Curriculum for the RED Major

The curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Real Estate and Development is broad and interdisciplinary in response to the diverse ways in which real estate impacts the ways people live, work, and enrich their lives. Required courses include economics, business management, urban planning, real estate finance, real estate law, sustainable development, and urban design. All coursework is designed to facilitate qualitative, quantitative, analytical, strategic, design, and problem-solving, solutions-oriented skills. Majors are encouraged to pair their degree with a minor degree in one of the many minor degrees offered at UC San Diego, particularly those offered by the Rady School of Management including the minor in business and the minor in entrepreneurship and innovation.

Lower-Division Requirements 

7 Courses Required

  • USP 1: History of U.S. Urban Communities OR USP 2: Urban World Systems
  • USP 5: Introduction to the Real Estate and Development Process
  • USP 15: Applied Urban Economics for Planning and Development (to be taken after completion of ECON 1)
  • MATH 10A: Calculus 1 OR MATH 20A: Calculus for Science and Engineering OR MGT 3: Quantitative Methods
  • ECON 1: Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 4/MGT 4: Financial Accounting
  • MGT 5: Managerial Accounting (ECON4/MGT4 and MGT 5 may be replaced with MGT 45)

Upper-Division Requirements

12 Courses Required

  • seven (7) Foundation Courses
  • one (1) Technical Elective
  • two (2) Capstone Studio Sequence courses
  • two (2) Upper-Division Elective Courses

Foundation Courses

Foundation courses provide the conceptual tools for the major. Students are to complete the following seven (7) foundation courses:

  • USP 124: Land Use Planning
  • USP 150: Real Estate and Development Law and Regulation
  • USP 151: Real Estate Planning and Development
  • USP 152: Real Estate Development Finance and Investment
  • USP 153: Real Estate and Development Market Analysis
  • USP 171: Sustainable Development
  • MGT 172: Business Project Management

Technical Elective

Students are to choose one (1) course of:

  • USP 172: Graphics, Visual Communication, and Urban Information
  • USP 175: Site Analysis
  • USP 177: Urban Design Practicum
  • USP 191: GIS for Urban and Community Planning

Capstone Studio Sequence

In their senior year, all RED majors must complete the Capstone Studio Sequence, in order:

  • USP 185A: Real Estate Finance and Development Studio I (offered only in fall)
  • USP 185B: Real Estate Finance and Development Studio II (offered only in winter)

Upper Division Electives

Students are to choose two (2) courses from:

  • ECON 116: Economic Development
  • ECON 125: Demographic Analysis and Forecasting
  • ECON 131: Economics of the Environment
  • USP 120: Urban Planning, Infrastructure, and Real Estate
  • USP 137: Housing and Community Development Policy and Practice
  • USP 155: Real Estate Development in Global and Comparative Perspective 
  • USP 170: Sustainable Planning
  • USP 173: History of Urban Planning and Design
  • USP 179: Urban Design, Theory, and Practice
  • USP 180: Transportation Planning
  • USP 181: Public Transportation
  • MGT 112: Global Business Strategy
  • MGT 153: Business Analytics
  • MGT 157: Real Estate Securitization
  • MGT 158: Real Estate and the Tech Sector
  • MGT 162: Negotiation (Please note this course is only two units; an additional elective will be required to reach the 4 unit elective minimum)
  • MGT 164: Business and Organizational Leadership
  • MGT 166: Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility