Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments
The College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture is pleased to offer a degree opportunity for students interested in entering the new "green" economy.
The Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments is a 4-year, 120-credit, interdisciplinary undergraduate degree that educates students in the comprehensive understanding of sustainability principles and prepares them with the skills to make our communities, buildings, and landscapes more sustainable.
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Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments Curriculum & Course Requirements:
If you intend on enrolling in 300/400-level courses in the major you must have completed university level courses, or their equivalents, from an accredited institution in the following subjects:
- MATH 112 | College Algebra
- SBS 200 | Introduction to Statistics
- ECON 200 | Basic Economic Issues
- CHEM 151 | General Chemistry I, with lab
- PHYS | 102 Introductory Physics I, with PHYS 181 lab
- ECOL | 182R Introductory Biology II, with ECOL 182L lab
Major Course Work
There are fifteen courses that form the major core of the degree:
- SBE 195A | Introduction to Sustainability
- SBE 195B | Careers in Sustainability
- SBE 201 | Sustainable Design and Planning
- SBE 202 | Professional Communication & Presentation
- SBE 301 | Foundation Studio: Introduction to Design Thinking
- CHEE 204 | Water & Energy: Conventional and Alternative Systems
- SBE 221 | History of the Built Environment I
- SBE 222 | History of the Built Environment II
- ARC 471S | History + Theory of Architecture IV: Contemporary Architecture and Urban Theory
- GEOG 367 | Population Geography
- RNR 417 | Geographic Information Systems for Natural and Social Sciences
- PHIL 323 | Environmental Ethics
- SBE 380 | Research Methods
- SBE 393 | Professional Internship
- SBE 498 | Senior Capstone
Students declare an emphasis area in within the B.S. in Sustainable Built Environments their junior year. Each emphasis area is specifically designed to prepare students with both a theoretical understanding and practical skills in the chosen area of study.
Sustainable Communities Emphasis Area
Students who choose the Sustainable Communities emphasis area will gain insight on how local and regional planning influence community design. Students will learn planning theory, transportation planning, and urban development. Students will understand comprehensive city plans, how planning impacts and is influenced by the environment, and how to make cities more sustainable through smart planning.
- PLG 401A | Introduction to Planning & Planning Theory
- PLG 497S | Sustainable Development
- PLG 468 | Urban Transportation Planning
- PLG 408 | Planning for Urban Resilience
- PLG 472 | Environmental Land Use Planning
- PLG 476 | Land Development Process
- GEOG 379 | Urban Growth and Development
Sustainable Buildings Emphasis Area
Students who choose the Sustainable Buildings emphasis areas will gain insight on the theories and techniques behind analyzing building efficiency. Students will study topics such as: net-zero energy design, energy conservation, passive solar and natural ventilation, and climate response. Students will be able to analyze existing and planned structures for energy efficiency and create plans to make them more efficient.
- ARC 471F | Introduction to Heritage Conservation
- ARC 461D | Computer Energy Analysis
- ARC 461P | Environmental Science Laboratory
- LAR 497J | Documentation and Interpretation of the Historic Built Environment
- ARC 461E | Sustainable Design and the LEED Initiative
- ARC 461K | Energy and the Environment
Sustainable Landscapes Emphasis Area
Students who choose the Sustainable Landscapes emphasis area will gain insight and skills on the importance of landscapes in the built environment. Students will study various topics such as: water harvesting, passive cooling, and heat island mitigation, climate adaptability, and how the built environment impacts health. Students will be able to understand how landscapes play a pivotal role in a community and ways to make them more sustainable and useful.
- LAR 440 | Contemporary Landscape Architecture
- LAR 420 | Plant Materials
- RNR 448 | Conservation Planning and Wildland Recreation
- LAR 423 | Landscape Ecology
- PLG 408 | Planning for Urban Resilience
- PLG 495A | GeoDesigning Landscape Linkages
Sustainable Real Estate Development
Students who choose the Sustainable Real Estate Development Emphasis Area will gain insight into sustainable and responsible real estate development. Topics students learn include sustainable practices, urban design, real estate finance, site development, and construction.
- RED 410 | Survey of Responsible Real Estate Development
- RED 415 | Construction and Project Management
- RED 476 | The Land Development Process
- RED 401 | Introduction to Real Estate Finance
- RED 409 | Due Diligence and Entitlements
- RED 422 | Landscape Analysis
Heritage Conservation Emphasis Area
Students who choose the Heritage Conservation emphasis area will understand the importance behind saving our historic structures. Preserving historic structures allows us to understand the environmental, cultural, and economic impacts of the structure. Students will learn how the process behind conservation, issues in conservation, and resource management.
- ARC 471F | Introduction to Conservation of Cultural Resources
- ANTH 440A | Cultural Resource Management
- LAR 415 | Sustainable Ecotourism Development
- GEOG 431A | Traditional Ecological Knowledge
- ARC 497J | Documentation and Interpretation of the Historic Built Environment
- PLG 464 | Preservation Planning Issues
General Emphasis Area
Students who choose the General emphasis area are allowed to pick six courses from the emphasis course list and design a program of study that best fits their interests. Students will work with an academic adviser to ensure their selected courses meet their goals.
For more information on declaring a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments, please email Sean Kramer, Student Academic Success Specialist, Sustainable Built Environments.
Sustainable Built Environments Information
- UA Main Campus Programs
- Fully-Online Programs
- Admission Requirements
- Careers and Alumni
- Core Faculty
Sustainable Built Environments Contacts