Architectural and Environmental Design and Planning
Urban planners and regional developers shape the physical landscapes of our communities to create environments that frame our daily lives. With an added focus on sustainability, these community builders help ensure that the places in which we live and work are environmentally safe and resource-efficient. Thoughtfully planned communities provide us with liveable cities, smooth-running transportation systems and healthy urban space.
The complex relationship between humans and our environment requires us to choose when and how to modify or conserve the land areas we use. Designated open spaces, parks and modern neighborhoods are all products of landscape architecture. UC Davis' landscape architecture program, one of the foremost in the nation, stresses the vital role of the landscape architect in striking a balance between urban expansion and environmental preservation.
How can governments and private agencies foster a healthy balance between economic and community development and environmental preservation and restoration? Crafting thoughtful policies to meet these seemingly conflicting goals is the focus of the major in environmental policy analysis and planning. Students in this major receive substantial training in areas of environmental law and community planning. Issues of resource quality, pollution, energy use and recreational policy are all addressed by EPAP majors.
Horticulture majors study the ways that plants improve our everyday lives. Plants play many roles in human environments. In addition to beautifying indoor and outdoor areas, they control erosion, reduce energy and water consumption, and revegetate and restore destroyed landscapes.
Managers and scientists are faced with the challenge of managing and repairing ecological systems so the systems reliably supply human needs while conserving and sustaining ecological services and diversity. The challenge of managing for multiple goals in a changing environment is ubiquitous throughout the world's wildlands, urbanizing landscapes, rangelands and agricultural areas. Effective ecosystem management and restoration requires expertise in a wide variety of ecological and agricultural fields: ecology, management (e.g.