Sustainable Design, BS and Urban Planning, MUP

For the degrees of Bachelor of Science Major in Sustainable Design and Master of Urban Planning in Urban Planning

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The five-year joint BSSD/MUP 4 + 1 program combines a B.S. in Sustainable Design with a M.U.P. in Urban Planning. Current University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign undergraduate students enrolled in the Sustainable Design undergraduate major who have completed between 60 and 96 credit hours and maintain superior academic performance are eligible to apply for this program. Students admitted to the program will receive the B.S. degree after four years and the M.U.P. degree after one additional year.

Students interested in the BSSD/MUP 4 + 1 program will need to plan their schedules well in advance of their Junior year to ensure they have taken the appropriate course work. By judicious selection of general education courses and major electives in their sophomore and junior years, students will be prepared to apply to the 4+1 program in their junior year.

For additional details and requirements refer to the MUP department's Web site and the Graduate College Handbook.

For the degrees of Bachelor of Science Major in Sustainable Design and Master of Urban Planning in Urban Planning

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's Web site and the Graduate College Handbook.

Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Design degree requirements

General Education Requirements
Composition I4
Advanced Composition (UP 312)3
Humanities & the Arts (ARTH 211 & 1 other)6
Cultural Studies: Western/Comparative Culture(s)3
Cultural Studies: Non-Western Culture(s)3
Cultural Studies: US Minority Culture(s)3
Natural Sciences and Technology6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (UP 136 & UP 210 or ECON 102 or ACE 100)6
Quantitative Reasoning I and II (UP 116 or STAT 100 & UP 316)6
Language Other than English 10-12
Total Hours (with Language requirement fulfilled, not counting UP/SD required courses)22
Major Requirements
Students should plan to complete all requirements prior to senior year, except for FAA 430 and FAA 431 which will be taken during senior year.
FAA 101Arts at Illinois1
LA 101Introduction to Landscape Arch2
UP 136Urban Sustainability (Gen Ed: Social/Behavioral Sci)3
ARCH 171Concepts and Theories of Architectural Design3
ARTH 211Design History Survey (Gen Ed: Humanities & the Arts)3
ARTD 225Design Drawing3
FAA 230Sustainable Design of the Built Environment3
ARCH 231Anatomy of Buildings4
ARTD 451Ethics of a Designer in a Global Economy4
ARTD 326Sustainability & Manufacturing3
FAA 330Making Sustainable Design5
ARCH 273Strategies of Architectural Design3
FAA 430Capstone Seminar3
FAA 431Capstone Studio5
Total Hours45
Major Electives
All 16 hours of major electives are met with the full completion of the requirements below.
UP Coursework taken prior to Senior Year
Students who follow this program will be eligible for a minor in Urban Studies and Planning regardless of their admission to the 4+1 program
UP 101Introduction to City Planning3
UP 116Urban Informatics I (Gen Ed: Quant Reasoning I)3
or STAT 100 Statistics
UP 210Environmental Economics (Gen Ed: Social/Behavioral Sci)3
or ECON 102 Microeconomic Principles
or ACE 100 Introduction to Applied Microeconomics
UP 203Cities: Planning & Urban Life3
or UP 204 Chicago: Planning & Urban Life
UP 312Communication for Planners (Gen Ed: Advanced Composition)4
UP 316Urban Informatics II (Gen Ed: Quant Reasoning II)3
Pick one:3-4
Watershed Ecology and Planning
Urban Ecology
GIS for Planners
Plng for Historic Preservation
Urban Transportation Planning
Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning
Sustainable Planning Workshop
Community Engagement in Planning
Planning with Climate Change
Special Topics in Planning (section LB, Public Transportation Planning, or section SK Food Systems Planning)
One additional course at the 400 level in the Department of Urban & Regional Planning (may also pick an additional course from pick one list above)3
Senior Year Courses
A BSSD student admitted to the 4+1 program is expected to enroll in the first year MUP core courses in their senior year, although they are not yet admitted to the MUP program. Typically, a 4+1 student will take FAA 430 & FAA 431 (3 & 5 hours), as required by the BSSD program, plus the first-year MUP core courses:
UP 501Planning History and Theory4
UP 503Physical Planning4
UP 504Urban History and Theory4
UP 505Urban and Regional Analysis4
UP 511Law and Planning4

 Master of Urban Planning in Urban Planning degree requirements

UP 510Plan Making4
UP 591Capstone Seminar (enrollment required for two semesters- 0 hours total)0
UP 598Master's Project8
or UP 599 Thesis Research
Once admitted to the MUP program, a 4+1 student must take 32 hours of graduate courses, 20 of which must be UP courses. These courses include the capstone requirement and master's project or thesis. Up to two MUP core courses may be included among the 32 hours. The 32 hours of graduate courses is a minimum requirement for the MUP degree; it cannot be reduced by UP 590 internship or course waivers.32
Minimum GPA:3.0

 Summary of Credits for the Joint BSSD/MUP Program

BS in Sustainable Design 2120
General Education22
Major Requirements45
Major Electives0
Additional UP Course Requirements25
Senior Year Graduate Courses20
MUP in Urban Planning 332

Language Requirements

This requirement may be satisfied by:

• Successfully completing a third-semester college-level course in a language other than English;

• Successful completion, in high school, of the third year of a language other than English; or

• Demonstrating proficiency at the third semester level in a language proficiency examination approved by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the appropriate department

• Current list of courses approved to satisfy the language requirement. If you enter UIUC without three years of language other than English in high school, you must take a language placement test to determine the courses in which you should enroll

Advanced Hours Requirement: A minimum of 40 credits at the 300 or 400 course level are required.

3 Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 16 (12 in UP)