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Architecture, Construction, and Design

Sample Classes You Might Take:

  • Technical Photography
  • Ecology and Design
  • Urban Design Studio
  • History of American Architecture and Urbanism
  • Solar and Sustainable Design
  • Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer
  • Illumination I
  • Construction Equipment and Methods


"The coursework required for my graduation includes not only basic engineering courses for general understanding of the industry, but actual design courses with real applications. I have designed a steel structure, the electrical system for a commercial-use building, and a LED light fixture, all in my undergraduate degree."

- Mitch, senior, Architectural Engineering, plus a Certificate in Music Technology

You think spatially and geometrically. You were the kid with the awesome lego cities and blanket forts. You can draw a pretty realistic pear, but algebra doesn’t frighten you. You might be happy doing landscape design, construction management, or industrial design.

At CU-Boulder...

  • Program in Environmental Design 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.

  • CU-Boulder offers specialized residential communities for students interested in sustainability and design: Sustainability & Social Innovation and Sustainable by Design (SbD) RAPs.

  • The Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Department is ranked 19th overall and 13th among public graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report.

  • A growing number of buildings on campus meet the guidelines of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings.

  • CU-Boulder has been named one of the top 15 campuses in the nation for sustainability by the Sustainable Endowment Institute.

Programs and Majors

Program in Environmental Design

Architecture Studies
Design Studies
Landscape Studies
Planning Studies

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Architectual Engineering, concentrations in:

  • Construction engineering and management
  • Electrical/lighting engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Structural engineering

Civil Engineering, concentrations in:

  • Construction engineering and management
  • Environmental engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Structural engineering
  • Water resource engineering

Environmental Engineering, concentrations in:

  • Water resources management and treatment
  • Air quality
  • Ecology
  • Remediation
  • Chemical processing
  • Energy