Why study geographical sciences and urban planning at ASU?

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Gain a deeper understanding of the world, and help shape it

At ASU’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, we integrate the tools of geography and urban planning to help you learn cutting-edge techniques that you can use to address the world’s most pressing and complex challenges. Through innovative coursework, exciting research projects and employment opportunities, you’ll learn how people and the environment interact on the earth’s surface and how cities are planned for success.

Ranked seventh in the nation by the National Research Council, we pride ourselves on producing graduates who are employed by all levels of government, consulting firms and large companies, or go on to graduate studies to become urban planners, researchers, teachers or leaders in technology development.


Career Opportunities
Environmental Impact Analysts
Geographic Information Science Specialists And Analysts
Geospatial Software Developers
Hydrology And Water Resource Specialists
Location Analysts For Businesses
Remote Sensing Analysts
Community Development
Foreign Service
Geodemographic Analysis
Intelligence Analysis
International Trade
Nongovernmental Organizations
Public Sector Transportation Planning
Urban And Regional Planning

Our School by the Numbers


Number of faculty who are members of the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors in US science


ASU students who earned credit for geography, GIS & urban planning internships in 2018-2019 school year


Projected US employment growth rate in geospatial professions

Learn from and work with the best

Internationally Recognized Faculty

Our award-winning faculty members are dynamic lecturers and world-renowned researchers eager to help you gain the advanced knowledge and hands-on experience that will prepare you for a successful career. Among our internationally known leaders are four members of the National Academy of Sciences, a National Science Foundation Young Investigator award winner, two Guggenheim scholars, and members of the National Research Council Geographical Sciences Committee.

Earn a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Five Years

Want to earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just five years? Consider an accelerated program! The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning’s fast-track approach allows highly qualified students who are finishing their bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning or Geography to be enrolled simultaneously in the Master of Urban and Environmental Planning or MA Geography degree program. Click below to find out more about each of our 4+1 programs!

Cutting-edge Research Opportunities

Our research opportunities fall into various broad, interdisciplinary themes that span the expertise of our world-renowned faculty members. Within geographical sciences, you’ll find opportunities to do research in Computational Spatial Science, Cultural Geographies, Earth Systems and Climate Science, and Sustainability Science and Studies. And on the urban planning side, our general research areas include Community Development for Social Equity, Spatial and Economic Analysis, Transportation Planning and Policy, and Urban Design and Sustainable Cities.

Arizona Lifestyle

The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning is located on ASU’s Tempe campus. A quintessential college town, Tempe is a suburb of metropolitan Phoenix, where the sun shines nearly 300 days a year. In addition to being in close proximity to hiking and biking trails, you’ll also be able to take advantage of the amenities of urban living, including nearby shopping and dining as well as cultural events, sporting venues and more.
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Employment Opportunities

Students have the chance to work on campus with research teams and for exciting employers like the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Arizona Department of Water Resources. Learn more about the many internship opportunities and job openings currently available in geography and planning.
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