Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies and Planning (BSUSP)

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

An academic area of concentration or focus is required and complements the major so as to provide in depth understanding of a specific topic.  Areas of concentration are: nonprofit leadership, environmental studies, hazard policy studies, historic preservation, transportation studies, geographic information systems (GIS), public culture, urban design, geography, and housing.  Other concentrations may be selected by students with permission from an academic advisor.  For details please see the list of the concentrations or contact your academic advisor.

Students who complete the program may qualify for entry-level positions in public, private and non-profit sector organizations.  Students 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 Environmental Studies.  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.

BSUSP Program Mission Statement

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Students will understand the environmental, economic and social processes that have shaped urbanization in and beyond the United States
  2. Students will be able to read, understand and apply primary and secondary sources from across urban studies and planning  
  3. Students will develop a professional interest by pursuing a concentration in planning, transportation or geography
  4. Students will develop professional skills necessary to operate in public, private and nonprofit organizations

Concentrations

  • nonprofit leadership
  • environmental studies
  • hazard policy studies
  • historic preservation
  • transportation studies
  • geographic information systems (GIS)
  • public culture
  • urban design
  • geography
  • housing.

Other concentrations may be selected by students with permission from an academic advisor.

Degree Requirements

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

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Educational Emphasis

The Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies and Planning (BSUSP) has three objectives: 

  1. Give students an overall understanding of the problems and prospects of our state’s metropolitan areas
  2. Equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue careers related to urban planning, public administration and urban administration
  3. Serve as a resource, through technical assistance and community outreach to cities and towns particularly in the Gulf South Region

Program Academic Goals

The academic goals of the BSUSP program are to:

  • Develop an enhanced awareness of the form and function of cities;
  • Offer an interdisciplinary curriculum that allows students to study the complex interrelationships of the urban environment in which they live;
  • Teach analytical skills necessary to undertake research in an urban context.

Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Approach urban issues from an interdisciplinary perspective;
  • Apply analytic and qualitative skills to develop and implement strategies to resolve urban issues
  • Compare and contrast approaches used to design and undertake research and professional practice in urban areas
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for the diverse nature of urban populations and the unique social justice issues facing those populations