Members of the ENVD student government hang out with chip the buffalo mascot at orientation.

Requirements for Admission

Candidates for admission to the Program in Environmental Design are expected to meet the general requirements for admission to the university. See Undergraduate Admission in the General Information section for specific requirements.

High school students or prospective transfer students from other universities are encouraged to participate in “Be a CU Student for a Day” or other visitation programs co-sponsored by the program and the CU-Boulder Office of Admissions. Information on campus visitation programs and ENVD tours may be obtained on our Visit ENVD page.  Policy questions may be directed to 303-492-7711 or

Undergraduate major in Environmental Design

The Program in Environmental Design currently offers specializations in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning or design studies within its environmental design degree program. All new students initially enter the program as environmental-design majors. Completion of the 75-credit lower-division core leads to entry into one of four upper-division specializations—architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and design studies. A student must complete a minimum of 30 course credits within the Program in Environmental Design. Students also must complete their last semester in residence as full-time students.

Undergraduate minor in Environmental Design

More Info on the Environmental Design Minor

Scholarships for Incoming Students

As an incoming student to the Program of Environmental Design, if you qualify for a CU Boulder’s Esteemed Scholars Program, Presidential Scholarship, or Chancellors Achievement Scholarship, ENVD will also offer you a scholarship as you come into the program. The scholarship type and award amount will vary depending on the correlating CU scholarship, which will be based on high school GPA and test scores.