Monday, February 21, 2011

 

The College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture has been given permission by the Arizona Board of Regents to plan a new Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments, a 4-year interdisciplinary degree focused on solutions to design, planning, construction, and management of sustainable built environments. The BSSBE will be the first degree of its kind offered in the Western United States.

The BSSBE, a 120-credit degree, is being designed to provide a holistic overview of the economic, ecological, and social factors associated with sustainable built environments. Nationally, employment related to sustainability or "green" jobs is growing significantly. The BSSBE degree will serve an important purpose in the state of Arizona by helping to meet current and future demand for a skilled, environmentally-related workforce.

Graduates will find a wide range of employment opportunities from small businesses to government agencies to global corporations in such fields as construction, property development and management, environmental law, lobbying, product development, management consultation, banks and mortgage companies, strategic and sustainability planning, environmental protection, waste reduction, renewable energy, and energy efficiency.

The degree will provide students with accelerated entry into CALA master's programs in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or Planning as well as serve as an important degree alternative for those students not selected for the Bachelor of Architecture professional phase.

Admission to the BSSBE is anticipated to begin in Fall 2011. For more information, please contact Ron Stoltz, CALA Associate Dean, rstoltz@email.arizona.edu.