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Curriculum for the RED Major

A Bachelor of Science degree in real estate and development will be given to students who satisfactorily complete the general-education requirements of their college in addition to the real estate and development courses described below. The undergraduate RED major requires eight lower division courses, ten upper-division courses and the required two-quarter Capstone Studio Sequence. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the lower-division requirements before they enroll in the upper-division courses.

Lower-division and upper-division requirements must be taken for a letter grade, and graded C- or higher to count toward the major.

A 2.0 grade-point average is required for all courses in the major. You can declare the major using the major/minor tool.

Transfer students should see the USP student affairs advisor to determine whether courses taken elsewhere satisfy RED major requirements. No more than one special studies course, USP 198, USP 199, will be accepted to count towards the major. 

Lower-Division Requirements

8 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)
  • USP 25: Real Estate Principles and Analysis
  • 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

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 152A (formerly USP 152): Real Estate Development Finance and Investment
    • Prerequisite: USP 25
  • USP 153: Real Estate and Development Market Analysis
  • USP 171: Sustainable Development (or USP 170 Planning for Sustainable Communities)
  • MGT 172: Business Project Management

Technical Elective

Technical Elective

Students are to choose one (1) course of:

  • USP 169: Introduction to Green Building
    • Prerequisite: USP 124
  • USP 172: Graphics, Visual Communication, and Urban Information
  • USP 175: Site Analysis
  • USP 177A: Urban Design Practicum
  • USP 191A: Intermediate Geographic Information Systems for Urban and Community Planning
    • Prerequisite: USP 4

Capstone 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)
    • Prerequisites: USP 124, USP 151, USP 152A, and USP 153
  • USP 185B: Real Estate Finance and Development Studio II (offered only in winter)
    • Prerequisite: USP 185A

Upper Division Electives

Students are to choose two (2) courses from the list below.  Be sure to check the catalog for any prerequisites. 

  • 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 152B: Advanced Real Estate Development Finance and Investment
  • USP 155: Real Estate Development in Global and Comparative Perspective 
  • USP 158A: Advanced Special Topics in Real Estate & Development
  • USP 159A. NAIOP Real Estate University Challenge I
  • USP 170. Planning for Sustainable Communities
  • USP 173: History of Urban Planning and Design
  • USP 177B: Advanced Urban Design
  • USP 179: Urban Design, Theory, and Practice
  • USP 180: Transportation Planning
  • USP 181: Public Transportation
  • USP 190: Senior Honors Seminar
  • USP 191B: Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Urban and Community Planning 
  • 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 
  • MGT 164: Business and Organizational Leadership
  • MGT 166: Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • MGT 181: Enterprise Finance

Double Major and/or Minor Options

Many students will consider adding a second major or minor during their time at UC San Diego. Below are some of the most common double major and minor options for the RED Major. We have listed the five most popular at the top. Please follow the links for more information. Any additional questions can be submitted to the respective departments through the Virtual Advising Center.

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Additional Possibilities: