Environmental Design : Courses

END 120 Introduction to Urban Environments

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Grading: Graded (A-F)
An introductory course and approved social science general education course. Studies how physical, design, social, political and economic forces interact to shape and reshape our urban environments. Examines concepts and content related to cities, suburbs, and metropolitan regions within and outside the U.S. From multidisciplinary perspectives, covers media images of cities and suburbs, patterns and trends in urban environments over time and place, urban observation, demographics, culture, and design. Assesses contemporary urban issues, including race relations, environmental issues, and population problems. Involves lectures, discussions, and fieldwork. Open to non-majors.

END 212 Urban and Environmental Planning

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
An introductory course and approved social science general education course. Examines concepts and content in urban and environmental planning. Covers the who, what, why, and how of planning as a profession and process. Topics include the legal basis for urban and environmental planning, planning tools and techniques, the development process, and urban design issues. Studies major urban and environmental planning foci, such as physical sprawl, growth management, land use, sustainable environments, neighborhood development, transportation systems, historic preservation, and environmental affairs. Involves lectures, discussions, and fieldwork. Open to non-majors.

END 279 Exploring the Design of Buffalo Niagara

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Explores the planning and design history of the Buffalo Niagara region in relation to the future. Examines proposals aimed at revitalizing the economy, improving the quality of life, and protecting the environment of Buffalo Niagara for future generations. Involves historical plus current plans and designs accompanied with lectures, discussions, films, and readings. Introduces urban design and regional development theory and practice. Provides and opportunity to understand community design, the full scope of small to large scale regional work, and comprehend location of place in relationship to the Buffalo Niagara region. Researches the history of Buffalo Niagara communities, examine the place as planned, and critically interpret its history, plans, and designs. May be offered on an intermittent basis. Open to non-majors.

END 301 Perspectives On Land Use and Development

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisites: PD 212
Requisites: PD 301
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Covers concepts and practices of urban land use and development in U.S. Topics include zoning, growth management, site design, environmental issues and land use evolution. Involves lectures, discussions, and fieldwork.

END 302 Sustainable Global Environ

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Pre-requisites: PD 120 or permission of advisement
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines the relationship of urban and natural environments, focusing on sustainable development and global climate change. Emphasis on biodiversity, pollution, efficiency, and renewable energy. Considers appropriate use of resources that are environmentally sound. Involves lectures, discussions, and fieldwork. May be offered on intermittent basis.

END 303 Methods of Communication

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Pre-requisites: PD 120 or permission of advisement
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Develops communication skills on urban and environmental issues, and hones skills of description and reporting about urban and environmental places and policies. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 305 Environmental Education and Development

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Pre-requisites: PD 120 or permission of advisement
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Explores methods for creating public knowledge, awareness, and understanding toward the physical development of our natural and urban environments. Develops competency and skills for environmental design practitioners in presenting environmental information and guiding urban development outcomes. Involves lectures, discussions, and fieldwork. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 306 Communities and Educational Development

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Pre-requisites: PD 120 or permission of advisement.
Requisites: PD 306
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines ways in which education influences, and is influenced by, communities. Considers how educational institutions can respond to conditions and issues that exist in community environments. Reviews challenges confronting communities, educational institutions, and urban development. Explores and identifies opportunities for collaboration and partnerships. Involves lectures, discussions, and fieldwork. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 308 Problem Solving in Urban Environments

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisites: PD 120 or permission of advisement
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Explores current issues found in urban and built environments, examines associated problems and processes, and reviews possible community solutions. Topics vary annually. In the past, the course has covered U.S.-Canadian border issues. Involves lectures, discussions, and fieldwork. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 312 Design of Cities

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisites: PD 212
Requisites: PD 312
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Traces evolution of urban form and character from Greek city-states to the present. Emphasizes how technological, social, economic, and political changes affect urban layout and functioning.

END 313 Local Government Policy and Politics

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Provides insights to the process and outcomes of local government decision-making. Topics include the types and powers of various local government entities, including: the influence of politics, how governments determine agendas, and implement projects/policies. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 319 The City Through Film

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Pre-requisites: Minimum of Sophomore Standing or Higher Or Permission of Advisement
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Through weekly film screenings, discussions, readings, and critiques, explores themes of urban imagery, inner city, city-suburb relations, community planning and politics, and urban futures in cinema. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 350 Environmental Design Workshop 1: Information Analysis

Seminar
Credits: 6
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisites: Junior Standing & Admission to the Environmental Design BA only. Concurrent enrollment in PD 350 and PD 450 is prohibited.
Requisites: PD 350
Grading: Graded (A-F)
A majors-only core workshop. Provides students with research methodologies in gathering, analyzing, interpreting, and communicating qualitative and quantitative information about the contemporary urban environment and its possible futures. Data sources include U.S. Census materials, state and regional agency databases, community master plans, historical archives, and online and hardcopy reports and surveys. Involves lectures, discussions, and fieldwork.

END 355 Urban and Environmental Information

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Pre-requisites: PD 120 or permission of advisement.
Requisites: PD 355
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines, uses, and assesses urban information systems, such as signage, environmental data, and neighborhood demographics. Involves lectures, discussions, and fieldwork. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 356 Computing for Environmental Analysis

Laboratory
Credits: 1
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisites: END BA or END Minors or Social Science BS or permission of advisement.
Co-requisites: END 356SEM. Students must register for END 356LAB and END 356SEM concurrently.
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Covers basics of geographic information systems (GIS) and other computing tools for understanding, mapping, and analyzing natural and built environments. Includes weekly computer lab. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisites: END BA, END Minors or Social Science BS in environmental studies or permission of advisement.
END 356SEM
Co-requisites: END 356LAB. Students must register for both END 356SEM and END 356LAB concurrently.
Requisites: END 356
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Covers basics of geographic information systems (GIS) and other computing tools for understanding, mapping, and analyzing natural and built environments. Includes weekly computer lab. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 360 Environmental Design Workshop 2: Graphic Communications

Seminar
Credits: 6
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisites: Junior Standing And Admission to the Environmental Design BA
Grading: Graded (A-F)
A majors-only core workshop. Examines modes of visual literacy for comprehending the built environment. Introduces rudimentary graphic representation skills for visually communicating urban planning and design concepts through readings and hands-on exercises. Class activities include drawing, drafting, design fundamentals, generating computer graphics, and urban observation. Involves lectures, discussions, and fieldwork.

END 362 Site Planning and Development

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisites: END 350SEM or permission of advisement
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines site planning, design, and development of residential, commercial, and industrial properties within various community settings. Reviews property site selection procedures and community landscape planning. Investigates activities within site development including planning, design, aesthetics, landform preparations, and renovations within urban environments. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 363 Cities and Globalization

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisites: END 212 or PD 212, junior standing, and admission to the Environmental Design BA or Environmental Design minor.
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Considers "world cities" and how global trends and forces shape the community design, politics, social life, environment, and economies of urban places. Involves lectures, discussions, and fieldwork. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 395 Special Topics

Laboratory
Credits: 1-3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Topics vary annually. In the past this course addressed research methods, data analysis, information dissemination, geographic computing technologies, and communication techniques on urban and environmental issues. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

Seminar
Credits: 6
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
A major or minor elective. Topics vary by semester.

END 402 Real Estate Development

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisites: PD 212 and junior or senior standing in Environmental Design BA / Minor
Requisites: PD 402
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces students to all aspects of real estate development, including planning, site acquisition, project feasibility, finance, and development. Uses case studies, small group activities, fieldwork, readings, and discussions. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 405 Special Topics

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Topics vary annually. In the past this course addressed the development and management of real estate property. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 406 Community Development

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Pre-requisites: PD 350
Requisites: PD 406
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Studies theories, concepts, and practices of neighborhood planning and design in community development, emphasizing local urban neighborhoods. Involves lectures, discussions, and fieldwork. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 407 School Planning and Development

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisites: PD 212
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines school planning within the larger context of neighborhood development. Considers how school planning and development creates opportunities for potential urban redevelopment as well as generating a sense of community pride and physical identity. Involves lectures, discussions, and fieldwork. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 408 Special Topics

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply. A major or minor elective. Topics vary by semester.

END 409 Data And Decisions In Environmental Design

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Pre-requisites: PD 350
Requisites: PD 409
Grading: Graded (A-F)
A major or minor elective. Topics vary annually. Explores environmental design and urban development concerns to analyze data about resulting problems and possible solutions. Considers concepts and methods in critiquing data and decision making. Evaluates studies and reports on trends for understanding planning , design, and development shaping our urban and community environments. Involves lectures, discussions, and fieldwork. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 410 Special Topics

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Topics vary annually. In the past this course addressed the policies and politics of local government. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 412 Special Topics

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Topics vary annually. In the past this course addressed issues in environmental design and development planning in practice. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 413 Special Topics

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Topics vary annually. In the past this course addressed legal issues in planning, design, and development. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 422 Economic Development Planning

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisites: PD 350
Requisites: PD 422
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Covers theory, concepts, and practices in contemporary economic development planning. Considers alternative approaches to job growth, including industrial development, workforce training, and quality of life strategies. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 428 Foundations of Historic Preservation

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisites: PD 301LEC Or PD 312LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Historic preservation theory related to urban and environmental planning, emphasizing preservation practice, including tools of effective preservation, legislation, community roles, economics, adaptive use, and management. Involves lectures, discussions, and fieldwork. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 439 Local Government Finance and Budgeting

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces students to the theory, practice, and real world applications local government finances. Concentrates on public budgeting issues and revenue analysis. Examines concerns in community planning, including fiscal impact of development, school finance, and tax increment financing models. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 442 Central City Revitalization

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Grading: Graded (A-F)
A major or minor elective. Examines theory and practice of urban revitalization with a focus on downtown and commercial revitalization in metropolitan central cities. Place-based and people-based strategies for urban revitalization will be investigated and explored. Best Practices in urban planning and design, including current research and scholarship, will be analyzed. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 443 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisites: PD 350
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces and practices techniques in negotiations and bargaining, particularly as applied to community planning and environmental conflict. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 450 Environmental Design Workshop 3: Comprehensive Projects and Processes

Seminar
Credits: 6
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisites: PD 350, PD 360, and senior standing. Concurrent enrollment in PD 350 is prohibited.
Grading: Graded (A-F)
A majors-only core workshop. Engages students in community planning and environmental design fieldwork in Western New York. Under the instructor's supervision, students work with clients and neighborhood groups to understand complex community planning and environmental issues, research best practices, and develop final plans, comprehensive designs, and presentations. Involves lectures, discussions, and fieldwork. An undergraduate senior capstone studio.

END 459 Tourism and Recreation Development

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisites: PD 350
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines a variety of specific tourism and recreation ventures and explores how they can be used to enhance development. Considered from several perspectives; including the role of tourism in economic development and the community level relationship between hosts and guests. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 464 Infrastructure Planning & Design

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces principles, operation and design of physical infrastructure systems including roads, public transportation, community facilities, public open space, surface drainage, and electric, gas, water, waste disposal, and telecommunication services.

END 467 Legal Issues in Planning and Development

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisites: PD 212
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Explores historical and legal foundations of planning and development. Provides a legal perspective on land use, zoning policies, environmental regulations, housing, and other areas of interest. Reviews political, legal, and administrative institutions related to the planning and development process. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 469 GIS Applications

Laboratory
Credits: 1
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Pre-requisites: PD 356
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Covers theory, techniques, and applications in geographic information systems, particularly as applied to planning problems and issues. Includes weekly computer lab. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Pre-requisites: PD 356
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Covers theory, techniques, and applications in geographic information systems, particularly as applied to planning problems and issues. Includes weekly computer lab. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 472 Designing Livable Communities

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisites: PD 350
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces concepts and techniques in community design, land use, site planning, property development, and redevelopment. Involves lectures, discussions, and fieldwork. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 479 Global Issues And Communities

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Grading: Graded (A-F)
A major or minor elective. Considers significant themes in global issues, global culture, global development, and global relations shaping our local urban and community environments. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 480 Environmental Design Study Abroad

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Summer
Pre-requisites: PD 212
Requisites: PD 480
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Locations vary annually. In the past, undergraduate students have participated in environmental design study abroad programs taught in Australia, Cuba, Costa Rica, the Dutch Antilles, and other international locations as organized by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Other in-house study abroad programs will be offered on an ad-hoc basis by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, based upon faculty and student interest. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

Laboratory
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Summer
Pre-requisites: PD 212
Requisites: PD 480
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply. A majors-only study abroad course. Locations vary annually. In the past, undergraduate students have participated in environmental design study abroad programs taught in Australia, Cuba, Costa Rica, Canada, the Dutch Antilles, and other international locations as organized by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Other in-house study abroad programs will be offered on an ad-hoc basis by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the UB Office of Study Abroad, based upon faculty and student interest. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 488 Special Topics

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Topics vary annually. In the past this course addressed hidden systems of cities and urban environments- utilities, water, sewer, telecommunications, and transport. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 489 Special Topics

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Topics vary annually. In the past this course addressed urban hazards and disasters and community revitalization planning. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 491 Special Topics

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Topics vary annually. In the past this course addressed community planning, tourism planning, and environmental design. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 492 Environmental Design Colloquium

Tutorial
Credits: 1
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Topics vary annually. In the past, an examination of issues pertaining to environmental design, community planning, and regional development. Included historical, theoretical, formal, technical, and ethical concerns in planning, design, and development. Content defined by instructor; with group discussions focused on assigned readings and field trips. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 493 Colloquium II

Tutorial
Credits: 1
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Topics vary annually. In the past, an examination of issues pertaining to environmental design, community planning, and regional development. Included historical, theoretical, formal, technical, and ethical concerns in planning, design, and development. Content defined by instructor; with group discussions focused on assigned readings and field trips. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

END 494 Visions of the City

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisites: PD 350SEM, PD 360SLB, and Environmental Design Majors only.
Co-requisites: PD 498SEM
Students may not enroll in PD 360SLB and PD 494SEM in the same semester.
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Student-led, faculty-guided reading course covers classic and contemporary books on the natural, built, and urban environments. An undergraduate senior capstone course.

END 496 Environmental Design Internship

Tutorial
Credits: 1-3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring, Summer
Pre-requisites: Admission to the Environmental Design BA / Minor or permission of advisement.
Requisites: PD 496
Grading: Pass/Fail
Offers opportunity to work in urban or regional agencies in areas such as housing development, local government, strategic planning, transportation, community development, environmental affairs, land use, and urban design.

END 498 Research Projects in Environmental Design

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisites: PD 350SEM and PD 360SLB, Approved Environmental Design Major
Co-requisites: PD 494SEM.
Students may not enroll in PD 360SLB and PD 498SEM in the same semester.
Grading: Graded (A-F)
A required senior undergraduate research and creative activity course. Engages students in environmental design methodologies and individual research on a topic of contemporary interest. Topics vary annually. In the past this course addressed community gardens, urban food security, active living, community design, urban/suburban relations, urban subcultures, urban hazards and disasters, environmental planning, and urban development.

END 499 Independent Study

Tutorial
Credits: 1-6
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Pre-requisites: Admission to the Environmental Design BA only.
Requisites: PD 499
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Designed to add depth and breadth to a student's degree program. Students electing this course must be accepted for work on a specific topic by a member of the faculty, and must have the approval of the department's chair.

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