Available Emphasis Areas:

  • Community Planning and Development - Emphasis
  • Geospatial Sciences - Emphasis

The Bachelor of Science in Geographic Science and Community Planning integrates geographic knowledge and G.I.S. mapping technologies with the problem-solving fields of community planning and urban design. Known as Geodesign, this educational framework prepares students for careers in creating more livable and sustainable communities, while contributing to a better world.

Coursework for this degree provides a strong foundation and an option to select one of two available emphases. Geospatial Sciences engages students in the study of geospatial science with courses such as remote sensing and spatial analysis and G.I.S. applications. The community planning and development emphasis introduces students to the permitting and review process for community planning, and environmental impact studies and land use planning law and ethics.

What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Geographic Science and Community Planning?

This degree encourages you to pursue careers in community planning and design, digital mapping known as geographic information systems (G.I.S.), and physical and environmental geography. Collectively known as Geodesign, you will be prepared to apply geographic science to better analyze existing landscapes and design more livable and sustainable places through 2-D and 3-D modeling tools. You can choose an emphasis that focuses on community planning and development, or geospatial sciences and G.I.S. Our courses feature many engaging, real-world projects that prepare you well beyond graduation, and you will benefit from personal faculty attention through our smaller courses.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:

  • Urban and regional planner
  • Environmental resource manager
  • Community or land developer
  • Sustainable community organizer

With further education, one of these paths is possible:

  • Resource ecologist
  • Land use lawyer
  • International development
  • Business and political marketing
  • University faculty

University Requirements

To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

  • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
  • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
  • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
  • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.

Campus Availability

  • Flagstaff
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