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 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.