Urban Ecology (BS)

The United Nations’ World Urbanization Prospect estimates that 54% of the global population lives in an urban area, a figure that will rise to 66% by 2050. The increased urbanization of our world creates a demand for professionals who understand the unique needs, challenges, and opportunities created by this urban migration. The B.S. in Urban Ecology explores the interrelationships among social, environmental, and economic systems in order to enhance the vitality and sustainability of places and communities.
Students studying Urban Ecology confront the challenges of urbanization to understand the complexity of life in cities. In this highly interdisciplinary major, environmental science, city planning, public policy, community development, and sustainability come together to challenge students to think critically about the issues faced by our urban communities and how they might be overcome as cities continue to expand.


UAC Urban Ecology students study these phenomena in perhaps the most ideal location worldwide. Songdo, Korea’s premier smart city, has been designed to meet the needs of today’s urban resident. Responsive technology, efficient waste removal, and environmentally friendly design make Songdo the frontier of progressive urban planning. Whether in the classroom or in our neighborhood, Urban Ecology students are immersed in the cutting edge of urban theory and practice.
Demand for new professionals in these exciting fields is rising; upon graduation, 97% of Urban Ecology majors from the University of Utah have secured employment in government agencies, conservation organizations, consulting firms, universities, think tanks, and other employers around the globe. Our alumni work as urban planners, real estate developers, GIS experts, and policy analysts. The need for expertise in these areas is high and Utah students graduate prepared to face the challenges that lie ahead.