Sustainable communities are planned, built, and modified to promote a quality of life that is ecologically responsible and inclusive to foster the creative use of our physical and cultural resources. The Certificate in Sustainable Communities and Development, designed primarily for professionals in architecture, planning, law, government and development, offers knowledge and methods to design and develop sustainable places and spaces within our community. Grounded in a comprehensive understanding of the ecological, political, and social context of the subject, the program also offers students a set of specific practical skills with which to plan sustainable communities. The scientific, political, economic, and social implications of sustainable development and design are addressed in the core and elective courses. A studio-based capstone experience addresses the collaborative and integrative nature of sustainability development. The program includes 21 units of undergraduate course work, 18 in required courses noted below, 3 in electives noted below (others with authorization). Courses that apply to this certificate program my be found by selecting "U19 Sustainability", under the Courses and Registration tab on the University College website.
Required Courses (3 units each)
U29 364 Global Sustainability
A46 472 Sustainable Development or U19 319 Planning Sustainable Communities
A46 336A Sustainability
Practical Applications of Sustainable Design I
Practical Applications of Sustainable Design II
U19 352 Universal Design: Process, Principles, and Application, 1 unit
U19 343 Management of the LEED Design Process, 1 unit
U19 315 Introduction to Historic Preservation, 3 units
U19 329: The Metropolis
Policies and Procedures
- All courses must be completed with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.
- All courses must be taken at Washington University.
- All courses also may be taken on a stand-alone basis.
Normally, courses taken toward a University College undergraduate certificate program may be applied to a University College Bachelor of Science degree, as distribution, general elective, or major elective courses, and a maximum of 6 units of course work from a University College undergraduate certificate may be used as core major courses in a University College bachelor of science degree. Candidates for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Sustainability in University College may not simultaneously pursue a Certificate in Sustainability (Communities and Development, Environment and Science, Management and Organizations) offered by University College. Bachelor of Science in Sustainability students should pursue this category of courses as a concentration within the Bachelor of Science.
Admission Requirements and Procedures
In order to be considered for admission to the Certificate in Sustainable Communities and Development, you must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7 in previous college course work, includingat least one college-level English composition course and one other college-level course, each with a grade of B or better.
To apply for admission to the Certificate in Sustainable Communities and Development, the following items must be submitted with your Application for Admission to a University College Undergraduate Degree or Certificate Program:
- Certificate in Sustainable Communities and Development Admission Application Supplement
- Updated Resume
- Statement of Academic and Professional Objectives: a 300-word statement summarizing how your professional and educational goals are consistent with the objectives of the Certificate in Sustainable Communities and Development
Undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs offered by University College are offered through Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. Business-related programs in University College are not accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).
To contact University College, telephone (314) 935-6700, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.