Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Course Descriptions

The following courses are offered by the department:


URP 3001 – Cities of the World [3 credits]
Comparative case studies of contemporary cities in the U.S. and a series of foreign countries both industrialized and developing will be covered. Special consideration will be given to energy consumption. (S,N)

URP 4000 – Preview of Urban and Regional Planning [3 credits]
An overview of the comprehensive planning process designed for undergraduates who may be considering a career in urban and regional planning or who may be pursuing studies where some knowledge of the planning process is desirable. (H)

URP 4273 – Survey of Planning Information Systems [3 credits]
Introduces students to concepts and theory associated with desktop Geographic Information Systems (GIS), as related to urban and environmental planning. Lectures, class assignments and homework assignments are required.

URP 4740 – Housing and Urban Development [3 credits]
Students will be familiarized with concepts and theories about the following three major components: economics of the housing market, land development and home building process, and the growth of cities.

URP 4882 – Defense Space & CPTED in Urban Design [3 credits]
Explore the history, theory, application and possibilities associated with crime prevention planning; looks at theories and strategies fit into the planner’s toolkit and how police, planning and other agencies interact in implementing them; focus on real world applications and visit sites that offer teaching and research opportunities.

URP 4905 – Special Studies [1-3 credits; MAX: 6 credits]
Lecture, studio, seminar or current interest in urban planning. Topics vary by semester and range from geographic information systems to transportation planning.

URP 4905 – International Perspective in URP [3 credits]

URP 4942 – Community Service [3 credits]
This course provides students with an opportunity to work directly with a community service agency in Gainesville. In lieu of meeting in a class, each student will volunteer to work with an agency. Students will be required to submit a report at the end of the course. 3 credit hours, offered every fall and spring.


URP 6132: Growth Management Seminar
Introducing students with an interest in land use planning to the evolution of growth management planning law in Florida.

DCP 6710 – History and Theory of Historic Preservation [3 credits]
National, state, and local historic preservation policies and programs are explored. Theoretical concepts that shape the way we view, protect, and preserve historic interiors, structures, sites, districts, and landscapes are developed.

URP 6042 – Urban Economy [3 credits]
Principles of urban systems including analytical techniques such as economic base analysis.

URP 6061 – Planning Administration and Ethics [3 credits]
Administration and management of public and private planning offices; ethics of planning profession.

URP 6100 – Planning Theory and History [3 credits]
History of planning and the associated development of theory. Synoptic versus disjointed incrementalism and the political setting for comprehensive planning are emphasized.

URP 6122 – Alternative Conflict Management [3 credits]
Provides a general introduction to the theory and practice of alternative conflict management using cases studies, simulations, and readings. Students have the opportunity to sharpen their bargaining and negotiation skills through practical exercises.

URP 6131 – Land Use Planning Law [3 credits]
Introduction to regulatory and non-regulatory techniques of plan implementation. Relationship of law and politics to the planning process. Police power as the basis for regulation. Mandatory planning and status of adopted comprehensive plans.

URP 6203 – Planning Research Design [3 credits]
Emphasizes research design, and literature research; student presentations at appropriate stages in thesis work.

URP 6231 – Quantitative Data Analysis for Planners [3 credits]
Planning problem formulation, quantitative research skills, and data gathering techniques. Statistical analysis and emphasis on computer applications.

URP 6270: Introduction to Planning Information Systems [3 credits]
Introduction to concepts, theories, and practice of the use of Geographic Information Systems as applied to urban and regional planning issues.

URP 6271 –Custom Planning Information Systems [3 credits]
Advanced work in planning and analysis customizing the use of large databases. Emphasis on development monitoring systems and information systems in planning.

URP 6272: Urban Spatial Analysis [3 credits]
Theoretical and practical knowledge about spatial relationships as applied to urban form and the development and analysis of urban environments using geographic information systems and spatial analysis techniques such as spatial statistical modeling.

URP 6274: GPS for Planners: Introduction to Global Positioning System [1 credits]
Basics of digital field collection using GPS. GPS applications, components, concepts, mission planning, data collection in field, navigation, real-time and post-processing correction using base station data, and exporting GPS to GIS.

URP 6275 – Spatial Database Design and Development [3 credits]
Advanced GIS data concepts and practices. Techniques for data creation, quality assurance and quality control, conversion, storage, manipulation, and presentation.

URP 6276: Internet Geographic Information Systems [3 credits]
Examines the theoretic and technological background in the emerging technologies in web-based geographic information systems (GIS).

URP 6278: Web Mapping and Visualization
Utilization of web mapping for communication and visualization of geographic data. Includes fundamentals of web GIS, web mapping formats, and spatial architecture, and technical skills for symbolizing data, publishing maps on the web, and creating web mashups.

URP 6277 – Land Use Visioning and Analysis [3 credits]
Fundamental data analysis techniques and GIS skills necessary for land use analysis and visioning.

URP 6312: Land Development Planning and Evaluation
Standards, criteria, policies, design techniques, and research systems used in designating proposed general distribution; location and extent of the uses of land and of population densities for all public and private land use categories as established by law, regulation, and social and economic justification at all levels of government in the U.S. and abroad.

URP 6341 – Urban Planning Project [1-12;MAX: 12 credits]
Projects encompass city wide comprehensive planning examining the interaction of urban and social systems cast in scenarios of future growth and development.

URP 6421 – Environmental Land-Use Planning and Management [3 credits]
Management and decision-making aspects of impact statements under the U.S. Environmental Protection Act, Florida’s Land and Water Management Act of 1972, and as a component of a comprehensive planning process.

URP 6424 – Sustainable Urbanism in the Americas [3 credits]
An examination of sustainable patterns of growth in several urban environments in the Americas, within the context of specific cities and metropolitan regions. Urban management practices, particularly those related to urban lifestyles and consumption patterns are covered.

URP 6428: Advanced Environmental Planning
The course will examine cutting edge environmental planning theory and practice that aims to collectively manage linked social and ecological systems that are important, complex, and adaptive.

URP 6429 – Natural Resources Planning and Management [3 credits]
Natural resources planning, management principles, practices of natural resources, ecosystem, restoration planning, and management at local and regional levels

URP 6526 – Health and the Built Environment [3 credits]
Using connections between urban planning and public health using an environmental health framework on a global, regional, and local scale. Historical connections and emerging issues, such as obesity and physical activity, sustainability, and environmental justice, climate change, social equality, children’s health, and the role of land use, environmental and other planning decisions.

URP 6541 – Economic Development Planning [3 credits]
Major international and national economic development theory, issues and trends as they affect local economic development planning, methods, and practice.

URP 6542 – Urban Land Economics [3 credits]
Review of land economics within the context of urban and regional planning.

URP 6543: Seminar in Capital Improvement Finance
Methods and means of local government finance of capital improvements

URP 6601: State Planning
History, development, and administration of state planning in the 20th century with emphasis on recent growth management initiatives..

URP 6603 – Development Review [3 credits]
Seminar on practice of local government planning with emphasis on development review and land development regulation.

URP 6610 – International Development Planning [3 credits]
Introduction to transportation policy planning in urban context. Transportation policy instruments and policy-making processes, critical issues in transportation policy, history of policy in U.S. at federal, state, and local levels.

URP 6711 – Transportation and Land Use Coordination [3 credits]
Explores the connection between land use and transportation by considering how four major sets of actors shape the urban environment: individuals, businesses, the professions and governments.

URP 6716 – Transportation Policy and Planning [3 credits]
Introduction to transportation policy planning in an urban context. Explores transportation policy instruments and policy-making processes, critical issues in transportation policy, and the history of policy in the U.S. at federal, state, and local levels.

URP 6718: Bikeways Planning and Design
Planning and designing bicycle paths, greenways, and facilities that form a network for nonmotorized transportation. Oriented toward a systems approach.

URP 6743: Affordable Housing Law
Broad understanding of the affordable housing crisis and the federal, state, and local regulatory schemes employed to correct this deficiency, as well as the legal battles which have served as the basis for such regulations or the challenge thereof.  Enhancement of legal drafting skills through the preparation of research memoranda and comprehensive plan language

URP 6745 – Housing, Public Policy and Planning [3 credits]
Supply, demand, and market relationships. History of government housing policy. Exploration of relationship between housing policy and urban and regional planning.

URP 6746: Topical Debates in Housing
Current housing problems, theories and approaches. Housing needs, available tools, formulation of recommendations, and examination of effects of implementation. Inclusionary zoning, gentrification, and smart growth.

URP 6821 – Transportation and Land-Use Modeling [3 credits]
The planning process, modeling and applications for passenger transportation and land-use development of metropolitan areas with respect paid to its contribution to transportation project and policy analysis.

URP 6855: Urban Form in Cities throughout the Americas
Urban form and development theories and how planning interfaces with developmental trends in North, Central, and South America.

URP 6884: Community Conservation and Revitalization
Community conservation is a major thrust of National Urban Policy. Relates community revitalization and conservation to the methodology of identification of problem areas, planning and replanning for all types of locations, use and adaptive uses. Federal and state assistance, tax incentives, and other programs.

URP 6871 – Planning and Design I [3 credits]
Lectures, readings, and exercises in planning research and design methods. Emphasis on design graphics and other means of communication.

URP 6872 – Planning and Design II [3 credits]
Focus on alternative roles and potential contributions from both private and public sector participants, case studies and exercises in formulation of urban design plans for private and public sectors.

URP 6880 – Defensible Space and CPTED in Urban Design [3 credits]
Introduction to crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) and defensible space in urban planning design.

URP 6887: Advanced Defensible Space in Urban Design
Advanced analysis of Defensible Space, CPTED, and other place-based crime prevention planning theories and practices in distressed communities.

URP 6905 – Exploration and Directed Study [1-4;MAX: 10 credits]

URP 6905 – 3D Geospatial Modeling [3 credits]

URP 6905 – International Perspective in URP [3 credits]

URP 6910 – Supervised Research [1-5;MAX: 5 credits]

URP 6920 – Colloquium [1 credit]
Introduction to the field; historical and philosophical concepts, processes, and issues related to the profession of planning. For entering MAURP students.

URP 6931 – Topical Seminar [1-4;MAX 6 credits]
Current planning opportunity examined.

URP 6933 – Planning Information Seminar [1-2;MAX: 2 credits]
Current GIS topics. Discussions of emerging technologies, creative applications of GIS for particular projects, primers on operating systems, remote sensing, and spatial analysis.

URP 6940 – Supervised Teaching [1-5;MAX: 5 credits]

URP 6941 – Urban Planning Internship [1-3 credits;MAX: 3 credits]
Off-campus internship experience.

URP 6976 – Terminal Project
This option, in lieu of thesis, accommodates a physical design or plan project which because of its map and graphic content does not fit comfortably within a thesis format.

URP 6971 – Research for Master’s Thesis [1-15 credits]