Transportation Classes

At UCLA, there are two departments with transportation-related classes


Civil and Environmental Engineering Department:

  • CEE180: Introduction to Transportation Engineering (Spring)
    General characteristics of transportation systems, including streets and highways, rail, transit, air, and water. Capacity considerations including time-space diagrams and queuing. Components of transportation system design, including horizontal and vertical alignment, cross sections, earthwork, drainage, and pavements.
  • CEE181: Traffic Engineering Systems: Operations and Control (Fall)
    Applications of traffic flow theories; data collection and analyses; intersection capacity analyses; simulation models; traffic signal design; signal timing design, implementation, and performance evaluation; Intelligent Transportation Systems concept, architecture, and integration.

Please note: CEE180 and CEE181 is offered in the spring and fall, respectively.  However, in the case of financial issues, CEE180 and CEE181 may be offered in a rotating  schedule. Such that, if CEE181 was offered during the fall of this year, CEE180 will be offered   the Spring of next year instead. Please plan accordingly and check the course schedules via myUCLA website.


Urban Planning Department (petition required):

  • URBN PL 120: Introduction to Cities and Planning (Undergraduate)
    Survey of urban history and evolution in U.S., urban social theory, current growth trends, system of cities, urban economy and economic restructuring, traditional and alternative location theories, urban transportation, and residential location and segregation
  • URBN PL 121: Urban Planning and Policy (Undergraduate)
    Examination of current urban planning and policy issues and debates, such as normative theories of good urban form, metropolitan organization and governance, economic development and growth management, edge cities, spatial mismatch hypothesis, urban poverty, racial/ethnic inequality, gender and urban structure, sustainability, and future of cities
  • URBN PL M206B: Advanced Geographic Information Systems (Graduate)(Spring)
    Principles and skills of geographic analysis and modeling; managing, processing, and interpreting spatial data. Especially useful for students interested in environmental, demographic, suitability, and transportation-related research
  • URBN PL M250: Transportation and Land Use: Urban Form (Graduate)
     Historical evolution of urban form and transportation systems, intrametropolitan location theory, recent trends in urban form, spatial mismatch hypothesis, jobs/housing balance, transportation in strong central city and polycentric city, neotraditional town planning debate, rail transit and urban form
  • URBN PL 251: Transportation and Land Use: Parking (Graduate)
    Study of theory and practice of planning for parking and examination of how planning for parking in U.S. has become planning for free parking. Exploration of new ways to improve planning for parking, transportation, and land use
  • URBN PL 252: Transportation and Land Use: Transportation and Urban Design Studio (Graduate)
    Students acquire ability to collect and synthesize evidence typically marshaled by transportation planning and urban design professionals, urban and site analysis capabilities, design and physical planning skills, and data analysis and design presentation and re-presentation abilities
  • URBN PL M253: Travel Behavior Analysis (Graduate)
    Descriptions of travel patterns in metropolitan areas, recent trends and projections into future, overview of travel forecasting methods, trip generation, trip distribution, mode split traffic assignment, critique of traditional travel forecasting methods and new approaches to travel behavior analysis
  • URBN PL 254: Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning (Graduate)
    Exploration of field’s relationship to land use and transportation planning, public health, and environment. Detailed knowledge provided of various bicycle and pedestrian facilities and their appropriate contexts. Examination of bicycle and pedestrian planning in context of overall street design. Essential components of bicycle and pedestrian planning, including policies, programs, funding, and advocacy. In-class exercises and out-of-class planning projects
  • URBN PL M255: Transportation Policy and Planning (Graduate)
    Introduction to analysis, management, and operation of transportation systems. Topics include evaluating transportation system performance, causes and management of traffic congestion, transportation systems and demand management, complete streets, goods movement, shipping, aviation, and high-speed rail policy and planning, public transportation planning, transportation services for elderly and disabled, and intelligent transportation systems
  • URBN PL M256: Transportation Economics, Finance, and Policy (Graduate)
    Overview of transportation finance and economics; concepts of efficiency and equity in transportation finance; historical evolution of highway and transit finance; current issues in highway finance; private participation in road finance, toll roads, road costs and cost allocation, truck charges, congestion pricing; current issues in transit finance; transit fare and subsidy policies, contracting and privatization of transit services
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