The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning

Bachelor in Urban Ecology

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.

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Bachelor in Urban Ecology

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.

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.


Required courses listed below:

Click here to download the Bachelor’s in Urban Ecology Approved Electives

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.

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

Phone: (801) 581-7175

Urban Ecology Honors

The Honors Program offers an academically challenging course of study for undergraduate urban ecology students. The program allows the top students in the college to satisfy some of the urban ecology degree requirements through a distinctive and demanding set of classes created to stimulate design, planning, and conceptual excellence. Students completing the specified requirements will earn an honors bachelor of science/arts.

To satisfy the requirements for honors, students must be accepted into the University’s Honors College and complete the courses outlined below:

Honors Core in Architecture + Planning
Take both of the following courses:
• CMP 3101: People and Place I and
• ARCH 2615: People and Place II

Honors Writing
• HONOR 3200: Writing in a Research University

Honors Core in Intellectual Traditions
Select 2 courses from the following: *
• HONOR 2101: The World of Antiquity
• HONOR 2102: Medieval Christianity and Renaissance Humanism
• HONOR 2103: Emergence of Modern Times

Honors General Education Courses
Take any 2 additional Honors courses at the University. *
In selecting courses, students should look for opportunities to simultaneously satisfy general education or major pre-requisite requirements.

Honors Thesis/Capstone Project
• ARCH/CMP 4999: Honors Thesis
Students are encouraged to integrate their thesis/capstone project with the final project required by their major.

For more information: click here for a list of Honors courses that count for other major/university requirements; click here for the Honors College at the University of Utah

* Transfer students who enter the University with greater than 59 credits or an Associates Degree are required to take only one of these courses.

If you would like to speak with an advisor about obtaining an honors degree in Urban Planning please feel free to contact us by phone or email.

Phone: (801) 581-7175

Urban Ecology Minor

Academic Program Completion Plan for the Minor in Urban Ecology
(18 credit hours)

With the successful completion of six undergraduate courses in urban ecology, a student from any major at the University of Utah may earn a minor in Urban Ecology. This supplementary undergraduate program may be of use to students from a wide variety of disciplines who wish to acquire a base of knowledge about urban ecology.

Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher to be admitted to the minor. To enter the minor, a student must first seek consultation from the City & Metropolitan Planning advisor for review and approval of the courses to be used. The student may then request to be coded into the minor. Completion of six courses with a grade of B- or better are required as specified below.

CMP 2010 Design Ecologies (3 credit hours)
DES 2630 Design Contexts (3 credit hours)
CMP 3200 Ecology of Human Settlements (3 credit hours)
CMP 4010 Field Studies in Urban Ecology I (3 credit hours)
CMP 4600 The Just City (3 credit hours)
+ Elective from CMP 3000-Level courses (3 credit hours)

If you would like to speak with an advisor about obtaining a minor in Urban Ecology please feel free to contact us by phone or email.

Phone: (801) 581-7175