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 us at crp@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 the School of City and Regional Planning
  • two additional 3-credit electives selected from a list (found below) of sustainability and community engagement courses offered in City Planning and related academic disciplines.

Students must take at least three courses from the below list of courses (subject to the normal Georgia Tech requirements for undergraduates taking graduate courses). At least one of these courses must have a CP prefix and at least two of these courses must be at the 3000 level or above.

The list of courses shown below is 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 list. All courses previously approved by the Chair will be included on the list found 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.

Students must earn a grade of "C" or above in each course (no pass/fail options) for a minimum GPA of 2.0 overall within the minor.

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.


Course List

Code Title Credit Hours

Required Courses


CP 2233

Sustainable Urban Development


CP 4052

Sustainable Cities Studio


Select nine hours from the following:


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 4610

Introduction to Real Estate Investment


CP 4620

Housing & Real Estate Economics


CP 4811

Special Topics


CP 4812

Special Topics


CP 4813

Special Topics


CP 4814

Special Topics


CP 4815

Special Topics


CP 6223

Policy Tools - Environmental Management


CP 6442

Equity, Justice & Economic Development


CP 6612

Community Development


CP 6630

Government & Housing Markets


CP 6836

Urban Ecological Design


SLS 3120

Foundations of Sustainable Systems


INTA 2040

Science, Technology, and International Affairs


CEE 2300

Environmental Engineering Principles


ARCH 3231

Environmental Systems I


ARCH 4227

Architecture & Ecology


ARCH 4151

History of Urban Form


CEE 4300

Environmental Engineering Systems


EAS 2803

Special Topics: Urban Forestry


PUBP 3315

Environmental Policy & Politics


PUBP 3350

Energy Policy


PUBP 3600

Sustainability,Technology, & Policy


PHIL 4176

Environmental Ethics


MGT 4193

Service Lead Values Systems


MGT 4194

Social Entrepreneurship


MGT 4803

Special Topics: Business Decisions for Sustainability


INTA 4040

Environmental Politics


INTA 4050

International Affairs & Tech Policy


Total Credit Hours