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Environmental Design BA - Program Requirements

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

Department of Urban & Regional Planning

126 Hayes Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-8030

Daniel B. Hess
Professor and Chair

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

Norma Everett
Assistant to the Chair

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 2.5 in environmental design program courses and a minimum cumulative UB GPA of 2.0 is required. 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 360/460, 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.

Workshop courses (END 350, END 360, END 450, END 460, END 494, END 498) are majors-only courses and require full admission to the pre-professional bachelor of arts in environmental design.

A minimum cumulative urban planning and environmental design (END-prefixed) GPA of 2.5, completion of END 350 Environmental Design Workshop 1 plus END 360 Environmental Design Workshop 2, and senior standing is required for enrollment in END 450 Environmental Design Workshop 3, END 460 Environmental Design Workshop 4, END 494 Visions of the City and END 498 Research Projects in Environmental Design.

No more than 3 credits of END 496 Environmental Design Internship and 3 credits of END 499 Independent Study 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 4.0 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 PD-prefixed/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 (PD-prefixed/END-prefixed) GPA of 2.5, and a minimum cumulative UB GPA of 2.0 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. The preprofessional bachelor of arts in environmental design is completed in six semesters.

Prerequisite Courses

ENG 101 Writing 1* or ENG 105 Writing and Rhetoric*
PD/END 120 Introduction to Urban Environments
PD/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 (PD/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.

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 303 Methods of Communication
END 305 Environmental Education and Urbanism
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 356 Computing for Environmental Analysis
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 417 Special Topics
END 422 Economic Development Planning
END 426 Site Planning and Development
END 428 Foundations of 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 480 Environmental Design Workshop Abroad **
END 496 Environmental Design Internship
END 499 Independent Study in Environmental Design

* ENG 101 Writing 1 or ENG 105 Writing and Rhetoric are also UB Curriculum requirements.

** 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 academic advisement and information on the accredited professional Master of Urban Planning (MUP) degree program.

Departmental Honors Requirements

University at Buffalo Environmental Design 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 3.25 for “with distinction”; 3.50 for “with high distinction”; and 3.75 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: Nov 21, 2019 08:27:23