The Sustainable Urban Communities Certificate Program has a 15 credit requirement consisting of core introductory and synthesis courses (6 credits), courses within one of three areas of concentration (6 credits), and courses selected from offerings in areas other than the students particular concentration (3 credits).
The core requirements provide for the introduction of concepts, issues, terminology and definitions; historical context and precedent; the multi-faceted aspects and complexities of urban sustainability; sustainable design principles and best practices; and the application of skills and knowledge through a project. The core requirements also provide the student with the opportunity to explore the various aspects of sustainable urban communities in order to select an area of concentration.
Areas of concentration focus on a particular aspect of urban sustainability (community, design and construction, or the natural systems in urban areas) allowing the student to develop deeper knowledge in an area of interest. The concentration area will also inform the basis for the Capstone Project.
The courses selected from other areas of concentration (crossover) ensure that students are obtaining a multi-disciplinary examination of sustainable urban communities. This will provide opportunities for discussion of topics among students and faculty with various interests and backgrounds. It will also enhance the practicality and comprehensiveness that students will bring to problem solving (which will be applied and demonstrated in the Capstone Project).