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How long will it take?

4 years

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

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Students may enter the program in the fall, spring or summer.


Geosciences, B.A., Urban Studies Concentration

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.

Program Details

High School Seniors and Recent Graduates
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Geosciences, B.A.

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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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.



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.


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

Phone: 404-413-5750
Fax: 404-413-5768
Email: [email protected]

Mailing address:
Department of Geosciences
P.O. Box 3965
Atlanta, GA 30302

College of Arts & Sciences Lockup25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

The information shared provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.