Sustainable Community Development

In the Sustainable Community Development major, students can explore a variety of perspectives on creating a more sustainable world through planning and design.  The planning and design of a sustainable world is complex, and this major offers students the opportunity to prepare academically to deal with this complexity by drawing on a variety of disciplinary fields and working at a range of scales.

Undergraduate program options include a Bachelor’s degree and a minor.

Welcome to the Sustainable Community Development Community

The Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Community Development (SCD) offers opportunities to study many aspects of the built environment from a developmental design and planning point of view. Formerly titled Environmental Design, this program was established in 1966 as a pre-professional undergraduate degree. The name change in the fall of 2014 and the curriculum update in the fall of 2017 reflect the evolving nature of our field, dealing with social, built, and natural environments in their interdependence.

Graduates from the BS-SCD program will be prepared to pursue a professional or higher degree in the various fields related to urban design and planning and to make informed and effective development decisions that can have a lasting impact on the social, built, and natural built environments. The core curriculum broadly exposes students to the theories and techniques of planning and design so that they can understand how human and ecological activities can and do shape a landscape and what is involved in the sustainable development of a city and region. It provides the academic background needed for dealing with a wide range of cultural, social, political, economic and ecological aspects in the design and planning of sustainable communities across multiple scales.

Five College Courses Fall 2021

Five College Interchange: Updates to Registration Dates

Pre-registration for Five College courses for Fall 2021 will take place August 2 – 11. During this period, this is a course request period only for open seats in course. Instructors cannot permit students into …

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Last call: Apply for Paid Fall Internships with the new SBS On Campus Internship Program

SBS Students, don’t miss out on this professional development opportunity. Apply by August 1st! 

SBS majors are encouraged to apply for a paid fall internship as part of the exciting new donor funded “SBS On Campus” Internship Program.  Interns …

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Paid Fall Internships with the new SBS On Campus Internship Program – deadlines approaching

SBS majors are encouraged to apply for a paid fall internship as part of the exciting new donor funded “SBS On Campus” Internship Program.  Interns in a variety of SBS offices will spend the fall semester assisting in the …

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