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Program in Environmental Design

Flatirons Habitat for Humanity - CU-Boulder Department of Environmental Design

The Program in Environmental Design for people intrigued by the complexities of designing buildings and landscapes and planning communities. All students major in environmental design and, through one of the emphases below, work toward a bachelor of environmental design as preparation for entry into graduate and professional degree programs as well as the workplace.

Emphases: Architecture Studies, Design Studies, Landscape Studies, Planning Studies

Facilities: Undergraduate facilities are located on the Boulder campus in the Environmental Design Building. They include a visual resource center, an urban simulation laboratory, a model/paint/wood shop, and computer laboratories with 3-D modeling, photo-imaging, and computer-aided design (CAD) capabilities.

The Program in Environmental Design on the CU-Boulder campus takes a broad and integrated view of design professions. Problems and opportunities faced by design professions in recent years demand a broader educational experience than the individual professions traditionally have supplied. Our goal is to prepare you for professional challenges by providing:

  • Broad Education. Courses in the humanities, arts, natural and social sciences allow you to examine the world and contemporary culture from a variety of viewpoints.
  • Hands-on Experience. Students learn by doing: manipulating and creating tangible, hands-on projects. From the first day of your freshman year, you’ll actively integrate knowledge from lectures and activities in your designs.
  • Expert Guidance. You’ll receive guidance from exceptional faculty and practicing designers in the Boulder/Denver metro area. 

In required core courses, students from all design disciplines study shared problems together. Architects, interior and product designers, landscape architects, urban and regional planners, urban designers, technologists, and environmental designers need to understand each other's perspectives, and increasingly work together to find solutions to the complex issues involved in the design of the built environment.

Sampling of Courses:

  • Social Factors and Environmental Design
  • Planning and Urban Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Design and Communication
  • Introduction to Building Materials and Systems

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Middle 50% of the Admitted Fall 2013 Freshman Class
Program in Environmental Design
HS GPA 3.29 - 3.92
Percentile Rank 63 - 90%
SAT- Total* 1085 - 1250
ACT Composite 24 - 29
* Range includes critical reading and math scores only.