Online Bachelor of Science in Planning in Urban Planning
Arizona State University’s online Bachelor of Science in Planning in urban planning teaches theories and practices for creating equitable, healthy and happy communities. In this unique program, you’ll study transportation, business districts, neighborhoods, green space and more. Upon completion, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and experience needed to design impactful communities.
Next start date: 10/11/2023
Total classes: 40
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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Why earn an urban planning degree?
Urban planning shapes the way our cities, states and communities operate, how people navigate the globe and how cities are planned for success. Throughout this degree, you'll develop a strong foundation of the history, theory and contemporary practices of urban planning.
Courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who’ll guide you as you explore relevant physical, social, political and economic issues. You’ll also have the opportunity to cater your education to your interests with elective courses featuring specialized topics, such as ethics, economic development and government planning.
Develop skills you need for careers in urban planning and development
In this program, you’ll learn to cultivate an analytical perspective in urban planning and development. You’ll also acquire a range of transferable skills, including problem solving, design, public engagement and critical thinking. Additionally, you’ll gain experience using contemporary planning tools, such as GIS, that’ll help you stand out from the competition in the job market. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to design communities and directly impact residents’ quality of life.
What industries hire urban planners, city planners and urban development professionals?
Urban planning is a diverse profession with many potential career pathways. Urban planning degree holders often work for or with local governments and governmental agencies, including planning and development departments, economic development departments and regional transportation agencies. Planners also work for private sector planning firms, nonprofit agencies, real estate developers and allied industries, such as engineering or design firms. While most urban planning careers within the government are available at the city level, county, state and federal jobs also exist.
Urban and city planning courses
Throughout this program’s coursework, you’ll explore the qualitative and quantitative research methodologies needed to analyze the physical, social, political and economic issues that shape urban and regional development. In your required courses, you’ll learn about sustainability and foundational principles. You’ll also have the opportunity to take specialized elective courses that focus on economic development, planning laws, government planning, environmental planning, ethics and social issues found within urban planning.
PUP 301: Introduction to Urban Planning (L)
GIS 205: Geographic Information Science I (CS)
PUP 190: Sustainable Cities ((HU or SB) & G)
GIS 270: Statistics for Geography and Planning
PUP 424: Planning Methods
City planner and more: Jobs you can get with an urban planning degree
Once you’ve completed this urban planning degree, you’ll be prepared to continue your education with an advanced degree or apply for jobs in the public, private or nonprofit sectors. Urban planners are involved in a wide range of areas, from transportation and economic development to environmental planning, housing or community development. Depending on your area of interest, potential career paths may involve current planning and zoning review, long-range planning, public participation, site development and design, community advocacy, consulting and more. Career examples include, but aren’t limited to:
How to apply
You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).
A transdisciplinary approach to urban planning
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens.