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Sustainable design calls on a student's creativity to conceptualize, visualize, analyze, communicate, and build products, buildings, cities, landscapes, and communities that use energy and materials in a more environmentally and socially sustainable manner.

Program Guidebook

View our guidebook for more information on our program mission, learning outcomes, academic course descriptions, and program policies.

Academic Requirements

Sustainable design majors complete course work in graphic and industrial design, architecture, landscape architecture, and urban and regional planning. The program combines concrete skills development with opportunities to move between disciplinary barriers and traverse traditional boundaries. View the degree requirements. Get updated information on degree requirements and major electives.

Sample Schedules

Are you joining the Sustainable Design Program as a first-year student, sophomore, or junior? See a sample schedule for each starting point.

Unsure of where to start? Here are a few courses that Introduce the major:

  • ARCH 171: Concepts of Architectural Design
  • FAA 230: Sustainable Design of the Built Environment
  • LA 101: Introduction to Landscape Architecture
  • UP 136: Urban Sustainability
Postgraduation Opportunities

Curricular bridges allow students to prepare for the future in a sustainable world where ideas from many disciplines will be necessary to solve complex problems. As cities, industries, and businesses implement green strategy, there is an increasing need for professionals trained in sustainability. 

Graduates of this program are qualified to work for industry, business, government, and the nonprofit sector, an area expected to have a large increase of job openings in the coming years. A 2014 survey by McKinsey Global reports that the number of companies aligning sustainability with their mission has more than doubled since 2010, with 43 percent of all companies emphasizing the role of sustainability.

Your degree will help you build common career skills including:

  • Creativity
  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Computer skills
  • Oral, written, and graphic communication
  • Research
  • Teamwork

Common career titles in the field include:

  • Sustainability coordinator
  • Urban planner
  • Sustainable design specialist
  • Industrial designer
  • Product designer
  • Green business marketer
  • Architect
  • Landscape architect
  • Graphic designer
  • Green buildings consultant
  • Climate designer

Some careers may require further training or education beyond an undergraduate degree.

Graduate school opportunities include:

View sample positions, organizations focused on sustainability, and job resources from FAA Career Services.