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Department of Built Environment (BE)
The Department of the Built Environment prepares students for professional careers in a variety of disciplines. The baccalaureate degree programs offered are in architectural engineering technology, construction management, interior architecture design, and safety management. Minors in construction management, interior architecture design, and safety management are also offered. A graduate degree is offered in Occupational Safety Management.
The term built environment refers to the human-made surroundings that provide the setting for human activity, ranging in scale from personal shelter and buildings to neighborhoods and cities, and can often include their supporting infrastructure, such as water supplies or energy networks. In practice, the term is typically used to describe the interdisciplinary field which addresses the design, construction, management, and use of these man-made surroundings as an interrelated whole as well as their relationship to human activities over time (rather than a particular element in isolation or at a single moment in time). The field is generally not regarded as a traditional profession or academic discipline in its own right, instead drawing upon areas such as economics, law, public policy, management, design, technology, and environmental sustainability.