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The bachelor degree programs in land use at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) provide a multidisciplinary professional education that integrates physical and social science with policy and spatial analysis as a foundation for understanding problems and implementing solutions in sustainable land use development.


Program Options


Students seeking a Bachelor of Science (BS) in land use concentrate in geographic information systems (GIS), geology or environment and resources. Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in land use concentrate in urban land use planning. Other graduation requirements apply.


Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver


The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences delivers the academic content you expect from a bachelor’s degree program while also bringing to the table everything that’s unique about MSU Denver’s people and our scientific community. Students here have the advantage of the following opportunities:

• Enjoy attending classes on a vibrant and diverse downtown campus.

• Benefit from small classes and individual interaction with faculty.

• Get a hands-on approach to learning through applied laboratory work.

• Learn from a professional, diverse faculty with real-world experience.

• Intern with various organizations, and jump-start a successful career.

• Gain field experience in places like Chile, the Alps, Alaska and Hawaii.

• Participate in student opportunities for individual and group research.


Career Opportunities for Our Graduates


Earning a degree in land use from MSU Denver prepares students for further graduate studies or for career titles such as:

• Cartographer and photogrammetrist

• Community developer

• Demographer

• Emergency management specialist

• Environmental consultant

• Geoscientist

• Geospatial analyst

• GIS developer

• Hydrologist

• Lobbyist

• Manager of sustainability

• Market researcher

• Policy researcher

• Public health officer

• Real estate appraiser

• Remote sensing analyst

• Surveying and mapping technician

Additional career options can be found here: www.msudenver.edu/eas/students/careers/.


Hear from our students:


“I made my second attempt at college at MSU Denver. I enrolled as a biology major/geology minor because I was interested in pursuing an academic career in geochemistry and geomicrobiology. After graduating, I worked for the BLM and USGS and then attended Montana State University and earned a MSc and PhD in geology.”

— Scott Montross (BS in land use 2002), geologist at ExxonMobil

Alumni at Work


Graduates of MSU Denver’s land use programs have gone on to work for the United States Geologic Survey as well as for state government and private firms.

Other graduates have gone on to study in post-baccalaureate programs in schools such as:

• Colorado School of Mines

• Montana State University

• University of Colorado Denver

• University of New Mexico

• University of Northern Colorado


Sample Classes


• Energy and Mineral Resources

• Garden of the Gods Geology

• Geography of Colorado

• Geology of Red Rocks

• Geology of the Colorado Plateau

• Geomorphology

• GIS Applications

• Global Sustainable Development

• Hydrogeology

• Introduction to GIS

• Principles of Land Use Planning

• Soil Resources

• Spatial Modeling in Raster


Program Accreditation


The land use degree programs at MSU Denver are part of the University’s overall accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).


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