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BUD Curriculum

The main focus of the Bachelor of Urban Design program curriculum in SURP is to prepare students for a broad spectrum of careers in the private and public sectors, as well as non-profit organizations. As a discipline, urban design is situated at the intersection of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban & regional planning. The Bachelor of Urban Design (BUD) is an undergraduate degree program for professionals and pre-professionals who are interested in design of the built environment toward sustainable development at the neighborhood, community, and city scale. The program offers an "interdisciplinary approach" for students who plan to pursue a professional career in an urban discipline such as urban & regional planning, urban development policy, real estate development, municipal and planning law, as well as, design disciplines including architecture and landscape architecture at the graduate level.

The interdisciplinary nature of the program allows students the option to take electives from a variety of different departments and schools. The core courses are offered in the School of Urban & Regional Planning and the School of Architecture. There are three types of core courses: lectures, studio/lab, and participation in professional seminars. All students in the Bachelor of Urban Design program must complete a minimum of 120 credits, including the following:

  1. Satisfaction of all University requirements for baccalaureate degrees;
  2. The last 30 upper division credits (3000/4000-level courses) must be earned in residence at FAU;
  3. At least 33 credits of Urban Design Core courses;
  4. At least 12 credits of Suggested Elective courses;
  5. At least 15 credits of Free Elective courses; and
  6. A minimum grade of “C” is required for each ARC and URP prefixed course. If a grade below “C,” such as “C-,” is earned in ARC and URP required course, the course will not count toward any portion of the 120-credit program.

The course materials taught in the core courses build upon each other. Therefore, students are highly recommended to follow the term schedules identified below. Following the term schedule is also very important in order to ensure the timely graduation of the students.

Core Courses (33 credits)
URP 3000 Planning and Growth Management 3 Fall 1
URP 4055 City Structure and Change 3 Fall 1
URP 4254 Intro to Visual Planning 3 Fall 1
ARC 3374 Site Planning and Engineering 3 Spring 1
URP 4343 Plan Making and Design 3 Spring 1
URP 4546 Urban   Development and Planning Methods 3 Spring 1
ARC 4384 Designing Safer Communities 3 Fall 2
ARC 3710 Pre-Modern History 3 Fall 2
URP 4920 Planning Design Studio 3 Fall 2
URP 4403 Sustainable Cities 3 Spring 2
URP 4979 Planning Project 3 Spring 2
Suggested Elective Courses (12 credits):
URP 4011 Planning Methods 3  
URP 4120 Planning Implementation Strategies 3  
URP 4420 Environmental Planning Methods 3  
URP 4905 Directed Independent Study 3  
ARC 4057 Dynamic Design Methods 3  
ARC 4202 Ethics and Architecture 3  
ARC 4220 Contemporary Design Theories 3  
ARC 4950 Architecture and Urbanism Study Abroad 3  
GEO 4422 American Cultural Landscape 3  
GEO 4542 Tourism and Commercial Recreation 3  
GEO 4602 Urban Geography 3  
GEO 4700 Transportation and Spatial Organization 3  
GIS  3015C Introduction to Mapping and GIS 3  
PHI  3640 Environmental Ethics 3  
SYD 4602 The Urban Community 3  
PAD 4144 Introduction to Nonprofit Sector 3  
REE 3043 Principles of Real Estate 3  
POS 3691 Law and American Society 3  
PUP 4623 Politics of Community Development 3  
CCJ 3136 Community Service Systems 3  
Free Elective Courses (15 Credits):
Free electives are taken in the College for Design and Social Inquiry, College of Liberal Arts, and/or other FAU Colleges. Students are advised to consider additional courses listed under "distributed electives," although other choices are permitted.

For questions pertaining to your application and admissions please contact Todd Hedrick ( thedrick@fau.edu) or Fabio Rojas ( frojas4@fau.edu).

For specific questions about the BUD program and its curriculum please contact Dr. Polakit, the BUD faculty coordinator, at kpolakit@fau.edu.

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