Start Your Journey in Sustainability

The Bachelor of Science in Sustainability and the Built Environment focuses on finding sustainable solutions that enhances environmental opportunities and resources for future generations.

Application Information

The UF Office of Admissions reviews freshman admissions applications. Admitted freshman applicants can declare Sustainability and the Built Environment as his or her major.

Application Deadline: November 1st

The College of Design, Construction & Planning reviews transfer applications. Students who have earned an AA degree or at least 60 credit hours may apply for transfer admissions. Transfer applicants are considered on a space available basis. 

Competitive applicants should complete the below prerequisite courses prior to transferring to UF: 

• Macroeconomics ECO 2013
• Microeconomics ECO 2023
• Precalculus MAC 1147 OR Precalculus Algebra MAC 1140 and Trigonometry MAC 1114
• Introduction to Statistics 1 STA 2023

Application Deadline: 
Summer: February 1st 
Fall: May 1st
Spring: September 15th

Sustainability and the Built Environment

Sustainability protects the natural and cultural resources of our built environment by reducing energy demand, conserving water, improving indoor air quality, managing waste, and promoting sustainable practices in transportation, building construction, and land use development.  Graduates will gain leadership and technical skills required for a successful career in today’s green industry.


Geodesign Specialization

Students may choose to specialize in Geodesign, which combines topography with design using digital technology to help designers, planners, and stakeholders make informed decisions on globalization, population growth, climate change, and increasing demands for resources.

Urban Design

Transportation Planning

Modeling Sea Level Rise

Regional Conservation Planning

Watershed Management

Career Paths

Check out what our students are doing

Student and Alumni Profiles

Denise Tran

The lightbulb went off in Denise Tran’s brain in 2019 when a guest speaker named Steve Moore spoke to her class at the University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning – “I should intern with Siemens in Jacksonville.”

After graduating this past summer with a bachelor’s degree in sustainability and the built environment, Tran took her interest in energy production, smart building technology and redevelopment and joined the global company’s office for a summer internship in the Bold New City of the South.

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DCP Students Make History

The University of Florida’s Donald R. Dizney Stadium’s locker room facility on UF’s campus is the first building in Florida to be LEED certified by students and just the 11th globally.

Led by DCP Sustainability and the Built Environment Program Director and UF Green Building Learning Collaborative Director Bahar Armaghani, LEED Lab students successfully certified the lacrosse locker room facility under the LEED v4.1 certification. Since LEED Lab’s inception in 2014, 186 students have participated in the experience. Through their pursuit, students have experienced hands-on learning, strengthened their professional skills and attained LEED credentials.

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Madison Ulvenes

Scheduled to graduate next spring with a degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment, Madison Ulvenes is currently serving as the sustainable building intern for the University of Florida Department of Planning, Design and Construction. Her day-to-day responsibilities include implementing sustainable practices within the multiple projects under the UF Landscape Master Plan. The current member of Climate Action Gator and Gators Going Green connects daily with different departments on campus and documents said practices under the corresponding sustainable certification program, Sustainable SITES Initiative. 

Ulvenes credits DCP’s interdisciplinary approach with her success thus far in the internship, which incorporates aspects of landscape architecture, construction management, historic preservation and much more.  She has been able to apply what she has learned about the built and natural environments and help achieve UF’s first Sustainable SITES Initiative certifications through the Newell Gateway and Tigert Court projects. These plans aim to make the campus more cohesive and interconnected with the City of Gainesville.

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Margaret George

Some people spend their entire lives dreaming of working for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). For University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning student Margaret George, she has already done it twice before graduation.

Scheduled to receive her degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment at DCP’s August 7 commencement ceremony, George is currently spending her last semester at UF in Hampton, Va., as a NASA Solar and Meteorological Data for Energy and Agriculture Intern.

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