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.
Students complete 122 credits to earn a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Urban Environments (SUE) degree at the School of Engineering. The credits fall into 3 sets of required courses described in greater detail below:

A Minor in Sustainable Urban Environments is also offered.

General Education Requirements

Humanities and Social Sciences General Education Requirements (26 Credits)

EXPOS-UA 1 Writing the Essay, Credits: 4.00
EXPOS-UA 2 Advanced College Writing, Credits: 4.00
5 courses of Humanities and Social Sciences, (including one Level 3 course)

General Requirements (40 credits)

General Technical Elective, Credits: 4.00
General Math Elective, Credits: 4.00
8 credits of General Science Electives
EG 1003 Introduction to Engineering and Design, Credits: 3.00
EG 1001 Engineering and Technology Forum, Credits: 1.00

Sustainable Urban Environments Requirements (SUE)

Core (20 credits)

CE 1002 Introduction to Civil Engineering, Credits: 2.00
CE 4043 Sustainable Cities, Credits: 3.00
HI 2053W Introduction to Urban Policy, Credits: 3.00
HI 2313W History of NY's Urban Infrastructure, Credits: 3.00
URB 2023W Design of Cities, Credits: 3.00
URB 2043 Methods For Studying Urban Environments, Credits: 3.00

One of the following:

  • CE 2323 Traffic Engineering I, Credits: 3.00
  • CE 3313 Introduction to Transportation Systems, Credits: 3.00
  • CE 4033 Introduction to Urban Infrastructure Systems Management, Credits: 3.00

Concentration (18 credits)

Select at least 1 course from each group

History Group
CE 3353 History of New York City Transit System, Credits: 3.00 or HI 2353 History of NYC Transit System, Credits: 3.00
HI 2303W Introduction to New York City History, Credits: 3.00
HI 2713 Urban Environmental History, Credits: 3.00
HI 3313W History and Literature of New York City in the 20th Century, Credits: 3.00
HI 3403 History of Political Technology, Credits: 3.00
HI 4333W Sem in Urban Infrastructure History, Credits: 3.00

Social Science Group

PS 2323W Environmental Psychology, Credits: 3.00
PS 2723 Human Factors in Engineering Design, Credits: 3.00
PS 3723 Psychology of Sustainability, Credits: 3.00
PS 3743 Psychology of Transportation, Credits: 3.00
PS 3753 Psych of Living in Extreme Environments, Credits: 3.00
URB 2033 Humans in the Urban Environment, Credits: 3.00
URB 3353 Urban Impact Assessment, Credits: 3.00
URB 2413 Please Refer to Catalog
PS 3233 Please Refer to Catalog
Environmental Group
PL 2243W Thinking About the Environment, Credits: 3.00
SEG 2183W Beyond Oil: Fueling Tomorrow's Vehicles, Credits: 3.00
SEG 2193W Writing About Nature & the Environment, Credits: 3.00
SEG 291X Special Topics in Seg, Credits: Variable
SEG 391X Special Topics in Seg, Credits: Variable
SEG 3213W Sustainable Systems and the Natural History of Whaling, Credits: 3.00
URB 2063 Introduction to Urban Planning, Credits: 3.00
PS 2113 Please Refer to Catalog
URB 2223 Natural Environment of New York City, Credits: 3.00
URB 2233 Natural Environmental Catastrophes & Cities, Credits: 3.00
PS 2333 Please Refer to Catalog
URB 3033 Evidence-Based Design, Credits: 3.00
URB 3113 Case Studies in Sustainability(Ancient Egypt & Mesoamerica), Credits: 3.00
URB 3213 Cities in Developing Countries, Credits: 3.00
URB 3313 Hist & Design of Urban Parks, Credits: 3.00

Project Courses (8 credits)

URB 4033 Internship, Credits: 3.00
URB 4024 Capstone Project, Credits: 4.00

Electives Requirements

Technical Electives (8 credits)

Courses that advance the student's knowledge of, or skills in, applied science, engineering, or computer science.

Free Electives (20 credits)

Choose 8 courses of free electives drawn 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.