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Sustainability in the Urban Environment


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The Masters program consists of 30 credits total.  A required five-course core curriculum lays a foundation in sustainability values, strategies, and metrics through coursework in urban and natural systems, environmental economics, and industrial ecology. These core courses aim to give students with diverse educational backgrounds and perspectives a common language and shared direction. Emphasis will be placed on approaches such as 'whole systems thinking' and life cycle analysis, for a more complex understanding of urban systems. A key feature of the core curriculum is a yearlong, six-credit capstone interdisciplinary project designed for teams of students with different backgrounds.

KF - Curriculum
"I know of no other program in the country which has put together such a comprehen- sive and integrated pedagogy. It will certainly establish City College at the forefront of sustainable urban design education."
Harrison Fraker, FAIA
Professor and Former Dean, College of Environmental Design, University of California at Berkeley


Depending on their backgrounds and interests, students select one of two concentrations: Architecture, or Engineering/Science. All students are required to take four elective courses--three within their concentration, and one outside their concentration. 


Elective Courses in Architecture
Elective Courses in Engineering and Science
Elective Course in Social Science
 *  Additional prerequisite(s) are required for these elective courses.

Sample Capstone Projects

These key features of the core curriculum are long-term interdisciplinary projects designed for teams of students with differing backgrounds. We are grateful to the US Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) for generous support of the development of some initial capstone project (click on a project for a fuller description):