B.S. Urban Design

Program Overview

The Urban Studies Program is creating the first undergraduate urban design degree on the west coast. Courses will draw on the teaching resources of UW Tacoma faculty and experienced regional practitioners. The degree will help students turn their passions for social change and equity into meaningful urban design solutions producing livable cities and neighborhoods.  Students will gain skills in visual communication, design thinking and community-engaged design processes. They will learn data gathering, analysis, visualization, computer modeling, public presentation, and dissemination. These skills will be used in design studios dedicated to engaging with local and regional urban issues. The target date for students to be able to declare an urban design major is winter quarter 2018.

Advantages of our program

  • Urban setting
  • Small class sizes
  • Dedicated studio classrooms
  • Close interaction with faculty and staff
  • Collaboration with communities and institutions
  • Opportunity to work and be trained by practitioners
  • Career and graduate school workshops
  • Innovative course of study
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • Scholarship opportunities