Sustainable Design

University of California, Berkeley

About 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.

Students interested in pursuing this course of study at the major level should consider the Sustainable Environmental Design program.

Declaring the Minor

A letter grade of C- or higher in ENV DES 1, LD ARCH 1, or LD ARCH 12 (or a 3 or higher in AP Env Sci) is required to declare the minor. To declare, students must submit the CED Minor Declaration Form, available on the CED website. Once this request has been approved, you will see the minor added to your Cal Central student profile. It is your responsibility to track your progress towards minor completion using the Academic Progress Report and CED Advising Services. 

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT FORM: One semester prior to a students final semester. 

General Information

Websites: Department of Architecture, Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, Sustainable Environmental Design Major, Sustainable Design Minor

Visit Sustainable Design Minor Website

Minor Requirements

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. 

General Guidelines

  1. All minors must be declared no later than one semester before a student's Expected Graduation Term (EGT).
  2. A letter grade of C- or higher in ENV DES 1, LD ARCH 1, or LD ARCH 12 (or a 3 or higher in AP Env Sci) is required to declare the minor. To declare, students must submit the CED Minor Declaration Form, available on the CED website. 
    1. DEADLINE TO SUBMIT FORM: One semester prior to a students final semester.
  3. Each course used to fulfill minor requirements must be completed with a letter grade of C- or above.
  4. Students must earn a 2.0 GPA in the upper division requirements for the minor.
  5. Any course used in fulfillment of minor requirements may also be used to fulfill major and upper division CED non-major requirements.
  6. Courses used to fulfill a breadth requirement may also be used to satisfy minor requirements.
  7. Students may apply the non-CED version of a CED cross-listed course towards the minor.
  8. Students may use up to two courses taken abroad to fulfill upper division minor requirements, with faculty approval of the individual courses.


Lower Division (a letter grade of C- or higher is required to declare the minor)
Select one course from the following:
AP Environmental Science, Passing Score of 3, 4, or 5
Introduction to Environmental Design [3]
Drawing a Green Future: Fundamentals of Visual Representation and Creativity [4]
Environmental Science for Sustainable Development [4]
Upper Division (Five Courses)
Select five courses from the following; a minimum of two courses must be selected from CED courses and a minimum of two courses selected from non-CED courses
CED Courses
Introduction to Digital Design Methods [2]
Energy and Environment [4]
Special Topics in Energy and Environment [2-4] 1
Special Topics in Construction Materials [2-4] 1
Advanced Study of Energy and Environment [3]
Research Methods in Building Sciences [3]
Sustainability Colloquium [2] 2
Sustainability Colloquium
Special Topics in the Physical Environment in Buildings [2-4] 1
Introduction to Urban and Regional Transportation [3]
Urbanization in Developing Countries [4]
Planning for Sustainability [4]
Urban Design: City-Building and Place-Making [3]
Sustainable Communities [3] 4
Healthy Cities [3] 4
Climate Change and City Planning: Adaptation and Resilience [3]
Energy, Fantasy, and Form [5]
Ecological Analysis [4] (formerly LD ARCH 110)
Plants in Design [3]
Hydrology for Planners [4]
Sustainable Landscapes and Cities [4]
Social and Psychological Factors in Open Space Design [3]
Geographic Information Science [4]
Course Not Available (Sustainable Cities of Northern Europe, UC Davis Study Abroad)
Non-CED Courses
Energy, Culture and Social Organization [4]
Course Not Available [3]
Terrestrial Hydrology [4] (cross-listed w/ ESPM C130 and GEOG C136)
Climate Change Mitigation [3]
Climate Change Adaptation [3]
Ecological Engineering for Water Quality Improvement [3]
Technologies for Sustainable Societies [1] 3
Energy and Society [4] (cross-listed w/ PUB POL C184)
Energy and Society [4]
Intermediate Microeconomics with Applications to Sustainability [4]
Environmental Economics [4]
Natural Resource Economics [4]
Economics of Water Resources [3]
Climate Change Economics [4]
Forest Ecosystem Management [4]
Resource Management [4]
Climate and Energy Policy [4] (Behavior and Sustainability )
Urban Garden Ecosystems [4]
Fire, Insects, and Diseases in Forest Ecosystems [3]
Landscape Ecology [3]
Society, Environment, and Culture [4]
Sociology and Political Ecology of Agro-Food Systems [4]
Environmental Philosophy and Ethics [4]
Bioethics and Society [4]
Environmental Justice: Race, Class, Equity, and the Environment [4]
Environmental Health and Development [4]
Political Ecology [4]
International Environmental Politics [4]
Sustainable Water and Food Security [4]
Forest Ecosystem Management and Planning [4]
Grassland and Woodland Management and Conservation [4]
Food and the Environment [4]
Global Environmental Politics [4]
The American Landscape: Place, Power and Culture [4]
Earth System Remote Sensing [3]
Web Cartography [5]
The Economics of Climate Change [4]
Environmental Health and Development [4]
ESPM173(UC Davis) Sustainable Cities of Northern Europe, UC Davis Study Abroad

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. ARCH 149, ARCH 169, and ARCH 249 must be minimum 2 units.


The ARCH 142/ ARCH 242 colloquium and ENV DES 198 may only count as a third CED course, and may be taken Pass/No Pass for either 1 or 2 units.


CIV ENG 292A may only count as a third non-CED course.


Only with instructor approval for students in their senior year.


Contact Information

Minor Program Faculty Advisor

Nate Kauffman

Minor Advisor

Heather Grothjan (Peng)

250 Bauer Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-0928

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

Kyle Steinfeld

345 Bauer Wurster Hall

Director, Office of Undergraduate Advising

Omar Ramirez

250 Bauer Wurster Hall

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