The curriculum is designed to introduce beginning students to the general knowledge required by the profession, as well as to ground students in physical, economic, sociological, computer, graphic design, analytical and communication skills. The upper division professional sequence includes three years of study and cooperative education work experience - co-op. The curriculum consists of general and specialized professional planing lecture or seminar courses and a sequence of studio courses, which are real-world projects worked on by students in small groups. Studios give students an opportunity to try out techniques of urban planning in a creative team setting, usually for real clients.
Upper division students alternate school with work co-op every quarter. Urban planning requires six quarters (or five semesters) of co-op. Transfer students may petition for up to two quarters of reduction of this requirement. The University of Cincinnati School of Planning is the only undergraduate urban planning program in the country which requires a co-op experience.
The program is studio-based and graduates earn a Bachelor of Urban Planning degree, which qualifies them to apply for the American Institute of Certified Planners Board (AICP) examination.
To view the Urban Planning program schedule, please go here.