Jul 31, 2021  
2021-2022 University Catalog 
    
2021-2022 University Catalog

Sustainable Design Minor


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Combined minor offered by the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy, Huxley College of the Environment and the Department of Engineering and Design, College of Science and Engineering

28-30 Credits

Introduction

The Department of Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy and the Department of Engineering Technology jointly offer a minor in Sustainable Design. The goal of the program is to enable students with strengths in design or in environmental studies to gain complementary skills in the other area so as to pursue sustainable design careers more effectively. The program is also open to students from any area that would benefit by the set of concepts and skills offered.

Why Consider a Sustainable Design Minor?

The goal of the program is to enable students to gain skills in pursuit of sustainable design careers. The program is open to students from any major at Western who would benefit by the set of concepts and skills offered. Students in the program will obtain an understanding about the natural systems within which human institutions and technologies function. This background allows students to make informed decisions about how ecological constraints define sustainability, and how human choices shape the context in which sustainable projects may be implemented. The coursework introduces the design process and the field of sustainable design

 Contact Information

Department Chair
Grace Wang
Arntzen Hall 212
360-650-3278
Grace.Wang@wwu.edu

Huxley College Professional Advisor
Kathryn Patrick
Environmental Studies 539
360-650-3520
Kathryn.Patrick@wwu.edu

 Sample Careers

Sustainable design consultant, nonprofit and community organizations advocating sustainable development, city planning agencies, and preparation for advanced degrees in urban planning, sustainable development, architecture, industrial design, and related fields.

 Major/Career Resources

www.wwu.edu/careers/students_choosingamajor.shtml

How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process)

Students are accepted into the sustainable design minor by application based on their demonstrated affinity to integrate environmental systems knowledge and sustainable design principles, and on enrollment limits. Students submit an application and a portfolio of work. Applications are accepted semi-annually on the third Friday of fall and spring quarters. See WWU Industrial Design website and the Huxley College of the Environment website.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.

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