Sustainable Built Environments: Sustainable Buildings Emphasis
Bachelor of Science
Learn the principles and skills to make our communities, buildings, and landscapes more sustainable.
The College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture offers an extraordinary degree opportunity for students interested in entering the new green economy. The Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments is a solutions-based, interdisciplinary undergraduate degree that provides students with a comprehensive understanding of sustainability principles, including environmental design, planning and management challenges. Graduates are prepared to meet challenges in a rapidly developing world with global issues of an unprecedented nature.
Students in the fully online Sustainable Buildings Emphasis Area gain insight into the theories and techniques behind analyzing building efficiency. They will study topics such as net-zero energy design, energy conservation, passive solar and natural ventilation, and climate response. Students will also be able to analyze existing and planned structures for energy efficiency and create plans to make them more efficient.
Students enrolled in this program will need to transfer or obtain equivalent credit for university-level physics with a lab (4 units), chemistry with a lab (4 units), and biology with a lab (4 units) as they are not offered in a fully online format by the UA.
Wondering about the specific classes you can take in this program? See the course descriptions below.
- SBE 201: Sustainable Design & Planning - Sustainable design and planning is a framework for how we plan, build, and live in our built environments in a way that better balances environmental, social, and economic demands. The focus of this course is on developing an understanding of the complex issues associated with sustainability in the built environment and exploring the ways in which sustainable principles and working tools can be applied to address these issues with an interdisciplinary approach.
- SBE 221: History of the Built Environment I - The study of the history of the built environment provides an understanding on how human societies have adapted the form of the built environment to their unique cultural, political, economic, climatic, and environmental challenges across time. This course explores the history of the built environment through the lens of the global climatic zones, providing an opportunity to explore the built environment across the world and throughout various cultures.
- ARC 461K: Energy & the Environment - This course fosters awareness and a thorough understanding of the qualitative and quantifiable environmental forces that contribute to the visual and thermal sensation and temperature change within the interior of buildings. The course introduces basics for understanding fundamentals of solar energy and light, daylight design, climate and microclimate factors, and principles of human thermal comfort as related to the built environment.