The Sustainable Design and Construction degree program prepares students for careers in planning, designing, building, and operating sustainable buildings and infrastructure to maximize their lifecycle economic value, their net contribution to environmental functions and services, and their social equity.
The SDC program offers courses in project management, project finance; lifecycle assessment; sustainable multidisciplinary, multi-stakeholder planning and design processes; green architecture; performance-based structural design; building energy systems; renewable power generation and smart electrical grids; water supply; wastewater treatment; transportation development; and sustainable construction materials and processes. Classes on cutting-edge information technology, sensor networks embedded in intelligent buildings and infrastructure, strategy, economics, entrepreneurship and organization design for new businesses, and corporate or governmental initiatives aimed at enhancing the sustainability of buildings and infrastructure round out the subprogram.
This subprogram is intended for students with undergraduate degrees in architecture, engineering, science, construction management, economics or business who wish to pursue careers that enhance the sustainability of the built environment.
Employers of past SDC graduates include architectural and engineering design firms, constructors, design-build firms and developers focused on delivering green buildings and infrastructure; energy and sustainability consultants; facility management or sustainability departments within large companies; clean-tech startups; and clean-tech venture funds.
There are five tracks in the SDC subprogram. All five SDC tracks have a common overarching structure and core that includes courses in construction engineering and management and introduces cutting-edge metrics and tools to enhance lifecycle sustainability of the built environment. Each track then offers a different set of additional courses beyond the SDC core to support a specific career direction:
- Sustainable Design & Construction—Management (SDC-M)
- Sustainable Design & Construction — Structures (SDC-S)
- Sustainable Design & Construction — Energy (SDC-E)
- Sustainable Design & Construction — Water (SDC-W)
- Sustainable Design & Construction — Sustainable Urban Systems (SDC-SUS)
If you are considering applying and have questions about the Sustainable Design and Construction degree programs, first visit our Admissions Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). There you will find answers on our application process and admission requirements. Finally, once you have decided to apply, please visit the How to Apply page for detailed instructions.