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College of Environment and Design



Landscape Architecture has been taught at UGA since 1928, and has offered a graduate program since 1954. The undergraduate program has been accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architects since 1952, as has the graduate program since 1983. The landscape architecture programs frequently hold national rankings, usually within the top 5 programs in the United States, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Historic Preservation graduate program within the College is also very highly regarded on a national level through the National Trust, and offers only one of two programs in the United States for a joint Juris Doctorate. The curriculum is recognized in Georgia as the first of its kind, with courses being offered since 1973, and its graduate program officially forming in 1982.

The Environmental Planning & Designgraduate program is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board and focuses on the physical planning and design of the built environment. The MEPD program is structured around planning studios which foster an energetic, collaborative and creative environment and pursues excellence through innovative teaching.

The Ph.D. in Environmental Design and Planning, the newest program in the College, is an advanced doctoral degree, which will prepare students to propose and conduct research to support the design, planning, and management of the natural, cultural, and built environment though the integration of research methods and theories, innovative technologies, design and problem solving and research-driven solutions.

Two minors are available in the CED, Environmental Design and Landscape Studies.

Most unique to the College is the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program, which was the first of its kind to be established in the United States in 1983. There are certificates offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, often in compliment and with value enhancement to other degrees. The faculty for the Certificate are all volunteer in capacity, and include a wealth of disciplines across UGA from such areas as botany, biology, forestry, ecology, soil science and marine science, as well as landscape architecture, business, sociology, law, journalism, the arts and other non-science areas and private industry.

In addition to Environmental Ethics, a number of other Certificate Programs are offered by the CED and other UGA departments, and may be earned in conjunction with your degree.