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Urban Design (BS)

  • The Bachelor of Science in Urban Design at Parsons combines fieldwork, design studio and liberal arts instruction, and applied project-based research.

    Parsons is no longer accepting applications for this program; students interested in this area of study should consider applying to the BFA Architectural Design program, BA Urban Studies at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, or minoring in Sustainable Cities at Parsons.

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    About the Program

    Students in the BS in Urban Design program examine the greatest challenges of the 21st century: social sustainability and ecological resilience in a rapidly urbanizing world. Based in the School of Design Strategies at Parsons, students and faculty explore design as a core capability and strategic asset in the sustainable practices of individuals, groups, communities, and organizations. Student projects are connected to cities through coursework, international research collaborations, and study abroad opportunities.

    Study Options

    Parsons is no longer accepting applications to the Urban Design program. Prospective students interested in this area of study should consider applying to the BFA Architectural Design program, BA Urban Studies at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, or minoring in Sustainable Cities at Parsons. Students currently enrolled in the BS Urban Design program should refer to the Parsons Catalog for their year of admission for curriculum requirements. See Academic Policies for more details. 

  • Curriculum

    The Bachelor of Science degree is awarded upon completion of 120 credits, as designated by the program. A maximum of 60 credits may be transferred from other institutions. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and fulfill all requirements in a timely manner.

    Note: This curriculum applies to students who enter Parsons as first-year students in fall 2013 and after. Current students who entered Parsons in a prior academic year and incoming and prospective transfer students with sophomore or junior standing should refer to the Parsons catalog appropriate to their catalog year. See Academic Policies for more details.

    First Year F S
    PUFY 1000 Integrative Studio 1 3 -
    PUFY 1010 Integrative Seminar 1 3 -
    PUFY 1100 Sustainable Systems* 3 -
    PUFY 1020 Space/Materiality** 3 -
    PUFY 1030 Drawing/Imaging** 3 -
    PUFY 1040 Time** - 3
    PUFY 1001 Integrative Studio 2 - 3
    PUFY 1011 Integrative Seminar 2 - 3
    PLHT 1000 Objects as History* - 3
    Elective
    - 3
    15 15
    Sophomore Year F S
    PUUD 2810 Urban Design Studio 1 3 -
    PSDS 2510 Visualizing Urban Change 3 -
    ULEC 2620 Landscapes of the City: Lecture 0 -
    ULEC 2621 Landscapes of the City: Discussion 3 -
    Urban Core Lab: Research and Fieldwork Seminar 3 -
    PUUD 2820 Urban Design Studio - 3
    Modeling - 3
    History of Urbanism - 3
    Electives
    3 6
    15 15
    Junior Year F S
    PUUD 3800 Urban Design Studio 3 6 -
    Urban Toolbox 3 -
    PUUD 3801 Urban Design Studio 4 - 6
    Theories of Urbanism - 3
    ULEC University Lecture Elective
    3 -
    Electives
    3 3
    Elective: Urban
    - 3
    15 15
    Senior Year F S
    PUUD 4800 Urban Design Studio 5 6 -
    Advanced Urban Concepts 3 -
    Urban Core Project 3 -
    PUUD 4801 Urban Design Senior Studio - 6
    Advanced Urban Design Issues - 3
    Comparative Urbanism - 3
    Elective: Science
    3 -
    Elective
    - 3
    15 15
    TOTAL CREDITS 120

    *Objects as History and Sustainable Systems can be taken in either sequence, one in the fall semester and one in the spring.

    **The three first-year studio courses — Drawing/Imaging, Space/Materiality, and Time — can be taken in any sequence, two in the fall semester and one in the spring.

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