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Undergraduate

Course 11: Bachelor of Science in Planning (SB)

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Those students who choose to major in the Department earn a Bachelor of Science in Planning (SB), an interdisciplinary pre-professional major designed to prepare students for careers in both the public and private sectors. It also provides a sound foundation for students intending to do graduate work in law, public policy, economic development, urban design, management, and planning. Majors take a set of common core courses, complemented by further course work in one of three streams: urban and environmental policy and planning; urban society, history and politics or urban and regional public policy. The courses in the major teach students how the tools of economics, policy analysis, political science, and urban design can be used to solve social and environmental problems in the United States and abroad. In addition, students learn the skills and responsibilities of planners who seek to promote effective and equitable social change.

The Department of Urban Studies and Planning offers many possibilities for creating a concentration tailored to your needs and interests in the following categories.

  • Designing the Urban Environment
  • Environmental Policy
  • Urban History & Society
  • Policy Analysis and Urban Problems
  • International Development
  • Education

The required laboratory, 11.188, emphasizes urban information systems and offers skills for measurement, representation, and analysis of urban phenomena. In the laboratory subject, students explore the ways emerging technology can be used to improve government decision making.

For DUSP majors interested in spending a semester abroad, we recommend the International Honors Program (IHP), which has a semester-long program called Cities in the 21st Century. (For further information, see http://www.ihp.edu/.) The department offers transfer credit for courses taken as part of the IHP. If you are planning on studying abroad, contact the transfer credit examiner, for consultation on your course of study.

For more information about specific degree requirements, see http://catalog.mit.edu/degree-charts/planning-course-11/

 

Course 11-6: Bachelor of Urban Science and Planning with Computer Science (SB)

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Those students who choose the joint major with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will earn a Bachelor of Urban Science and Planning with Computer Science(SB), a major integrating social and technical skills with theoretical foundations and applied experience, designed to prepare students for careers in both the public and private sectors. The major provides a foundation for students intending to do graduate work in applied data analytics, public policy, economic development, urban design, management, and planning. Majors take a set of common core courses: fundamentals of computer science; fundamentals of urban planning; machine learning, probability, and statistics; policy and ethics. In addition, students will participate in an applied urban science synthesis lab, where high-tech tools will be brought together to solve real-world problems. The courses in the major teach students how the tools of ethics and justice, statistics, data science, geospatial analysis, visualization, robotics, and machine learning can be applied to craft solutions to complex problems that require new strategies, technologies, types of data, and approaches to science. Students will also learn the skills and responsibilities of planners who seek to promote effective and equitable social change.

The Department of Urban Studies and Planning and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offer a diverse range of possibilities for creating a major tailored to your needs and interests in the following categories.

  • Urban planning and policy
  • Statistics, data science, geospatial analysis and visualization
  • Computer science and machine learning
  • Integrated, hand-on experience working with data and new technologies to address real urban problems

The required laboratory, 11.007, emphasizes real world experience for students, providing opportunities to apply technical skills and new technologies in crafting interventions of urban phenomena and challenges. In the laboratory subject, students explore the ways emerging technology and trends in computer science can be leveraged for the benefit of the community.

For more information about specific degree requirements, see http://catalog.mit.edu/interdisciplinary/undergraduate-programs/degrees/urban-science-planning-computer-science/