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Urban & Regional Development

Bachelor of Science

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The regional development major deals with regional growth, location of economic activity, land development, and real estate. Students learn to analyze data, use cartographic and geographic information systems, and work in the field and in remote-sensing laboratories. Internships are integral to the major. Course credit and on-the-job experience can be earned in Tucson's top private-sector firms and government agencies.

Major Details

College: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Website: http://geography.arizona.edu/programs
Math Required:

Moderate

    The M-strand is for students who require mathematical facility at the level of at least MATH 110 (Collegiate Algebra). This strand involves reasonable facility with algebra and algebraic functions, graphs, and simple modeling. Students who choose the M-strand are prepared for further mathematical work. This work may include LING 178 (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 113 (Elements of Calculus), or a statistics class from outside the Mathematics Department, such as ISTA 116 (Statistical Foundations for the Information Age) or SBS 200 (Statistics for the Social Sciences).
Moderate
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
Math-GE Moderate Strand 3
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
First Semester Second Language 4
2nd Semester
SBS 200 or MATH 163 3
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
ECON 200 Basic Economic Issues 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
General Elective 3
4th Semester
Core Course 3
Core Course 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Minor 3
5th Semester
Core Course 3
Core Course 3
Methods 3
General Elective 3
Minor 3
6th Semester
Urban and Regional Development Elective 3
Urban and Regional Development Elective 3
Methods 3
General Elective 3
Minor 3
7th Semester
Internship/Capstone 3
General Elective 3
Minor 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
8th Semester
Urban and Regional Development Elective 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit aztransfer.com

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of data analysis, geographic information systems (GIS), economics, land development, and regional growth activity gained from a major in Regional Development provides a strong career foundation. Graduates in this major may work in planning, development, consulting, and land acquisition and/or protection for local and regional agencies, firms, and institutes. This major is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in geography, arid lands resource science, planning, and landscape architecture.

Potential Career Areas

  • Planning
  • Development
  • Project management
  • Geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Land acquisition
  • Land management
  • Environmental enforcement
  • Consulting
  • Maintenance/operations

Sample Employers

  • City councils
  • Local and regional government agencies
  • Planning/revitalization alliances
  • Consulting firms
  • Development firms
  • Land trusts and preserves
  • Environmental agencies
  • Research institutes

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Regional Planner $40,400 - $63,000
City and Regional Planning Aide $21,400 - $37,200
Community Development Associate $25,000 - $40,000
Land Development Project Manager $65,000 - $100,000
Sustainability Specialist $33,800 - $62,400
Urban Planner $46,500 - $65,500
Community Planner $33,840 - $82,610
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist $36,177 - $46,279
Environmental Planner $37,960 - $59,810
Natural Resources Technician $22,000 - $49,000
Environmental Compliance Inspector $34,500 - $58,700
City Manager $40,000 - $94,992
Land Trust Manager $35,190 - $58,720