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Sustainable Built Environments: Sustainable Communities Emphasis

BS in Sustainable Built Envir

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The Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments is a solutions-based, interdisciplinary undergraduate degree that educates students in the comprehensive understanding of environmental design, planning, and management challenges. Graduates are prepared for challenges to be met in a rapidly developing world with global issues of an unprecedented nature. Students learn a comprehensive understanding of sustainability principles and are prepared with the skills to make our communities, buildings, and landscapes more sustainable.

Major Details

College: College of Architecture, Planning, & Landscape Architecture
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    The M-strand is for students who require mathematical facility at the level of at least MATH 110 (Collegiate Algebra). This strand involves reasonable facility with algebra and algebraic functions, graphs, and simple modeling. Students who choose the M-strand are prepared for further mathematical work. This work may include LING 178 (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 113 (Elements of Calculus), or a statistics class from outside the Mathematics Department, such as ISTA 116 (Statistical Foundations for the Information Age) or SBS 200 (Statistics for the Social Sciences).
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
SBE 195A Introduction to Sustainability 1
MATH 112 College Algebra 3
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
SBE 195B Careers in Sustainability 1
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
ECOL 182L Introductory Biology II Lab 1
ECOL 182R Introductory Biology II Lecture 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
SBE 201 Sustainable Design & Planning 3
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I 4
SBS 200 Introduction to Statistics 3
ECON 200 Basic Economic Issues 3
Tier II General Education 3
4th Semester
SBE 202 Professional Communications & Presentations 3
ARC 231 History I: World Arch.: Ancient Through Medieval 3
CHEE 204 Water & Energy: Conventional and Alternative Systems 3
PHYS 102 Introductory Physics I Lecture 3
PHYS 181 Introductory Physics I Lab 1
Tier II General Education 3
5th Semester
RNR 417 GIS for Natural and Social Sciences 3
ARC 232 History II World Arch.: Renaissance Through Modern 3
Emphasis Course 3
Emphasis Course 3
Emphasis Course 3
6th Semester
ARC 332 History III: World Arch.: Modern and Contemporary 3
GEOG 367 Population Geography 3
PHIL 323 Environmental Ethics 3
Emphasis Course 3
SBE 301 Foundation Studio 4
7th Semester
SBE 393 Internship 4
ARC 471s Theory & Principles of Urban Design 2
Emphasis Course 3
Elective 3
SBE 498 Senior Capstone Prep 4
8th Semester
SBE 498 Senior Capstone 4
Emphasis Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

Students who choose the Sustainable Communities Emphasis Area will gain insight on how local and regional planning impacts sustainable community design. Students will learn planning theory, transportation planning, environmental planning, and urban development. Students will understand how to help communities become more sustainable through planning.Graduates will have the skills necessary to work in sustainability-focused careers in the areas of planning, construction, renewable energy, environmental law, and public policy. This major is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in architecture, planning, landscape architecture, and real estate development. Some of the job titles listed below require an advanced degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Marketing and public relations
  • Editorial/Media
  • Consulting
  • Sustainability promotion
  • Environmental management
  • Communications
  • Research
  • Technology management
  • Outreach/Advocacy

Sample Employers

  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Construction companies
  • Architectural design studios
  • Renewable energy companies
  • Research institutes
  • Colleges and universities
  • Self-employment
  • Environmental organizations
  • Commercial and industrial equipment companies
  • Consulting and developing firms

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Sustainability Specialist $35,000 - $80,000
Urban or Regional Planner $41,350 - $65,650
Environmental Campaign Staff $20,000 - $50,000
Public Relations and Fundraising Manager $53,360 - $98,700
Grant Coordinator and Writer $48,814 - $64,950
Green Marketer $38,435 - $93,880
Community Relations Coordinator $33,840 - $82,610
Transportation Planner $40,000 - $70,000
Publication Manager $22,000 - $45,000
Promotion Coordinator $24,000 - $42,000
Community or City Planner $23,000 - $56,100