Minor in Sustainability in the Built Environment

About the Minor

The intent of this minor is to prepare students to engage and analyze future design challenges from a sustainability perspective. Students completing this program will be able to approach these challenges in a resourceful and insightful way with a solid foundation of sustainability principles. The emphasis on collaboration and transdisciplinary teamwork will allow students to serve as agile leaders in their future careers and be active participants in the critical discourse of their field.

In addition to the 15.0 credits of core courses, students select 9.0 credits of electives. The list below will be updated as new courses in sustainability become available. Students having a question about the inclusion of a course not currently listed as a possible elective should check with the coordinator for this minor.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
ARCH 315Sustainable Built Environment I3.0
ARCH 320Sustainable Built Environment II3.0
INTR 310Sustainability: History, Theory and Critic3.0
INTR 410Collaborative Research in Sustainability3.0
Arts and Sciences Course3.0
Students must select one of the following courses from the Arts and Science College or an approved substitute with the permission of the advisor for this minor:
Environmental Science and Society
Environmental Philosophy
Sociology of the Environment
Additional Electives *9.0
Students select three of the following (or alternative options with the permission of the advisor for this minor):
Studies in Vernacular Architecture
Emerging Architectural Technology
Energy and Architecture
Environmental Communication
Environmental Science and Society
Special Topics in Interior Design
Special Topics in Interior Design
Special Topics in Interior Design
Special Topics in Interior Design
Environmental Philosophy
Global Environmental Movements
Total Credits24.0

The elective list will be updated as new courses in sustainability become available. If a student has questions regarding inclusion of a course not on this list, they should see the advisor for the Sustainability in the Built Environment Minor program.

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact the program's advisor:

Diana Nicholas
URBN Center, Suite 410
Phone: 215.571.4432

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