Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies and Planning (BS)

Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies and Planning (BS Online)


The Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies and Planning degree is an interdisciplinary program that draws on the strength of social sciences to provide students with a holistic approach to the study of the urban environment.  Students examine the historical, cultural, social, economic, and environmental aspects of urban areas.

Students will receive in depth knowledge in different social science disciplines as well as gain professional skills in technical writing, quantitative analysis, and public speaking.  Students also have the opportunity to specialize in transportation, urban planning or they can pursue a credential in Historic Preservation.

Students who complete the program seek entry-level positions in public, private, and non-profit sector organizations.  They will also be prepared for urban and environmental professional or scholarly graduate degree programs in Urban Studies, Urban Planning, or related disciplines such as Public Administration and Transportation.  By design, the program integrates well with the graduate programs in those fields offered at UNO, all of which are fully accredited by national professional associations.  The BS is a UNO Program of Distinction.

Student Learning Outcomes

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies and Planning

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of the environmental, economic and social processes that have shaped urbanization in and beyond the United States.
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to use both primary and secondary sources to explain urban and regional phenomena.
  3. Students will develop professional oral and written communication skills required to work in municipal and state public sector agencies, private sector development and planning firms, and nonprofit organizations

Degree Requirements

The degree requirements for urban planning and planning gives an overall view of courses required to complete the degree program.

Next Steps: Degree Requirements | Courses Offered


  • Transportation
  • Urban Planning

Career Opportunities

Graduates are professional planners, GIS specialists, economic developers, trade and transportation professionals, preservationists and environmentalists.  Over 90% of all Planning and Urban Studies graduates are employed within the first year.  Graduates earn an average of $57,000/year and nearly 50% go on to advanced degrees*

*Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce Analysis of U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey micro data, 2009-2013