Online Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning
Arizona State University’s online urban planning degree teaches theories and practices for creating equitable, healthy and happy communities. In this unique program, you’ll study transportation, business districts, neighborhoods, green space and more. After completing this program, you’ll have the knowledge and experience needed to design impactful communities.
Next start date: 06/29/2022
Total classes: 40
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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Why earn an urban planning degree?
Urban planning is shaping the way our cities, states and communities operate, how people navigate the globe and how cities are planned for success. By earning this degree, you’ll gain a foundation of historical understanding of the urban planning field, as well as modern tools needed within the industry. This degree will prepare you to design communities and directly impact residents’ quality of life. You’ll also gain experience working with geographic information science, which is a highly marketable skill.
What skills do you earn in an urban development degree?
In this online urban planning degree, you’ll gain important skills in problem solving, design and critical thinking. You’ll also learn to cultivate an analytical perspective in urban development. All program courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who’ll guide you in studying relevant physical, social, political and economic issues. Additionally, elective courses in areas like ethics, economic development and government planning allow for specialization.
What industries hire urban development and city planners?
City planning degree holders can work in commercial real estate and private planning. Government agencies may also hire individuals with this kind of background. Most urban planning careers with the government are available at the city level but county, state and federal jobs do exist. You can also consider working in transportation or consulting.
Will my urban planning degree say 'online'?
No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.
Urban planning degree courses
In this program, you’ll utilize qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. In your required courses, you’ll learn about sustainability and foundational principles. You’ll also have the opportunity to take elective courses that focus on economic development, planning laws, government planning, environmental planning, ethics and social issues found within planning. Examples of courses in this major include:
PUP 301: Introduction to Urban Planning (L)
PUP 190: Sustainable Cities ((HU or SB) & G)
GIS 205: Geographic Information Science I (CS)
GIS 270: Statistics for Geography and Planning
PUP 424: Planning Methods
What can I do with an online urban planning degree?
Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to continue your education or apply for jobs in the public, private or nonprofit sectors. Depending on your area of interest, your career path could involve compliance, appraising, planning, consulting and more. Possible career options include:
Online urban planning degree admission requirements
You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).
A transdisciplinary approach to urban planning
ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens.