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Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies and Planning (BSUSP)

BSUSP Program Mission Statement

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 of selecting an optional concentration in geography, transportation, urban planning or they can pursue credentials in GIS and Remote Sensing, Hazards Planning or 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 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.

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

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


  • Geography
  • Transportation
  • Urban Planning

Optional credentials available

  • GIS and Remote Sensing (through the Geography Department)
  • Historic Preservation
  • Hazard Planning