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Sustainability in the Built Environment

The built environment plays an integral role in meeting society’s most basic needs of shelter, security, mobility, community, and water and waste treatment, but it also contributes significantly to the sustainability challenges of climate change, pollution, resource consumption and land use.

As society and government policy increase pressure to reduce the environmental impacts of our everyday activities, individuals must increasingly understand how the built environment they design and maintain fits into the complex environmental and human system in which we live.

This minor provides a guiding framework for educating individuals who will design and maintain our future built environment in the challenges and potential solutions for improved sustainability.

The minor is designed to attract students from a range of departments and programs across campus, including, but not limited to, Environmental Science and Policy, Urban Planning, Plant Sciences, Landscape Architecture, Design, Engineering, Community and Regional Development, Anthropology, Agriculture and Resource Economics, Atmospheric Science, Environmental Remote Sensing, Environmental Toxicology, Applied Biological Systems Technology, Geology, Hydrology, and Nature and Culture.  Students enrolled in the minor will acquire fundamental skills and knowledge of the elements and integrated processes necessary for a sustainable built environment.



  • Successful completion of the minor requires both a minimum overall UC GPA of 2.0 and a minimum 2.0 GPA for the coursework completed for the minor, with no grade lower than a C- for any course used for the minor.
  • All courses must be taken for a letter grade.
  • The online Minor Declaration form is available via the Online Advising Student Information System (OASIS).
  • Transcript notation must be requested no later than the quarter preceding graduation, and will appear as a minor in Sustainability in the Built Environment

20 units

Complete the following courses (8 units)

  • ECI 123 Urban Systems and Sustainability (4 units)
  • ECI 143 Green Engineering Design and Sustainability (4 units)

Choose 12 units from the following (If ECI 143 was not completed, choose 16 units)

  • ECI 125 Building Energy Performance (4 units)
  • ECI 148A Water Quality Management (4 units)
  • ECI 149 Air Pollution (4 units)
  • ECI 155 Water Resources Engineering Planning (4 units)
  • ECI 165 Transportation Policy (3 units)
  • ENG 188 Science and Technology of Sustainable Power Generation (4 units)
  • ANT 101 Ecology, Nature, and Society (4 units)
    • Same as ESP 101.
  • ANT 104N Cultural Politics of the Environment (4 units)
  • ARE 175 Natural Resource Economics (4 units)
  • ARE 176 Environmental Economics (4 units)
  • ATM 116 Modern Climate Change (3 units)
  • CRD 142 Rural Change in the Industrialized World (4 units)
  • CRD 154 Social Theory and Community Change (4 units)
  • CRD 172 Social Inequality: Issues and Innovations (4 units)
  • ESP 161 Environmental Law (4 units)
  • ESP 162 Environmental Policy (4 units)
  • ESP 171 Urban and Regional Planning (4 units)
  • ETX 101 Principles of Environmental Toxicology (4 units)
  • ETX 102A Environmental Fate of Toxicants (4 units)
  • GEL 130 Non-Renewable Natural Resources (3 units)
  • GEL 134 Environmental Geology and Land Use Planning (3 units)
  • LDA 003 Sustainable Development: Theory and Practice (4 units)
  • LDA 180 Advanced Design and Planning Studio (6 units)
    • Due to variability in series course offering, consent of minor advisor is required.
  • PLS 101 Agriculture and the Environment (3 units)
  • PLS 141 Ethnobotany (4 units)
  • PLS 150 Sustainability and Agroecosystem Management (4 units)
  • PLS 162 Urban Ecology (3 units)

Total = 20 units


Minor Advisors

H. N. Bischel
(530) 752-6772

C. E. Bronner

A. L. Forrest
(530) 754-9428

F. J. Loge
(530) 754-2297

A. Kendall
(530) 752-5722

S. A. Miller
(530) 754-6407