Prepare to make an impact with your creative energy and your commitment for building resilient natural environments—it all starts with your studies in the Bachelor of Environmental Design (B.E.D.) program at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
In this program you can follow a variety of career trajectories in the public and private sectors or go on to graduate and professional studies in fields like landscape architecture, planning, urban design, architecture, and public policy. With a B.E.D. degree, you will develop the knowledge base to respond to the multiple environmental challenges we face locally, regionally, and globally. You will learn sustainable models of landscape design practice, preparing for leadership among the next generation of landscape architects and environmental designers.
Note: The Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.) is required to become a licensed landscape architect in the state of Minnesota and throughout the United States.
Environmental Design–Driven by Change and Innovation
Your coursework will integrate progressive landscape design and planning practices and offer inventive approaches for transforming and regenerating today’s landscapes. Courses will focus both on driving change in landscape design and inspiring entrepreneurial practice. For example, some of your courses could include:
- The Designed Environment
Everywhere we go; we are surrounded by designed environments. This course will prompt you to observe the built environment and critically evaluate and understand the principles behind these designed worlds and how they impact our everyday life.
- Environmental Design and Its Biological and Physical Context
There is a dynamic relationship that develops between our designed spaces and the physical and biological factors that surround them. Learn how one influences the other through case studies and projects that will focus on progressive environmental strategies.
- Introduction to Landscape Architectural History
How has the past shaped today’s landscape practices—and which elements are still thriving in today’s designed environments? Study the origins of landscape architecture practice and how ecological imperatives, environmental issues, political events, and social contexts have influenced landscape design over time.
As a U of M student, your courses will be taught by faculty who will engage you in design thinking through the exploration of such topics as: conserving ecosystem services, protecting water and air resources, creating new public spaces for growing cities, and building social justice in the built environment. The B.E.D. degree offers three curricular concentrations to choose from: the landscape design track, the landscape planning track, and the accelerated track.
You will have opportunities to study internationally through various short-term and long-term programs. For example, during a faculty-led semester abroad program in Madrid, you will explore global landscapes and examine them in the architectural and cultural context of two of the world’s greatest cities. This exposure is an excellent way to build your observational, analytical, and representational skills. You will develop an important global understanding of the built environment and observe the fascinating integration of traditional and modern designs.
Widely recognized for its commitment to environmental values, the U of M makes an effort to incorporate sustainability into all areas of learning, including research, teaching, and outreach. You will experience this dedication directly in the landscape design and planning major, learning practices that support sustainability in the environments of today and with an eye on the future.
The U of M’s It All Adds Up campaign is the culmination of our campus-wide sustainability effort, encouraging individual and collective actions to reduce our environmental impact, conserve resources, and demonstrate sustainable practices. http://italladdsup.umn.edu
The Environmental Landscape of the Twin Cities: Your U of M Advantage
The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul offer the perfect setting for you as a landscape design student. You will study and learn against a striking backdrop of natural environments. For example, the cities’ park system, developed and linked for public access—known as the Grand Rounds—provides a real-life example of environmental stewardship at work in a growing metropolitan area.
The U of M is located in close proximity to many local, regional, national, and international corporations, many of which financially support environmental quality and excellence in the arts. You will be able to connect with these companies, as well as an extensive alumni network, to access opportunities for internships and professional development.
The B.E.D. degree provides an excellent foundation to prepare for a master of landscape architecture (M.L.A.) degree. Graduates report high acceptance rates in prestigious graduate programs at the U of M and across the country. Career prospects are equally promising for undergraduates, with successful starting roles such as planning technician, design assistant, landscape designer, ecological designer, and research associate.
Take the next step toward achieving your goals and begin studying the art and science of landscape design.
If you have completed college credits after graduation from high school, then you are considered a transfer student.
The following factors are considered in the review of transfer applications:
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00; preferred minimum cumulative GPA of 2.80.
- Grade patterns over time - overall GPA, term GPA, and number of withdrawals.
- Presence of any major-related courses and grades in those courses.
- An especially challenging pattern of coursework. If fewer than 26 college credits completed at the time of application, high school record and test scores will be considered for review.
- Space in the major. Note: some majors are more competitive than others.Extenuating circumstances. Please explain any grades or academic patterns in a letter of circumstance submitted with your admissions application. Include information about why you are a good fit for the major to which you are applying.
Undergraduate degree in graphic design from the University of Minnesota:
Program Type: Baccalaureate
Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
Required credits within the major: 80-83 (Planning Track); 77 (Design Track)
Degree: Bachelor of Environmental Design
Only completed application will be reviewed for admission into the College of Design. The transfer application checklist provides details on the application requirements.
If you have questions, call the Office of Admissions at 612-625-2008 or 1-800-752-1000.
Deadlines: Please note that while programs admit for spring, studio sequencing for Pre-Architecture, Pre-Apparel, and Pre-Interior Design only begin in the fall term.
Liberal Education Requirements:
After admission, the Office of Admissions reviews a student's transfer coursework to determine transferability of credit as elective and/or liberal education requirements. If you are registering at your current institution in a semester prior to transferring to the U of M, use the Transferology system to see how transfer courses from other schools may fulfill U of M liberal education requirements. For classes not listed in Transferology or on the regional transfer guides (located at right), admitted students can submit course materials to be reviewed by faculty for transferability.
Major Course Requirements:
The B.E.D. degree contains core curriculum that is unique to the U of M landscape design and planning program and its philosophy. Although students have the ability to petition their transfer courses for major course equivalency, it is rare for architecture faculty to approve major-related transfer coursework from another school.
If you would like to submit studio-based transfer courses for review to meet major course requirements, please contact Lizzy Eischens to receive access to upload your work for faculty review to determine transferability. Students who wish to submit transfer studio work for review in lieu of requirements must do so after admission to the program.Note: If you would like to be able to determine a final class schedule at orientation, you must submit materials for transfer petitions no later than three weeks prior to your orientation session.