Department of Planning and Urban Studies

Curriculum in Urban Studies and Planning

The Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies and Planning degree (BSUSP) was approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents in the Summer of 2001.  The primary objective of the degree is to prepare undergraduate students for entry-level positions that assist professionals in urban planning and related fields in public, private and non-profit organizations.  The secondary objective is to prepare undergraduate students for professional or scholarly graduate degree programs in urban studies, urban and regional planning, geography or related disciplines.

The BSUSP degree is interdisciplinary in nature drawing on the strengths of several subject areas to provide students with a holistic approach to the study of cities, urbanization and urban life.

Students can select an area of concentration in urban planning, geography or transportation to complement their degree so as to provide in depth understanding of a specific urban topic. Students can also earn credentials in historic preservation, hazards planning or GIS/RS.

While the BSUSP is not a professional terminal degree, it shares faculty with the Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree (MURP) which is fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board, the national accrediting body for planning schools.

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

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

General Education Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
English    Humanities  
ENGL 1157 3  Literature  6
ENGL 1158 or 11591 3  HIST/PHIL Elective  3
Mathematics      
MATH 1115, 1031, 1125 or higher 3  Social Sciences  
MATH 1116, 1032, 1126 or higher 3  Social Science Elective3  6
Science      
BIOS4 3  Arts  
BIOS or Physical Science4 6  Arts Elective5  3
    Total 39
Other Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
ENGL 2152 or URBN 46708 3  Social Sciences6  12
Statistics2 3  General Electives8  15-18
Humanities/Social Science Elective 3  URBN/MURP Courses  6
ECON 1203 or ECON 1204 3    
    Total 45-48
Course Requirements for Major
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
URBN 1000, 2000, 3002  9 URBN, MURP, GEOG and related courses from support areas7,8,9  9-24
MURP 4200  3    
    Total 21-36
Course Requirements for Urban Planning Concentration
Course Name/ # Credit Hours
MURP Courses 12
 Total  12
Course Requirements for Transportation Concentration
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/ #  Credit Hours
URBN 2100 3 URBN 3150 3
MURP Courses10 6    
    Total 12
Total Credit Hours Required  Credit Hours 
  120
  1. "C" or better required
  2. SOC 2707 (recommended), POLI 2900; MATH 2314; MATH 2785
  3. 6 hours from the fields, select from: ANTH, ECON, GEOG, POLI, PSYC, SOC, or URBN. Check General Education. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  4. 6 hour sequence in one science. Select from BIOS, CHEM, EES, PHYS. 3 hour must be BIOS. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  5. FTA (theatre/dance/film related course, FA or MUS). Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  6.   Twelve hours of Social Science electives, except URBN or MURP, and at least 6 hours at 2000 level or above.
  7. Choose 8 courses from URBN 2100, 2890 and any 3000 level or 4000 level from URBN, MURP, PADM, and GEOG.
  8. Students who take URBN 4670 in lieu of ENGL 2152 have an additional 3 credit hour elective.
  9. Students may select a 12-credit hour concentration, but a formal concentration is not required for degree purposes.
  10. Check with your advisor about which courses will fulfill this requirement.

Recommended Four-Year Plan of Study

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

Four Year Plan of Study
First Year of Enrollment 
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
ENGL 1157  3  ENGL 1158 or 1159  3
BIOS  3  Arts  3
Math #1  3  Math # 2  3
URBN 1000  3  BIOS or Physical Science  3
Physical Science  3  ECON 1203 or 1204  3
UNIV 10011  1    
Total Hours  16 Total Hours 15
Second Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
URBN 2100  3  URBN 2000  3
Literature #1  3  Literature #2  3
HIST/PHIL elective  3  ENGL 2152 or URBN 4670  3
Statistics  3  Social Science #1  3
Humanities Elective  3  Social Science #2  3
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 15
Third Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
MURP 4200  3  URBN 3002  3
URBN, MURP or GEOG  3  URBN, MURP or GEOG  3
URBN, MURP or GEOG  3  Social Science #5  3
Social Science #3  3  Social Science #6  3
Social Science #4  3  Elective  3
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 15
Fourth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
URBN, MURP or GEOG  9 URBN or MURP or GEOG  9
Elective  6 Elective  5
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 14
Total Degree Hours 120
  1. Required for all first-time full-time students.