Program in Environmental Design

University of Colorado Boulder

Environmental Design Minor

A minor in Environmental Design provides a foundation in theory, history, and methodology employed in fields such as architecture, planning, landscape architecture and related design disciplines. The ENVD minor has three possible tracks, one in Design, one in History and Theory, and one in Planning.

ENVD's interdisciplinary and hands-on approach to education benefits students from all disciplines and students learn to:

  • work collaboratively within a team
  • think creatively and critically
  • communicate clearly AND
  • hone presentation skills

which in turn improves leadership skills and the ability to find solutions to complex issues in various professions.


To declare the Environmental Design minor, meet with an ENVD minor advisor who is assigned according to the first letter of your last name to complete an ENVD minor advising form..

Last Name A-G – Shawn Arnold
Last Name H-N  - Lindsay Schumacher
Last Name O-Z  - Shawn Arnold

Upon completion of the ENVD Minor requirements (listed below by track), students must submit their ENVD minor advising form along with their graduation paperwork to their respective colleges and major advisor.

ENVD Minor tracks

Design Track

The design track will help students develop basic skills and knowledge about designing in the built environment. It will provide practice to enable students to work with professional architects and planners or to go to graduate school in the professional design fields.

Introductory Courses - Required

Studio Courses - Choose 1

History and Theory Courses - Choose 2

  • ENVD 3114: History and Theory of ENVD: Buildings
  • ENVD 3134: History and Theory of ENVD: Precincts
  • ENVD 3144: History and Theory of ENVD: Systems

Total of hours for this minor is 24.  All courses must be met with a C- or better. 

History and Theory Track

The history and theory track will help students develop basic skills in design and an understanding of theories of design through history and in contemporary society. It will provide a foundation for students who are interested in a broad range of fields, including computational design, urban and community development, resource management, and technology.

Introductory Courses - Required

History and Theory Courses:  Choose 2

  • ENVD 3114: History and Theory of ENVD: Buildings
  • ENVD 3134: History and Theory of ENVD: Precincts
  • ENVD 3144: History and Theory of ENVD: Systems

Elective Courses: Choose 1

Total of hours for this minor is 18.  All courses must be met with a C- or better.

Planning Track

The planning track will enable students to develop basic skills and knowledge about urban and environmental planning. The courses give students an understanding of land use, fundamentals of successful communities and the sustainable interaction of systems. It will enable students to work with professional planners and better understand planning as it applies to their own major field. It would also help prepare students for graduate study in planning.

Introductory Courses - Required

Elective Courses - Choose 3

Total of hours for this minor is 18.  All courses must be met with a C- or better.