Environmental Design

Overview of a College Program in Environmental Design

Environmental Design postsecondary programs prepare you to start working with plant life, chemicals and natural and human-made materials. You may combine your skill set with chemistry and biology principles to discover innovative ways to keep the environment clean by eliminating trash using methods that do not require trash to remain piled at landfills. Additionally, Environmental Design programs equip you with the skills to design earth friendly buildings and roadways. You may also help create environmental protection laws and design policy reinforcement strategies to ensure companies and individual citizens are complying with the laws.

Types of Environmental Design degrees you can get include Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design, Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Bachelor of Science Environmental Planning, Bachelor of Science in City and Regional Planning, Master of Science in Environmental Design, Master of Science in Architecture, Master of Science Environmental Planning and a Master of Science in City and Regional Planning. Core courses associated with the degrees include:

  • Theory and Research
  • Introduction to Architecture
  • Environmental Science of Sustainable Development
  • Ecological Analysis
  • Topographic Form and Design Technology
  • Analysis of the Metropolitan Form
  • Shaping the Public Realm
  • Advanced Project Design
  • Hydrology for Planners
  • Urban Forest Planning and Management
  • Energy, Fantasy, and Form
  • Ecological Factors in Urban Landscape Design

Available Learning Formats for Environmental Design

You may be able to enroll in a combination of distance learning and classroom Environmental Design courses. Additionally, some of your coursework may be completed indoors, in a classroom or at home, while other portions of your coursework may be completed outdoors as you and your classmates conduct field research, exploring and examining the environment firsthand. You can keep in touch with your professors and classmates whether you enroll in classroom or distance learning courses. If you do choose to enroll in distance learning courses, depending on the particular accredited college or university you enroll in, you may use secure chats, message boards, shared files, web seminars, video and teleconferences to connect with your professors and classmates.

Outlook for Careers in Environmental Design

After you graduate with Environmental Design degrees you can work a variety of jobs, including as an architect, city and regional planner, policy maker or a consultant. Industries you can work in include medicine, farming, manufacturing, real estate and government. As of May 2008, environmental scientists earned an average annual salary of $65,280 according to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS expects jobs for environmental scientists to grow by about 18 percent from 2008 through 2018. This growth rate is faster than the growth expected for jobs in other occupations over the same time period.

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