About this Program
- College: Design, Construction and Planning
- Degree: Bachelor of Science in Sustainability and the Built Environment
- Specializations: Interdisciplinary | Geodesign
- Credits for Degree: 120
- Contact: Email
To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.
The Sustainability and the Built Environment (SBE) Program at the College of Design, Construction and Planning teaches hands-on sustainability by using the university as a learning laboratory.
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Whether it is the redesign and rehabilitation of existing structures or innovative new design, students will be provided a theoretical foundation for seeking sustainable solutions to problems in the built environment. The degree program is supported by the globally recognized expertise in sustainability of the faculty in the College of Design, Construction and Planning and from across campus.
Graduates will have excellent opportunities for work in various green industries, for government agencies involved with regulation and management of the built environment and with nonprofit organizations promoting the principles of sustainability. Additionally students will be prepared to enter graduate school in architecture, building construction, historic preservation, interior design, landscape architecture and urban and regional planning.
Transfer students for either specialization must complete the A.A. degree, MAC 1147 or (MAC 1140 and MAC 1114), STA 2023, and ECO 2013 and ECO 2023 with minimum grades of C. Students must also have a 3.0 minimum overall GPA. Refer to the admissions website for transfer admission information, application deadlines and the online application.
Certain highly qualified students may have the option of pursuing a 4+1 or a 4+2 degree in urban and regional planning, landscape architecture or building construction.
Field trips to broaden and expand students' educational experiences through study of planning, design, construction, and sustainability projects are required and will be paid for by students.
The geodesign specialization is for students interested in the application of geographic information systems in the sustainable design of the built environment.
The interdisciplinary specialization is for students who want a general degree that emphasizes the importance of sustainability for all of the built environment fields.
Coursework for the Major
All students, regardless of specialization, are required to take 53 hours of core courses to develop knowledge of the fundamental concepts for sustainability and the built environment.
Students should meet with an advisor as early as possible in their academic careers to choose their specialization and to plan their course of study.
|International Sustainable Development|
|Special Topics (Facets of Sustainability)|
|ECO 2023||Principles of Microeconomics||4|
|ECO 2013||Principles of Macroeconomics||4|
|A history course in architecture, construction management, interior design, landscape architecture, or urban and regional planning|
|LAA 2330||Site Analysis||3|
|STA 2023||Introduction to Statistics 1||3|
|DCP 3210||Sustainable Solutions for the Built Environment||3|
|DCP 3220||Social and Cultural Sustainability and the Built Environment||3|
|An approved ecology and the built environment course|
|An approved ethics and/or environmental justice course|
|An approved energy and/or climate change course|
|An approved resource economics course|
|DCP 3200||Methods of Inquiry for Sustainability and the Built Environment||3|
|DCP 4941||Practicum in Sustainability and the Built Environment||6|
|or DCP 4942||Field Experience in Sustainability and the Built Environment|
|DCP 4290||Capstone Project in Sustainability and the Built Environment||6|
Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for progress toward each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.
Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.
- Complete BCN 1582 with minimum grade of C+
- Complete DCP 1003 and LAA 2330 with a minimum grades of C
- Complete MAC 1147 or (MAC 1140 and MAC 1114)
- 2.00 UF GPA required
- Complete ARC 1701 or ARC 1720 or BCN 3012 or IND 2100 or IND 2130 or LAA 2710 or URP 4000 with minimum grade of C
- Complete ECO 2023 with minimum grade of C
- 2.50 UF GPA required
- Complete ENC 3254 with minimum grade of C
- 3.0 UF GPA required
- Complete DCP 3210 with minimum grades of C+
- Complete one: AEB 4126, REL 2104, or REL 3492 with minimum grade of C
- 3.0 UF GPA required
- Complete DCP 3220
- Complete DCP 3200
- Complete DCP 4290
To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.
This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.
|BCN 1582||International Sustainable Development (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences and International)||3|
|ENC 1101||Expository and Argumentative Writing (Gen Ed Composition)||3|
|LAA 2330||Site Analysis (Critical Tracking)||3|
|Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Mathematics)|
|Elective (1000/2000 level)||3|
|Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities)||3|
|Architectural History 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Humanities and International)|
|Survey of Architecture History (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Humanities and International)|
|History of Construction (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Humanities and International)|
|History of Interior Design 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Humanities)|
|History of Interior Design 2 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Humanities)|
|History of Landscape Architecture (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Humanities and International)|
|Preview of Urban and Regional Planning (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Humanities)|
|DCP 1003||Creating our Built Environment ((Critical Tracking))||1|
|ECO 2023||Principles of Microeconomics (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences)||4|
|Electives (1000/2000 level)||4|
|ECO 2013||Principles of Macroeconomics (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences)||4|
|STA 2023||Introduction to Statistics 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Mathematics)||3|
|State Core Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences||3|
|Electives (1000/2000 level)||6|
|Quest 2 (Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences)||3|
|ENC 3254||Professional Writing in the Discipline (State Core Gen Ed Composition)||3|
|State Core Gen Ed Humanities||3|
|Electives (1000/2000 level)||5|
|DCP 3210||Sustainable Solutions for the Built Environment (Critical Tracking)||3|
|Select one ethics or environmental justice course:||3|
|Agricultural and Natural Resource Ethics (Critical Tracking)|
|Environmental Ethics (Critical Tracking)|
|Religion Ethics and Nature (Critical Tracking)|
|Select one resource economics course:||3|
|Economics of Resource Use (Critical Tracking)|
|Introduction to Natural Resource and Environmental Economics (Critical Tracking)|
|International Development Policy (Critical Tracking)|
|Sustainable Ecotourism Development (Critical Tracking)|
|Global and Regional Economies (Critical Tracking)|
|DCP 3220||Social and Cultural Sustainability and the Built Environment (Critical Tracking)||3|
|Select one ecology for the built environment course:||3|
|The World of Water|
|Land and Life|
|Landscape Ecology and Conservation|
|Wildlife Habitat Management|
|Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Conservation|
|Select one energy and climate change course:||3|
|Environment, Food and Society|
|Global Sustainable Energy: Past, Present and Future|
|DCP 3200||Methods of Inquiry for Sustainability and the Built Environment (Critical Tracking)||3|
|Select a practicum in sustainability:||6|
|Practicum in Sustainability and the Built Environment|
|Field Experience in Sustainability and the Built Environment|
|DCP 4290||Capstone Project in Sustainability and the Built Environment (Critical Tracking)||6|
|Elective (000/4000 level)||3|
Any 3000/4000-level course in the College of Design, Construction and Planning not otherwise required.
Additional courses that also fulfill this requirement:
|AEB 2451||Economics of Resource Use||3|
|AEB 4126||Agricultural and Natural Resource Ethics||3|
|AEB 4283||International Development Policy||3|
|AGG 3501||Environment, Food and Society||3|
|ANT 4403||Environment and Cultural Behavior||3|
|AOM 2520||Global Sustainable Energy: Past, Present and Future||3|
|ARC 2304||Architectural Design 4||5|
|EES 4050||Environmental Planning and Design||3|
|EES 4316||Industrial Ecology||3|
|FNR 4660||Natural Resource Policy and Economics||3|
|FOR 3004||Forests, Conservation and People||3|
|FOR 3153C||Forest Ecology||3|
|FOR 4060||Global Forests||3|
|FOR 4090C||Urban Forestry||3|
|GEO 2500||Global and Regional Economies||3|
|GEO 3372||Conservation of Resources||3|
|IND 2214||Introduction to Architectural Interiors||4|
|LAA 2360C||Principles of Landscape Architecture||5|
|REL 3492||Religion Ethics and Nature||3|
|SWS 2007||The World of Water||3|
|SWS 2008||Land and Life||3|
|WIS 4203C||Landscape Ecology and Conservation||3|
|WIS 4427C||Wildlife Habitat Management||3|
|WIS 4523||Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Conservation||3|
The Bachelor of Science in Sustainability and the Built Environment requires students to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the goals of sustainability and the activities of the built environment disciplines, including architecture, building construction, historic preservation, interior design, landscape architecture and urban and regional planning.
Before Graduating Students Must
- Complete a capstone or independent research project, present your results to a committee of the program’s faculty and receive acceptable assessment.
- Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.
Students in the Major Will Learn to
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
- Explain sustainability principles.
- Integrate knowledge and principles from sustainability-related disciplines.
- Describe the role of the built environment in sustainability.
- Combine information from multiple sources to solve problems.
- Frame sustainable problems and potential solutions within a global context.
- Collect and analyze data to solve problems.
- Produce sustainable solutions for problems of the built environment.
- Integrate multiple disciplinary, cultural and stakeholder perspectives for sustainable problem solving.
- Produce an effective oral presentation.
- Produce effective written communications.
- Integrate a variety of visual techniques to enhance the communication of ideas and solutions.
- Solve a built environment sustainability problem in a multidisciplinary team.
I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed
|Courses||SLO 1||SLO 2||SLO 3||SLO 4||SLO 5||SLO 6||SLO 7||SLO 8||SLO 9||SLO 10||SLO 11||SLO 12|
|DCP 3200||I, R||I, R||I, R||I, R|
|DCP 3210||I||I||I, R||I, R||I, R||I, R||I, R||I, R|
|DCP 3220||R||R||R||R||R||R||I, R||R||R||R||I, R, A|
|Ecology for the Built Environment (one course)1||I, R|
|Energy and/or Climate Change (one course)1||I, R|
|Ethics and Environmental Justice (one course)1||I, R|
|Resource Economics (one course)1||I, R|
Student chooses from courses listed in semesters 5-7 of the major's semester plan.
- Capstone evaluation
- Final project evaluation