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Sustainable Built Environments

Bachelor of Science

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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 120
Cost Per Credit: $525
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Program Details

Students looking to enter the new green economy have an extraordinary opportunity with Sustainable Built Environments program. This solutions-based, interdisciplinary undergraduate degree provides a comprehensive understanding of sustainability principles, including environmental design, planning and management challenges.

Within this fully online program, you’ll choose an emphasis in either Sustainable Buildings or Sustainable Real Estate Development. Both emphases prepare students to answer the unprecedented challenges facing our rapidly developing world. Graduates are currently working as architectural designers, renewable energy systems designers, environmental researchers, and leaders at sustainability-focused non-profits, government agencies and corporations.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.



Earning your Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments will build core skills, including:

  • Climate adaption
  • Construction management
  • Design thinking
  • Energy management
  • Geographic information systems
  • Heritage conservation
  • Landscape design
  • Professional communication
  • Public policy
  • Real estate development
  • Sustainability management
  • Urban design and planning

Graduates of the BS in Sustainable Built Environments program will be prepared to pursue the following careers:

  • Engineering Manager
  • Project Engineer
  • Project Architect
  • Chief Engineer
  • Architectural & Engineering Manager
  • Architect, except Landscape & Naval
  • Urban & Regional Planner
  • Civil Designer
  • Architectural Designer
  • Director of Engineering

Areas of Emphasis

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In the Sustainable Buildings emphasis, you’ll gain insight into the theories and techniques behind analyzing building efficiency. Topics include net-zero energy design, energy conservation, passive solar and natural ventilation, and climate response. You will also have opportunities to analyze existing and planned structures for energy efficiency and create plans to make them more efficient.

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The Sustainable Real Estate Development emphasis prepares you for careers in responsible and sustainable development. Graduates work as community association managers, real estate brokers, construction managers, urban planners, and more. You may also pursue a Master of Real Estate Development degree; qualify for the Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) to shorten the path to your degree.

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