Urban Studies and Planning

BA Degree Option 4: Urban Studies and Planning (39 hours)


  • Students at CU Denver must follow the graduation guidelines specified in the catalog from the year in which they were admitted.  The following link contains an archive of the course catalogs from previous years: www.ucdenver.edu/registrar/catalogs/archived


Curriculum Checklist

All of the following:

GEOG 1202: Introduction to Physical Geography (3)


GEOG 1044/45: Introduction to Environmental Science with lab (4)             

GEOG 1302: Introduction to Human Geography (3)


GEOG 1102: World Regions in the Global Context (3)  

GEOG 2080: Introduction to Mapping and Map Analysis (3)

GEOG 3232: Weather and Climate (3)

GEOG 3411: Globalization and Regional Development (3)

EIGHT additional courses:

Urban Studies, ALL THREE:

GEOG 1602: Urban Studies and Planning (3)

GEOG 4640: Urban Geography: Denver and the U.S. (3)

GEOG 4680: Urban Sustainability: Perspectives and Practice (3)

Urban Planning, choose FOUR from following list:

GEOG 4000 / URPL 5010 Planning Methods (3)

GEOG 4230: Hazard Mitigation and Vulnerability Assessment  (3)

GEOG 4265: Sustainability in Resources Management (3)

GEOG 4400 / URPL 6600 Regional Planning and Economic Development (3)

GEOG 4450: Urban Food and Agriculture: Perspectives and Research (3)

GEOG 4460: Sustainable Urban Agriculture Field Study I (3)


GEOG 4470: Sustainable Urban Agriculture Field Study II (3)

GEOG 4630 / URPL 6550: Transportation, Planning and Policy (3)

GEOG 4670 / URPL 6555: Transportation, Land Use and the Environment (3)

GEOG 4710: Disasters, Climate Change, and Health (3)

URPL 5000: Planning History and Theory (3)

URPL 6300: Community and Environmental Health Planning (3)

URPL 6650: Planning in the Developing World (3)

Techniques for Urban Analysis, choose ONE from the following list:    

GEOG 4080: Introduction to GIS (pre-req to most of the advanced GISci courses) (3)

GEOG 4060: Remote Sensing I: Introduction to Remote Sensing (pre-req for Remote Sensing II) (3)

GEOG 4085: GIS Applications for the Urban Environment (3)

GEOG 4235: GIS Applications in the Health Sciences (3)

Community/Professional Experience (Optional, but highly recommended)

GEOG 3939: Cooperative Education Internship           

GEOG 4995: Travel Study      


  • This option has an articulation agreement with the Masters in Urban and Regional Planning. If interested, students should check with the option advisor early in the program. 
  • For URPL courses not cross-listed as GEOG courses, students should check with URPL faculty before enrolling.
  • Only 3 credits of Travel Study may be counted toward graduation requirements
  • Students must complete a minimum of 24 hours of upper-division credit.
  • At least 15 semester hours must be taken at CU Denver.
  • Undergraduate students may count up to 6 credit hours of independent study or internship (any combination of GEOG 3840, 4840, 4880, or 3939) towards elective credit in the major as approved by the undergraduate coordinator. Students may not receive more than 3 credit hours per independent study section. No more than 3 credit hours of independent study may be taken with the same instructor or in the same term.
  • In addition, admission to the MS in ES program requires one semester of physics (with lab) and one semester of calculus.