Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Urban Design

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has approved our new Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Urban Design degree program.
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ONLY THE 6TH UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM IN THE NATION

The Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Urban Design is the only program of its kind in Texas and surrounding regions with an increasing demand for bachelor's-level sustainable degrees.

The only program in Texas and surrounding states

  • Located within the 4th-largest metropolitan area in the nation
  • Located within the Metropolitan Statistical Area with the highest demand by employers for bachelor’s-level sustainable design and urban planning professionals in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and New Mexico.

The only program in the nation that incorporates all the disciplines necessary to bring an urban design project to fruition:

  • Landscape Architecture
  • Architecture
  • Urban Planning
  • Public Policy and Administration

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Urban Design is a four-year program (120 credit hours), whose innovative curriculum prepares students for the rapidly growing interdisciplinary field of urban design with approximately 120 credit hours, including 18 hours of prescribed electives from over a dozen disciplines:

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • History of Urban Design, Form and Infrastructure
  • Information and Data Visualization
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Sustainable Urban Communities
  • Urban Climate Change Studio
  • Urban Geography and Public Policy
  • Urban Mobility Studio
  • Urban Programming and Diagramming
  • Urban Resiliency Studio

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

First and Second Year

  • All entering students majoring in Sustainable Urban Design are admitted into our Sustainable Urban Design Basic Studies program.
  • Sustainable Urban Design Basic Studies students complete 1st and 2nd year UDES/ARCH/LARC/PLAN courses in the correct sequence and also complete their core curriculum. These courses must be completed before declaring major and enrolling in any 3000/4000 level UDES/LARC/PAPP/PLAN courses.
  • The Undergraduate Sustainable Urban Design Program consists of a series of lectures and design studios that must be taken sequentially. The program will take a minimum of 8 semesters (4 years) to complete for both new freshmen and transfer students.
  • The course sequencing of both the design and lecture courses has been designed to help students successfully complete the program. The course sequencing is strictly enforced.

Third and Fourth Year

  • After completing all requirements for admission to a degree program, students may be declared into the Sustainable Urban Design major. The department requires a minimum 2.8 GPA, both overall and within the major.
  • Students must complete all Basic Studies courses (first two years of the degree program) in Sustainable Urban Design and must complete the Core Curriculum of the course sequence before qualifying to take any 3000/4000 UDES course.

 

 

Capstone course supervised by UTA’s Director of Sustainability, utilizing the resources of UTA’s Institute of Sustainability and Global Impact.

The program prepares students to enter graduate programs in landscape architecture, urban planning, and public administration but the program is not a pre-professional architecture program. Therefore, graduates of the B.S. in Sustainable Urban Design will need to enroll in Path A of CAPPA’s Master of Architecture program or an equivalent at another institution.

Prescribed Course Sequence

Fall Semester

Course Code Course Name
UNIV 1131 Student Success (or UNIV 1101)
ARCH 1301 Introduction to Architecture and Interior Design
ENGL 1301 Rhetoric and Composition I
MATH 1301 Contemporary Mathematics
POLS 2312 State and Local Government
UDES 1301 Introduction to Principles of Sustainable Urban Design

Total Credit Hours: 16 hrs


 

Spring Semester

Course Code Course Name
ENGL 1302 Rhetoric and Composition II
HIST 1301 U.S. History I
LARC 4300 Introduction to Landscape Architecture
MATH 1303 Trigonometry
UDES 2303 History of Urban Design, Form, and Infrastructure

Total Credit Hours: 15 hrs

Fall Semester

Course Code Course Name
GLOBAL 2301 Introduction to Global Issues
HIST 1302 U.S. History II
PLAN 4320 Sustainable Communities
UDES 2441 Urban Programming and Diagramming I
- 3 hrs Core Curriculum Foundational Area Component

Total Credit Hours: 16 hrs


 

Spring Semester

Course Code Course Name
POLS 2311 U.S. Government
GEOL 1330 Global Warming
PHYS 1351 Energy and Environment
UDES 2442 Urban Programming and Diagramming II
Elective 3 hrs Social and Behavioral Sciences

Total Credit Hours: 16 hrs

Fall Semester

Course Code Course Name
ART 2304 Digital Media
LARC 4326 Design and Human Behavior
PLAN 4356 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
UDES 3551 Urban Design Studio I: Urban Resiliency

Total Credit Hours: 14 hrs


 

Spring Semester

Course Code Course Name
ART 4348 Information Visualizations
PAPP 4307 Urban Geography
PLAN 4357 Intermediate Geographic Information Systems
UDES 3552 Urban Design Studio II: Urban Mobility

Total Credit Hours: 14 hrs

Fall Semester

Course Code  Course Name
UDES 4304 Capstone Course
UDES 4551 Urban Design Studio III: Climate Change
- Prescribed Elective
Prescribed Elective

Total Credit Hours: 14 hrs


 

Spring Semester

Course Code Course Name
UDES 4552 Urban Design Studio VI: Advanced Sustainable Urban Design
LARC 4191 Conference Course of Independent Study
 -  Prescribed Elective
 -  Prescribed Elective
Prescribed Elective

Total Credit Hours: 15 hrs