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Bachelor of Science in Sustainability and the Built Environment

About the Degree

The BSSBE degree will allow students to focus on creative solutions to the challenges of building in a world with limited supplies of energy, water and land through hands-on sustainable problem solving both inside and outside of the classroom.

Degree Requirements

The degree is a four-year, 120-credit hour program.

Curriculum
Approved Courses in Required Topic Areas

Combined BSSBE/ Graduate Degrees

The BSSBE degree has been designed to provide majors with the opportunity to combine the degree with accelerated completion of a graduate degree from the College of Design, Construction and Planning. Currently combined curricula for the following graduate degrees have been designed. Click on the degree of interest for more information.

Master of Landscape Architecture

Master of Urban and Regional Planning

Careers

Graduates will have excellent opportunities for work in various green industries, for governmental agencies involved with regulation and management of the built environment and with non-profit organizations promoting the principles of sustainability. Additionally, students will be prepared to matriculate into combined degree programs offered in association with the degree and to enter graduate school in a wide range of areas including architecture, building construction, interior design, landscape architecture and urban and regional planning.

Admissions Information for Students currently Enrolled at the University of Florida

UF students seeking to change majors into the program should meet with a college advisor to review the program and qualifications. Students must have at least a 3.0 minimum UF GPA in order to enter the major. Please contact an advisor at bssbe@dcp.ufl.edu for more information.

Admissions Information for Transfer Students

The BSSBE is a limited-access major available for transfer for students outside the University of Florida. All students applying for transfer must complete the UF Application for Transfer.

Students are advised to apply for transfer well in advance of the published deadline (click here for deadline information).

For students transferring from a university:
  • Complete a minimum of 60 credit hours of university level coursework
  • Complete ECO2013 Microeconomics with a minimum grade of C
  • Complete ECO2023 Macroeconomics with a minimum grade of C
  • Complete MAC1147 Precalculus Math (or both MAC1140 Precalculus Alegbra AND MAC1114 Precalculus Trigonometry)
  • Complete STA2023 Statistics 1
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 overall minimum grade point average (all coursework, all attempts)
  • Complete UF online Application for Admission
For students transferring from a state college or community college:
  • Complete an Associate of Arts degree
  • Complete ECO2013 Microeconomics with a minimum grade of C
  • Complete ECO2023 Macroeconomics with a minimum grade of C
  • Complete MAC1147 Precalculus Math (or both MAC1140 Precalculus Alegbra AND MAC1114 Precalculus Trigonometry)
  • Complete STA2023 Statistics 1
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 overall minimum grade point average (all coursework, all attempts)
  • Complete UF online Application for Admission

Advising

Students interested in the BSSBE are encouraged to visit the DCP Advising Center located on the 3rd floor of the Architecture Building in room 331 ARCH. Andrew Wehle is the Director of Student Services for the college. Students may also see Program Assistant Pat De Jong or Peggy Carr, Interim Director, Bachelor of Sustainability and the Built Environment.

Governing Board

All policy and curriculum decisions for the BSSBE are decided by the Governing Board. It is comprised of members throughout the entire campus. The board consists of one member from each DCP school and two UF faculty outside of the college. It is currently comprised of:

  • Peggy Carr (Interim Director)
  • Andrew Wehle (Director of Student Services)
  • Maruja Torres-Antonini (IND)
  • Glenn Acomb (LAA)
  • Robert Ries (BCN)
  • Vandana Baweja (ARC)
  • Kathryn Frank (URP)
  • Katrina Schwartz (Political Science-Participant in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies)
  • Pierce Jones (Director Center for Resource Efficient Communities, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences)