The core curriculum will broadly expose students to the theories and techniques of planning and design. Core classes prepare students to be engaged in envisioning a more socially and environmentally balanced world through both design and planning. These courses provide the academic background for understanding a wide range of cultural and ecological aspects of the built environment, past, present and future.
Of the 16 classes to fulfill the Environmental Design degree requirements, 7 are Core Classes required of all Environmental Design majors.
The following five Core Classes are required:
- EnvirDes 205 Dynamics of Human Habitation (spring semester)
- EnvirDes 394A Writing in Environmental Design (spring semester)
- EnvirDes 574 City Planning (fall semester)
- EnvirDes 591B Sustainable Cities (spring semester)
- LandArch 547 Landscape Pattern and Process (fall semester)
Select two of following three landscape design history Core Classes:
- EnvirDes 291A Introduction to Environmental Design (spring semester)
- EnvirDes 543 History I (fall semester)
- EnvirDes 544 History II (spring semester)
All coursework for the major (core and concentration classes) must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
See degree requirements  for recommended sequence of core classes.