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College of Environment and Design

Minor in Environmental Design


Program Description

The minor in Environmental Design will cultivate an understanding of the design process as a thinking and problem solving tool. Students will explore the nexus of function and aesthetics, the design of the built environment, and will enroll in the first two design studios in the landscape architecture curriculum. Studies will include application of sustainable principles to societal design problems, ecological design and planning for natural systems within the human domain, and application of design theory to real world site design problems. Students will learn design and graphic communication skills. Through elective courses, students will explore other facets of environmental design such as plant communities, history, construction, energy efficiency, urban design, and advanced level graphic communication. The minor in Environmental Design will be useful to students in many areas of study including Engineering, Ecology, Environmental and Life Sciences, Geography, Geology, Plant Sciences, and any student desiring to enhance creative abilities and problem-solving skills for application across disciplinary boundaries.  

  • A minor must contain at least 9 hours of upper division course work.

Prerequisites (3 hours):

LAND 2210 Design Communication I 3

Required Courses (8 hours):

LAND 2010 Landscape Architecture Studio I 4
LAND 2020 Landscape Architecture Studio II 4

Electives (Choose at least 9 hours):

EDES 4270/6270 Environmental Design Uses of Geographic Information Systems 3
EDES 4610/6610 Vernacular Architecture 3
EDES 4630/6630 The History and Theory of Twentieth-Century Architecture 3
EDES 4640/6640 The History of Urban Planning 3
EDES(PLAN) 4650/6650 City Planning 3
EDES 4660/6660 Environment and Behavior: Theory and Practice 3
LAND 1600 Reading the Landscape 3
LAND 3410 Plants of the South 3
LAND 4251/6251 Digital Workflows 3
LAND 4360 Applied Landscape Ecology 3
LAND 4400/6400 Plant Communities of the Southeast 3
LAND 4410/6410 Field Sketching and Watercolor 3
LAND 4420S/6420S Design Build 3
LAND 4430/6430 Landscape Photography 3
LAND 4440/6440 Plant Communities of the Cherokee Landscape 3
LAND 4450/6450 Plants for Temperate Landscapes 3
LAND 4570 Contemporary Landscape Architecture Theory 3
LAND 4580/6580 Landscapes in Literature, the Arts, and Popular Culture 3
LAND 4620/6620 Evolution of American Architecture 3
LAND 4710/6710 Professional Practice 2
LAND 4730/6730 Issues and Practices in Sustainable Design 3
LAND 4800/6800 Field Study in Contemporary Landscape Architecture 3
LAND 4910 Independent Project 3


For more information, contact:
Ron Sawhill
285 S. Jackson Street



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