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Undergraduate: Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning

  • Program Overview

    Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning (EDP)

    The 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 B.A. degree prepares students for entry-level employment in the public, private, or non-profit sectors in a variety of fields including urban and regional planning, community planning, environmental consulting, land and real estate development, and public administration.   The major prepares students for graduate study in environmental design, planning, architecture, law, management and business. 

    The major builds on the interdisciplinary sustainability core curriculum.  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.

  • Degrees and Requirements

    Requirements for the Major and Minor in Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning (EDP)

    Requirements for the Major in Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning (EDP)

    A. Required Foundation Courses for Major (35 credits)

    • MAT 131 or MAT 125 Calculus or AMS 151. If students do not place into MAT 125 or 131 or AMS 151 on the basis of the math placement examination, MAT 123 is a required course for the major.
    • ECO 108 Introduction to Economics
    • SUS 111 Introduction to Sustainability (formerly offered as SBC 111) or ENS 101 Prospects for Planet Earth
    • SUS 115 Introduction to Human Demography (formerly offered as SBC 115)
    • CHE/ENV 115 Chemistry, Life, Environment (Note: CHE 115, 129, 131, or 152 may be substituted for CHE/ENV 115)
    • SUS 113 and SUS 114 Physical Geography and Physical Geography Lab (formerly offered as SBC 113 and SBC 114) or GEO 102 The Earth
    • GSS 105 Introduction to Maps and Mapping
    • AMS 102 Elements of Statistics
    • SUS 201 Systems and Models (formerly offered as SBC 201)
    • POL 102 Introduction to American Government
    • SUS 206 Economics and Sustainability (formerly offered as SBC 206)

    B. Core Courses (30-31 credits)

    • SUS 301 Technical Writing and Communication (formerly offered as CSK 302)
    • GSS 313 GIS Applications and Design (or GSS 317 Geospatial Narratives)
    • GSS 314 GIS Laboratory (only if taking GSS 313)
    • GSS 325 GIS Design and Applications II
    • EDP 301 Urban Systems
    • EDP 302 Sustainable Planning and Development
    • EDP 303 Spatial Economics
    • EDP 307 Site Planning and Design
    • EDP 404 Environmental Design Project (see notes)
    • ENS 333 Environmental Law
    • SUS 200 Human Settlements: History and Future (formerly offered as SBC 200)

    C. Elective (3 credits)

    Choose one of the following courses:

    • AFS 374/SBC 374 Environment and Development in African History
    • EDP 305 Risk Assessment and Sustainable Development
    • EDP 487 Research in Environmental Design, Planning, and Policy (with permission)
    • EDP 488 Internship in Environmental Design, Planning, and Policy (with permission)
    • ENV 316 Coastal Zone Management
    • SUS 309 Global Environmental Politics (formerly offered as SBC 309)
    • SUS 310 Migration, Development and Population Redistribution (formerly offered as SBC 310)
    • SUS 311 Disasters and Society: A Global Perspective (formerly offered as SBC 311)
    • SUS 312 Environment, Society and Health (formerly offered as SBC 312)
    • SUS 316 Cuba and Sustainability (formerly offered as EHM 316)
    • SUS 317 American Environmental History (formerly offered as  SBC 307 )
    • SUS 318 American Environmental Politics (formerly offered as SBC 308)
    • SUS 320 Utopia and Dystopia and the Environment in Literature and Culture (formerly offered as EHM 321)
    • SUS 321 Ecology and Evolution in American Lit (formerly offered as SBC 321)
    • SUS 322 Human Ecology (formerly offered as EHI 322)
    • SUS 328 Ecofeminism, Literature & Film (formerly offered as EHM 322)
    • SUS 329 Environmental Film, Media, Arts (formerly offered as EHM 325 )
    • SUS 303 Demographic Change and Sustainability 
    • SUS 325 Environmental Writing and the Media (formerly offered as SBC 325)
    • SUS 350 Topics in Sustainability
    • SUS 366 Philosophy of the Environment

    D. Communications and Writing requirement 

    Proficiency in writing, oral communication, and computer literacy will be encouraged in all students. In addition to SUS 301 , 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 with letter grades of no lower than a Bfrom any 300-level or 400-level course in the major to the director of the EDP Undergraduate Program.

    Students should consult with the department advisor to ensure that their plan for completing the Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent with university graduation requirements for General Education. Students completing the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) must complete a course that satisfies the "Write Effectively within One's Discipline" (WRTD) learning objective to graduate.  The Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent in most cases with the SBC learning outcomes for WRTD.

    Notes: 
    1. Internship with significant practical experience in planning and/or environmental design may be substituted for EDP 404 with permission of Undergraduate EDP Program Director.
    2. No more than one course (4 credits maximum) with a passing grade lower than C can be credited towards the major. Course taken with the Pass/NC option may not be applied to the major.

    Study Abroad

    Stony Brook University offers study abroad experiences that are focused on issues of sustainability in Cuba, Madagascar, and the Turkana Basin (Kenya). While issues of climate change, water and energy security, sustainable agriculture, environmental justice, sustainable economic development, conservation of unique and threatened ecosystems, population growth, and human health are important everywhere, viewing these issues through the lens of a different place and a different culture provides a valuable perspective. Students are encouraged to participate in study abroad experiences and to talk with their major director to determine how study abroad coursework can be used to fulfill some requirements for their major.

    Double Majors

    Excluding SUS 301 Technical Writing and Communication, no more than 6 credits of 300-400 level course credits can be applied to two majors within Sustainability Studies or the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.

    Minor in Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning (EDP)

    The Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning minor is intended for students who seek to complement their chosen major with a foundation in complex scientific, legal, ethical, political, environmental, and socio-economic issues that surround the development, management, and use of the built environment.

    Declaration of the Minor

    Students should declare the Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning minor no later than the middle of their sophomore year, at which time they should consult with the minor coordinator or undergraduate director and plan their course of study for fulfillment of the requirements.

    Requirements for the Minor in Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning (EDP)

    At least 12 credits applied to the minor may not be applied to any major or other minor within the Sustainability Studies Program or the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. No more than one three-credit course in the minor may be taken under the Pass/No Credit option. All upper-division courses offered for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. Completion of the minor requires 21-22 credits.

    A. Required courses (18 credits):

    • EDP 301 Urban Systems
    • EDP 302 Sustainable Planning and Development
    • GSS 105 Introduction to Maps and Mapping
    • SUS 111 Introduction to Sustainability Studies (formerly offered as SBC 111) or ENS 101 Prospects for Planet Earth
    • SUS 200 Human Settlements: History and Future (formerly offered as SBC 200)
    • SUS 206 Economics and Sustainability (formerly offered as SBC 206)

    B. Electives (3-4 credits):

    Choose one of the following courses:

    • EDP 303 Spatial Economics
    • EDP 307 Theories and Design of Urban Settlements
    • SUS 317 American Environmental History (formerly offered as SBC 307)
    • SUS 318 American Environmental Politics (formerly offered as SBC 308)
    • SUS 309 Global Environmental Politics (formerly offered as SBC 309)

     

     

     

  • Sequence

    Sample Course Sequence for the Major in Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning

    A course planning guide for this major may be found hereThe major course planning guides are not part of the official Undergraduate Bulletin, and are only updated periodically for use as an advising tool. The Undergraduate Bulletin supersedes any errors or omissions in the major course planning guides.  

    FRESHMAN

    FALL Credits
    First Year Seminar 101 1
    WRT 101 3
    SUS 111
    3
    MAT 125 or MAT 131 4
    SUS 113/SUS 114 4
     Total  15
     
    SPRING Credits
    First Year Seminar 102 1
    WRT 102 3
    GSS 105 3
    SBC course 3
    POL 102   3
    Elective 3
     Total 16
     
    SOPHOMORE

    FALL Credits
    SUS 200 3
    ECO 108  4
    AMS 102 3
    SUS 201 3
    SBC course 3
     Total 16
     
    SPRING Credits
    SUS 206 3
    ENV 115  3 
    SUS 115 3
    SBC course 3
    SBC course  3
     Total 15
     
    JUNIOR

    FALL Credits
    EDP 301 3
    EDP 307 3
    GSS 313 4
    Elective 3
    SBC  3
     Total  16
     
    SPRING Credits
    EDP 302 3
    EDP 303
    GSS 325
    SBC course
    Elective 3
     Total 15 
     
    SENIOR

    FALL Credits
    EDP elective  3
    EDP 404   3 
    ENS 333  3
    SBC  3
    SBC  3
     Total 15
     
    SPRING Credits
    SUS 301 3
    EDP 488  3
    SBC   3 
    SBC  3
    Elective  
     Total 15 

     

  • Contact

    Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning (EDP)

    Major and Minor in Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning

    Director: Dr. Donovan Finn

    E-mail:  donovan.finn@stonybrook.edu    

    Program Office: W0511 Melville Library  

    Phone: (631)  632-9404

    Web address:  https://www.somas.stonybrook.edu/education/undergraduate/undergraduate-degrees/bachelor-of-arts-in-environmental-design-policy-and-planning/
     
     
     
     
     
     
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