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.

For admission requirements, click here.

Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments Curriculum & Course Requirements:

Pre-Major  Requirements (Before 3rd Year)
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:

Major Course Work
There are fifteen courses that form the major core of the degree:

Emphasis Areas:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Contacts

Student Academic Success Specialist, Sustainable Built Environments
520-621-0334
 
Planning Lecturer and Chair, Sustainable Built Environments
520-621-0804

 


Jared Baker (SBE '15) works on the redevelopment of brownfield sites as a part of his capstone project.