Undergraduate Bulletin

Fall 2018 – Spring 2019

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

A. Required Foundation Courses for Major (35 credits)

B. Core Courses (30-31 credits): 

C. Elective (3 credits)

Choose one of the following courses:

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

D. Communications and 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 with letter grades of no lower than a B from 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. All 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.

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 CSK 302 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.

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.

1. Required courses (18 credits):

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

2. Electives (3-4 credits):

Choose one of the following courses:

  • EDP 303 Spatial Economics
  • EDP 307 Theories and Design of Urban Settlements
  • SBC 307 American Environmental History
  • SBC 308 American Environmental Politics
  • SBC 309 Global Environmental Politics

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.