Urban Design Degree Plan
- 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)
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)
*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
Choose at least 2 courses in Sustainable Urban Development (T SUD)
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.
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)
* 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.
- Overall GPA: minimum 2.0 cumulative
- Major GPA: minimum 2.0 in each course required for the major
- T UDE GPA for studio courses: Effective Winter 2020, the minimum GPA in each studio course is 2.7.
- Residency: At least 45 of the final 60 credits must be earned in residence at UW Tacoma
- Graduation Application: completed with advisor by 2nd Friday of final quarter