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About Urban Planning and Design

Want to make urban areas attractive and sustainable? Interested in the design, character, and appearance of urban spaces?

Consider a major in urban planning and design. Urban design is the process by which cities, towns, and villages are shaped, with the goal of making urban areas functional, attractive, and sustainable. It unites landscape architecture, architecture, civil and municipal engineering, and focuses on the design, quality, character and appearance of places. Urban planning is the process concerned with the use of land and design of the urban environment, including air, water, and infrastructure networks. It guides and ensures the orderly development of communities, and concerns itself with research and analysis, strategic thinking, policy recommendations, implementation, and management. This major combines these two processes to provide you with a sharper focus on city design, community development, GIS and graphic communication, and planning practice. This program takes into consideration the specific needs of adult and nontraditional students and University College-New Brunswick endorses it as an adult-friendly & working-professional program.

Admissions Process

  • First-year students attend the School of Arts and Sciences and then can go through an application process to declare the major within the Bloustein School.
  • Transfer students with at least 30 college credits and the required prerequisites completed can apply for admission directly to the Bloustein School. This program is designed to accommodate the needs of transfer and nontraditional students.

Related Programs and Degrees

  • Urban Planning Certificate
  • 3:1:1 joint B.A. or B.S./M.C.R.P.