BA in Environmental Design, Policy and Planning

edpbldg.jpgThe Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning major, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, provides the skills, knowledge, and preparation for students to understand and address complex issues related to development, land-use, urbanization, and suburban sprawl. The curriculum integrates principles and methodologies from social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities. The goal is to address the complex scientific, legal, ethical, political, environmental, and socio-economic issues that surround the development, management, and use of the built environment.

The major builds on the interdisciplinary core curriculum offered at Stony Brook University's Sustainability Program. Students will enroll in major-specific courses in their junior and senior year. As part of the preparation, students will work in teams with students enrolled in related majors to collaboratively solve problems. A design project is an essential part of the curriculum to provide real-world experience. Internships and independent research courses provide additional real-world experiences. Seniors are required to present their Design Project at an Annual Gathering of Researchers and Scholars on the Stony Brook University campus.


One course passed with a C- may be applied to the major; all other courses offered for the major must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. Course taken with the Pass/NC option may not be applied to the major.

Please click here for the Major Checklist  of courses for the EDP major. To contact the faculty director of the major please email: Harold.QuigleyJr@StonyBrook.Edu 
To find out more about jobs relating to this major, please click here to visit the Career Center webpage for the EDP major.

(Click on the course number for a full description)

A: Foundation Courses (33-34 credits)

MAT 125-C Calculus A or MAT 131-C Calculus I
ECO 108-F Introduction to Economics
SBC 111 Introduction to Sustainability Studies
SBC 115 Introduction to Human Demographics
ENV 115-E Chemistry, Life, Environment
SBC 113-E Physical Geography
SBC 114 Physical Geography Lab 
SBC 117- Design Drawing
AMS 102-C Elements of Statistics
SBC 201 Systems and Models
POL 102-F(4) Introduction to American Government
SBC 205 Introduction to Geospatial Analysis
SBC 206 Economics and Sustainability

B: Career Leadership Skills (5 credits)

CSK 102 Career Leadership Skills: Working in Teams (1 credit)
CSK 302 Technical Writing and Communication (3 credits)

Plus one of the following (1 credit each):

CSK 101 Career Leadership Skills: Advocacy and Change
CSK 104 Career Leadership Skills: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
CSK 105 Career Leadership Skills: Leadership
CSK 106 Communication Methods and Strategies
CSK 107 Assessment

C: Core Courses (31 credits)

(Students will be required to take: the 10 credits in Group 1; 6 credits from each of Groups 2 through 4; and 3 credits from Group 5)

  1. Core Courses (10 credits)
    GSS 313 GIS Applications and Design Lecture
    GSS 314 GIS Application and Design Lab
    SBC 354 Drawing for Design --- CAD
    EDP 303 Spatial Economics

  2. Historic and Theoretical Perspectives 300-level courses (6 credits)
    SBC 200-F: Human Settlements: History and Future
    EDP 307: Theories and Design of Human Settlements

  3. Physical and Built Environment Upper Division Block (6 credits)
    EDP 301: The Built Environment I
    EDP 302: The Built Environment II

  4. Policy, Politics and Regulations (6 credits)
    EDP 309: Planning: Policies and Regulations; PLUS One of the following courses:
    EDP 305: Risk Assessment and Sustainable Development;
    SBC 308-K: American Environmental Politics;
    SBC 309: Global Environmental Politics

    5.Societal and Cultural Aspects (3 credits)
         SUS 303: Demographic Change and Sustainability
         SBC 307-K(4): American Environmental History
         SBC 310: Migration, Development and Population Redistribution
         SBC 312-F: Environment, Society and Health

One of the following can be substituted for any of the courses in Group 5. 
NOTE: each course below has a prerequisite outside the major.

SUS 301 or PHI 366 Environmental Ethics
SBC 331 City Suburb Sprawl
EHI 322 Human Ecology

D: Design Project Course (3 credits)

EDP 404: Environmental Design Project

E: Upper Division Writing Requirement

Proficiency in writing, oral communication, and computer literacy will be encouraged in all students. In addition to CSK 302, these skills will be developed within the context of other formal coursework and no additional credits are required. To meet the upper-division writing requirement, students must submit two papers from any 300-level or 400-level course in the major to the Faculty Advisor of the EDP major.

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