The Sustainable Urban Environments curriculum combines liberal arts, science, and technology courses to produce versatile students who are fluent in both the technical and social aspects of the sustainability issues facing our cities.
Former Mayor of Toronto, former head of C40 cities and a Global Future Cities Fellow at the School of Engineering, David Miller (foreground) met with SUE students at the Queens Museum of Art.
The School of Engineering's Sustainable Urban Environments program gives students a core competency in urban environmental history, policy, and technology. Students use experiences in New York City to learn firsthand about the environment and history of the modern city, and the possibilities for redesigning it to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
The credits to Complete a BS in Sustainable Urban Environments fall into 3 sets of required courses:
- General Education
- Sustainable Urban Environments
A Minor in Sustainable Urban Environments is also offered.
General Education Requirements
Humanities and Social Sciences General Education Requirements (24 Credits)
Advanced College Writing, Credits: 4.00
4 Humanities and Social Sciences courses, including at least one course of Level 3 and one Writing Intensive course
General Requirements (20 credits)
General Technical Elective, Credits: 4.00
General Math Elective, Credits: 4.00
8 credits of General Science Electives
EG 1001 Introduction to Engineering and Design
Sustainable Urban Environments Requirements (SUE)
Core (25 credits)
One of the following:
Concentration (20 credits)
Select at least 1 course from each group
CE-UY 3353 History of the New York City Transit System
A History of NYC Transit and the Development of NYC
Seminar in Urban Infrastructure History
Social Science Group
Psychology of Living in Extreme Environments
Natural Environmental Catastrophes and Cities
Project Courses (8 credits)
URB-UY 4034 Internship
URB-UY 4024 Capstone Project
Technical Electives (8 credits)
The technical electives requirement can be fulfilled by any course that advances the student’s knowledge of, or skills in applied science, engineering, or computer science.
Free Electives (20 credits)
Choose 5 courses of free electives from any department.
Minor in Sustainable Urban Environments
The program in Sustainable Urban Environments (SUE) prepares students to join scholars, policymakers, and other professionals as they work to create sustainable urban areas. Based in the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering (after January 1, 2014) the SUE program combines education in the liberal arts and in technology, to ensure that students are conversant with both the technical and social aspects of sustainability that face cities. Students in the minor can take courses in sustainable cities, urban policy, and city design, as well as courses in civil engineering and infrastructure planning. The SUE program prepares students for graduate study and future careers in urban planning, urban and environmental non-profits, transportation, housing, and related fields. This minor is open to all NYU majors. Please click here to learn more about the SUE Minor Requirements.
Requirements for Minor in Sustainable Urban Environments
15 credits- consisting of 2 courses from the Sustainable Urban Environments core
3 courses from any of those offered in the Sustainable Urban Envinrments concentration.