Minor in Sustainable Cities

The Sustainable Cities minor equips students to contribute to the formation of a more sustainable and equitable built environment, both as skilled professionals and as engaged citizens.  It delivers a solid grounding in the fundamental principles related to the development of sustainable cities, and provides direct community engagement experiences that translate knowledge into on-the-ground practice.  The minor will be especially appealing to undergraduate students majoring in Architecture, Industrial Design, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, International Affairs, Business Administration, and Public Policy, but the program welcomes students majoring in any discipline. 

In brief, the curriculum consists of five courses and 15 credit hours.  There are two required courses: (1) CP 2233 Sustainable Urban Development, a gateway introductory course that addresses both theory and methods of sustainable cities, and (2) CP 4052 Sustainable Cities Studio, a capstone course in which students engage in faculty-directed, real-world, community-based sustainability projects. Students take an additional three courses from a list of sustainability offerings in city planning, geographic information systems, architecture, civil and environmental engineering, business administration, international affairs, and public policy.

The Sustainable Cities minor is offered by the School of City and Regional Planning, which has over 1,500 graduates from a doctoral degree in City and Regional Planning and two professional masters degree programs in City and Regional Planning and Geographic Information Science and Technology.  Students apply for the Sustainable Cities minor through the School office which is located in room 204 of the East Architecture building.

Required Courses
CP 2233Sustainable Urban Development3
CP 4052Sustainable Cities Studio3
Select nine hours from the following:9
Foundations of Urban and Regional Development
Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning
Land Conservation
Introduction to Climate Change Planning
Environmental Planning and Impact Assessment
Urban Transportation and Planning
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to Real Estate Investment
Housing and Real Estate Economics
Special Topics
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Policy Tools for Environmental Management
Equity, Social Justice, and Economic Development
Community Development
Government and Housing Markets
Urban Ecological Design
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Science, Technology, and International Affairs
Environmental Engineering Principles
Environmental Systems and Design Integration I
Architecture and Ecology
History of Urban Form
Environmental Engineering Systems
Environmental Policy and Politics
Energy Policy
Sustainability, Technology, and Policy
Environmental Ethics
Servant Leadership, Values & Systems
Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
Environmental Politics
International Affairs and Technology Policy Making
Total Credit Hours15
  • A maximum of 3 credit hours of transfer credit may be used to satisfy the course requirements for a minor. This includes courses taken at another institution or credit earned through the AP or IB program, assuming the scores meet Georgia Tech minimum standards.
  • All courses counting toward the minor must be taken on a letter-grade basis and must be completed with a grade of C (2.00) or better.
  • It is the major advisor’s responsibility to verify that students are using only courses from the designated block(s) from the student’s major field of study that are allowed to satisfy a minor program, that they are not using any Core Area A-E courses (including humanities and social sciences), and that they are not using any courses for more than one minor or certificate. Any free elective course used to satisfy the course requirements of the student’s major degree program may also be used to satisfy the course requirements for a minor.