Bachelor of Science in Urban Technology

Application Deadline:
February 1

Enrollment Deposit Deadline:
May 1

No portfolio is required to apply to this degree.

About

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.

/ Future-Focused Curriculum

As an Urban Technology student, you will learn:

  • New perspectives on the history of cities and what is happening in the urban world around you today, including how to research, analyze, and understand urban environments
  • How to conceptualize and code software
  • Design that balances human-centered and systems-level needs
  • How to use quantitative and qualitative analysis to identify opportunities and challenges, and how to make a compelling argument
  • How to navigate complex, diverse, and evolving situations with integrity

Collaborate and Inspire

Students lean over a table to look at plans.

This degree is centered around project-based, collaborative work. You will experiment and explore the intersection of technology, design, and cities alongside a cohort of inspired peers who will challenge and support you.

/ Minors

You will complete a required minor of your choice to complement your primary studies and connect you to the wide variety of offerings across the University of Michigan. Below is a list of pre-approved minors. Students may propose alternatives in discussion with their academic advisor and program director.

Pre-Approved Minors
  • American Culture
  • Anthropology
  • Art & Design
  • Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Business
  • Civil Engineering
  • Community Action & Social Change
  • Complex Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Digital Studies
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environment
  • Food and the Environment
  • Global Media Studies
  • History
  • History of Law and Policy
  • Law, Justice, and Social Change
  • Political Science
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate Development
  • Science & Technology Studies
  • Social Class & Inequality
  • Social Media Analysis & Design
  • Statistics
  • Sustainability
  • Urban Studies
  • UX Design
  • Water and the Environment

 

/ Eligibility

The Urban Technology program is designed for recent high school graduates who will be first-year students at the University of Michigan. Current U-M undergraduates may apply for a cross-campus transfer. Urban Technology is not available to students transferring into the University of Michigan.

First Year

If you’re joining us as a first-year student with a declared major, you will take required courses each semester.

Apply for admission as a first-year student.

Cross-Campus Transfer

If you’re transferring from a different U-M Ann Arbor school/college, you should complete a minimum of 34 credit hours and a maximum of 70 credit hours during your first two years on campus, including all of the prerequisite coursework outlined below. This program is not currently available to transfer students outside of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Learn more about cross-campus transfer requirements.

Apply as a cross-campus transfer.

/ Degree Requirements

You will complete a total of 120 credits as an Urban Technology student. Required courses focus on cities, technology, and design. You also will choose electives from Taubman College courses focusing on a specific area of policy or technology. General education course requirements and a required minor complement your primary studies.

/ Paying for your Degree

Making decisions about the next step in your educational journey is a time full of opportunity and potential; however, it may also be accompanied by concerns regarding paying for your degree. There are numerous financial resources to help you manage tuition and living expenses.

Career Opportunities

Our program is designed to be a platform for a variety of city-focused careers. Wherever you go –  business, design, research, or a technical field – after you join the ranks of U-M’s 650,000+ alumni, our in-house career and professional development team will support you every step of the way. 

To learn more about what internships students completed in Summer 2023, read the Urban Technology Week 164 update.

Our annual Employment Report reflects the outcomes for the most recently surveyed Taubman graduates, which does not include students in our inaugural urban technology cohort who are on track to graduate in spring 2025.

/ Learn from the Best

You’ll learn to see solutions, not problems, with guidance from our internationally recognized faculty experts who are thinking about, designing, and researching the future of cities. These diverse thinkers lead research on climate change, internet inequality, spatial justice, and more to transform today’s cities into more inclusive, sustainable, and equitable urban environments.

/ STEM Designated Degree Program

The Bachelor of Science in Urban Technology degree is an approved field of study within the U.S. government’s official STEM fields list. When a student earns a degree in a field on the STEM fields list, he/she may be eligible for the 24-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension. OPT is defined as practical work experience in your field of study after completion of a degree. With a STEM degree, a student’s “regular” OPT of 12 months may be extended for an additional 24 months. For further details regarding STEM extensions contact the International Center.

/ Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for the Urban Technology program?

The Urban Technology program is primarily intended for recent high school graduates who will be first-year students at the University of Michigan. Current U-M undergraduates may apply for a cross-campus transfer every fall semester. Transfers from other colleges and universities are not eligible at this time.

Am I eligible to receive need-based financial aid?

Yes, if you have filed the FAFSA and the CSS Profile. Learn more here.

What internship opportunities exist in Urban Technology?

Our Career and Professional Development team has a great network and we will work with you individually to identify opportunities of greatest interest. Program Director Bryan Boyer is also personally working on building bridges for the urban technology students and will be involved in finding internship opportunities for you and your classmates.

What are the networking opportunities in Urban Technology?

In the Urban Technology program, you will have classes with full-time professors as well as professors of practice and visiting professors who come from industry. And you will have regular guest speakers in class. This means your networking will start right in the classroom. Additionally, U-M as a whole has lots of networking events with alumni and a global network of alums, so there will be plenty of opportunities to network with people from the built environment (architecture and urban planning) as well as other disciplines. This is essential. You want to network with your future peers but also your future clients and collaborators—the people who will hire you.

What about looking beyond a bachelor’s degree?

Our program in Urban Technology is a foundation that prepares you to tackle the challenges of the 21st century. After this degree, some may choose to go on to master’s programs in architecture or urban planning, interaction design, or MBA – but the possibilities are endless. You can apply the knowledge from this program to any field. The degree is designed to be a platform for whatever you do next, so it will enable some people to join the workforce directly after college and for others, it will give them a good base from which to continue their studies in a specialized field.

/ Program Newsletter

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