The Urban Affairs and Planning Program (UAP) offers two undergraduate degrees, the B.A. in Public and Urban Affairs (PUA) and the B.S. in Environmental Policy and Planning (EPP), as well as minors under both degrees. Many PUA and EPP majors complete a double major or a minor in a related discipline. Faculty in UAP also support minors in Watershed Management and Real Estate.

B.A. in Public and Urban Affairs

The B.A. in public and urban affairs (PUA) is an interdisciplinary social science degree. It aims to educate students in the liberal arts tradition while equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and analytical thinking used in planning and policy. Students learn to address the political, economic, environmental, social, and governmental consequences of growth and change and to help resolve the problems that emanate from them.

The 120 credit hour curriculum in public and urban affairs includes 34 hours in the Curriculum for Liberal Education, 36 hours in the major core, 15 hours in one of five areas of concentration and 35 hours of free electives.

See Undergraduate Catalog for PUA

Minor in Public and Urban Affairs

A minor in Public and Urban Affairs requires completion of 18 credit hours. Please visit the checksheets website to find an approved list of courses for your year of graduation.

B.S. in Environmental Policy and Planning

The B.S. in environmental policy and planning (EPP) provides students the opportunity to study environmental problems and their solutions from an interdisciplinary perspective involving humanities, natural and social science, planning, and public policy. While rooted in scientific and technological fields, environmental problems and their solutions increasingly deal with public values, economics, law, policy, and planning. The EPP curriculum, while providing a broad liberal arts and natural and social science base, has a pre-professional slant involving analytical and communication skills and policy and planning methods to prepare students for employment and graduate study.

Satisfactory progress toward the degree requires successful completion of UAP 3344, UAP 3354, CHEM 1015 (or CHEM 1035), and PSCI 1014 by the time 72 total hours have been attempted. Minimum overall and in-major GPA 2.0. In-major GPA includes all courses in the EPP curriculum plus BIOL 1005-1006 (or BIOL 1105-1106), and ECON 2005-2006 (or AAEC 1005-1006), and LAR 4034 (or FOR 2554 or UAP 4264), and UAP 3344 in the Curriculum for Liberal Education.

See Undergraduate Catalog for PUA

Minor in Environmental Policy and Planning

A minor in Environmental Policy and Planning requires the completion of 20-22 credit hours. Please visit the checksheets website to find an approved list of courses for your year of graduation.

Minor in Watershed Management

The Watershed Management Undergraduate Minor at Virginia Tech integrates existing programs and courses from five colleges and 10 departments at Virginia Tech to provide an interdisciplinary and substantive understanding of watershed science, policy, and decision-making.

A committee comprised of faculty members from participating colleges and the Water Center provide oversight to the program. The Water Center serves as the program host, coordinates committee meetings and facilitates program publicity and program tracking and evaluation.

For questions about the minor, please email Dr. Kevin McGuire at kevin.mcguire@vt.edu or call (540) 231-6017.

Watershed Management Minor Checksheet

Minor in Real Estate

Through the years, the real estate industry has placed a growing emphasis on education and professionalism. Because of the considerable investment in real estate in the United States, the number of people employed in the field, and the importance of professional management to the real estate industry, this minor is a vital aspect of educating students for careers in real estate and in the real estate aspects of many facets of modern life.

The curriculum in real estate reflects the needs of students in several colleges to take a minor in real estate while pursuing their individual majors. This curriculum is relevant to a wide range of real estate organizations.

The real estate minor is open to students in all colleges of the University and draws its courses from a number of departments and colleges within the University. Advisement of individual students will be conducted in their own departments. To receive a designation of obtaining a real estate minor, the student must be admitted to the minor, and then complete and maintain a 2.0 or higher grade point average in the required courses.

Real Estate Minor Checksheet