The undergraduate degree in Urban Ecology focuses on exploring the interrelationships among social, environmental and economic systems, with an aim toward enhancing the vitality and sustainability of places and communities. For those seeking work at the graduate level, it also provides preparation for the Master of City & Metropolitan degree.
The program is designed to respond to the particular problems and opportunities that exist in the “new west.” These might be characterized as environmental management, fragile landscape protection, recreation and tourism, public lands planning, rapid population growth, rural towns, regional transportation, energy production and low density sprawl.
The field of Urban Ecology helps communities understand the complexity of issues that affect daily quality of life as well as the long-term health of the environment. It is a highly interdisciplinary field and the workday usually brings a variety of different activities including analytical work, community meetings, problem solving, and administrative actions. The undergraduate program in Urban Ecology will prepare students well for professional careers in environmental and sustainability planning, urban planning, public health, public policy, and community development.
B.S./B.A. in Urban Ecology Curriculum:
Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher to be admitted to the major. To enter the major, a student must first seek consultation from the program advisor and then request to be coded as a major.
Prior to beginning studies in Urban Ecology, students should have satisfied the University’s Lower Division Writing Requirement, the American Institutions Requirement, the Quantitative Reasoning Requirements, and most of the Intellectual Explorations Requirements. Transfer students should have or nearly have completed their general education requirements. Typically, the Urban Ecology major can be completed in a two- year period. However, efficiently scheduling both required courses and desired electives demands care, forethought and consideration. Urban Ecology courses are usually offered once a year, and their scheduling is reasonably predictable. Continued enrollment in the major requires students to maintain a 2.7 overall GPA or a 3.00 GPA within the major.
Prerequisite (3 credits)
BIOL 1400 Introduction to Environmental Science
Required Core (26 credits)
CMP 2010 Introduction to Urban Ecology
CMP 3100 Urban & Environmental Planning History & Practice
CMP 3200 Principles of Ecology for Planners
CMP 3270 Visual, Oral & Written Communications
CMP 3400 Urban & Environmental Economics
CMP 4010 Research Methods in Urban Ecology
CMP 4260 Land, Law & Culture
CMP 4280 Ecological Planning Workshop
CMP 4450 GIS for Urban Ecologists
CMP 4954 Internship in Urban Ecology
Electives (18 credits)
Select from any other undergraduate Urban Ecology offerings or related courses in other disciplines at the upper division level.
If you would like to speak with an advisor about obtaining an undergraduate degree in Urban Ecology please feel free to contact us by phone or email.
The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning
375 South 1530 East Room 235
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
Phone: (801) 581-7175