What does it cost?
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How long will it take?

4 years

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

FALL SEMESTER
April 1

SPRING SEMESTER
Early Application Deadline: October 1
Regular Application Deadline: December 1

SUMMER SEMESTER
Early Application Deadline: February 1
Regular Application Deadline: April 1

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Geosciences, B.A., concentration in Urban Studies

The Urban Studies concentration enables students to focus on the study of cities, including urban development and economics, urban politics and institutions, the urban built environment, social and environmental disparities in cities and the changing physical and social dynamics of urbanization processes. This interdisciplinary approach allows students to draw from a variety of courses to solve some of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century city. The Urban Studies concentration draws from classes in complementary departments, enabling the student to develop specific interests within the concentration.

The Department of Geosciences includes a diverse faculty of scholars from the disciplines of geography, geology and hydrology. Research clusters in the department investigate urban environmental issues, including water, from water governance to water quality and quantity, climate change and quantity, geochemical processes, and geographic information systems and informatics.

Geosciences, B.A., concentration in Urban Studies

The Urban Studies concentration enables students to focus on the study of cities, including urban development and economics, urban politics and institutions, the urban built environment, social and environmental disparities in cities and the changing physical and social dynamics of urbanization processes. This interdisciplinary approach allows students to draw from a variety of courses to solve some of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century city. The Urban Studies concentration draws from classes in complementary departments, enabling the student to develop specific interests within the concentration.

The Department of Geosciences includes a diverse faculty of scholars from the disciplines of geography, geology and hydrology. Research clusters in the department investigate urban environmental issues, including water, from water governance to water quality and quantity, climate change and quantity, geochemical processes, and geographic information systems and informatics.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

4 years

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

FALL SEMESTER
April 1

SPRING SEMESTER
Early Application Deadline: October 1
Regular Application Deadline: December 1

SUMMER SEMESTER
Early Application Deadline: February 1
Regular Application Deadline: April 1

View Undergraduate Deadlines

Careers

Students graduating with the urban studies concentration will be well prepared to enter jobs or graduate study in urban planning, urban policy work, non-governmental organization administration, community-based work and urban public health, among many others. Pursuing a certificate in Geographic Information Systems, water science or sustainability provides a complementary suite of courses for students to specialize in their areas of interest.

Program Details

If you’re a senior in high school or if you graduated from high school within the last two years, you’ll apply to begin your bachelor’s degree program using Georgia State’s Common Application. Find out more about applying.

International students: International applicants are those students who are in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa (B-1, H-1, J-1, etc.); students who are living outside the U.S. and who will require an F-1 visa to study in the United States; students who are in the process of applying for Permanent Residency status, but have not yet received the Permanent Residency card; or students who have been educated outside the U.S. Learn more about the application process.

Transfer students: If you’re already in college but need a change, transferring to Georgia State can provide you with the opportunities you need to succeed — in school and after graduation. View the details.

In addition to course content focused on different aspects of urban problems and solutions, students will gain a skill set to address such issues, including a holistic approach to understanding urban dynamics, critical thinking and writing skills to express the complexity of urban issues, and a tool kit of data collection and analysis skills, which may include Geographic Information Systems (GIS), quantitative spatial analysis, and/or qualitative analysis.

All students are required to complete an entry-level class early on in the major, GEOL 3000, an internship or other course that includes experiential learning (field, lab, or research based), and a senior capstone course, GEOG 4830, to help prepare them for their career goals in geosciences after graduation.

Please see the Undergraduate Catalog for a detailed schedule of required courses for the major.

In addition to the Program Degree Requirements, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see section 3030) and the University Degree Requirements (see section 1400).

The department offers two endowed scholarships for undergraduate majors: the Ernest Fritz Memorial Field Camp Endowment and the David E. OgrenMemorial Endowed Scholarship.

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Contacts

Department of Geosciences
Langdale Hall, Suite 730
38 Peachtree Center Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303

Mailing address:
Department of Geosciences
P.O. Box 3965
Atlanta, GA 30302
404-413-5750
Fax: 404-413-5768
geosciences@gsu.edu

For Undergraduate Advisement, contact:
Dr. Christy Visaggi
cvisaggi@gsu.edu
404-413-5755

College of Arts & Sciences
25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

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