Planning (Course 11)

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Bachelor of Science in Planning

General Institute Requirements (GIRs)

The General Institute Requirements include a Communication Requirement that is integrated into both the HASS Requirement and the requirements of each major; see details below.

Summary of Subject Requirements Subjects
Science Requirement 6
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Requirement [four subjects can be satisfied by subjects in the Departmental Program]; at least two of these subjects must be designated as communication-intensive (CI-H) to fulfill the Communication Requirement. 8
Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement 2
Laboratory Requirement (12 units) [can be satisfied by 11.188 in the Departmental Program] 1
Total GIR Subjects Required for SB Degree 17
Physical Education Requirement
Swimming requirement, plus four physical education courses for eight points.

Departmental Program

Choose at least two subjects in the major that are designated as communication-intensive (CI-M) to fulfill the Communication Requirement.

Required SubjectsUnits
11.001[J]Introduction to Urban Design and Development12
11.002[J]Making Public Policy12
14.01Principles of Microeconomics12
11.188Introduction to Spatial Analysis and GIS Laboratory (CI-M)12
Planned Electives
Formulate or select one stream of coursework for concentration 178-81
Urban Field Experience
Declared majors are encouraged to take the optional urban field experience subject.
City to City: Comparing, Researching, and Reflecting on Practice (CI-M) 2
Majors are required to write a senior thesis or complete a senior project. The thesis/project writing process is accompanied by a required undergraduate thesis preparation seminar, which meets in the fall
11.THT[J]Thesis Research Design Seminar (CI-M)12
11.THUUndergraduate Thesis12
Units in Major150-153
Unrestricted Electives87-90
Units in Major That Also Satisfy the GIRs(60)
Total Units Beyond the GIRs Required for SB Degree180

The units for any subject that counts as one of the 17 GIR subjects cannot also be counted as units required beyond the GIRs.


In consultation with the advisor, students can select from recommended concentrations described in the department's course maps or create their own stream tailored to a particular set of urban, policy, or planning concerns. 


11.027 City to City: Comparing, Researching, and Reflecting on Practice is taught in the spring and includes a trip during spring break. This course may be taken multiple times, as the content differs each year, but may only be counted once as a planned elective.