The Department of Community Planning and Urban Studies (DCPUS) offers a program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning. As a professional discipline, urban planning is concerned with sustaining and enhancing the quality of life in cities and regions to create livable communities.
Alabama A&M University (AAMU) is a land grant institution that combines education, research and service in professional, vocational and liberal arts fields. The Department of Community Planning & Urban Studies fulfils the mission of AAMU by providing a nationally accredited research and practice-oriented planning education for training of students from diverse backgrounds for careers in the planning profession so that they can address pressing problems and issues of physical, environmental, economic and social change in urban and rural communities in this age of advancing technology
THE B.S. DEGREE PROGRAM IN URBAN PLANNING
The Bachelor of Science Program in Urban Planning prepares students for diverse professional careers in governmental agencies, land development, consulting businesses, community service organizations, community development corporations (CDCs), and private industry, or graduate study in urban and regional planning. The curriculum is designed to train students to acquire a broad liberal education that leads to an understanding of natural and social environments and their problems; to combine an understanding of urban and rural development issues and problems to formulate programs for achieving public development objectives, and to provide the knowledge, skills and values required for professional planning practice. The knowledge base consists of courses addressing the structure and function of cities, the history and theory of urban planning, the process of plan-making and implementation, and the application of planning principles in a specialization area. The skills component consists of training in problem conceptualization, data collection and analysis, problem solving techniques, project design and management, and oral and graphic communication. The value component consists of activities which build professional behavior and provides an understanding of equity, social justice and cultural resources.
In addition to financial assistance provided by federal and state governments, and AAMU institutional aid programs, the School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Department of Community Planning and Urban Studies offers financial assistance and scholarship awards. These include the LL Crump Scholarship and work study grants for students who major in urban planning.
Consistent with the Department’s mission of education directed at placement of its graduates into the planning profession, the urban planning program augments classroom teaching with internships, department field trips and seminars, and appropriate full-time employment assistance.
STUDENT PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION
The Urban Planning Association (UPA) is a student organization which promotes the professional growth and development of students majoring in urban planning. The UPA is affiliated with the Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association and supports student participation in activities of the American Planning Association and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP).
The Bachelor of Science degree program is one of ten undergraduate planning programs in the country accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB). The Urban Planning program is also directly affiliated with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP).
All applicants must meet the minimum university admission requirements. Generally, applicants must be high school graduates and must successfully complete the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American Collegiate Test (ACT). The availability of scholarships and other financial assistance may be based on scores obtained on these national examinations.
In order to graduate with a B.S. degree in Urban and Regional Planning, a student must officially declare Urban and Regional Planning as a major select an area of concentration/specialization, complete 122 semester credit hours with a grade of “C” or better in all core courses in the major, and have a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0. The courses and credit hours to be satisfied for graduation are shown below:
Complete the University General Education Requirements.
Complete the minimum number of semester credit hours required for graduation.
Complete a core of 54 credit hours of departmental required courses comprising.
42 credit hours of planning core courses (UPL 101, UPL 201, UPL 203, UPL 303, UPL 310, UPL 316, UPL 317, UPL 327, UPL 330, UPL 404, UPL 407, UPL 408, UPL 429, UPL 420), and 12 credit hours of non-planning or required support courses (ENG 304, PSC 306, SPS 365, GEO 401).
The planning specialization/concentration consists of 21 hours of departmental electives (UPL 103, UPL 405, UPL 406, UPL 442, UPL 435, UPL 438, UPL 443, UPL 444, UPL 445. UPL 453) and 6 credit hours of free electives.
Transfer of Credits
Students wishing to transfer credit from two-year or four-year institutions should review material on “Transfer of Credits” in the General Information section of this Bulletin. Transfer students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in the School of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences must earn at least 50 percent of the credit hours required for the degree at Alabama A&M University.