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Sustainable Built Environments: Sustainable Buildings 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

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2017 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 - Intro. To Sustainability 1
ENGL 101 - First-Year Composition 3
MATH 112 - College Algebra 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 182R - Intro. Biology 2 Lecture 3
ECOL 182L - Intro. Biology 2 Lab 1
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
SBE 201 - Sustainable Design & Planning 3
SBE 221 - History of Built Environment 1 3
SBS 200 - Intro. To Statistics 4
EVS 260 - Environmental Studies: Ideas/Institutions 3
ECON 200 - Basic Economics 3
4th Semester
SBE 202 - Professional Communication 3
SBE 222 - History of Built Environment 2 3
CHEE 204 - Water & Energy: Con. & Alt Systems 3
PHYS 102 - Intro. Physics 1 Lecture 3
PHYS 181 - Intro. Physics 1 Lab 1
Tier II General Education 3
5th Semester
RNR 417 - Geo. Info. Systems 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
ARC 471F - Intro. To Conservation 3
ARC 461D - Computer Energy Analysis 3
6th Semester
SBE 301 - Intro. To Design Thinking 4
GEOG 367 - Population Geography 3
PHIL 323 - Environmental Ethics 3
SBE 380 - Research Methods 3
ARC 461E - Sustainable Design & LEED Initiative 3
7th Semester
SBE 393 - Professional Internship 3
ARC 471S - History & Theory of Architecture 4 3
SBE 498 - Senior Capstone 3
ARC 461P - Environmental Science Lab 3
ARC 461K - Energy & the Environment 3
8th Semester
SBE 498 - Senior Capstone 3
RED 415 - Construction Management 3
Upper-Division 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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