Sustainable Built Environments
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) and chemistry with a lab (4 units) as they are not offered in a fully online format by the UA.
Cost & Eligibility
Start Your Journey in Sustainable Building
Graduates of this program are working as architectural designers, renewable energy systems designers, environmental researchers, and managers within non-profit organizations, government agencies, and corporations offering sustainability-focused products or services. In the sections below, you’ll learn their stories.
Program Experience Overview
Watch this video to discover the unique ways the Sustainable Built Environments program prepares graduates to meet the present and future challenges of sustainable building.
Benjamin White, a UA Online student earning his bachelor's in Sustainable Built Environments, shows how multiple detours need not derail your journey toward an online degree.