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Sustainable Urban Development Degree Plan (Catalog Year 2020-2021)

Degree Planning Worksheet  2020-2021 Course Offerings

The Sustainable Urban Development curriculum consists of a 74-credit set of courses. Students admitted into this major prior to Autumn 2016 can follow this degree plan or the previous degree plan under which they were admitted. 

The degree starts with an introduction into the discipline of urban studies with course topics on exploring cities, world development, and urban studies "in practice."  The core courses provide foundational content related to urban sustainability, and major electives allow students to focus on topics that interest them. Graduates will be prepared for careers in planning agencies, corporations adhering to sustainability practices, consulting firms, nonprofit organizations, and environmental/resource related agencies at the local, state, and federal levels of government. The degree is also excellent training for further graduate study in fields such as urban planning, public administration and law.

Major Requirements

The Sustainable Urban Development major admits students every quarter except summer. The curriculum consists of 74 credits of required courses:

  • Introductory courses (11 credits)
  • Core courses (43 credits)
  • Core electives (20 credits)

In addition to the coursework required for the major, students are required to complete general university requirements and electives, and to bring their total number of credits to 180. The degree planning worksheet can help track your progress through the program.  

Introductory Courses (13 credits)

T URB 101 Exploring Cities (5)
T URB 102 City in World Development (5)
T URB 103 Urban Studies in Practice (1)

Core Courses 

Foundation courses (27 credits)

T SUD 222 Introduction to Sustainability (5)
T SUD 240 The City and Nature (5)
T SUD 444 Green Internationalism and the City (5)
T SUD 445 Urban Ecology (5)
T SUD 475 Community and Economy (5)
T URB 403 Professional Development for Urban Careers (2)

Methods courses (16 credits)

T GIS 311 Maps and GIS (6 credits)
T URB 225 Statistics for Urban Analysis or TMATH 110 Introductory Statistics with Applications (or equivalent) (5)
T URB 200 Urban Research (5) was T URB 350

Major Electives (20 credits)

Any T SUD or T URB course not among the required courses may be counted as a SUD major elective. A except that a maximum of 10 credits total of T URB or T SUD independent research or internship credit may be counted toward these 20 credits.  In addition, any of the following courses may be counted as a major elective course toward the SUD major:

T UDE 210 - Introduction to Urban Desigh History & Theory
T UDE 260 - Introduction to Urban Design (Urban Design Studio I)
TESC 201 - The Science of Sustainability
TEST 332 - A Natural History of Garbage
TGEOG 101 - Introduction to Geography
T GEOG 210, Geographies of Global Change
T GEOG 321, Urban Geography
T GEOG 349, Geography and International Trade
T URB courses and descriptions
T SUD courses and descriptions

General Electives

The balance of credits needed to meet University credit requirements are geneal electives.  Students may focus on an in-depth area of study (ie., a minor or certificate) or explore the liberal arts, business, social work or health-related fields; or may take further T URB or T SUD courses.  Transfer credits from other institutions may apply toward general electives. Contact an academic advisor for details.