College of Architecture and Planning


City & Metropolitan Planning

B.S. in Urban Ecology

Program Purpose

The undergraduate degree in Urban Planning (BA and BS) is a pre-professional degree with a focus on Urban Ecology. This degree program explores the interrelationships among ecological, building, infrastructural, and cultural systems, with an aim toward enhancing the vitality and vibrancy of places and communities. The program features a combination of lectures, seminars, “hands-on” opportunities, community-based research, and service learning.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the relationships between social, environmental and economic systems and their role in shaping and managing human settlements.
  • Show ability in analyzing spatial, qualitative and quantitative data to address real world problems.
  • Demonstrate competency in written, visual and oral presentation skills.
  • Understand the scientific basis of the environmental challenges and opportunities of human settlements in the 21st Century.
  • Collaborate effectively across multiple planning, design, and scientific disciplines.
  • Understand the history, form, and theory of human settlements.