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 one semester prior to your final semester at Cal.

Faculty Advisors Staff Advisor*
Eric Cesal
350 Bauer Wurster Hall
Heather Grothjan (Peng)
250 Bauer Wurster Hall

* For paperwork and basic scheduling issues.


  • 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 124A (2) 3-D Computer Technology
  • 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 142 or 242 (1,2) Sustainability Colloquium*
  • CY PLAN 114 (3) Introduction to Urban and Regional Transportation Planning
  • CY PLAN 115 (4) Urbanization in Developing Countries
  • CY PLAN 119 (3) Planning for Sustainability
  • 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
  • LD ARCH 103 (5) Energy, Fantasy, and Form
  • LD ARCH C110A (3) Ecological Analysis (formerly LD ARCH C110)
  • LD ARCH 111 (3) Plants in Design
  • 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 140 (3) Social and Psychological Factors in Open Space Design 
  • LD ARCH C188 (4) GIS
  • LD ARCH 225 (3) Urban Forest Planning Management
  • LD ARCH 191 Sustainable Cities of Northern Europe, UC Davis Study Abroad


* ARCH 142/ARCH 242 may only count as a third course from this list and may be taken P/NP for either 1 or 2 units.

** ARCH 124A may onlyl count as a third course from this list.

*** 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
  • CIVENG C103N/ESPM C130/GEOG C136 (4) Terrestrial 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 C100/PUB POL C184 (4) Energy and Society 
  • ENE,RES W100 (4) Energy and Society
  • ENE,RES 160 (4) Climate Justice
  • 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)

  • ENVECON C176 (4) Climate Change Economics

  • ENVECON C183 (4) Forest Ecosystem Management 

  • ESPM 102C (4) Resource Management

  • ESPM 102D (4) Climate and Energy Policy
  • ESPM 117 (4) Urban Garden Ecosystems
  • ESPM 134 (3) Fire, Insects, and Diseases in Forest Ecosystems
  • ESPM 137 (3) Landscape Ecology

  • ESPM 150 (4) Sustainable Industry

  • ESPM 151 (4) Society, Environment and Culture
  • ESPM 155AC (4) Sociology and Political Ecology of Agro-Food Systems

  • ESPM 161 (3) Environmental Philosophy and Ethics
  • ESPM 162 (4) Bioethics and Society
  • ESPM 163AC (4) Environmental Justice: Race, Class, Equity, and the Environment (formerly SOCIOL 128AC)
  • 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 177A (4) Sustainable Water and Food Security
  • ESPM 183 (4) Forest Ecosystem Management and Planning
  • ESPM 186 (4) Management and Conservation of Rangeland Ecosystems
  • GEOG 130 (4) Food and the Environment
  • GEOG 138 (4) Global Environmental Politics
  • GEOG 160 (4) American Landscapes: History, Culture, and the Built Environment
  • GEOG 185 (3) Earth System Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 186 (5) Web Cartography
  • IEOR 185 (4) Smart Cities in India

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

  • 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