All students, whether freshmen, external transfer, or intrauniversity transfer students, may declare their emphasis in architecture, landscape architecture, planning and urban design, or design studies at the beginning of their sequence. However, all students share the same core, and enrollment to some upper-division opportunities can be competitive. All graduates from the undergraduate program earn a bachelor of environmental design degree with an emphasis in architecture, landscape design, planning and urban design, or design studies.
In the core, BEnvD students take a coordinated sequence of interdisciplinary courses that emphasize the knowledge, methods, and practices common to the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and planning and urban design. As the established design professions are increasingly collaborating on complex design issues related to the designed environment, the mix of core courses reflects these interdisciplinary and integrative trends. The interdisciplinary core sequence is delivered in the first five semesters of the program.
After completion of the five-semester core, all students must declare an emphasis in architecture, landscape architecture, planning and urban design, or design studies.
There are 30 required and elective credits in each emphasis. Each emphasis has been designed to prepare students for graduate studies, for entry into the workplace, or for both. The emphases in architecture, landscape architecture, and planning and urban design can lead to accelerated programs of study in professional graduate programs. Students should complete 45 credits of courses in the arts, humanities, and sciences, which is especially important for students who wish to transition into a graduate program in architecture. Completing the environmental design degree may, depending on the particular requirements of graduate professional programs at other institutions, lead to advanced standing in those programs that can shorten the number of credits required to complete those programs.
The undergraduate Program in Environmental Design encourages interdisciplinary study and collaborative work on real-world problems.
The first year of the core introduces students to fundamental design ideas and practices, to the concepts of analysis and problem solving, to human factors, to ecology, to design history and theory, and to the relationship between environmental design and ethics. The following three semesters challenge students with design problems at a different scales within the built environment: at the scales of urban design, landscape, and building. Each of these design challenges underscores the interdependency of scales upon one another and the complex connectedness which characterizes the built environment.
The final three semesters of the curriculum offer students the opportunity to emphasize architecture, landscape architecture, or planning and urban design. Students wishing to pursue academic work that crosses disciplines can pursue design studies. During the final two years of study, students may earn opportunities to engage in service learning in the community or in design-build, they may study abroad, or they may have opportunities for more individualized research.
Course codes for this program are ARCH and ENVD.
Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours subject to the maximum outlined in this catalog, meet all specified major core requirements, and maintain a GPA of 2.00 or better.
Students must complete one course from each of the following general education requirements area. Courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
Years Two and Three
Semesters III to IV. The three-semester sequence focuses on issues surrounding sustainability in the contemporary urban environment. Studios address issues related to the appropriate design of the landscape at the scale of the house, the neighborhood, the city, and the region. Students are introduced to construction and building technology, how these affect design at the scale of the building, and how these choices relate back to the larger environment.
Years Three and Four
Required Courses and Semester Credit Hours
First Year: Core Classes
Second Year: Core Classes
Third Year: Core Classes
In addition to the BEnvD degree, students may pursue a dual degree at CU-Boulder. Past students have received the BEnvD degree concurrently with undergraduate degrees in business, engineering, and various programs offered by the College of Arts and Sciences. Typically, specific course requirements do not change in either program of a double degree; and additional hours (varying by college) may be required. All undergraduate students must complete the general education requirements and the requirements for their specific emphasis within the Program in Environmental Design in addition to the other requirements. Students considering a double-degree program are encouraged to speak with advisors in both units to determine requirements and procedures for application.
Students are encouraged to explore the opportunity of adding a certificate or minor to their studies. The following are a few certificates that the program supports towards its Praxis semester. Students interested in the certificate options below or in any alternative certificate or minor offered at CU, for the Praxis semester, or in addition to their primary study, should contact their academic advisor to have a plan set in place prior to their junior year.