Urban Planning (Minor)

At a Glance: program details

Minor Map

Understand how communities can utilize alternative transportation, develop housing solutions and forge community partnerships for urban revitalization. Study the issues experienced by urban areas and the planning tools used to tackle those issues.

Program Description

Students who wish to gain a further understanding of their communities, from the neighborhood to the national level, can benefit from an urban planning minor. The program provides insights into how neighborhoods are created and the effects the planning of neighborhoods has on its residents

Program Requirements

The minor requires completion of 18 credit hours, of which at least 12 must be upper division. Each course must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher.
Required Course -- 3 credit hours
Urban Planning Electives -- 6 credit hours
PUP Elective (6)
Upper-Division Urban Planning Electives -- 9 credit hours
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment Requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: BSP in urban planning

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and minor.

Career Outlook

The urban planning minor introduces students to the fields of urban, regional and environmental planning. Students in the minor program can explore the theories, methods and practices of many urban planning topics, including:

  • comprehensive planning
  • planning law
  • public policy formulation
  • site planning
  • socioeconomic and environmental analyses
  • sustainable planning
  • urban design

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Geographic Information Systems Technologists and Technicians

  • Growth: 9.7%
  • Median Salary*: 98740
  Bright Outlook

Government Property Inspectors and Investigators

  • Growth: 4.6%
  • Median Salary*: 71690
  Bright Outlook

Real Estate Brokers

  • Growth: 3.5%
  • Median Salary*: 62190

Social and Community Service Managers

  • Growth: 9.1%
  • Median Salary*: 74240
  Bright Outlook

Sustainability Specialists

  • Growth: 4.1%
  • Median Salary*: 75990
  Bright Outlook

Traffic Technicians

  • Growth: 3.5%
  • Median Salary*: 50050

Transportation Planners

  • Growth: 1.7%
  • Median Salary*: 88900

Urban and Regional Planners

  • Growth: 3.7%
  • Median Salary*: 79540

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

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