URP Undergraduate Degree (B.S.)

Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning

The Urban and Regional Planning major develops skills in community economic development, environmental stewardship and sustainability, and planning for transportation, health, housing, and real estate in a global context.

This program has a Strategic Plan. This degree has been accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board since 1987.

The program offers both an accredited five-year Dual Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning (BSURP)/Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) degree (Fast-Track Option), and an accredited BSURP degree.

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Core areas of study include:

  • UP120: Digital Graphic Comm./Design.
  • UP201: Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning.
  • UP314: Methods for Investigation of Urban Systems.
  • UP353: Land Use Planning.
  • UP365: Planning Law and Ethics.
  • UP424: Geographic Information Systems and Design Tools for Planning.
  • UP433: Introduction to Environmental Planning.
  • UP454: Local Economic Planning.
  • UP494: Planning Practicum (capstone).

Learn more about requirements and courses in Urban and Regional Planning, as well as other admissions and course sequencing information.

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This program is designed to prepare students to assume the responsibilities encountered in entry-level professional planning practice. Extra effort is made to incorporate practitioner lectures or community projects to reinforce the curricula and adequately prepare students for the workforce.

Undergraduate students complete planning courses that give a basic understanding of the history of urbanism, the theory and principles of urban design, and the relevant legal and administrative procedures. Students graduate with a solid understanding of the techniques of survey and research used in the analysis of the structure and growth of urban areas. They are taught written and graphic communication.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning integrates knowledge, skills, values and ethics to educate our future generation of planners in a comprehensive manner. Electives provide further strengthening of core areas through application, as well as integration with the program, goals and mission. This program offers several specializations and a curriculum targeted to best suit students’ educational goals, all of which adhere to the overall program mission in creating sustainable built environments.

Please visit the SPDC’s Student Services page for advising and internship information. For average costs for tuition, housing, financial aid and more, visit Tuition Cost and Aid.

For more information about planning or planning resources, visit the Michigan Association of Planning.


Career Opportunities

  • Planning departments and agencies.
  • Community development organizations.
  • Housing and real estate firms.
  • Environmental planning.
  • Policy making.
  • Consulting.

Professional Development

Students complete a required capstone “practicum” course in their last semester of study. This intensive course is designed for the students to utilize their knowledge and skills by working with local communities on real life planning projects. They are also encouraged to pursue internships during their time of study.

Students also develop technical skills in GIS research methods and data analysis for cities, regions and communities.

Faculty members and advisors maintain close relationships with urban and regional planning companies, which can help with internships, scholarships and employment in this industry.

 Urban and Regional Planning Graduates

$54K

average starting salary

100%

job placement rate

$54K

top of starting salary range

Data from MSU Spring 2018 Destination Survey

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Urban & Regional Planning alumna Kayla Turner received 2018 Outstanding Senior Award

February 14, 2019

Kayla Turner, a recent urban and regional planning alumna, was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Senior Award by the MSU College of Social Science.

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MSU Urban & Regional Planning student receives 2018 Michigan Association of Planning Memorial Scholarship

November 26, 2018

Najma Muhammad, a junior majoring in Urban & Regional Planning at the MSU School of Planning Design and Construction, received a 2018 Michigan Association of Planning Memorial Scholarship.


Advisor Information

Student Services Office
517-432-3393
Human Ecology Building, Room 102

Available appointments are posted at the start of each semester for the entire semester. If no appointment times work for your schedule, please email your advisor to arrange an alternate appointment time. Schedule your appointment online. Note: Appointments are NOT available during the summer, Mid-May to mid-August. Advisors are available on a limited basis via email during the summer break.

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Built Environment Majors

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    The Horticulture program prepares students to make new discoveries in the plant sciences, promote the use of plants and food for improved human health, and manage and develop landscape design projects.

  • Interior Design (B.A.)

    The Interior Design program focuses on design theory and application, historic preservation and conservation, sustainable design, visual communication and technology and indoor environmental quality.

  • Landscape Architecture (B.L.A.)

    The Landscape Architecture Program focuses on the integration of art, science and human interaction, applying their knowledge to diverse and immersive project types from local to international settings.

  • Packaging (B.S.)

    Packaging is a multidisciplinary program focused on all aspects of the industry from materials and processes through systems development and testing.