979 are offered in both the Fall and Spring semesters.
  • URP 4403 is offered in both the Spring semester and Summer term.
  • PAD 4223, URP 4254, URP 4255, and URP 4870 are offered in the Fall and Spring semesters and Summer term.
Approved Elective Courses (9 credits):
Course Number Course Title
URP 4420 Environmental Planning Methods
URP 4430 Planning for Hazards/Disasters
URP 4546 Urban Development Planning Methods
URP 4741 Housing Policy and Planning
URP 4883 Urban Design: Theories and Methods
URP 4920 Urban Design Studio I
URP 4945 Planning Internship
URP 4955 Planning Abroad
AMH 3630 American Environmental History
ECO 4504 Economics of the Public Sector
ECP 3603 Urban and Regional Economics
ECP 4302 Environmental Economics
EVR 3019 Environmental Issues in Atmospheric and Earth Science
GEO 4542 Tourism and Commercial Recreation
GIS 4035C Remote Sensing of Environment
GLY 3731 Coastal and Marine Sciences
GLY 4012C Earth Systems and Resources
PAD 3003 Public Management and Administration
PAD 4332 Managing for Excellence in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
PAD 4604 Administrative Process and Ethics
PAD 4806 State and Local Government Administration
PHI 3640 Environmental Ethics
POS 3691 Law and American Society
PUP 4623 Politics of Community Development
REE 3043 Principles of Real Estate
SYD 4602 The Urban Community

 

Free Elective Courses (12 Credits):
Free electives are taken in the College for Design and Social Inquiry and other FAU Colleges. Students are advised to consider additional courses listed under suggested electives above, although other choices are permitted.

 

Transition Rules for Students Who Enrolled in the BURP program Prior to Fall 2018

  • Students may substitute an upper division URP elective for URP 4920 Planning Design Studio (to be renamed Urban Design Studio I).
  • Students may substitute an upper division URP elective for URP 4945 Planning Practice (to be renamed Planning Internship).
  • Students who have not yet taken URP 4254 Introduction to Visual Planning Technologies should take URP 4255 Advanced Visual Planning Technologies instead (however, URP 4254 is recommended as an elective); note that URP 4255 is listed in the Fall 2018 course schedule as a Special Topics course (URP 4930) pending final approval of the permanent course number. 
  • Students who have taken URP 4254 but are interested in the revised version of that course (see the new course description below), can enroll for URP 4905 Directed Independent Study and complete the requirements for the new course


Note that continuing students who are not too far along in the BURP program may have the option of transferring to the new curriculum; please contact the CDSI Advising Center for more information.

Revised course description for URP 4254 Introduction to Visual Planning Technologies:

This course provides an examination of information technology related to planning, development and design.  Students will be introduced to software packages that are commonly used in the field of Urban and Regional Planning.  The course will focus on the practical application of software programs including Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign & Muse), Microsoft Office Suite (Excel & PowerPoint) and others.  In addition, an overview of how to incorporate these technologies into visualization techniques, presentation techniques, and data analysis.


For any questions regarding the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning degree program, please contact  Dr. John Renne  (Faculty Advisor) at  jrenne@fau.edu.

For questions about advising, please contact the College Advising Center at 561-297-3700. To make an appointment with your advisor, please log on to the  Success Network/Starfish.