BS Sustainable Built Environments

Create a more resilient future for buildings, landscapes and communities.

Downtown buildings with photovoltaic panels

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The Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments (SBE) is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in the green economy.

The world’s communities are facing many challenges, including urbanization, climate change and social inequities.

As an SBE student, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of sustainability principles that will prepare you with the skills to make our buildings, landscapes and communities more resilient. Discover the ecological, social and economic forces that affect the built environment and how to create innovative and realistic solutions.

SBE is offered both in-person at the University of Arizona’s main campus and fully online through Arizona Online.


What You'll Learn

In SBE, you will have the opportunity to learn:

  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Construction and project management
  • Design thinking
  • Energy management and design, including alternative energy
  • Environmental landscape design and urban ecology
  • Geographic information systems (GIS) and geodesign
  • Green infrastructure and water harvesting
  • Historic preservation and heritage conservation
  • Placemaking and urban design, planning and policy
  • Responsible real estate and urban development
  • Transportation planning
  • Professional communication, digital media and presentation

You will graduate prepared with creative solutions for the built environment to meet the grand challenges of the 21st century.

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emphasis areas: sustainable buildings, sustainable communities, sustainable landscapes, sustainable real estate development and heritage conservation

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ways to study:
on-campus and online

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additional years to fast-track graduate programs: architecture, landscape architecture, real estate development and urban planning

The SBE Student Experience

As a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments student, you’ll be part of a strong community of students and inspiring faculty, whether studying on the main campus or online.

And studying in Tucson is unlike any other experience, thanks to our Sonoran Desert laboratory and CAPLA’s state-of-the-art facilities.

Explore the Student Experience      View SBE Program FAQs

Global Microcampus Program in Sustainable Built Environments

CAPLA has partnered with top-ranked La Universidad Peruana de Ciencia Apilcadas (UPC) in Lima, Peru for our first microcampus program. The dynamic curriculum of the BS Sustainable Built Environments allows the degree to bridge with UPC's Bachelor of Architecture so that students in Peru start with the architecture program, add SBE courses beginning in their third year and graduate with both degrees.

Learn More About CAPLA's Microcampus Program at UPC Lima

We have the opportunity right now to create more sustainable and resilient cities, decreasing their environmental impact to the world, increasing their resilience and equitably improving their residents’ quality of life.

Ladd Keith, Chair, Sustainable Built Environments Program

Ready to create a more sustainable future?

Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments by contacting Luis Zozaya, recruitment and outreach coordinator, or begin your application now:

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