Jun 14, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Urban Studies Certificate

The Urban Studies Certificate, housed in the Department of Geography, takes an interdisciplinary approach. Students take a core of courses in Geography and take courses from one of two concentrations (Urban Theory and Practice or Applied Urban Geography). For further information, go to www.csulb.edu/geography.

This certificate program is eligible for Financial Aid. Please see the department web site for required Federal disclosure information.


  1. A bachelor’s degree, which may be earned concurrently.
  2. Consultation with the certificate advisor in the Geography Department.

A minimum of 23 units distributed as follows:

Core requirements (6 units):

Take the following courses:

Concentration Requirement (minimum 17 units)

Choose One Option:

Concentration A - Urban Planning:

Take one from each category:

Planning Course:


*GEOG 485  /GEOG 585   prerequisite: GEOG 280   or GEOG 371   or GEOG 481  . GEOG 280 and GEOG 481 do not count toward the Certficate. 

Concentration B - Urban Theory and Praxis: