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Undergraduate Education in Real Estate

The School of Business offers curricula leading to a Bachelor of Science with a major in Business Administration and a specialty in real estate or real property development and management. The requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree fall into two parts: lower division (first and second years), and upper division (third and fourth years). In the first two years, all students share a common curriculum designed primarily to provide a sound general education in basic liberal arts subjects. In the last two years, the student devotes most of his study to the field of business administration and the specialty area.

For course descriptions, number of units, and prerequisite requirements, please consult our Undergraduate Senior Options Elective Course Guide.

Notes:    

  • Undergraduates wishing to enroll in graduate courses for undergraduate credit must secure prior approval(Graduate courses are numbered 500 and above.)
  • Many of the courses in the Real Property Development Concentration and the Real Estate & Construction Management Concentration fulfill some of the course requirements for licensing in real estate brokerage and appraisal in the State of California.

 

Bachelor of Science: Real Estate Finance Concentration

The Real Estate Finance Concentration involves the application of business decision-making tools in the real estate industry.  Emphasis is placed on economic and financial analysis of issues in real estate markets including those related to investment and development.  You must take at least four courses.


Required course for this concentration:
FBE 391    Real Estate Finance and Investment

Select up to ONE of the following courses for this concentration:
FBE 324    The Financial System
FBE 421    Financial Analysis and Valuation
FBE 425    Management of Financial Institutions
FBE 441    Investments
FBE 459    Financial Derivatives
PPD 435    Analyzing Real Estate Markets for Planning and Development

Select at least TWO of the following courses (Required): (For a total of THREE elective courses.)
FBE 427    Real Estate Law
FBE 466    Management of Real Estate Development: Feasibility Studies
FBE 470    Advanced Real Estate Analysis
FBE 489    Real Estate Capital Markets

A total of FOUR courses are required for this concentration - - one required course + three elective courses.


 

Bachelor of Science: Real Property Development Concentration

The Real Estate Development and Management Program is a concentrated course of study aimed at preparing the undergraduate business major for a career in the real estate development industry.

The student who successfully completes the specified course work and summer internship work experience in this program will, upon graduation, receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major option in real property development and management and should be well qualified to enter the building and development industries. Successful placement in real estate careers has been typical for a majority of the program's graduates.

Course work consists of the undergraduate business curriculum with a rigorous curriculum of upper division real estate courses, including the capstone course, Real Property Development and Management (FBE 466). In the latter course, students often work side-by-side with students from the School of Architecture. As well, upper division elective courses in construction engineering and management from the Civil Engineering Department are taken. A required summer internship involves two months of full-time employment with a real estate firm usually between the student's junior and senior years. Through this direct involvement with the industry, the student gains first-hand exposure to the wide range of activities involved in real estate asset management, finance and development process. Many internships will be made known and available to the students from firms choosing to participate in the internship program each year.


Required courses for this concentration:
FBE 391    Real Estate Finance and Investments
FBE 466    Management of Real Estate Development:  Feasibility Studies
FBE 470    Advanced Real Estate Analysis

Select ONE additional course for this option:
ARCH 106x    Workshop in Architecture
ARCH 304x    Intensive Survey: Prehistory to the Present
GEOG 281L    Environmental Geographic Information Systems   (Geography Department)
PPD  417    History of Planning and Development   (School of Policy, Planning, & Development)
PPD  435    Analyzing Real Estate Markets for Planning and Development
PPD  470    History and Development of Cities

Select ONE additional course for this option:
CE      460    Construction Engineering   (Civil Engineering Department)
FBE    427    Real Estate Law
FBE    489    Real Estate Capital Markets

A total of FIVE courses are required for this concentration - - three required courses + two elective courses.


 

Bachelor of Science: Real Estate & Construction Management Concentration

Real Estate and Construction Management Concentration is designed for students interested in construction and project management aspects of the real estate development process.  Course work includes upper division courses in construction engineering and management from the Civil Engineering Department

Required courses for this concentration:
FBE 391    Real Estate Finance and Investment
FBE 466    Management of Real Estate Development: Feasibility Studies
FBE 470    Advanced Real Estate Analysis
CE   460    Construction Engineering  (Civil Engineering Department)

Select TWO additional courses for this option:
FBE  427    Real Estate Law,   or    CE    412    Construction Law and the Property Development Process
CE    461    General Construction Estimating
CE    462    Construction Methods and Equipment
CE    472    Construction Labor Management

A total of SIX courses are required for this concentration - - four required courses + two elective courses.

 


This page last updated on 11/11/2008.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Finance & Business Economics Dept. at  213-740-6515 or fbe[at]usc[dot]edu.