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Minor in Sustainable Cities

Minor in Sustainable Cities

The minor in Sustainable Cities emphasizes sustainability, community engagement, and social justice. 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).

Adding the Minor

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.

If you have questions about the minor, please contact Johnnie Sawyer, the Academic Advisor for the School of City & Regional Planning.

These courses are required for successful completion of the minor.

Code Title Credit Hours

CP 2233

Sustainable Urban Development

3

CP 4052

Sustainable Cities Studio (with prerequisite of CP 2233)

3

Select three hours from the following list of City Planning courses. Undergraduates with senior standing (by credit) are eligible to register for 6000-level courses. They must first see their academic advisor for permission to take a graduate class, then request a level permit by contacting the Registrar’s Office.

Code Title Credit Hours

CP 4010

Foundation of Urban & Region Development

3

CP 4020

Introduction to Urban & Region Planning

3

CP 4105

Land Conservation

3

CP 4190

Introduction to Climate Change Planning

3

CP 4210

Environmental Planning & Impact Assessment

3

CP 4310

Urban Transportation

3

CP 4510

Geographic Information Systems

3

CP 6112

Land Use Planning

3

CP 6223

Policy Tools for Environmental Management

3

CP 6243

Health Impact Assessment

3

CP 6442

Equity, Justice & Economic Development

3

CP 6612

Community Development

3

CP 6630

Government & Housing Markets

3

CP 6680

Citizen Participation

3

CP 6836

Urban Ecological Design

3

CP 6850

Public Health and Built Environment

2

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

Code Title Credit Hours

SLS 3120

Foundations of Sustainable Systems

3

SLS 3110

Technology and Sustainable Community Development

3

MGT 4803

Social Impact: In-depth Exploration and Design

3

BIOS 2300

General Ecology Lecture

3

BIOS 2301

General Ecology Lab

1

EAS 4803

Extreme Atlanta: Climate Change in Urban Spaces

3

PUBP 3315

Environmental Policy and Markets

3

PUBP 3350

Energy Policy and Markets

3

HTS 2086

Semester in the City: Engaging Communities

3

HTS 3012

Urban Sociology

3

HTS 3011

The City in U.S. History

3

HTS 3005

American Environmental History

3

LMC 2350

Introduction to Social Justice

3

LMC 3308

Environmentalism and Ecocriticism

3

CS/INTA 4745

Information and Communication Technologies and Global Development

3

CS/INTA 6745

Information and Communication Technologies and Global Development

3

CEE 4610

Multimodal Transportation

3

CEE 4803

Smart and Sustainable Cities

3

ISYE 4501

Energy, Efficiency, and Sustainability

3

ARCH 4151

History of Urban Form

3

ARCH 4227

Architecture and Ecology

3

ARCH 4515

Collaborative Design Workshop

3

VIP 2601/3601/3602/4601/4602/4603/4983/6601/6602/6603

VV4 Bee Snap

See note

VIP 2601/3601/3602/4601/4602/4603/4983/6601/6602/6603

VV5 Engineering for Social Innovation

See note

VIP 2601/3601/3602/4601/4602/4603/4983/6601/6602/6603

VVS HumaniTech

See note

SPAN 4693

Sustainability in Spain (LBAT)

3

FREN 3011

France Today (taught only at GTL)

3

FREN 3500

Field Work Abroad

1-3

FREN 3694

LBAT French Semester Abroad (LBAT)

3

GRMN 3030

Crossing Borders

3

GRMN 3696

Current Issues (LBAT)

3

SPAN 3200

Globalization in Latin America

3

SPAN 4150

Spanish Service Learning

3

SPAN 4156

Spanish Service Learning Abroad I

3

SPAN 4157

Spanish Service Learning Abroad II

3

SPAN 4251

Hispanic Community Internship

3

SPAN 4350

Iberoamerican Cities

3

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

 

 

Introduction to Global Development

3

Sustainable Megaregions

3

Energy, Environment and Policy

3

Global Development Capstone

3

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

 

 

Business Decisions for Sustainability and Shared Value

3

Climate Policy

3

Sustainability, Technology and Policy

3

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

 

 

Conversation Practicum

3

Spanish Service-Learning Abroad I

3

Spanish Service-Learning Abroad II

3

Social, Cultural, and Linguistic Diversity in Spain

3

Economic and Environmental Sustainability in Spain

3

Note regarding VIP credits: 1 per semester for sophomores; 1 or 2 per semester for juniors; 1, 2, or 3 per semester for seniors; and 1, 2, or 3 per semester for graduate students. Please talk with your academic adviser about how VIP credits work in your department and count toward your degree. They may count as disciplinary electives, capstone credits, undergraduate research credits, etc.

More Details

For more information on minor requirements, please visit the listing in the official GT course catalog.

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