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Sustainable Environmental Design

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.

Focusing on the urban environment, students in this major will gain basic skills in urban and environmental design, local government planning and green building. It is particularly suited for students interested in the physical form and design of communities and related public and private processes. The major also provides a foundation in sustainable development theory and community dynamics.

Real World Outcomes: 

Graduates with a Sustainable Environmental Design degree will be positioned for jobs in government, community organizations, education and the private sector. Those wishing to pursue graduate education are well-prepared for advanced degrees in city and regional planning, landscape architecture, architecture, public policy, public administration, real estate and related fields.


Core instruction for this major emphasizes urban and environmental design, sustainable development theory and practice, green building, local government planning and decision-making, community dynamics and organizations, and presentation of sustainability strategies. Required courses come from the landscape architecture and environmental design program, and electives can be chosen from a broad range of programs such as civil and environmental engineering, community and regional development, plant science, and environmental science and policy. All students will complete a capstone course during their final quarter.

Major Advisor
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Sharla Cheney
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