Curriculum

Urban Design Degree Plan

Course Offerings (2017-2018)

Major Requirements:

  • Introductory courses (18 credits)
  • Urban Design core courses (60 credits)
  • Major electives (10 credits)
  • General electives.  The additional credits needed to meet University credit requirements are general electives. Students may focus on an in-depth area of study (e.g., a minor or a certificate) or explore the liberal arts, social sciences, business, social work or health-related fields.

Introductory Courses (18 credits)

T UDE 101 Introduction to Computer-Aided Design* (5)
T URB 101 Exploring Cities (5)
T URB 102 Cities in World Development (5)
T URB 103 Urban Studies in Practice (3)

Urban Design Core Courses (60 credits)

T UDE 210 – Introduction to Urban Design History and Theory* (5)
T UDE 260 – Urban Design Studio I - Introduction to Urban Design* (5)
T URB 220 – Introduction to Urban Planning (5)
T UDE 340 – Urban Design Studio II (5)
T UDE 350 – Urban Design Studio III (5)
T UDE 360 – Urban Design Studio IV – Tactical Urbanism (5)
T URB 340 – Urban Social Change (5)
T UDE 440 – Urban Design Studio V (5)
T UDE 450 – Urban Design Studio VI (Senior Project – Part I) (5)
T UDE 460 – Urban Design Studio VII (Senior Project – Part II) (5)
T URB 480 – Housing in the United States (5)

One of the follow of the following two classes (5):
T URB 250 – Immigration, Race, and American Cities
T URB 312 – Race & Poverty in Urban America

*Students transferring to UW Tacoma from other colleges or universities can satisfy course requirements (listed above and marked with an asterisk) by taking an equivalent course in any of the following areas.  300-400 level studio courses cannot be transferred in.

  • One Urban Design, Planning, or Architectural History Course,
  • One Introduction to Computer Graphics or Computer-Aided Design (knowledge of Sketch UpTM is required), and
  • One introductory course in design, using computer graphics

Major Electives

Choose at least 2 courses in Sustainable Urban Development (T SUD)

General Electives

The additional credits needed to meet University credit requirements are general electives. Students may focus on an in-depth area of study (e.g., a minor or a certificate) or explore the liberal arts, social sciences, business, social work or health-related fields.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate, in addition to degree requirements, you will also be expected to meet the following general university requirements, many of which can be fulfilled with lower-division coursework:

  • Two years in high school of the same foreign language or 10 credits of one language at the college level
  • 5 credits in Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (QSR) coursework*
  • 10 credits of writing-intensive coursework (not including the 5 credits of English composition required for admission)**
  • 10 credits in Visual, Literary or Performing Arts (VLPA) coursework
  • 10 credits of Individuals and Societies (I&S) coursework
  • 10 credits of Natural World (NW) coursework
  • 10 additional credits in any of the above areas of knowledge (VLPA, I&S, and NW)
  • 50 credits of upper division (300- and 400-level) coursework (upper division courses counting toward major or general university requirements may count toward this requirement)

* Students who first enrolled in college prior to Autumn 1985 are exempt from this requirement.

** Writing-intensive coursework may also count toward the Humanities, Social Science or Natural Science requirements.