Urban Studies

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 46.4 k / Year(s) Deadline: Apr 1, 2023
184 place StudyQA ranking:694 Duration:4 years You need IELTS certificate

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Geographers have a unique spatial perspective in understanding the modern world, global to local, through the twin lenses of space and place.

The urban studies concentration under the BS in geography applies the tools of geography to the study of urban areas. Students have an opportunity to focus in particular on the Phoenix metropolitan area and other rapidly urbanizing regions in arid climates. Tied with geographic information science, the urban studies major brings both knowledge and skill sets together in a powerful way.

  • MAT 142: College Mathematics (MA)
  • ENG 101 or ENG 102: First-Year Composition OR 
  • ENG 105: Advanced First-Year Composition OR 
  • ENG 107 or ENG 108: First-Year Composition
  • LIA 101: Student Success in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Humanities, Arts and Design (HU) AND Historical Awareness (H)
  • GCU 102: Introduction to Human Geography (SB & G) OR
  • GCU 121: World Geography (SB & G) OR
  • GPH 111: Introduction to Physical Geography (SQ)
  • Humanities, Arts and Design (HU) AND Cultural Diversity in the U.S. (C)
  • CLAS Science and Society Elective
  • Literacy and Critical Inquiry (L)
  • Natural Science - General (SG) OR
  • Natural Science - Quantitative (SQ)
  • GCU 361: Urban Geography (SB)
  • Upper Division Urban Topical Course
  • Upper Division CLAS Science and Society Elective
  • GIS 205: Geographic Information Technologies (CS)
  • Upper Division Urban Topical Course
  • Complete Cultural Diversity in the U.S. (C) course(s).
  • Complete Historical Awareness (H) course(s).
  • GIS 211: Geographic Information Science I (CS)
  • GIS 470: Statistics for Geographers (CS)
  • CU 496: Geographic Research Methods (L)

Urban Topical Courses

  • GCU 350: The Geography of World Crises (SB & G)
  • GCU 351: Population Geography (SB & G)
  • GCU 357: Social Geography (SB)
  • GCU 359: Cities of the World I (SB & G & H)
  • GCU 360: Cities of the World II (SB & G)
  • GCU 364: Energy in the Global Arena (SB & G)
  • GCU 441: Economic Geography (SB)
  • GCU 442: Geographical Analysis of Transportation (SB)
  • Freshmen must have a 3.00 grade point average (GPA) (a "B" or better where "A"=4.00) from a secondary school.
  • Transfer students must have a minimum 2.50 GPA (a "C+" or better where "A"=4.00) from a college or university. Some ASU programs require a minimum transfer GPA of 3.00, including the W. P. Carey School of Business and Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.
  • Some ASU  programs may have higher admission requirements and may require a minimum ACT or SAT score.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • All international students on F-1 or J-1 visas must provide a Financial Guarantee to show evidence of sufficient funds available for their students before their SEVIS Form I-20 can be issued. 


ASU offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships for highly qualified international freshman students who are non-immigrant, nonresident and degree seeking. To be considered for this competitive scholarship, you must submit your application for admission by April 1, 2017. There is no separate scholarship application to complete. 

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