A bachelor of urban planning and development will provide you with a solid grounding in the broad concepts and specific skills needed to excel as an urban planner in the public or private sector. Our industry-aligned curriculum and hands-on learning will outfit you with the expertise and confidence to achieve.
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After completing a common course of study alongside other College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) students, you’ll declare your interest in urban planning. Our 120-credit degree pairs core courses in history and theory, land use and land development, and planning law with studio courses and a required internship.
The following schedule outlines the typical course of study for this degree. For course descriptions and complete information on program requirements, please consult the Ball State University Undergraduate Catalog.
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Are You an Honors Student?
Students who are members of the university's Honors College may be eligible for departmental honors if they complete the program with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major. An application for departmental honors is available through the Honors College and should be turned in prior to the final term of study.
A laptop computer is recommended for all urban planning students. Review the recommended computer hardware and software specifications to help you choose the tools that will augment the Urban Planning curriculum and activities. Please use these specifications as a guide when shopping.
Field Trips and Study Abroad
As an urban planning student, you will have the opportunity to take trips to places across the country and around the world that demonstrate a rich variety of approaches to planning and land development. These experiences will introduce a multicultural and diverse understanding of planning solutions. Learn more.
All urban planning majors must participate in an internship after completing their third-year studio courses. Summer internships in planning agencies, community development departments, and similar settings are the most common. Learn more.
What Can You Do with a Degree in Urban Planning?
With a degree from Ball State’s Department of Urban Planning, you’ll get a high return on your investment. Our alumni go on to work for nonprofits, land development and professional service firms, planning and housing agencies, and community development agencies. And we offer plenty of career-related resources to get you there. Explore career paths.
Paying for Your Education
On top of the dozens of university scholarships you may apply for, the College of Architecture and Planning offers several to its own students. Search our scholarships.
Ready to Apply?
You must first apply and be accepted to the College of Architecture and Planning’s First-Year Program, which provides all incoming CAP students—regardless of major—with a broad and solid foundation in the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning.
Want to Learn More?
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