The BAS (Urbanism) program explores architecture as a component of the larger built environment. The curriculum is designed to promote stewardship of the built environment by examining the forms it takes and the forces that produce it. Courses examine the implications of urbanization on both the traditional core and the expanding periphery. Students analyze patterns of human settlement over time in relation to culture, climate, technology, political systems and global ecology.

Drawing and computer modeling courses in the lower years prepare students to explore urban design in upper-level design studios. Projects challenge students to consider the designer’s role in accommodating diversity, contributing to the quality of life and promoting the health of both society and the natural environment. Support courses cover housing, urban intensification, greenfield development, the impact of transportation and communication technologies, informal suburbanization, urban ecology, and municipal infrastructure. The role of government is examined – from direct building to the impact of policies, incentives, approval processes, zoning and covenants on the shape, density, and overall quality of the built environment.

In addition to discipline-specific courses, the Urbanism stream includes courses common to all BAS programs and key courses from other disciplines (Sociology, Geography, History, Canadian Studies, etc.). The third year of studies includes a Directed Studies Abroad (DSA) option. As with all BAS streams, Urbanism students may opt to participate in the Co-Op program. It is anticipated that students completing this program will pursue graduate studies in Architecture, Planning or Urban Design.

Please consult the Undergraduate Calendar for a list of program requirements for the BAS-Urbanism program. Please also select the Suggested Course of Study link to review the program course grids.

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Portfolio Requirements

Suggested Course Sequencing for current BAS Urbanism students registering in the 2020-21 year. Please note that Core and Free Electives may be taken in any order. Scroll down to see lists. To see the complete grid for your own calendar year, click on appropriate Entry Year below.

Entry Year 2017 Entry Year 2018 Entry Year 2019 Entry Year 2020

For course grids for students who entered the BAS prior to 2017, please email

First Year (for students under 2020 calendar)

ARCS 1005 Drawing ARCS 1105 (1.0) Studio 1
ARTH 1200 History and Theory of Arch 1: Prehistory to 1600 ARTH 1201 History and Theory of Arch 2:      1600 to Present
ARCN 2106 Introduction to Multimedia ARCU 3100 The Morphology of the City
ARCH 1000 Intro. to Architecture .5 Free Elective
GEOG 1023 People, Places and Environments

Second Year (for students under 2019 calendar)

ARCU 2303 (1.0) Fundamentals of Urbanism ARCU 3100 The Morphology of the City
GEOG 2200R Global Connections ARCN 2106 Computer Modeling of Form
ARCH 2300 Intro. to Modern Architecture GEOM 2007 Geographic Information Systems
ARCC 2202 Architectural Technology 1 GEOG 2023 Cities, Inequality and Urban Change
.5 Free Elective

Third Year (for students under 2018 calendar)

ARCU 3303 (1.0) Urbanism Studio 2:  Urbanism in the Core ARCU 3304 (1.0) Urbanism Studio 1: Urbanism on the Periphery
ARCC 2203 Architectural Technology 3 ARCU 4300 History of Theories of Urbanism OR  ARCU 4700 Urban Utopias
ARCU 4801 Selected Topics in Urbanism ARCH 4201 History of Modern Housing OR core elective
GEOG 4323 Urban and Regional Planning .5 Core Elective or free elective

Fourth Year (for students under 2017 calendar)

ARCU 4303 (1.5) Urbanism Studio 3: Housing ARCU 4304 (1.0) Urbanism Studio 4: Global Perspectives
.5 Core Elective ARCU 4300 History of Theories of Urbanism OR ARCU 4700 Urban Utopias
ARCC 3202 Architectural Technology 4 ARCC 4500 Design Economics
.5 Core Elective or ARCH 4201 History of Modern Housing

First-year Architecture Students,

There are particular courses associated with your fall and winter terms that are TUTORIALS – and these courses must also be registered in.  Actually, it is not likely that the system will allow you to register in the LECTURE without a TUTORIAL associated with it (or vice versa) which will cause you registration problems.

For all students of the three streams, Design, Conservation and Urbanism in the FALL term:

When you register in your lecture in Art History ARTH 1200 CRN 30260, you must also choose one Tutorial from CRN 30261 to CRN 30270When you register in your lecture in Architecture ARCN 2106 CRN 30208, you must also choose one Tutorial from CRN 30209 to CRN 30214

For all students of the three streams, Design, Conservation and Urbanism in the WINTER term:

When you register in your lecture in Art History ARTH 1201, you must also choose one Tutorial from CRN 10250 to CRN 10259


Students for whom ARCU 4600 Post WWII Urbanism is still a requirement are advised to take an extra Core Elective instead, since the class is no longer part of the curriculum. The only condition is that the class must be at the 4000 level. It is recommended that students take ARCU 4103 Cities

Urbanism Core Electives

Free Electives (including Workshops)