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Environmental Design BA - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 02.01 ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN-GEN, CIP: 04.0401 Environmental Design/Architecture)

Department of Urban and Regional Planning

126 Hayes Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-8030

Daniel B. Hess
Professor and Chair of Urban Planning

Norma Everett
Graduate Program Administrator

R. J. Multari
Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education and Adjunct Assistant Professor

Christina Krawczyk
Academic Advisor

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the Environmental Design BA Program

Academic Requirements

Students are reviewed on their progress and eligibility to continue on a semesterly basis. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.500 in environmental design program courses and a minimum cumulative UB GPA of 2.000 is required for successful completion of the major. In addition to all minimum GPA levels, all undergraduate students are expected to make satisfactory progress in workshops. All students must earn no less than a C- in an environmental design workshop or capstone course; any student who receives a grade lower than C- must repeat the environmental design workshop or capstone course before registering for the next workshop or capstone course. Grades of lower than C- in any environmental design workshop or capstone course will not count toward the preprofessional bachelor of arts in environmental design degree requirements, and a grade of F in any environmental design workshop may result in dismissal from University at Buffalo Environmental Design.

Workshop courses (END 350, END 360, END 450, END 460, END 494, END 498) are majors-only courses and require full admission to the preprofessional bachelor of arts in environmental design. Concurrent enrollment in the following combination of program courses is not permitted: END 120/END 350, END 212/END 360, END 350/END 450, END 360/END 460, END 360/END 494, END 350/END 498, and END 360/END 498.

Academic Advice

Environmental Design students are placed into mathematics, physics and English courses based upon the following criteria: SAT/ACT/TOFEL/ALEKS/CLEP/IB scores; Advanced Placement scores; or, completed college courses.

Upper-division courses END 350, END 360, END 450, END 460, END 494, END 498 are for majors-only and require full admission to the major.

For enrollment eligibility into the upper division END 350 and END 360 sequence, students need:

  • A min. cumulative GPA of 2.500 in the following three courses:
    • ENG 105 Writing and Rhetoric
    • END 120 Introduction to Urban Environments
    • END 212 Urban and Environmental Planning
  • A min. overall UB GPA of 2.330
  • Junior standing (min. 60 credit hours earned)

For enrollment eligibility into the upper division END 450/END 498 and END 460/END 494 sequence, students need:

  • A min. cumulative environmental design (END-prefixed) GPA of 2.500
  • Successful completion of END 350 plus END 360
  • Senior standing (min. 90 credit hours earned)

No more than 3 credits of END 496 and 3 credits of END 499 may be applied toward major requirements.

Transfer Credit Policy

Courses completed at other colleges and universities are not automatically accepted by University at Buffalo Urban and Regional Planning as fulfilling undergraduate requirements. Determination is made by an evaluation of the student's transcripts, course content, contact hours, and grades earned. A minimum passing grade on a 4.000 scale is required in each course for possible articulation to courses offered by the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning in accordance with SUNY policy. Student transcript evaluations are conducted by School of Architecture and Planning Undergraduate Education. Actual placement in the undergraduate preprofessional environmental design program is made after this evaluation is completed. No more than 15 credits of transfer coursework may be applied toward environmental design major requirements, and no more than 6 credits of transfer coursework may be applied toward environmental design minor requirements.

Residency Requirement

A minimum of 36 END-prefixed credit hours must be completed at the University at Buffalo to satisfy the Department of Urban and Regional Planning's bachelor of arts in environmental design academic residency requirement, a minimum cumulative urban planning and environmental design (END-prefixed) GPA of 2.500, and a minimum cumulative UB GPA of 2.000 is required for successful completion of the major. Grades of lower than C- in any environmental design workshop or capstone course will not count toward the preprofessional Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design degree requirements, and a grade of F in any environmental design workshop may result in dismissal from University at Buffalo Environmental Design. The preprofessional Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design is completed in six semesters.

Prerequisite Courses

ENG 105 Writing and Rhetoric*
END 120 Introduction to Urban Environments
END 212 Urban and Environmental Planning

Required Courses

END 350 Environmental Design Workshop 1: Methods of Inquiry
END 360 Environmental Design Workshop 2: Graphic Communications
END 450 Environmental Design Workshop 3: Comprehensive Projects
END 460 Environmental Design Workshop 4: Planning, Design, and Development or END 480 Environmental Design Workshop Abroad**
END 494 Visions of the City
END 498 Research Projects in Environmental Design
Minimum 18 credit hours and minimum 6 courses of department (END-prefixed) electives at the 270-level or higher.

All students must earn no less than a C- in an environmental design workshop or capstone course; any student who receives a grade lower than C- must repeat the environmental design workshop or capstone course before registering for the next workshop or capstone course, and a grade of F in any environmental design workshop may result in dismissal from University at Buffalo Environmental Design.

Environmental Design students are placed into mathematics, science, and English courses based upon the following criteria: SAT/ACT/TOFEL/ALEKS/CLEP/IB scores; Advanced Placement scores; or, completed college courses.

No more than 15 credits of transfer coursework may be applied toward environmental design major requirements.

Workshop courses (END 350, END 360, END 450, END 460, END 494, END 498) are majors-only courses and require full admission to the preprofessional bachelor of arts in environmental design. Concurrent enrollment in the following combination of program courses is not permitted: END 120/END 350, END 212/END 360, END 350/END 450, END 360/END 460, END 360/END 494, END 350/END 498, and END 360/END 498.

Sample Environmental Design Electives:

  • END 275 Environment and Landscape: Discovering Landscapes
  • END 279 Exploring the Design of Buffalo Niagara
  • END 285 Transportation and Urban Life
  • END 301 Perspectives on Land Use and Development
  • END 302 Sustainable Urban Environments
  • END 305 Environmental Education and Urbanism
  • END 308 Health and Urban Environments
  • END 312 Design of Cities
  • END 313 Local Government Policy and Politics
  • END 319 The City Through Film: The Built Environment in Mass Media
  • END 322 Race and Place in the Built Environment
  • END 356 Computing for Environmental Analysis
  • END 357 Problem Solving for Global Environments
  • END 363 Cities and Globalization
  • END 402 Real Estate Development
  • END 403 Strategies of Property Management
  • END 405 Urban Planning and Environmental Change
  • END 406 Housing and Community Development
  • END 407 School Planning and Development
  • END 422 Economic Development Planning
  • END 426 Site Planning and Development
  • END 428 Foundations of Historic Preservation
  • END 436 Citizen Planning School
  • END 437 Global Perspectives in Historic Preservation
  • END 467 Legal Issues in Planning and Development
  • END 464 Infrastructure Planning and Design
  • END 473 Projects in Physical Planning and Design
  • END 496 Environmental Design Internship
  • END 499 Independent Study in Environmental Design

* ENG 105 Writing and Rhetoric is also a UB Curriculum requirement.

** Students who are eligible to complete END 480 Environmental Design Workshop Abroad will have fulfilled their END 460 Environmental Design Workshop 4: Planning, Design, and Development requirement.

Individuals with a baccalaureate degree must contact School of Architecture and Planning Undergraduate Education prior to applying to the pre-professional Environmental Design BA for alternative advisement and information on the accredited professional Master of Urban Planning (MUP) degree; the Master of Science in Real Estate Development; or, the Master of Science in Architecture - Historic Preservation track, all offered by University at Buffalo Urban and Regional Planning.

Departmental Honors Requirements

University at Buffalo Environmental Design, offered by Urban and Regional Planning, offers the designations “with distinction,” “with high distinction,” and “with highest distinction” to students who achieve a certain level of academic excellence in the major or minor upon graduation.

The award of Program Distinction is based on the UB GPA for the program. A minimum of 50% of credits for the major or minor program must be completed at UB. University at Buffalo Environmental Design requires a minimum of 3.250 for “with distinction”; 3.500 for “with high distinction”; and 3.750 for “with highest distinction.”

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Environmental Design BA degree
Credits Required for Major54
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum  37
Additional Credits Required for Electives 29
Total Credits Required for Degree120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

 
Published: May 26, 2020 15:54:25