Bachelor in Urban Ecology
Urban ecology involves the study of the relationships between humans and nature in urban environments. If you’re interested in enhancing the vitality and sustainability of various communities by exploring the interrelationships among social, environmental, and economic systems, then a degree in Urban Ecology at the U is for you! It is designed to respond to problems and opportunities that exist in cities, suburbs, small towns, and rural places, particularly in the Intermountain West. These include environmental management, fragile landscape protection, recreation and tourism, public lands planning, rapid population growth, regional transportation, energy production, and sprawl.
As a student of the Urban Ecology program, you will take classes in planning, field studies, economics, law, and social justice. Explore a variety of electives topics such as green infrastructure, sustainable development, community leadership, and cities in literature. In your senior year, you will take the Ecological Planning Workshop, which involves tackling real-world problems through completing an internship. The undergraduate program in Urban Ecology will prepare you for a professional career in environmental and sustainability planning, public health, public policy, or community development and planning. U graduates work in government, private, and nonprofit sectors, and have used analytical and technical skills to pursue work as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysts, planning consultants, conservationists, community organizers, environmental outreach, and project engineers. With further education, Urban Ecology graduates can pursue a career in architecture, law, real estate development, social work, urban design, and urban planning.
Admission into the Major
The Design Foundations program provides pre-major students with cross-disciplinary design-related literacy and skills in a supportive, cohort-based learning environment. In their first year, Design Foundations students work together in three courses—Design Contexts (DES 2630), Design Ecologies (CMP 2010), and Design Foundations Workshop (ARCH 2630). During their second year, students explore in greater depth one of three streams of inquiry—design, urban ecology, or architecture–preparing them for entering one of the college’s three undergraduate majors.
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. Transfer students should have completed, or nearly completed their general education requirements. Those interested in majoring in Urban Ecology must meet with an Academic Success Advisor to declare.
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.
At the U, we plan for our students to have an Exceptional Educational Experience identified by four broad categories we call the Learning Framework: Community, Knowledge & Skills, Transformation, and Impact. This major map will help you envision, explore, design, and plan your personalized Exceptional Educational Experience with the Learning Framework at the core. In addition to assisting you in planning your coursework and navigating the requirements of your major, this map will help you incorporate other kinds of experiences to expand your knowledge, support your development, and prepare you for the future you want.
International students seeking employment in the U.S. during or after completing their degree program have access to a number of helpful resources. F-1 students are eligible for curricular practical training (CPT), as well as post-program optional practical training (OPT), and a STEM OPT extension. The BA/BS Urban Ecology Program is a STEM CIP (Code: 03.0103 Environmental Studies).