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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Urban and Regional Studies

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Arts and Sciences: General Studies (Germanna Community College)
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Program description

The L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs is a creative, interdisciplinary grouping of programs in the social sciences and professional arenas that provides students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for success in public service.   The Wilder School brings together faculty from multiple disciplines that share a common interest in public affairs. The Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Studies requires 120 credits, including 40 credits within the major. The program is designed so that students may enter as late as their junior year and provides a solid foundation for professional work or advanced study aimed at addressing some of the most important challenges and issues facing the U.S. and other world regions, such as urban sprawl, economic marginalization, ethnic and racial conflict and environmental degradation. The program covers a wide range of topics related to these issues, including transportation, housing, land use, environmental management, regional and international development, human-environment interaction, globalization and socioeconomic change. Students can focus on the subject matter of their interest by choosing to concentrate in either urban planning and policy or regional analysis and development; alternatively they may opt for a generalized course of study. Nine core courses and a lab (28 credits total) are required for all majors. These courses provide fundamental background knowledge in an array of disciplines that form the foundations of urban and regional studies, such as urban planning and design, human and physical geography, economics, environmental management, urban and public policy, and geographic information systems. Students complete their remaining 12 credits within one of the two concentrations or through a generalized course of study. 

Career opportunities

The program helps develop a theoretical and methodological background as well as analytical skills that can be used to address a wide range of issues and problems. Students acquire marketable skills in qualitative and quantitative analysis, computer usage, problem solving and communication — as well as a broad perspective on environment and society — that are essential for many occupations.

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Advocate
  • City and Regional Planning Aides
  • Environmental Restoration Planner
  • Geospatial Information Scientists and Technicians
  • Housing Specialist
  • Real Estate Associate
  • Research Assistant
  • Social and Community Service Manager
  • Transportation Manager
  • Transportation Planner
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Government Agency Administrator
  • Nonprofit Director
  • Researcher
  • Urban & Regional Planner
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

If you would like to meet with a Transfer Center advisor,please fill out our online advising request form.

Please sign-up for this Transfer Map by completing the Letter of Interest.

Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • STAT 210
Science required
  • Core only
Foreign language requirements
  • Yes
Additional tuition/fees
  • No
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.0

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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Urban and Regional Studies

Germanna Community College (Associate of Arts and Sciences: General Studies)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • Be prepared for academic challenges and use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Browse careers related to Urban and Regional Studies through the career coach.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Take a career assessment through the career coach.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Work with career services to build resume.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Visit the VCU Wilder School website to become familiar with upcoming course offerings, syllabi, and professors.
  • Use Navigate to remain on your pathway.
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU Wilder School, consider joining a VCU club, or meeting with VCU students to make professional and personal connections.
  • Take service-learning classes or volunteer to address a current issue in your community.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Wilder School-related events.
  • Consider learning a foreign language, or make a plan for undertaking that study at VCU.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Be prepared for academic challenges and use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV 100.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to Urban and Regional Studies through the career coach.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Take a career assessment through the career coach.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Work with career services to build resume.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Visit the VCU Wilder School website to become familiar with upcoming course offerings, syllabi, and professors.
  • Use Navigate to remain on your pathway.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU Wilder School, consider joining a VCU club, or meeting with VCU students to make professional and personal connections.
  • Take service-learning classes or volunteer to address a current issue in your community.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Wilder School-related events.
  • Consider learning a foreign language, or make a plan for undertaking that study at VCU.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.

Course equivalent
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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Urban and Regional Studies

Germanna Community College (Associate of Arts and Sciences: General Studies)

Germanna Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
SDV 100College Success Skills UNIV 1011Elective
ENG 111College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement.UNIV 111-1123General education
HISWestern Civilization or World History (select 1): HIS 101, 102, 111, 112 HIST3General education
MTH 154Quantitative Reasoning MATH 1313General education
Transfer electiveITE 115 or transfer elective VCU equivalent3Elective
ENG 112College Composition II UNIV 2003General education
HISU.S. History (select 1): HIS 121, 122 HIST3General education
MTH 245Statistics I STAT 2103Major
CST 100Public Speaking (or CST 110 or CST 126) SPCH 1213Elective
Transfer elective GEO 200 Physical GeographyURSP 2043Major
Laboratory ScienceLaboratory Science (select 1): BIO 101, CHM 101, GOL 105, PHY 201. VCU equivalent4General education
HumanitiesAny 200-level ENG literature course (select 1): ENG 241, 242, 243, 244, 251, 252 ENGL3General education
Transfer electiveTransfer elective (foreign language 101 recommended; see note below about VCU's foreign language requirement)VCU equivalent3 to 4General education
HumanitiesHumanities elective (select 1): ART 101, 102, HUM 100, MUS 121, PHI 101, REL 231, 232VCU equivalent3General education
Social/Behavioral ScienceSocial/Behavioral Science (select 1): PSY 200, SOC 200, SOC 211, PLS 211, PLS 241VCU equivalent3General education
Laboratory ScienceLaboratory Science: BIO 101, 102, CHM 101, 102, GOL 105, 106, PHY 201, 202.VCU equivalent4General education
HumanitiesHumanities elective (select 1): ART 101, 102, HUM 100, MUS 121, PHI 101, REL 231 or additional ENG literature class VCU equivalent3General education
Transfer electiveTransfer elective (foreign language 102 recommended; see note below about VCU's foreign language requirement) VCU equivalent3 to 4General education
Social/Behavioral ScienceSocial/Behavioral Science (select 1): PSY 200, SOC 200, SOC 211, PLS 211, PLS 241VCU equivalent3General education
Transfer elective GEO 210 People and the LandURSP 1023Major
Germanna CC credits transferred to VCU60 to 62
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
Foreign language through the 102 level. If not completed at Germanna. (This requirement can be fulfilled by means of completion of the 102-level of a language or waived if the student completed up through the third level of a foreign language in high school. Additionally, language waiver and placement testing options are available for native or heritage speakers of a non-english language.)0 to 8General education
URSP 116Introduction to the City3Major
URSZ 204Physical Geography Laboratory1Major
URSP 306Economic Geography 3Major
URSP 310Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning 3Major
URSP 313Research and Field Methods in Urban and Regional Studies 3Major
URSP/ENVS 332Environmental Management 3Major
URSP 360Community and Regional Analysis and GIS 3Major
URSP 428Land Use and Infrastructure Planning 3Major
URSP 440Senior Capstone Seminar in Urban and Regional Studies 3Major
URSPUrban and regional studies electives (Select nine additional upper-level credits from any URSP courses.) 9Major
Upper-level electives (300- or 400-level courses): consider a minor or a second major Note: Students must complete a minimum of 45 upper-level credits to graduate from VCU.15Elective
Open electives9 to 11Elective
Credits completed at VCU58 to 60
Bachelor's degree total120
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