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Core curriculum

Signature and innovative, our core curriculum provides an intensive and balanced introduction to the traditional professions within the broad field of environmental design. 

Anchored through a combination of lecture courses and studio instruction, our core curriculum builds upon studios where students solve design problems at interrelated scales of the built environment: buildings, landscapes and urban systems.

Architecture, landscape architecture, planning and design studies specializations become solidified in the final three semesters through upper division coursework. This allows students to pursue in-depth projects and gain more specialized skills necessary for pre-professional work or graduate study.

Community engagement & praxis

Community engagement is integral to our educational approach.
In the semester prior to senior year, known as Praxis, we offer studio options and opportunities for students to explore personal interests through projects with community clients. 

During the Praxis semester students may also elect to study abroad through approved programs. The final year culminates into specific requirements for the chosen specialization.

Thematic structure

The undergraduate Program in Environmental Design encourages interdisciplinary study and collaborative work on real-world programs. It also encourages a breadth of knowledge in the liberal arts and in other general studies, which prepares students to be critical thinkers and communicators. 

Course codes for this program are ARCH and ENVD.

Careers in design

The program prepares pre-professional undergraduate students for professional graduate study in the design professions. As with other four-year preprofessional degrees, such as the bachelor of science or bachelor of arts in architecture, the B.EnvD prepares students for study in a master of architecture (MArch), master of landscape architecture (MLA), master of urban design (MUD), or master of urban and regional planning (MURP) degree program.

It is common for bachelor's in environmental design graduates to receive advanced standing for the work they have done in our program, which allows them to complete a graduate degree at other design schools in a shorter time.