Environmental Design : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BA, Minor
Graduate: MUP, Adv Crt, PhD
Combined Graduate: MArch+ MUP, MUP+ JD

Advisement

All students in the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning have access to faculty mentors upon admission to the School. In addition, School of Architecture and Planning Academic Services is available for assistance. Students are encouraged to consult regularly with their advisors and mentors in matters pertaining to academic options, course selection, postbaccalaureate studies, and career opportunities. Students meet with advisors and mentors as often as they choose to explore educational opportunities available within the School of Architecture and Planning and the University at Buffalo, and to plan a course of study that is consistent with their abilities, achievements, interests, and expectations. The ultimate goal of advisement is to empower students to use the tools and resources available to become active and responsible learners. Visit http://advising.buffalo.edu for additional information on academic advisement.

Acceptance Information

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design. Students are reviewed for admission consideration to the preprofessional bachelor of arts in environmental design by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning upon completing a minimum of 24 credit hours, attaining an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.45, completing both PD/END 120 and PD/END 212 with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, and successful completion of the Library Skills general education requirement, with competitive admission on a space available basis. As admission is competitive; preferred applicants should have an overall minimum UB GPA of 2.5. The preprofessional bachelor of arts in environmental design is completed within six semesters.

Declared Pre-Environmental Design majors are granted admission as School of Architecture and Planning general studies (Architecture and Planning BA) majors.

Students generally apply to the program in during their sophomore year. Transfer students from other colleges should complete the required introductory courses prior to applying to the major, or may apply to transfer these introductory courses if they have completed equivalent courses. Contact School of Architecture and Planning Academic Services for assistance.

Environmental Design Minor. Students are admitted to the environmental design minor by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning upon earning an overall minimum GPA of 2.0 and completing either PD/END 120 or PD/END 212 with a minimum grade of B- (GPA of 2.67 on a 4.0 scale) or higher.

Admission Procedures. Both current UB students and transfer students must complete an environmental design departmental application, available from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Architecture and Planning Academic Services, or online here. Dates for admission application submission are May 15 for fall admission and October 15 for spring admission. Students with a baccalaureate degree should contact School of Architecture and Planning Academic Services prior to applying. As admission is competitive, applications received after May 15 for fall admission consideration and October 15 for spring admission consideration will be reviewed on a space available basis as guided by the School of Architecture and Planning's admission statement. Contact the Department of Urban and Regional Planning or School of Architecture and Planning Academic Services for assistance.

Admissions Statement. The School of Architecture and Planning has an admission policy that actively encourages applicants from protected groups and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Admission is competitive, and; applicants are reviewed according to the admission criteria. Acceptance of students in the preprofessional, professional, and advanced graduate programs is determined on the basis of the applicants' qualifications and experience. However, since the school's size is limited, the programs may exercise discretionary powers of selection. Courses and programs offered by the School of Architecture and Planning may include an instructional support services fee. Contact School of Architecture and Planning Academic Services or visit http://ap.buffalo.edu/admissions.html for additional information on admission and advisement.

Academic Requirements

Environmental design students are placed into mathematics, natural science, and English courses based upon the following criteria: SAT/ACT scores; Advanced Placement scores; College-Level Examination Program; or completed college courses.

Students are reviewed on their progress in the preprofessional bachelor of arts in environmental design by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning on an annual basis. The academic review evaluates the student's eligibility to continue onto the next level in the undergraduate program. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in environmental design program courses and a minimum cumulative UB GPA of 2.0 is required for satisfactory academic standing within the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. In addition to all minimum GPA levels, all undergraduate students are expected to make satisfactory academic progress in environmental design workshops. All students must earn no less than a C- in an environmental design workshop or capstone course, and 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 the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

Statement on Continuous Workshop Enrollment. Students admitted to the preprofessional bachelor of arts in environmental design must complete the appropriate environmental design workshop (PD/END 350, PD/END 360, PD/END 450, PD/END 494, PD/END 498) each semester to maintain continuous enrollment in the academic program, unless a student is approved for a studio leave of absence by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and by School of Architecture and Planning Academic Services. Design workshop leaves of absence are often approved for students with medical, legal, military, or other extenuating circumstances as reviewed by School of Architecture and Planning. Students must be in good academic standing with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the University at Buffalo to be eligible for a design workshop leave of absence. Design workshops are open to admitted environmental design majors only.

A student who resigns design workshop with an "R" (resign) grade without prior approval for a design workshop leave of absence will be disqualified from the preprofessional bachelor of arts in environmental design. Disqualification shall mean that the student is prohibited from taking additional design workshops offered by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Disqualification will not occur if a student is on an approved studio leave of absence for medical, legal, military, or other extenuating circumstances.

A student who has been disqualified may apply for re-entry through the bachelor of arts in environmental design admission application, available online at http://ap.buffalo.edu/admissions/undergraduate-programs/Undergraduate-BAED.html . The student ought to supply evidence of experience and academic coursework during the break in studio enrollment that will better prepare the student for additional design workshop studies. Contact School of Architecture and Planning Academic Services for additional admission and advisement information.

School of Architecture and Planning Academic Services also reviews undergraduate student requests for exceptions to registration: late registration, administrative registration, adding or withdrawing from courses after the University at Buffalo's prescribed deadlines available online at http://registrar.buffalo.edu/calendars/, and exceeding the University at Buffalo's 19-credit hour limit.

As a professional school, the School of Architecture and Planning does not participate in undergraduate joint majors, but undergraduate double majors or undergraduate minors are academic options available for environmental design students. The preprofessional bachelor of arts in environmental design is completed within six semesters.

Transfer Policy

Courses completed at other colleges and universities are not automatically accepted by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning as fulfilling undergraduate requirements. While select courses taken elsewhere may be accepted, determination is made by an evaluation of the student's transcripts, course content, contact hours, and grades earned. Courses and programs offered by the School of Architecture and Planning may include an instructional support services fee. 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. Student transcript evaluations are conducted by School of Architecture and Planning Academic Services.

Environmental Design - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.45 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in PD/END 120 and PD/END 212.
Minimum completion of 24 credit hours.
Successful completion of the Library Skills general education requirement.
Competitive admission on a space available basis.

Advising Notes

Declared pre-environmental design majors are admitted as School of Architecture and Planning general studies (Architecture and Planning BA) majors. Contact the School of Architecture and Planning for additional advisement information.

Dates for departmental admission application submission are May 15 for fall admission and October 15 for spring admission. As admission is competitive, applications received after May 15 for Fall admission consideration and October 15 for Spring admission consideration will be reviewed on a space available basis as guided by the School of Architecture and Planning's admission statement. Contact School of Architecture and Planning Academic Services for assistance.

Transfer students from other colleges should complete the required introductory courses prior to applying to the major or may apply to transfer these introductory courses if they have completed equivalent coursework. No more than 15 credits of transfer coursework may be applied toward major requirements.

Workshop courses (PD/END 350, PD/END 360, PD/END 450, PD/END 494, PD/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: PD 120/PD 350, PD 212/PD 360,PD 350/PD 450, PD 360/PD 494, and PD 360/PD 498 or END 120/END 350, END 212/END 360, END 350/END 450, END 360/END 494, and END 360/END 498.

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

No more than 3 credits of PD 496/END 496 Environmental Design Internship and 3 credits of PD/END 499 Independent Study may be applied toward major requirements. Only one 200 level urban planning and environmental design (PD-prefixed/END-prefixed) course may be applied towards fulfillment of major electives.

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

PD/END 120 Introduction to Urban Environments
PD/END 212 Urban and Environmental Planning

Required Courses

PD/END 350 Environmental Design Workshop 1: Methods of Design Inquiry
PD/END 360 Environmental Design Workshop 2: Graphic Communications
PD/END 450 Environmental Design Workshop 3: Comprehensive Projects
PD/END 494 Visions of the City
PD/END 498 Research Projects in Environmental Design
Minimum 24 credit hours and minimum 8 courses of department electives at the 270-level or higher

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major54
Additional Credits Required for Gen Ed 41
Additional Credits Required for Electives 25
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.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements & Learning Outcomes

Note: Recommended Sequence Of Program Requirements will be based upon a student initiating program requirements in a Fall semester (sequence option #A) or a Spring semester (sequence option #B).

FIRST OR SECOND YEAR - SEQUENCE OPTION #A
Fall PD/END 120 , ARC 121, ENG 101, General Education: Math, GEO 101
Spring PD/END 212 , ARC 211, ENG 201, PD/END 279, GEO 106

THIRD YEAR - SEQUENCE OPTION #A
Fall PD/END 350, PD/END electives , General Education
Spring PD/END 360, PD/END electives , General Education

FOURTH YEAR - SEQUENCE OPTION #A
Fall PD/END 450, PD/END electives , General Education
Spring PD/END 494, PD/END 498, PD/END electives, General Education

FIRST OR SECOND YEAR - SEQUENCE OPTION #B
Spring PD/END 212, PD/END 279, General Education courses
Fall PD/END 120, ARC 121, General Education courses

THIRD YEAR - SEQUENCE OPTION #B
Spring PD/END 360, PD/END electives, General Education
Fall PD/END 350, PD/END electives, General Education

FOURTH YEAR - SEQUENCE OPTION #B
Spring PD/END 494, PD/END 498, PD/END electives, General Education
Fall PD/END 450, PD/END electives, General Education

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge of:
  • Fundamental Skills: Ability to effectively use basic planning and development principles in environmental design
  • Investigative Skills: Ability to gather, assess, record, apply, and comparatively evaluate information related to environmental design challenges
  • Communication Skills: Ability to effectively read, write, speak and listen, and visually communicate ideas
  • Critical Practice Skills: Ability to apply evidence-based design, development, and planning methods and precedents to environmental design processes and proposals
  • Graduate School & Entry Level Job Preparation Skills: Students will be well prepared to enter graduate school or an entry-level position in an environmental design related field of study
  • Electives and Course Groupings

    The following is a sample, but not all-inclusive, list of possible electives offered by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning for the Environmental Design Program:

    PD/END 279 Exploring the Design of Buffalo Niagara
    PD/END 301 Perspectives on Land Use and Development
    PD/END 302 Sustainable Global Environments
    PD/END 303 Methods of Communication
    PD/END 305 Environmental Education and Development
    PD/END 308 Problem Solving in Urban Environments
    PD/END 309 The City Through Film
    PD/END 312 Design of Cities
    PD/END 313 Local Government Policy and Politics
    PD/END 309 The City Through Film
    PD/END 355 Urban and Environmental Information
    PD/END 356 Computing for Environmental Analysis
    PD/END 362 Site Planning and Devopment
    PD/END 363 Cities and Globalization
    PD/END 402 Real Estate Development
    PD/END 406 Community Development
    PD/END 407 School Planning and Development
    PD/END 422 Economic Development Planning
    PD/END 425 CAD Technology in Environmental Design
    PD/END 428 Foundations of Historic Preservation
    PD/END 467 Legal Issues in Planning and Development
    PD/END 469 GIS Applications
    PD/END 464 Infrastructure Planning and Design
    PD/END 472 Designing Livable Communities
    PD/END 473 Landscape Development
    PD/END 474 Projects in Physical Planning and Design
    PD/END 496 Environmental Design Internship
    PD/END 499 Independent Study

    Environmental Design - Minor

    Acceptance Criteria

    Minimum GPA of 2.0.
    Minimum B- in PD/END 120 or PD/END 212.

    Advising Notes

    Minimum cumulative urban planning and environmental design (PD-prefixed/END-prefixed) GPA of 2.5 is required for successful completion of the environmental design minor.

    No more than 6 credits of transfer coursework may be applied toward minor requirements.

    No more than 3 credits of PD/END 496 Environmental Design Internship and 3 credits of PD/END 499 Independent Study may be applied toward environmental design minor requirements.

    For undergraduate information, or for an admission application to the minor in environmental design, contact School of Architecture and Planning Academic Services.

    Prerequisite Courses

    PD/END 120 Introduction to Urban Environments or PD/END 212 Urban and Environmental Planning

    Required Courses

    PD/END 120 Introduction to Urban Environments or PD/END 212 Urban and Environmental Planning (whichever is not taken as the prerequisite course)
    Minimum of four department electives and 12 credits at the 270 level or higher

    Minor Credit Requirements Chart
    Total Credits Required for Minor/Certificate18

    Minors and certificates must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met.

    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.

    Updated: 19 Sep 2014 13:07:40 EDT