2016-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with addenda) 
    
    Sep 21, 2020  
2016-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with addenda) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


A Brief Guide to Course Descriptions

Each program described in this catalog contains detailed descriptions of the courses offered within the program.

The first line gives the official course number for which students must register and the official course title. The letters indicate the discipline of the course and the first number of the official course numbers indicates the level of the course. The levels are as follows:

  • 1XXX - Freshman Level
  • 2XXX - Sophomore Level
  • 3XXX - Junior Level
  • 4XXX - Senior Level
  • 5XXX to 9XXX - Graduate level

Typically the last number of the course number indicates the number of credits. The breakdown of periods of the course is also listed.

When selecting a course for registration, the section of the course may include the following notations:

  • “LEC” - lecture section
  • “RCT” or “RC” - recitation section
  • “LAB” or “LB” - lab section

Additionally, any other letter or digit listed in the section will further identify the section and being liked to another section of the class with the same letter and/or digit combination. Further information on sections is available from academic advisers during registration periods.

The paragraph description briefly indicates the contents and coverage of the course. A detailed course syllabus may be available by request from the office of the offering department.

“Prerequisites” are courses (or their equivalents) that must be completed before registering for the described course. “Co-requisites” are courses taken concurrently with the described course.

The notation “Also listed…” indicates that the course is also given under the number shown. This means that two or more departments or programs sponsor the described course and that students may register under either number, usually the one representing the student’s major program. Classes are jointly delivered.

 

Transportation

  
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    TR-GY 7033 Multimodal Transportation Safety

    3 Credits
    Technology, legislation and market forces have contributed to improved transportation safety for decades. But one must consider which metrics are most relevant for which modes, the role of demographics and traffic levels and other factors when analyzing and predicting safety trends. The course pays attention to a systems view, to metrics by mode and to both standard field and statistical analyses. Consistent with current priorities, the course addresses security as well as safety issues.

    Prerequisite(s): TR-GY 6013  or permission of adviser.
    Weekly Lecture Hours: 3 | Weekly Lab Hours: 0 | Weekly Recitation Hours: 0
  
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    TR-GY 7073 Travel Behavioral Informatics

    3 Credits
    This course teaches students how to design information systems for operating transportation facilities and services. The information systems are built on information obtained from a diverse population of travelers, and hence behavioral modeling is a crucial component. An introduction is provided of intelligent transportation systems (ITS): systems engineering, ITS architecture, and current ITS trends associated with behavioral information systems: e.g. cyber-physical transport systems, Internet of Things, and information & communications technologies (ICTs). An introduction to decision theory with incomplete information is provided based on different models random utility maximization: multinomial logit, probit, nested logit, mixed logit. Students will design tools based on behavioral choice models (for users) in a dynamic setting and construct simulation tests to evaluate them. A route choice information system (new technology marketing strategy, route diversion system, or fare/toll revenue management system) will be used as a case study.

    Prerequisite(s): Graduate Standing or Department Permission
    Weekly Lecture Hours: 3
  
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    TR-GY 7123 Management of Urban Traffic Congestion

    3 Credits
    The purpose of this course is to (1) understand the causes of traffic congestion and to measure how congestion impacts transportation users and communities, (2) set forth a vision for managing congestion and (3) develop and evaluate strategies and policies that achieve the vision.

    Weekly Lecture Hours: 3 | Weekly Lab Hours: 0 | Weekly Recitation Hours: 0
  
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    TR-GY 7133 Urban Public Transportation Systems

    3 Credits
    This course provides a thorough understanding of policy, planning, operational and technical issues that affect urban public transportation. It includes the historical development of cites and the rise of urban transport. Also covered are the characteristics of various urban transportation modes (their specific operating and infrastructure characteristics), as well as key elements that are critical to service provision, such as service planning, scheduling, fare collection, communication and signaling, station design and customer service. The course offers a broad perspective on regional planning, capital programming and policy matters. Special focus will be on emerging technologies and their practical applications.

    Prerequisite(s): TR-GY 6013  or permission of adviser.
    Weekly Lecture Hours: 3 | Weekly Lab Hours: 0 | Weekly Recitation Hours: 0
  
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    TR-GY 7213 Transportation Management

    3 Credits
    This course presents an overview of the transportation management profession. Levels of management and unique objectives of management in the transportation sector are presented and discussed. Management structures for private and public transportation organizations are analyzed. Management practices are treated from the perspective of organizations, optimization of the use of public resources, legislative and legal contexts and operations.

    Prerequisite(s): TR-GY 6013  or permission of adviser.
    Weekly Lecture Hours: 3 | Weekly Lab Hours: 0 | Weekly Recitation Hours: 0
  
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    TR-GY 7223 Management of Transit Maintenance and Operations

    3 Credits
    This course provides a comprehensive understanding of modern public transportation systems, emphasizing their technology and operational practices. Planning and management aspects are also covered. Such operational management issues as maintenance practices, scheduling, procurement and labor relations are broadly outlined and discussed. Planning and capital programming issues are also treated.

    Prerequisite(s): TR-GY 6013  or permission of adviser.
    Weekly Lecture Hours: 3 | Weekly Lab Hours: 0 | Weekly Recitation Hours: 0
  
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    TR-GY 7233 Transportation Management

    3 Credits
  
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    TR-GY 7243 Intelligent Transportation Systems: Deployments and Technologies

    3 Credits
    Transportation infrastructure deploys a wide range of modern technology to provide service to travelers, the general public and private entities. This technology enables other systems to function effectively and serve societal needs. This course focuses on data communications and applications in intelligent transportation systems: communications alternatives and analyses, emerging technologies, geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS).

    Prerequisite(s): TR-GY 6223  or permission of instructor.
    Weekly Lecture Hours: 3 | Weekly Lab Hours: 0 | Weekly Recitation Hours: 0
  
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    TR-GY 7323 Design of Parking and Terminal Facilities

    3 Credits
    This course covers design techniques and approaches to a variety of pedestrian and vehicular needs in conjunction with access to land functions. Parking serves as the primary access interface to many land facilities, from shopping centers and sports facilities, to medium- and high-density residential developments. The planning and design of parking facilities, and the planning of access and egress from these facilities, is critical to the economic success of a development. Terminals are inter-modal interface facilities involving the transfer of people and/or goods from one mode of transportation to another. This course covers essential elements of terminal planning and design, including transit stations and terminals, major goods terminals at ports and railheads and others. The design of pedestrian space and ways within terminal structures is also treated.

    Prerequisite(s): TR-GY 6013  or permission of adviser.
    Weekly Lecture Hours: 3 | Weekly Lab Hours: 0 | Weekly Recitation Hours: 0
  
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    TR-GY 7343 Urban Freeways and Intercity Highways

    3 Credits
    This course focuses on the design, analysis, control and management of urban freeways and intercity highways of all classes. The course covers geometric design standards and principals, the application of highway capacity and level of service analysis methodologies (including HCS++), marking and signing, speed control and modern freeway management systems and approaches.

    Prerequisite(s): TR-GY 6013 , TR-GY 6313 , or equivalents, or permission of instructor.
    Weekly Lecture Hours: 3 | Weekly Lab Hours: 0 | Weekly Recitation Hours: 0
  
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    TR-GY 7353 Adaptive Control, Simulation, and Software

    3 Credits
    This course introduces software used in various transportation analyses, traffic simulation and signal optimization software. The course covers SYNCHRO, software for creating optimal signal timings and progression offsets, as well as performing a capacity and level of service analysis of signalized intersections in accordance with the Highway Capacity Manual. Also covered is the use of the AIMSUN simulation program to analyze a traffic network. The course will focus on the theory behind the programs, as well as on practical examples of how to optimally use each package. Applications will include analysis of adaptive control systems and implementations.

    Prerequisite(s):   and   or equivalents; or permission of academic advisor.
    Weekly Lecture Hours: 3 | Weekly Lab Hours: 0 | Weekly Recitation Hours: 0
  
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    TR-GY 8011 Special Topics in Transportation A

    1.5 Credits
    Subject(s) of a highly focused nature on a topic of current interest.  Subject will vary with each offering.

  
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    TR-GY 8013 Selected Topics in Transportation I

    3 Credits
    These courses are given as needed to present material on current topical subjects that are not expected to be given on a regular basis. The topic(s) for each offering are indicated and are listed on the student’s transcript. These courses may be taken more than once if the listed topics are different.

    Prerequisite(s):   and as approved for the topic(s); to be specified for each offering.
    Weekly Lecture Hours: 3 | Weekly Lab Hours: 0 | Weekly Recitation Hours: 0
  
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    TR-GY 8021 Special Topics in Transportation B

    1.5 Credits
    Subject(s) of a highly focused nature on a topic of current interest.  Subject will vary with each offering.

  
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    TR-GY 8023 Selected Topics in Transportation II

    3 Credits
    These courses are given as needed to present material on current topical subjects that are not expected to be given on a regular basis. The topic(s) for each offering are indicated and are listed on the student’s transcript. These courses may be taken more than once if the listed topics are different.

    Prerequisite(s):   and as approved for the topic(s); to be specified for each offering.
    Weekly Lecture Hours: 3 | Weekly Lab Hours: 0 | Weekly Recitation Hours: 0

Urban Studies

  
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    URB-UY 391x Independent Study in SUE

    1-4 Credits
    Independent study in Sustainable Urban Environments. Topics to be decided by the instructor.

    Prerequisite(s): Instructor’s Permission.
  
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    URB-UY 401X SUE Global Experience

    1-4 Credits
    In the course, students will learn about urban sustainability issues in China. They will also plan the research project to be conducted in Shanghai during J term. The class is open only to students who plan to also participate in the Shanghai research project. MUST pay activity fee deposit prior to start of semester.

  
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    URB-UY 2004 Global Perspectives on Urban Sustainability

    4 Credits
    This course will give students a grounding in urban sustainability issues as they apply locally and globally, with an emphasis on case studies of problems and attempts at solutions in many different urban sites. The course materials address the broad range of social, cultural, technical, historical, political and technical issues that are part of urban sustainability.

  
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    URB-UY 2024 Design of Cities

    4 Credits
    This course helps students examine cities from different perspectives, and to understand the design principles that create effective city spaces and how the city is a dynamic force, always changing through the impact of individuals and organizations. The class focuses on the role of historical, physical and social context in making sense of cities and how city problems can be identified, presented to others and addressed in various ways (through psychological and sociological studies, literature, art, etc.). Students complete a team-based project that involves the study of an innovative development project within the city and how it relates to its physical and social context.

    Prerequisite(s): Completion of first year writing requirements.
    Note: Satisfies a humanities and social sciences elective.

  
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    URB-UY 2024/W Design of Cities

    4 Credits
    This course helps students examine cities from different perspectives, and to understand the design principles that create effective city spaces and how the city is a dynamic force, always changing through the impact of individuals and organizations. The class focuses on the role of historical, physical and social context in making sense of cities and how city problems can be identified, presented to others and addressed in various ways (through psychological and sociological studies, literature, art, etc.). Students complete a team-based project that involves the study of an innovative development project within the city and how it relates to its physical and social context.

    Prerequisite(s): Completion of first year writing requirements
    Note: Satisfies a humanities and social sciences elective.

  
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    URB-UY 2034 Humans in the Urban Environment

    4 Credits
    In an increasingly urban dominated world, the environmental and ecological underpinnings of the human species help us understand why and how permanent settlements and cities evolve. The course covers basic environmental and ecological relationships, including geological, climatological, biomes, population growth models and carrying capacity. Receiving special emphasis are those ecosystems most important to humans throughout prehistory and history. The development of agriculture, increased human resource productivity and the resulting increase in population density is discussed as an underlying basis for developing and maintaining urban population areas. Also included is a discussion of changes in human social organization and psychology necessary for urban living.

    Prerequisite(s): Completion of first year writing requirements
    Note: Satisfies a humanities and social sciences elective.

  
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    URB-UY 2044 Methods for Studying Urban Environments

    4 Credits
    This course provides students with a foundation for understanding and using social science research methods to study urban environments.  In this course, students will gain an understanding of quantitative and qualitative approaches to social science research.  They will be introduced to a range of data collection methods that are used to study urban environments and also strategies for data analysis.  The course will involve a group research project with a real world client, as well as lectures, discussions, a group presentation and paper, exams, readings and several assignments.

    Prerequisite(s): Completion of first year writing requirements
    Note: Satisfies a humanities and social sciences elective.

  
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    URB-UY 2054/W Introduction to Urban Policy

    4 Credits
    The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the process and some of the major substantive issues in urban policy and politics in the United States, with some transnational contrasts.   These include some of the basic issues of any political system: how cities function as part of a global urban network; the structure of decisionmaking, the allocation of resources and delivery of services.

    Prerequisite(s):   
    Note: Satisfies a humanities and social sciences elective.

  
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    URB-UY 2064 Introduction to Urban Planning

    4 Credits
    Introduction to Urban Planning explores planning precedents (the “big ideas”) including the City Beautiful movement, Garden Cities, Modernism, and the New Urbanism; examines contemporary planning practices including zoning, transportation-oriented development, citizen participation, affordable housing, and land preservation; and explores “planning without planners” including suburban sprawl, self-built shanty towns/slums, and historic preservation. A case study approach will be used for all concepts (including field trips to iconic planned communities in New York City).

    Prerequisite(s): Completion of first year writing requirements
    Note: Satisfies a humanities and social sciences elective.

  
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    URB-UY 2114 Geographic Information Systems

    4 Credits
    Geographic Information Systems are computer systems for the storage, retrieval, analysis, and display of geographic data, that is data about features and phenomena on the surface of the earth. This course will introduce the students to GIS through hands-on computer exercises, as well as readings and lectures about cartography, tools, data, and the social impacts of GIS. GIS projects start with data and move through analysis to cartographic display. Pedagogically, we will be starting at the end moving backward to data and analysis.

    Note: This course cannot be used to satisfy the Humanities/Social Science requirement.

  
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    URB-UY 2224 Natural Environment of New York City

    4 Credits
    New York is one of the world’s great cities and, like others, rests on a foundation of the natural environment. The geology and geographic history of the greater New York area is discussed- from plate tectonic origins through the recent (and ongoing) Ice Age, including the formation of river systems and the port. Also considered in detail is the evolution of ecological relationships, including human, throughout this time. Other topics include the changing climate through past epochs as well as today and their impact on the modern city. Also covered are current environmental challenges, such as water supply and quality, air quality, waste disposal and global effects, including atmospheric and ocean warming.

    Prerequisite(s): Completion of first year writing requirements
    Note: Satisfies a humanities and social sciences elective.

  
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    URB-UY 2234 Natural Environmental Catastrophes and Cities

    4 Credits
    Cities are extremely complex physical and human systems that can be severely disrupted by acute human-caused events such as war. However, the natural world can also have a severe impact on cities over brief intervals. This course concerns itself with four well-known phenomena that can and have influenced the development, sustainability and even the survival of cities. Meteorological catastrophes, such as hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons, are discussed in detail. Also covered are less violent but equally destructive flooding by river and ocean; earthquake damage and its relationship to population density and the permanence of towns and cities throughout history; and volcanic eruptions, which, though rare, have disrupted cities and determined their initial locations. Finally, biological catastrophes, both macro and micro, such as pestilence and infestations, are discussed.

    Prerequisite(s): Completion of first year writing requirements
    Note: Notes: Satisfies a humanities and social sciences elective.

  
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    URB-UY 2334 Introduction to Environmental Sciences

    4 Credits
    This course addresses the basic processes, as studied by the physical, biological sciences, and behavioral that determine the nature of the physical environment and how it affects life on earth. Topics include the physical environment (Lithosphere, Hydrosphere, Atmosphere, climate); the biological environment (biological systems, biodiversity, population dynamics, ecology) and modern environmental problems, including resource shortages (such as water and energy), diseases, soil, water and air pollution, climate change and their relationship to political and economic issues.

    Note: This course cannot be used to satisfy the Humanities/Social Science requirement.

  
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    URB-UY 3014 Directed Study in SUE

    4 Credits
    Directed study supervised by a faculty adviser in Humanities and Social Sciences. Students, guided by a faculty adviser, are exposed to foundational research techniques. Library research, written and oral reports are required.

    Prerequisite(s): URB-UY 2034  or URB-UY 2024/W , and permission of SUE faculty adviser.
    Note: Does not satisfy a humanities and social sciences elective.

  
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    URB-UY 3034 Evidence-Based Design

    4 Credits
    Designers-at the product, building, neighborhood or urban level-necessarily base their work on the perceived needs and desires of users and clients. Historically, these understandings have come from past practice, close interactions with clients or designer intuition. In recent years, however, design researchers have accumulated enough information to provide an empirical base upon which to base many design decisions. This class reviews the evidence for design, particularly as it relates to well-studied settings, such as health care, corrections and neighborhood design.

    Prerequisite(s): Completion of first year writing requirements
    Note: Satisfies a humanities and social sciences elective.

  
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    URB-UY 3113 Case Studies in Sustainability (Ancient Egypt and Mesoamerica)

    3 Credits
    Today, many societies are addressing whether their lifestyles and standard of living are environmentally sustainable or not. This course examines a few societies, some now much changed from what they once were, that also faced such questions. Ancient Egypt, arguably Earth’s oldest civilization, developed along the Nile River. The agricultural surpluses supported a large population and freed many from farming to be artisans, clerks, lawyers, soldiers and rulers. This course describes the rise and flourishing of ancient Egypt and its social relationships, culture and customs. It also covers the rise of Egyptian cities, warfare and empire building. In contrast, the Mayans of Central America produced a complex civilization that had declined even before Europeans arrived. Victims of resource depletion, the Maya no longer live in their great cities.The history and relationships of these two cultures to their environments illustrate the fate of civilizations based on resource availability and sustainability.

    Prerequisite(s): URB-UY 2034  or URB-UY 2024/W .
    Note: Satisfies a humanities and social sciences elective.

  
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    URB-UY 3214 Cities in Developing Countries

    4 Credits
    This course will examine different facets of cities in developing countries. It will address common problems in developing urban regions, gaining an understanding of common settlement patterns and urban systems by region. It will also focus on specific issues in representative cities of the regions studied. Specific issues will include water and sanitation, health, transportation and infrastructure, historic preservation, disaster risk reduction and housing initiatives. Cases will include representative cities from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean.

    Prerequisite(s): Completion of first year writing requirements
    Note: Satisfies a humanities and social sciences elective.

  
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    URB-UY 3234 Planning for Healthy Cities

    4 Credits
    This course is designed to introduce students to the role of the built environment in promoting community health, focusing on the neighborhood scale. Although urban planning and public health are closely related in their history and their goals, these fields are typically taught and practiced independantly. The course will examine health issues that can be influence by urban planning, and will explore the role of transportation, land use planning, urban design, community development, and environmental policy, to promote publich health.

    Prerequisite(s): Completion of first year writing requirements
    Note: Satisfies a humanities and social sciences elective.

  
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    URB-UY 3314 History and Design of Urban Parks

    4 Credits
    Today, urban parks have become an integral feature of most modern cities. This course describes the origins of urban parks-from private urban-palace gardens to the large, open “natural” public parks so critical to urban life today. The design of these parks, from formal Italian and French gardens to British Landscape gardens, is discussed. The course also examines the changing view of nature in Europe and America, from the Renaissance to the present, and how park design was influenced by this evolving view. The design was strongly influenced by the changing view of nature’s psychological, spiritual and even supposedly medical benefits, and by the need for “parks for the people” as an expression of the new democratic spirit in a changing world. This course also includes two of New York City’s most famous parks, Central Park in Manhattan and Prospect Park in Brooklyn.

    Prerequisite(s): Completion of first year writing requirements and  URB-UY 2034  or URB-UY 2024/W .
    Note: Satisfies a humanities and social sciences elective.

  
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    URB-UY 3354 Urban Impact Assessment

    4 Credits
    Impact assessment is an international, interdisciplinary field of knowledge and practice for anticipating the conditions of change and managing their consequences in order to enhance everyone’s quality of life. Two phrases can describe its essence: “comprehensive and integrated” and “proactive and creative.” Urban impact assessment applies that knowledge at the urban scale, ranging from local to global. Coupled with the recent innovation of “sustainability assessment,” it aims to advance the proposition of urban sustainability. This course also explores the dimensions and proportions of that prospect by applying urban impact assessment methodology to a variety of cases at hand.

    Prerequisite(s): URB-UY 2034  or URB-UY 2024/W .
    Note: Satisfies a humanities and social sciences elective.

  
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    URB-UY 3834 Special Topics in Sustainable Urban Environments

    4 Credits
    Special topics in Sustainable Urban Environments at the 3000 level, to be decided by instructor.

    Prerequisite(s): Completion of first year writing requirements and URB-UY 2034  or URB-UY 2024/W .
    Note: Satisfies a humanities and social sciences elective.

  
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    URB-UY 4012 Capstone Project I

    2 Credits
    The capstone is a project course that presents SUE students with an opportunity to translate previous coursework into an applied research project. This is a real-world based course in which students identify, research, and propose solutions to a multidisciplinary urban issue. The field research will be supported by library and on-line research and will culminate in a written report and an oral presentation.

    Prerequisite(s): URB-UY 2044  
    Note: Cannot take if already taken URB-UY 4024.

  
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    URB-UY 4014 Study Abroad

    4 Credits
    For SUE majors only. The study-abroad is a semester-long course at a foreign institution. Students must maintain a course-load equivalent of 12 credits during this semester.

    Prerequisite(s): Prerequisites: Junior/Senior status and permission of SUE faculty adviser.
    Note: Does not satisfy a humanities and social sciences elective.

  
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    URB-UY 4022 Capstone Project II

    2 Credits
    The capstone is a project course that presents SUE students with an opportunity to translate previous coursework into an applied research project. This is a real-world based course in which students identify, research, and propose solutions to a multidisciplinary urban issue. The field research will be supported by library and on-line research and will culminate in a written report and an oral presentation.

    Prerequisite(s): URB-UY 2044  and URB-UY 4012 
  
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    URB-UY 4024 Capstone Project

    4 Credits
    The capstone is a research project that presents SUE students with an opportunity to translate previous coursework into an applied research effort. This is a real-world based course in which students work in teams to identify, research, and propose solutions to a multidisciplinary urban issue, supervised by an SUE faculty member in weekly class discussions. The field research should be supported by library research and culminates in a written and oral report.

    Prerequisite(s): Senior Status, permission of SUE faculty advisor.  Note: Does not satisfy a humanities and social sciences elective.
  
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    URB-UY 4034 Internship

    4 Credits
    Students may undertake an internship for academic credit with an appropriate private, public, or non-profit agency or firm. The internship is an opportunity to extend learning outside of the classroom into a real world setting, and to explore career options tied to the major. Students complete 140 hours at the internship site and attend occasional class meetings. The course involves completing a learning contract, regular reflections, assignments, and a final presentation.

    Prerequisite(s): IDM/SUE/STS majors only. Permission of instructor required.
 

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