2022-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with addenda) 
    Feb 01, 2023  
2022-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with addenda)

Urban Informatics Minor

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The academic mission of the proposed undergraduate minor in Urban Informatics is to expose undergraduate students from across the University to the emergent field of data-driven urban studies. This includes the application of data acquisition and analytics to understanding the urban environment, infrastructure, operations, management, policy, design, planning, and population health. The goal is to offer students the necessary foundation to acquire and analyze information to solve critical challenges facing cities in the 21st century. Students will develop skills in data acquisition, data management, analysis, and visualization, as well as in data structure and privacy standards.

The minor is open to students across the University, including those in STEM fields, the humanities, the social sciences, and the arts. Given the cross-disciplinary nature of studies of cities, this minor will be of particular interest to students in disciplines such as sociology, public policy, public health, architecture/urban design, business, economics, and politics. Non-engineering students will gain quantitative skills for deeper understanding of cities in disciplinary areas of interest, while engineering students will benefit from specialized technical electives in data analytics. For both groups, the minor provides skills that are needed for data-driven analysis and critical thinking. This course of study will help prepare students for graduate study in a range of fields, as well as for work in government, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations that focus on cities and urban living.

Learning Objectives of the Urban Informatics Minor:

  • Introduce students to the emerging fields of urban informatics and data science in the context of urban studies.
  • Build foundational skills in data modeling, data manipulation, analysis, and visualization.
  • Introduce students the applicable data standards for data representation and reasoning.
  • Develop computing skills to enable future advanced studies in data applications to engineering.
  • Enhance data-driven problem-solving capabilities and analytical reasoning skills.
  • Understand how sensing technologies can be applied to better understand urban challenges, including city management and planning, and emergency response.

In consultation and approval of the designated minor advisor, students will select from the following options:


Electives (Select at least 4 courses)*


In order for the Minor to be awarded and recorded on the official student transcript, the student has to obtain an overall 3.0 GPA in the minor courses.

Graduate Courses

Certain graduate courses as well as courses from CUSP, are allowed for Junior-or Senior-level Students with cGPA>3.0 with the approval of both the undergraduate academic adviser and the Urban Informatics Minor adviser.

NYU Catalog description of a “Minor”

A minor is an approved coherent concentration of academic study within a single discipline. In specified programs, undergraduate students may select a minor in a field distinct from, or related to, their major, with approval of advisers in both the major and minor fields. The name of the minor will appear on students’ transcripts if the approved 14-15 credits in the minor field have been completed with at least a 2.0 GPA. With the consent of a student’s major department, some of the courses used to satisfy the minor requirements also may satisfy the required or electives course requirements in the student’s major program.

Contact Information

Minor Advisor: Professor Masoud Ghandehari


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