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How long will it take?

4 years

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


Geosciences, Urban Studies, B.S.

The Urban Studies concentration is focused on topics across geosciences applicable to the study of urban settings, including social and environmental disparities in cities, issues related to development and economics from urbanization and more. This interdisciplinary concentration situated in Geosciences affords an opportunity for students to learn beyond the department as well as benefit from a multitude of expertise in Geosciences on human-environmental challenges.

The Department of Geosciences includes a diverse faculty of scholars from the disciplines of geography, geology and hydrology. Research clusters in the department investigate pressing 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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Majors should be aware that there are prerequisites for several courses in our department. In addition, most of our courses are offered only once a year (and several specialty courses only every other year). Note that classes in the Department of Geosciences are listed under either Geology or Geography in the course catalog. Additional course options may be available by working directly with a faculty member such as through offerings of Topics (GEOG 4097/GEOL 4097) or Independent Research (GEOG 4098/GEOL 4098). The department additionally encourages our students and prospective majors to attend the weekly colloquium series (and/or enroll in the affiliated one credit hour course GEOL 4095/GEOG 4095) to learn more about the range of opportunities in the discipline both at the university and beyond.

For more details, see the course catalog:

Geosciences, B.S.

Urban Studies Concentration

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

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