University at Buffalo

B.S. in Environmental Design

Program Description

Look around you. From the building you live in to the bike path you take to school or work to the farmer’s market you visit to buy healthy food, the built environment touches every aspect of your life. It is also closely tied to some of the most complex problems facing cities today, from climate change and community health to public safety and housing affordability. If you’re interested in how the world around you takes shape-and you want to help communities create places that are not only beautiful, but also sustainable, healthy and equitable for generations to come-then environmental design could be the field for you.

Focus Areas

  • Urban planning
  • Environmental design
  • Visions of the city

Potential Career Opportunities

  • Environmental designer
  • Urban planner
  • Landscape designer
  • Sustainable design consultant
  • Green building consultant
  • Environmental planner
  • Community development coordinator
  • Facilities planner
  • Interior designer (focus on sustainability)
  • Environmental educator
  • Renewable energy consultant
  • Civic designer
  • Regulatory affairs specialist

Target audience


Program Format


Educational Level Prerequisites

High School diploma

Program Type

Degree Program

Expected Outcomes