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Course Descriptions


 ACC  Accounting  FIN  Finance
 ARC  Architecture
 GRG  Geography
 ARE  Architectural Engineering
 LEB  Legal Environment of Business
 CRP  Community and Regional Planning
 RE  Real Estate
 ECO  Economics  URB  Urban Planning



ACC 326 Financial Accounting—Intermediate

This course covers theoretical foundation, concepts and principles underlying financial statements, current assets, current liabilities, property, plant, and equipment, short-term investments and present value analysis.

Prerequisite: Accounting 311 or 311H, and 312 or 312H, with a grade of at least C- in each.

ACC 378 Contemporary Accounting Topics

Topic: Real Estate Accounting.  This course walks URE students through all the fundamentals of real estate accounting.



ARC 308 Architecture and Society

Introduction to the social contexts, potential, and consequences of architecture and interior design.

ARC 318K World Architecture: Origins to 1750

Comparative study of the architecture of the ancient world, including Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe.

Prerequisite: ARC 308 with a grade of at least a C.  

ARC 318L World Architecture: Industrial Revolution to Present

This course will cover global architecture from the industrial revolution to the present day.

Prerequisite: ARC 318K with a grade of at least a C.  

ARC 350R Topics in Design Theory

Students will engage in study on a variety of topics subject to approval by a Texas URE academic advisor. Approved topics include:
  • Topic: A.R.E.A.-ER: Alternative Real Estate Action: Experiential Research
  • Topic: 2-American Dream: Status Quo/Alternatives
  • Topic: Garden City to New Community
  • Topic: Case Studies: Concept-Construction
  • Topic: Global Housing Challenge
  • Topic: Sustainable Architecture
  • Topic: Urban Design History/Theory/Criticism 
  • Topic: Urban Landscapes and Place Making
  • Topic: City as Form and Idea in Europe and the US
  • Topic: Housing & Culture in the US
  • Topic: Urban Housing
  • Topic: Urban Design Practice

ARC 368R Topics in the History of Architecture

In this two-part course, students will delve into the design of outdoor public spaces, and how their design helps achieve specific social, environmental and aesthetic goals.

  • Topic:  History and Theories of Landscape Architecture I
  • Topic: History and Theories of Landscape Architecture II

Waiver required for non-majors.
Prerequisite: ARC 318L.


Architectural Engineering

If you need a waiver in order to register for an Architectural Engineering course, requests must be made through the Non-CAEE Major Registration Request.

ARE 323K Project Management and Economics

Solving economic problems related to construction and engineering; construction project management techniques; characteristics of construction organizations, equipment, and methods.

Prerequisite: M 408D.

ARE 358 Cost Estimating in Building Construction

Building construction estimating from plans and specifications, unit prices, lump sum estimates, job sites, overhead, general overhead, and bidding procedures. Estimating methods throughout the design process.

Waiver required for non-majors. 
Prerequisite: ARE 335.

ARE 366 Contracts, Liability, and Ethics

Legal aspects of engineering and construction contracts; contract formation, interpretation, rights and duties, and changes; legal liabilities and professional ethics of architects, engineers, and contractors.

Waiver required for non-majors. 

ARE 377K Building Information Modeling Capital Projects

This course focuses on the skills and information needed to effectively use an existing Building Information Model (BIM) in plan execution for a building construction project. This is a project-based course where students gain knowledge on the implementation of BIM concepts throughout the lifecycle of a building, from planning and design, to construction and operations.

Waiver required for non-majors. 
Prerequisite: ARE 323K and consent of the instructor.


Community and Regional Planning

CRP 369K Principles of Physical Planning

This introductory course explores the physical dimensions of urban planning.



ECO 330T Topics in Economics

Topic: Urban and Regional Economics.  This course examines the interrelation of urban and regional economics to commercial real estate.

Prerequisite: ECO 304K with a grade of at least a C.  

ECO 334K Urban Economics

Students will engage in economic analysis of urban areas with emphasis on the nature of current urban problems—slums, transportation, finance—and an evaluation of current policy.

Prerequisite: ECO 420K with a grade of at least a C.  

ECO 334L Regional Economics

Here students will learn the spatial aspects of economics, including concepts, theories and policy applications.

Prerequisite: ECO 420K with a grade of at least a C.



FIN 377.3 Security Analysis | REIT Restricted to finance majors (FAP-REIT)

This is the second course in investments, with emphasis on quantitative applications and the underlying theory in the analysis and management of securities and portfolios.

Restricted to finance majors in the FAP REIT program.  



GRG 310C Spatial Data and Analysis

Students will examine the fundamental concepts in spatial data acquisition, analysis and presentation, with emphasis on the needs of professionals in cartography, geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing.

GRG 337 The Modern American City

This course explores the issues facing residents of U.S. cities, such as transportation and housing, poverty and crime, metropolitan finance, environmental and architectural design. Here they will learn the comparative history of urban evolution.

GRG 356T Topics in Geography

Topic: The Culture of Cities.  In this course, students will explore the unique culture of individual cities in relation to industry.

GRG 360G Environmental Geographic Information Systems

Participants will be introduced to the creation and use of geographic information systems, which will allow them to analyze and manage various types of geographical data.

Prerequisite: GRG 310C.


Legal Environment of Business

LEB 363 Real Estate Law

Here we will cover laws pertaining to estates and interests in land, conveyances and mortgages, brokers, easements, contracts, default and foreclosure.

Prerequisite: LEB 323, or 323H, or consent of instructor.


Real Estate

RE 358 Introduction to Real Estate and Urban Land Development

Required of all Texas URE students
This course defines the principles of real estate and urban land economics, including an in-depth examination of investment, valuation, financing, and public policy in real estate and mortgage markets.

Prerequisite: Credit or registration for FIN 320F, FIN 357, or FIN 357H.

RE 378K Real Estate Finance and Syndication

Required of all Texas URE students
Students will explore debt and equity financing of residential and commercial properties, mortgage markets and instruments, and reasons for lender and investor decisions in real estate financing.

Prerequisite: RE 358.

RE 376G Real Estate Investment

Study of the setting and measurement of property values in real estate markets and an analysis of real estate assets as investments.

Prerequisite: RE 358.


Urban Studies

URB 301/GRG 307C Introduction to Urban Studies

This multidisciplinary study of cities and complex urban environments will deeply enrich students' understanding of urban planning. We will explore historical and contemporary issues from both national and international perspectives.

URB 305 Introductory Topics in Urban Studies

Topic: Experiencing the City.  This course is an introduction to urban studies within the framework of different disciplines.