Minor in Sustainable Cities


The School of City and Regional Planning offers a minor in Sustainable Cities that emphasizes both sustainability and community engagement. It provides students with a deep learning experience that integrates classroom learning and real-world, community-based project experience in creating sustainable communities, with a focus on the built urban environment. The minor is affiliated with Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS).

If you have questions about the minor, please contact Johnnie Sawyer at johnnie.sawyer@design.gatech.edu.


The minor in Sustainable Cities consists of five courses and fifteen credit hours. It includes:

  • six credits of required coursework (CP 2233: Sustainable Urban Development and CP 4052: Sustainable Cities Studio)
  • one additional 3-credit elective from a list of courses offered by the School of City and Regional Planning
  • one additional 3-credit elective selected from a list of courses offered in related academic disciplines
  • one additional 3-credit elective drawn from the courses on either list.


The lists of courses shown below are not exhaustive. With permission of the Chair of the School of City and Regional Planning students may substitute one course with substantial Sustainable Cities content that is not on the below lists. All courses previously approved by the Chair will be included on an updated list below.

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 responsibility of the student and major advisor to verify that any courses a student wishes to count toward both a major and a minor meet all the Georgia Tech and major School requirements. For Georgia Tech minor requirements see the Catalog entry describing requirements for any minor.


Course List

Code Title Credit Hours

Required Courses


CP 2233

Sustainable Urban Development


CP 4052

Sustainable Cities Studio (with prerequisite of CP 2233)


Select three hours from the following list of City Planning courses:



CP 4010

Foundation of Urban & Region Development


CP 4020

Introduction to Urban & Region Planning


CP 4105

Land Conservation


CP 4190

Introduction to Climate Change Planning


CP 4210

Environmental Planning & Impact Assessment


CP 4310

Urban Transportation


CP 4510

Geographic Information Systems


CP 6112

Land Use Planning


CP 6223

Policy Tools for Environmental Management


CP 6243

Health Impact Assessment


CP 6442

Equity, Justice & Economic Development


CP 6612

Community Development


CP 6630

Government & Housing Markets


CP 6680

Citizen Participation


CP 6836

Urban Ecological Design


CP 6850

Public Health and Built Environment


Select three hours from the following list of courses in related academic disciplines:



SLS 3120

Foundations of Sustainable Systems


SLS 3110

Technology and Sustainable Community Development


MGT 4803

Social Impact: In-depth Exploration and Design


BIOS 2300

General Ecology Lecture


BIOS 2301

General Ecology Lab


EAS 4803

Extreme Atlanta: Climate Change in Urban Spaces


PUBP 3315

Environmental Policy and Markets


PUBP 3350

Energy Policy and Markets


HTS 2803

Semester in the City


HTS 3012

Urban Sociology


HTS 3011

The City in U.S. History


HTS 3005

American Environmental History


LMC 2350

Introduction to Social Justice


LMC 3308

Environmentalism and Ecocriticism


CS/INTA 4745

Information and Communication Technologies and Global Development


CS/INTA 6745

Information and Communication Technologies and Global Development


CEE 4610

Multimodal Transportation


CEE 4803

Smart and Sustainable Cities


ISYE 4501

Energy, Efficiency, and Sustainability


ARCH 4151

History of Urban Form


ARCH 4227

Architecture and Ecology


ARCH 4515

Collaborative Design Workshop


VIP 2601/3601/3602/4601/4602/4603/4983

VV4 Bee Snap


VIP 2601/3601/3602/4601/4602/4603/4983

VV5 Engineering for Social Innovation


VIP 2601/3601/3602/4601/4602/4603/4983

VVS HumaniTech


Study Abroad in Japan: Summer Program in Sustainable Development (Courses may also be taken on campus in Atlanta):



INTA 2050

Introduction to Global Development


INTA 3232

Sustainable Megaregions


INTA 3040

Energy, Environment and Policy


INTA 4744

Global Development Capstone


Study Abroad in Italy: Sustainable Development and Climate Change (Courses may also be taken on campus in Atlanta):



MGT 3770

Business Decisions for Sustainability and Shared Value


PUBP 3320

Climate Policy


PUBP 3600

Sustainability, Technology and Policy


SPAN 4693

Sustainability in Spain (LBAT)


FREN 3011

France Today (taught only at GTL)


FREN 3500

Field Work Abroad


FREN 3694

LBAT French Semester Abroad (LBAT)


GRMN 3030 

Crossing Borders


GRMN 3696

Current Issues (LBAT)


SPAN 3200

Globalization in Latin America


SPAN 4150

Spanish Service Learning


SPAN 4156

Spanish Service Learning Abroad I


SPAN 4157

Spanish Service Learning Abroad II


SPAN 4251

Hispanic Community Internship


SPAN 4350

Iberoamerican Cities


Serve-Learn-Sustain in Spain (Courses may also be taken on campus in Atlanta)



SPAN 3151

Conversation Practicum


SPAN 4156

Spanish Service-Learning Abroad I


SPAN 4157

Spanish Service-Learning Abroad II


SPAN 4158

Social, Cultural, and Linguistic Diversity in Spain


SPAN 4693

Economic and Environmental Sustainability in Spain


Select three hours from either of the above lists.



Total Credit Hours