Sustainability

A photo of the Hecht and Standford dormitories at the University of Miami Coral Gables campus. A photo of the Hecht and Standford dormitories at the University of Miami Coral Gables campus.

Track in Sustainability

The sustainability track is supervised by Dr. Shoureseni Sen Roy of the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Geography and Regional Studies. Students who select the track in sustainability must take GEG 661 - Urban Geography, as well as 9 additional credits in sustainability from the list below:

  • GEG 661 - Urban Geography

    An introduction to the essential elements about the growth and development of cities. Review the challenges of urbanization and urban sustainability in the contemporary period. This course is required for all students who select the track in sustainability.

  • ARC 626 - Landscape Architecture Design II

    Analysis and design of landscape spaces. Topics include ecological principles, landforms and plant materials.

  • ARC 628 - Historic Preservation

    Basic design principles for the rehabilitation of historic buildings and districts. Evaluating character-defining details; significance analysis; context of setting issues within historic districts; applying the Secretary of the Interior's standards for rehabilitation.

  • ARC 640 - Tropical Architecture

    A discussion of tropical architecture and the theme of tropicalism. Research, analysis and documentation in drawing of selected case studies.

  • ARC 641 - Seminar on Town Design

    Introduction to the lexicon of urbanism; analytical presentations of the concepts of: region, town, neigborhood, corridor, district, and building type; interdisciplinary presentations, review, and criticism of current town and urban design projects.

  • ARC 685 - Sustainable Design in Context

    Group or individual investigations of significant architectural issues, offered by special arrangement only.

  • ARC 690 - History of Cities

    Historical overview of the origin and development of cities around the world. Emphasis on intentional form of settlements (the ideal) as well as response to economic and political imperatives such as trade and defense (the real).

  • GEG 622 - Urbanization in the Developing World

    Patterns and processes in large cities in the developing world are examined.

  • GEG 643 - Population, Sustainability, and Media

    Explores opposing views of population growth and environmental sustainability through the media and cinema: contrasts "doomsters" who believe population growth and resource consumption threaten human survival, and pro-growth "boomsters" who believe human ingenuity and technology will continue to allow humankind to prosper.

  • GEG 648 - Climate Change & Public Health

    The mechanisms by which climate change adversely affects human health and the policy options for mitigating our exposure.

  • IGS 644 - Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability

    The concepts of environmental sustainability and energy security will be explored. The importance of energy and the mitigation of climate change in formulation of country strategies, advancement of national interests and shaping of the international system will be stressed.

  • IGS 647 - Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Aid

    This course examines the management of disasters from natural causes. It is focused primarily on the theory and practice of response. At the center of this investigation is a difficult question: how to help? The answers are not obvious. Through the vocabularies of practicioners and frameworks offered by academic literature, we will explore the ways in which responders respond, the lessons learned and the best practices that have emerged in the field of disaster response and humanitarian intervention.