Urban Planning (BSP)
Accelerated Program

Urban planning is shaping the way our cities, states and communities operate, how people navigate the globe, and how cities are planned for success. Urban planners guide communities in making wise decisions about their use of land and resources. The BSP program in urban planning provides students with expertise in both the analysis and the synthesis of the physical, social, political and economic issues that shape urban and regional development. Planning includes:

  • computer and research methods
  • environmental impact assessment
  • geographic information systems
  • housing
  • landscape architecture and urban design
  • planning and zoning law
  • public policy formulation and administration
  • transportation
  • urban and development economics
  • utilities

Students take courses that include:

  • comprehensive planning
  • computer and analytical methods
  • planning law
  • public policy formulation and administration
  • site planning
  • socioeconomic and environmental analyses
  • urban design

Degree Offered

Urban Planning (BSP)
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of

Tempe, Online

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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Career Outlook

Graduates in urban planning pursue career opportunities with private planning firms and governmental planning agencies, mainly at the city level, but also with county, state and federal entities. Some planners elect to pursue graduate degrees to develop specialty skills and to enhance their opportunities for career advancement.The urban planning degree, especially when combined with a focus on geographic information science, gives graduates an advantage in careers that combine urban planning with GIS and in other jobs dealing with urban issues, including:

  • comprehensive and long-range planning
  • economic development planning
  • housing issues
  • planning law
  • public participation in the planning process
  • socioeconomic and environmental analyses
  • sustainable planning
  • transportation

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