The Bachelor of Science in environmental design is a flexible multi-disciplinary degree. The degree content includes the five core environmental design courses, directed electives, and free electives. Students are encouraged to use the free electives to earn one or two minors. Two summers of coursework are required for the environmental design workshop course series. The degree is a good option for students who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in design, planning, and construction related programs.
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.
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design, Pre-Landscape Architecture Track
The bachelor of science in environmental design pre-landscape architecture track is preparation for the Master of Landscape Architecture graduate program. Pre-landscape architecture students begin taking the first three semesters of the Master of Landscape Architecture program in the summer after their third year of undergraduate study. Successful performance in the coursework leads to advanced placement in the Master of Landscape Architecture program. A successful student may complete the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design and the professional Master of Landscape Architecture in 5 years (including 3 summers).