College of Environmental Design

Minor in Sustainable Design

The Program

Sustainable design implies making decisions at various scales of the built environment (buildings, communities, land use patterns, urban support systems) in ways that support environmental quality, social equity, and economic vitality. The undergraduate minor in sustainable design is jointly offered by the Department of Architecture and the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, but also includes interdisciplinary courses across campus. The minor is open to all majors at UC Berkeley.

See below for instructions on how to declare the minor.  For your minor to be added to your transcript, you must file the CED Minor Completion form with the Office of Undergraduate Advising in 250 Wurster Hall during the semester in which you complete your last class for the minor.

Faculty Advisers Staff Adviser*
Iryna Dronova
304 Wurster Hall
idronova@berkeley.edu
Nancy Trinh
250 Wurster Hall
nantrinh@berkeley.edu

* For paperwork and basic scheduling issues.

Guidelines

  • A letter grade of C- or higher in ENV DES 1, LDA ARCH 1, or LD ARCH 12 (or a 3 or higher in AP Env Sci) is required to declare the minor. To declare, download and complete the Request to Add Minor Form from the Forms and Documents page on the CED website. Submit the petition to the Staff Adviser listed above.
  • Each course used to fulfill minor requirements must be completed with a letter grade of C- or higher.
  • Students must earn a 2.0 GPA in the upper division requirements for the minor.
  • Any course used in fulfillment of minor requirements may also be used to fulfill major and upper division CED non-major requirements.
  • Courses used to fulfill a breadth requirement may also be used to satisfy minor requirements.
  • Students may apply the non-CED version of a CED cross-listed course towards the minor.
  • Students may use up to two courses taken abroad to fulfill upper division minor requirements, with faculty approval of the individual courses.

Lower Division Requirement

One course from the following (a letter grade of C- or higher is required to declare the minor):

  • ENV DES 1 (3) People and the Environment
  • LD ARCH 1 (4) Drawing a Green Future: Fundamentals of Visual Representation and Creativity.
  • LD ARCH 12 (4) Environmental Science for Sustainable Development
  • AP Env Science (passing score of 3 or above)

Upper Division Requirements

Five additional courses (minimum of two courses from each list below), all completed with a letter grade of C- or higher:

List 1: CED Courses
  • ARCH 105 (4) Deep Green Design
  • ARCH 140 (4) Energy and Environment
  • ARCH 149, 169, 249 - Special Topics (minimum 2 units)
  • ARCH 240 (3) Advanced Study of Energy & Environment
  • ARCH 241 (3) Research Methods in Building Sciences
  • ARCH 242 (1,2) Sustainability Colloquium*
  • ARCH 243 (3) Natural Cooling: Sustainable Design for a Warming Planet
  • ARCH 244 (3) The Secret Life of Buildings
  • ARCH 245 (3) Daylighting
  • CY PLAN 114 (3) Introduction to Urban and Regional Transportation Planning
  • CY PLAN 115 (4) Urbanization in Developing Countries
  • CY PLAN 140 (3) Urban Design: City Building and Place Making
  • CY PLAN 254 (3) Sustainable Communities*** - Only with instructor approval for students in their senior year
  • CY PLAN 256 (3) Healthy Cities - Only with instructor approval for students in their senior year
  • ENV DES 102 (3) Critical Debates in Sustainable Urbanism***
  • ENV DES 104 (3) Design Frameworks
  • ENV DES 105 (4) Deep Green Design
  • ENV DES 198 (2) Building Sustainability @ Cal*
  • ENV DES 198 (2) Leadership in Sustainable Design*
  • LD ARCH 103 (5) Energy, Fantasy, and Form
  • LD ARCH 110 (4) Ecological Analysis
  • LD ARCH 111 (3) Plants in Design
  • LD ARCH C188 (4) GIS
  • LD ARCH 122 (4) Hydrology for Planners
  • LD ARCH 130 (3) Sustainable Landscapes and Cities***
  • LD ARCH 138AC (3) Analysis of Metropolitan Form
  • LD ARCH 225 (3) Urban Forest Planning Management
  • LD ARCH 191 Sustainable Cities of Northern Europe, UC Davis Study Abroad

Notes

* The ARCH 242 colloquium and ENV DES 198 may only count as a third course from this list and may be taken P/NP for either 1 or 2 units.

** Special Topics courses will be evaluated each semester by student request. Please ask the relevant staff adviser if a course has been reviewed and/or approved.

*** These classes are very popular, and your enrollment is not guaranteed. Please be sure to create a flexible graduation plan in case you are not able to enroll in your preferred classes.

List 2: Non-CED Courses
  • ANTHRO 137 (4) Energy, Culture and Social Organization
  • CIV ENG 103 (3) Introduction to Hydrology
  • CIV ENG 107 (3) Climate Change Mitigation
  • CIV ENG 113N (3) Ecological Engineering for Water Quality Improvement
  • CIV ENG 292A** (1) Technologies for Sustainable Societies
  • ENE,RES 100 (4) Energy and Society
  • ENE,RES 101 (4) Ecology and Society (offered alternate years)
  • ENE,RES 102 (4) Quantitative Aspects of Global Environmental Problems
  • ENE,RES 151 (4) Politics of Energy and Environmental Policy
  • ENE,RES 175 (4) Water and Development
  • ENE, RES 190 (3) Behavior and Sustainability
  • ENE, RES 190 (3) California Water and Society
  • ENV SCI 125 (3) Environments of the San Francisco Bay Area
  • ENVECON 100 (4) Microeconomic Theory with Application to Natural Resources

  • ENVECON C101 (4) Environmental Economics (cross-listed as ECON C125)

  • ENVECON C102 (4) Natural Resource Economics (cross-listed as ECON C102)

  • ENVECON 162 (3) Economics of Water Resources

  • ENVECON C175 (4) Economics of Climate Change (cross-listed as IAS C175)

  • EPS 170AC (4) Crossroads of Earth Resources and Society

  • ESPM 102C (4) Resource Management

  • ESPM 102D (4) Resource and Environmental Policy
  • ESPM 117 (4) Urban Garden Ecosystems
  • ESPM 137 (3) Landscape Ecology

  • ESPM 151 (4) Society, Environment and Culture
  • ESPM 155 (4) Sociology of Natural Resources
  • ESPM 161 (3) Environmental Philosophy and Ethics
  • ESPM 163 (4) Environmental Justice: Race, Class, Equity, and the Environment (formerly SOCIOL 128AC)
  • ESPM 166 (4) Natural Resource Policy and Indigenous Peoples
  • ESPM C167 (4) Environmental Health and Development (cross-listed as PB HLTH C160)
  • ESPM 168 (4) Political Ecology
  • ESPM 169 (4) International Environmental Politics

  • ESPM 173 Sustainable Cities of Northern Europe, UC Davis Study Abroad
  • ESPM C193A/EDU C193A (3) Environmental Education

  • GEOG 130 (4) Food and the Environment
  • GEOG 138 (4) Global Environmental Politics
  • IEOR 185 (4) Smart Cities in India
  • INTEGBIO 152 (4) Environmental Toxicology

  • PUB POL 182 (4) Environment and Technology from the Policy and Business Perspective
  • SOCIOL 123 (4) Corporate Social Responsibility and Green Business
  • SOCIOL 128 (4) Society and the Environment

** CIV ENG 292A may only count as a third course from List 2.

COURSES BELOW ARE PREREQUISITES THAT HAVE BEEN PHASED OUT OF THE SD MINOR. THEY MAY ONLY BE USED IF TAKEN SUMMER 2016 AND PRIOR.
  • CIV ENG 11 (3) Engineered Systems and Sustainability
  • CIV ENG 70 (3) Engineering Geology
  • ENV DES 4A (3) Design and Activism (Impacted course; enrollment unlikely)
  • ENV DES 4B (3) Global Cities (Impacted course; enrollment unlikely)
  • ENV DES 4C (3) Future Ecologies (Impacted course; enrollment unlikely)
  • ENV SCI 10 (3) Introduction to Environmental Sciences
  • ESPM 2 (3) The Biosphere
  • ESPM C10 (4) Environmental Issues (cross-listed with L&S C30V)
  • ESPM 50AC (4) Introduction to Culture and Natural Resource Management
  • ESPM 60 (4) Environmental Policy, Administration, and Law
  • GEOG 1 (4) Global Environmental Change