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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Urban and Regional Studies

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: General Studies (John Tyler 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

John Tyler Community College (Associate of Science: General Studies)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • Attend Tyler Orientation.
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV course.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus or in your community.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Browse careers related to Urban and Regional Studies through the career coach.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Create LinkedIn profile.
  • Understand how you will fund your education. Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • 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."
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the Wilder School.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of 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.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend Tyler Orientation.
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV course.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus or in your community.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to Urban and Regional Studies through the career coach.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Create LinkedIn profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Understand how you will fund your education. Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • 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."
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the Wilder School.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of 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.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.

Course equivalent
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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Urban and Regional Studies

John Tyler Community College (Associate of Science: General Studies)

John Tyler Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
SDV 100College Success SkillsUNIV 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
History electiveHistory elective (select 1): HIS 111, 112, 121, 122 HIST3General education
MTH 154Quantitative Reasoning MATH 1313General education
CST 100 or CST 110Principles of Public Speaking or Introduction to CommunicationSPCH 1213Elective
Art electiveArt elective (select 1): ART 101, ART 102, CST 130, CST 151, MUS 121VCU equivalent3General education
ENG 112College Composition IIUNIV 2003General education
MTH 245Statistics I STAT 2103Major
Social/Behavioral ScienceSocial/behavioral science (select 1): PSY 200, SOC 200, SOC 211 (PSY 230 will be accepted if Associate degree is completed)VCU equivalent3General education
ITE 115Intro to Computer ApplicationsINFO 160, 161, 1623Elective
Cultural UnderstandingGEO 210 People and the LandURSP 1023Major
Laboratory ScienceLaboratory science (select 1): BIO 101, CHM 101, CHM 111, PHY 101, PHY 201 (ENV 121 can be taken if Associate Degree is completed)VCU equivalent4General education
Foreign LanguageForeign Language 101 or elective (take elective course if successfully completed through the third level of a foreign language in high school).VCU equivalent3 to 4General education
ENGAny 200-level ENG literature course (select 1): ENG 241, 242, 243, 244, 251, 252ENGL3General education
HLT 160Personal Health and Fitness. Additional Course Options: BUS 100, ECO 201, ECO 202, ADJ 100, ENG 210, ENG 211. VCU equivalent3Elective
Laboratory ScienceLaboratory science (select 1): BIO 101, BIO 102, CHM 101, CHM 112, PHY 202 (ENV 121 can be taken if Associate Degree is completed)VCU equivalent4General education
Social/Behavioral ScienceSocial/behavioral science (select 1): PSY 200, SOC 211 (PSY 230 will be accepted if Associate degree is completed)VCU equivalent3General education
Foreign LanguageForeign Language 102 or elective (take elective course if successfully completed through the third level of a foreign language in high school).VCU equivalent3 to 4General education
Transfer electiveGEO 220 World Regional GeographyURSP 3033Major
Transfer electiveTransfer electiveVCU equivalent3Elective
John Tyler credits transferred to VCU60
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
URSP 116Introduction to the City3Major
URSP 204 + URSZ 204Physical Geography and Physical Geography Laboratory4Major
URSP 306Economic Geography3Major
URSP 310Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning3Major
URSP 313Research and Field Methods in Urban and Regional Studies3Major
URSP/ENVS 332Environmental Management3Major
URSP 360Community and Regional Analysis and GIS3Major
URSP 428Land Use and Infrastructure Planning3Major
URSP 440Senior Capstone Seminar in Urban and Regional Studies3Major
URSPSelect two approved URSP electives (see VCU advisor for course options)6Major
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.24Elective
Open electives2Elective
Credits completed at VCU60
Bachelor's degree total120
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