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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 378.4 / R E 360 Real Estate Accounting

This course covers the fundamentals of real estate taxation, including a thorough look at investment structures, types of real estate taxation, and the ways that tax strategy can affect investment strategy.
ACC 378.4 Prerequisite: Accounting 311 or 311H, and 312 or 312H; or Accounting 310F.

R E 360 Prerequisite: Real Estate 358; restricted to students in a business major.



ARC 308 Architecture and Society

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

May be counted toward the global cultures flag requirement. Meets core curriculum requirement for Visual & Performing Arts (I).

ARC 318K World Architecture: Origins to 1750

Comparative study of the architecture of the ancient world, including Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe.
May be counted toward the writing flag requirement. May be counted toward the global cultures flag requirement. 

ARC 318L World Architecture: Industrial Revolution to Present

This course will cover global architecture from the industrial revolution to the present day.
May be counted toward the writing flag requirement. May be counted toward the global cultures flag requirement. Meets core curriculum requirement for Visual & Performing Arts (I).    

ARC 327C Urban Design/History/Criticism

Study of critical theories and practices that affect the built environment.
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; consent of instructor.

ARC 342E History and Theories of Landscape Architecture I

Overview and chronological series of in-depth studies in the history of major garden cultures and designed landscapes of the Western and Eastern worlds. Introduction to methodological approaches to the formal, social, and cultural history of gardens and landscapes, as well as to relevant theoretical frameworks for interpreting these designed landscapes and for use in conceptualizing landscapes, architecture, and urban projects in studio design.
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; consent of instructor.

ARC 342F History and Theories of Landscape Architecture I

Continuation of Architecture 342E through the modern period to contemporary times. Formal and cultural history of gardens, parks, and public landscapes from 1700 to about 1990. Includes comparative material from the contemporary period, 1980 to 2010.
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; consent of instructor.

ARC 350R URE-Approved Topics in Design Theory

Students will engage in study on a variety of topics, subject to approval by the Texas URE Program Advisor or Director. Pre-approved topics include:
  • Topic: 2-American Dream: Status Quo/Alternatives
  • Topic: 3-Urban Design Practice
  • Topic: A.R.E.A.-ER: Alternative Real Estate Action: Experiential Research
  • Topic: Case Studies: Concept-Construction
  • Topic: City as Form and Idea in Europe and the US
  • Topic: Garden City to New Community
  • Topic: Global Housing Challenge
  • Topic: Housing & Culture in the US
  • Topic: Managing the Design Project
  • Topic: Regenerative Architecture
  • Topic: Urban Landscapes and Place Making

ARC 351R Visualization/Digital Representation in Design

Advanced topics in various methods of visual communication.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.


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.