The Sustainable Community Development major gives students the opportunity to consider a variety of perspectives on creating a more sustainable world through planning and design. The curriculum is flexible and interdisciplinary, allowing a student to broadly explore ways of envisioning sustainable communities. Students will become familiar with the theories and techniques of design and planning for creating sustainable communities, conserving the environment, and responding to other social, cultural, economic and political challenges of the built environment.
Because the planning and design of a sustainable world is complex, this major offers students the opportunity to prepare academically to a variety of disciplinary fields and work at a range of scales. Students will gain an understanding of the wide range of disciplines, approaches, debates, and ultimately professional opportunities in this field of endeavor. Students will develop an understanding of the various ecological, economic, social and cultural aspects of design and planning, and an understanding of ways in which planning and design affect sustainability and the human environment. In addition, they will gain the knowledge, skills and values that will help to critically analyze, assess and act to change the built environment.
The Sustainable Community Development major offers four areas of concentrated study: Urban Studies, Landscape Studies, Horticultural Studies, and Built Environment Studies. Concentrations within the major allow students to focus on particular issues and scales of design and planning. Students are required to take a total of 16 classes: 7 core requirements and 9 classes in one of the concentration areas.
Students are expected to complete 16 classes for the Sustainable Community Development major, 7 of which are core classes required for all Sustainable Community Development students, regardless of their concentration.
The Core Curriculum will broadly expose students to the theories and techniques of planning and landscape design. Core classes prepare students to be engaged in envisioning a more socially and environmentally balanced world through both environmental design and planning. These courses provide the academic background for understanding a wide range of cultural and ecological aspects of the built environment, past, present and future.
Of the 16 classes to fulfill the Sustainable Community Development degree requirements, 7 are Core Classes required of all Sustainable Community Development majors.
Select two of the following three history of landscape design Core Classes:
In addition to the Core Curriculum, students will select 9 classes that allow them to focus on a particular area of study within environmental design and planning. The four areas of Concentration within the major allow students to focus on particular issues and scales of planning and design. The areas of Concentration are: Urban Studies, Landscape Studies, Horticultural Studies, and Built Environment Studies.
Through the four concentration options, the program provides historical, theoretical, and professional perspectives from a variety of disciplines. This curriculum enables graduates of the program to make informed and effective planning and design decisions that contribute to creating environments that are sustainable economically, environmentally and socially.
All coursework for the major (Core and Concentration classes) must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
(All courses carry 3 credits unless otherwise noted.)
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