Environmental Design, BS

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Are you interested in collaborative, interdisciplinary design practices that can influence change and innovation across many fields, both in and out of design? If so, this program that also features research and focus areas might be right for you.

The BS program in environmental design has an integrated curriculum offered primarily in a nonstudio format. The program is designed to create a deep awareness and knowledge of issues that influence the design of built environments and the design of artifacts in general.

The program of study emphasizes general knowledge and design research as well as offering focus areas. Focus areas include histories and theories of design; innovation, technology and design strategies; and sustainability in environmental design. The curriculum provides special understanding of theories, technologies, social issues and management aspects related to the student's chosen focus area. While studio courses cannot be taken as electives, students take career-specific design electives and the program prepares students for all graduate programs in The Design School.

This program is not a professional degree program but provides a broad base of skills and knowledge in environmental design.

At A Glance

Environmental Design, BS

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Career outlook

Graduates of this program may take on roles in offices, businesses, public institutions and industries that require an awareness of issues that affect environmental design. Additionally, graduates may choose to apply to graduate programs in related disciplines to pursue professional or other graduate degrees.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Architects, Except Landscape and Naval 0.8%$82,320
Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers0.2%$59,660
Architectural and Civil Drafters-2.5%$57,500
Architectural and Engineering Managers 2.6%$149,530
General and Operations Managers 5.8%$103,650
Graphic Designers-3.8%$53,380
Commercial and Industrial Designers -3.5%$71,640
Interior Designers-4.9%$57,060
Landscape Architects -2.4%$70,630

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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