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Courses in CAUP Taubman College of Arch + Urban Planning
Courses in the Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning are listed in the Schedule of Classes under the College of Architecture + Urban Planning. Descriptions may be found on the Taubman College web site: www.taubmancollege.umich.edu.

Area Distribution Credit

Humanities (HU)

The following course has Humanities distribution designation (Credits are counted as LSA courses):

  • ARCH 213 / HISTART 213. Architecture and Modernity. (4). (HU).
  • ARCH 357/UP 357. Architecture, Sustainability and the City: Ideas, Forces and People that have Shaped the Built Environment. (3). (HU). 
  • UP 357/ARCH 357. Architecture, Sustainability and the City: Ideas, Forces and People that have Shaped the Built Environment. (3). (HU). 


Natural Science (NS)

The following course has NS distribution designation (Credits are counted as LSA courses):

  • UP 263 / ENVIRON 263 / RCNSCI 263. Energy and the Environment. (4). (NS).

Creative Expression (CE)

The following courses have Creative Expression distribution designation (Credits are counted as Non-LSA): 

  • ARCH 201. Basic Drawing. (3). (CE). (non-LSA credit).
  • ARCH 202. Graphic Commun. (3). (CE). (non-LSA credit).
  • ARCH 218. Visual Studies. (3). (CE). (non-LSA credit).
Architecture (ARCH)
Architectural education at the University of Michigan prepares students to participate actively in the design of buildings and the physical environment. To effect change, an architect must understand the nature of the human problem in its environmental context, have knowledge of the techniques and technology of building, and possess the intellectual and aesthetic skills necessary for a creative synthesis of that information into meaningful and expressive design solutions.

Courses for non-majors

All students are welcome to take our pre-arch courses: ARCH 201, 202, 211, 212, 218, 313, 323, 357 and 423.

Pre-Architecture Courses

A series of courses is offered at the undergraduate level at the University of Michigan designed specifically for students considering entering the Architecture Program their junior year. ARCH 211 introduces students to digital design tools and drawing and image manipulation software. ARCH 212 provides a general view and understanding of the profession and discipline of architecture. This course examines visual, cultural, historical, and philosophical aspects of the man-made environment. ARCH 313 and 323 are a two-part course series surveying the history of Architecture from antiquity to the present. Studio courses ARCH 201, ARCH 202, and ARCH 218 provide students with drawing and visual design skills primarily used in architecture and related fields.

LSA Credit

The following courses count as LSA courses for LSA degree credit.

ARCH 212 / HISTART 212. Understanding Architecture
(3). May not be repeated for credit. W.

ARCH 213 / HISTART 213. Buildings, Cities, and People
(4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

This is a survey course on modern architecture in relation to other modernist discourses in the 19th and 20th centuries.

ARCH 357 / UP 357. Architecture, Sustainability and the City: Ideas, Forces and People Shaping the Built Environment
(3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

An introduction to the design of the build environment, society's largest investment and biggest consumer of energy, the course's focus will range from the room to the building to the city to the metropolis, including spaces and places that are consciously planned and intentionally designed, as well as ones that are vernacular and organic. In addition to the fundamentals, history, theory and practice of design and urban planning, case studies of buildings and cities of different periods and cultures will be presented to deepen the student's understanding of the environmental, economic, socioculture and aesthetic impacts of architecture and urbanism. Contemporary problems and opportunities in sustainable building and community design will be considered, including energy and water conservation, waste management and recycling. Livability, walkability, bikeability and transit, as well as the importance of a vibrant and diverse public realm, will also be studied.

ARCH 423 / ENVIRON 370 / UP 423. Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning
(3 - 5). May not be repeated for credit.

Urban Planning (UP)

LSA Credit

The following courses count as LSA courses for LSA degree credit.

UP 357 / ARCH 357. Architecture, Sustainability and the City: Ideas, Forces and People Shaping the Built Environment
(3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

An introduction to the design of the build environment, society's largest investment and biggest consumer of energy, the course's focus will range from the room to the building to the city to the metropolis, including spaces and places that are consciously planned and intentionally designed, as well as ones that are vernacular and organic. In addition to the fundamentals, history, theory and practice of design and urban planning, case studies of buildings and cities of different periods and cultures will be presented to deepen the student's understanding of the environmental, economic, socioculture and aesthetic impacts of architecture and urbanism. Contemporary problems and opportunities in sustainable building and community design will be considered, including energy and water conservation, waste management and recycling. Livability, walkability, bikeability and transit, as well as the importance of a vibrant and diverse public realm, will also be studied.

UP 406 / GEOG 406. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Introductory statistics (UP 503 or equivalent). (3). May not be repeated for credit. F, Sp.

This course provides an introduction to Geographic Information System (GIS) technology and how it may be applied to solve urban planning problems. Emphasis is on basic principles and concepts of GIS, theory and tools of spatial analysis, and broad exposure to GIS applications such as land use, infrastructure, and environmental planning. Topics include the history of GIS, hardware and software requirements, spatial data types, data forms and sources, spatial analysis techniques, making maps and reports, and fundamentals of database design.

UP 423 / ARCH 423 / ENVIRON 370. Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning
(3 - 5). May not be repeated for credit.

UP 572 / GEOG 472. Transportation and Land Use Planning
Permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit. W.

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