Urban Ecology

BS in Urban Ecology


BS in Urban Ecology


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 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.

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.


Urban Ecology Degree Rankings

Top 100 Universities in the World in 12 years in a row

#30 In the USA

World class faculty who are internationally recognized as top tier scholars and university instructors


Most Cited Faculty Member

Professor Reid Ewing, Chair of the Department of City and Metropolitan planning, is the 7th most cited in planning academics in North America

Top 50 Most green campus

Top Tier Institution

One of the Top-Tier U.S. institutions to develop urban ecology as an undergraduate major,