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Curriculum in Environmental Design

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design

The bachelor of science in environmental design is a flexible multi-disciplinary degree. It emphasizes the blend of sustainable practices from local and global context with comprehensive design and systems thinking. The degree content includes the nine environmental design courses, directed electives (electives within CADC) and free electives. Students are encouraged to utilize the free electives to earn one or two minors, and therefore customize their educational experience. Two summers of coursework are required for the environmental design workshop course series. While this degree is a good option for students who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in design, planning and construction related programs, it also enables students to seek employment opportunities in a variety of different fields upon graduation.

Students who pursue the environmental design degree will learn core knowledge of design and construction disciplines and business practices related to human-designed environments, including awareness of national and global perspectives. Exposure to national/global environmental design issues, focus on interdisciplinary concepts, hybrid practices, and sustainability are key aspects of the curriculum. A two part workshop course series allows students to focus on developing a general technical skill set for environmental design foundations. Digital media introduction, structure and fabrication techniques, design communication development are included. A capstone workshop requires students to initiate and complete a community engagement environmental design project using principles of collaboration, leadership and effectiveness training, hands-on experience, civic engagement and design communication skills.  Minimum GPA for transfer students is 2.0.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
HIST 1010/1017 World History I13HIST 1020/1027 World History II3
Directed Elective 1#3Core Science I44
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Core Math3 
 15 13
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
Core Literature (Humanities)13Core Humanities (Philosophy)3ENVD 2100 Environmental Design Workshop I6
Core Science II24Directed Elective 23Directed Elective 313
ENVD 2040 Design, Invention and Society or ARCH 2600 The Art of Architecture, Place, and Culture3Core Science II23 
Free Elective6ENVD 2000 Environmental Design Concepts and Practices I3 
 ENVD 2010 Introduction to Design and Design Methods3 
 16 15 9
Junior
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
Core Social Science23ENVD 3100 Civic Engagement and Research Methods3ENVD 4100 Environmental Design Workshop II - Capstone6
ENVD 3000 Environmental Design Concepts and Practices II3Directed Elective 53Free Elective13
ENVD 4010 Elements of Design Thinking and Communication3ENVD 5030 Studies in Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship (Studies in Design Thiking and Praxis)3 
Directed Elective 43ENVD 4970 Special Topics in Environmental Design3 
Free Elective3Free Elective3 
 15 15 9
Senior
FallHours
Core Humanities33
Free Elective10
UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 13
Total Hours: 120
1

For Core students must complete one approved sequence, either in Literature or History; ARCH/ARIA require a History sequence and one Literature course.

2

Any Core Social Science course may be selected. See the 2015-16 Bulletin or an advisor for a list of approved choices

3

Any Core Humanities course may be selected. See the 2015-16 Bulletin or an advisor for a list of approved choices

4

Students must complete a sequence of Science courses

5

Satisfies SLO 7, Oral Communication