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 Sustainable Urban Environments degree fall into 3 sets of required courses:
  • General Education
  • Sustainable Urban Environments
  • Electives

General Education Requirements

Humanities and Social Sciences General Education Requirements (24 Credits)

EXPOS-UA 1 Writing the Essay, Credits: 4.00
EXPOS-UA 2 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 Technology Forum
EG 1003 Introduction to Engineering and Design

Sustainable Urban Environments Requirements 

Core (24 credits)

CE-UY 1002 Introduction to Civil Engineering
CE-UY 4043 Sustainable Cities
HI-UY 3034/W History of NY's Urban Infrastructure
URB 2024/W The Design of Cities
URB-UY 2044 Methods for Studying Urban Environments
URB-UY 2054/W Introduction to Urban Policy

One of the following:

Tracks/SUE Electives (16 credits)

Select at least 1 course from each group

History Group
CE-UY 3353 History of the New York City Transit System
HI-UY 2353 A History of NYC Transit and the Development of NYC
HI-UY 2514/W Introduction to New York City History
HI-UY 2724 Urban Environmental History
HI-UY 4334W Seminar in Urban Infrastructure History

Social Science Group
PS- UY 2324/W Environmental Psychology
PS-UY 2724 Human Factors in Engineering Design
PS-UY 3724 Psychology of Sustainability
PS-UY 3754 Psychology of Living in Extreme Environments
URB-UY 2114 Geographic Information Systems
URB-UY 2034 Humans in the Urban Environment
URB-UY 3354 Urban Impact Assessment
Environmental Group
SEG-UY 2184/W Beyond Oil: Fueling Tomorrow's Vehicles
SEG-UY 2194/W Writing About Nature and the Environment
URB-UY 2064 Introduction to Urban Planning
URB-UY 2224 Natural Environment of New York City
URB-UY 2234 Natural Environmental Catastrophes and Cities
URB-UY 3034 Evidence-Based Design
URB-UY 3214 Cities in Developing Countries
URB-UY 3234 Planning for Healthy Cities
URB-UY 3314 History and Design of Urban Parks

Project Courses (8 credits)

 URB-UY 4034 Internship
 URB-UY 4024 Capstone Project

Electives Requirements

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

This minor is open to all majors and is composed of 16 credits:

  • Two of the core courses in SUE:
HI-UY 3034/W History of NYC's Urban Infrastructure
URB-UY 2024/W Design of Cities
URB-UY 2044 Methods for Studying Urban Environments
URB-UY 2054/W Introduction to Urban Policy