BS in Urban Technology

What do you study as a Bachelor of Science in Urban Technology student, and how do I apply?

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning offers two undergraduate degrees. This answer discusses the Bachelor of Science in Urban Technology. Please visit our Bachelor of Science in Architecture knowledge base answer for information about the other degree.

The University of Michigan's trailblazing Bachelor of Science in Urban Technology degree focuses on the intersection of urbanism and technology and the digital systems of tomorrow. You’ll learn how to design and create technologies and organizations that address real urban challenges, such as unequal access to the internet, transportation challenges, safe drinking water, and more.

Electric scooters that let you zip around town; apps that enable sharing of houses, workspaces, and more; embedded sensors that ensure water is clean and bridges are safe—imagining and growing systems like these are what you will do in this first-of-its-kind degree program. You’ll learn how to create digital products and services that make cities better for everyone.

Interested in seeing what classes and experiences await you? View a PDF of the four-year curriculum on the Bachelor of Science in Urban Technology webpage. First-year students will take the fall as a gap semester before beginning college courses in winter semester (January) and completing year one with a Cities Intensive in the spring term (May and June). The Cities Intensive is a jam-packed two months of hands-on learning. During this busy semester, you will learn how to understand cities in depth, benefiting from field trips to Detroit and other important urban centers. Taubman College also accepts cross-campus transfer students into Urban Technology every spring semester.

Prospective students interested in urban technology can start by expressing interest via an online form to request additional information.

Learn how to apply on the Taubman College website. First-year applicants are required to submit the Common Application. No portfolio is required.

Questions? Contact Taubman College at or 734-764-1649.

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