Programs

Certificate in Sustainable Design

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This multidisciplinary program provides students with the tools necessary to understand and quantify the sources of energy use in buildings and landscapes. Studies emphasize improving sustainable design choices regarding natural and man-made systems considering the performance of the built environment, the reduction of its embodied and operational energies, and the influence of other resource issues.

 

Sustainability is an imperative for our planet as climate change, population growth and dwindling oil supplies are all reminders that our resources are finite and we need a new paradigm to adjust to these global changes. The built environment represents the majority of our energy use and design can help reduce both the embodied and operational energy of our buildings and urban landscape.

 

This certificate provides students with the tools necessary to understand and quantify sources of energy use in buildings and landscapes and to use design of natural and man-made systems to reduce their energy use. This certificate will give students the background to help them make sustainable design choices through informed decision making that considers the performance of the built environment related to the energy required to make it, the energy it absorbs or releases, the energy required to maintain it, and the energy required to replace it. Environmental, economic and socially responsible solutions will be explored through the coursework.

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Completion of the certificate program requires a minimum of 16 units.

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Following is the program curriculum for the 2016-2017 Academic Year.  For previous years, please consult the online USC Catalogue archive.

 

The USC Catalogue is the document of authority for all students. The program requirements listed in the USC Catalogue supersede any information which may be contained in any bulletin of any school or department. The university reserves the right to change its policies, rules, regulations, requirements for graduation, course offerings and any other contents of this catalogue at any time.

 

Required Courses Units

515L, or

615L

Seminar: Advanced Environmental Systems, or

Seminar: Environmental Systems Research

4
519 Sustainability in the Environment: Infrastructures, Urban Landscapes, and Buildings 3
579 Sustainable Building and Environment using LEED Metrics 3
  Electives* 6

 

Sample Electives** (or as approved by program Faculty Advisor or Director) Units

515L, or

615L

Seminar: Advanced Environmental Systems, or

Seminar: Environmental Systems Research (whichever one not used above)

4

511L, or

611

Building Systems, or

Advanced Building Systems Integration

4
517 Current Topics in Building Science (when approved) 2, max 6
531 The Natural Landscape 3
537 Urban Plant Ecology 3
557 Sustainable Conservation of the Historic Built Environment 3
599 Special Topics (when approved) 1-4
ENE 505 Energy and the Environment 3
PPD 644 Shaping the Built Environment 4
PPDE 632 Sustainable Citis and Regions (cross-listed as GEOG 401 4

**Electives for the certificate may not include courses required by the student’s other degree programs.

 

For current USC graduate students enrolled in the Master of Building Science degree program:

Required Courses Units

511L, or

611, or

615L

Building Systems, or

Advanced Building Systems Integration, or

Seminar: Environmental Systems Research

4 *
519 Sustainability in the Environment: Infrastructures, Urban Landscapes, and Buildings 3
579 Sustainable Building and Environment using LEED Metrics 3
  Electives* 6

 

Sample Electives** (or as approved by program Faculty Advisor or Director) Units

511L, or

611, or

615L

Building Systems, or

Advanced Building Systems Integration

Seminar: Environmental Systems Research (whichever one not used above)

4 **
517 Current Topics in Building Science (when approved) 2, max 6
531 The Natural Landscape 3
537 Urban Plant Ecology 3
557 Sustainable Conservation of the Historic Built Environment 3
599 Special Topics (when approved) 1-4
ENE 505 Energy and the Environment 3
PPD 644 Shaping the Built Environment 4
PPDE 632 Sustainable Citis and Regions (cross-listed as GEOG 401 4

*If not used as a required course for MBS degree

**If not used as a required course for MBS degree and not used as a core course above

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