The Ecological Design Certificate is a design-based, interdisciplinary program focused on the development of a practical framework for the integration of the built environment with local and region specific natural systems.
This certificate is available to all graduate students within the College of Design.
Participating students are challenged to develop an in-depth understanding of the relationships between ecological processes, issues of cultural and social sustainability, and urban development and form, and how allied design and planning disciplines approach these relationships. Students will acquire a theoretical and pragmatic basis to carry these understandings into the world of practice.
The Ecological Design Certificate Program provides explicit curricular structure in ecologically sensitive design, encouraging students to develop an ecologically based design awareness, solidifying the commitment of the University to interdisciplinary inquiry, and upholding its capacity for leadership in the field.
A minimum of 24 credits is required. Twelve of the 24 credits may be used to fulfill master of architecture requirements. Due to resource availability, most of these courses must be completed at the Eugene campus.
All students pursuing graduate certificates along with their graduate degree programs must complete the Declaration of Graduate Certificate form. It must be submitted to the Graduate School within one term after admission to the certificate program. The School of Architecture & Environment Manager of Student Services can assist students in signing and sending this form to the Graduate School. Visit the Graduate School Academic Forms page to download the Declaration of Graduate Certificate form.
Certificate Requirements (24 Credits)
Students working toward the Ecological Design Certificate must complete a minimum of 24 credits in approved ecological design subject courses.
Foundation Course series: 11–12 Credits
Students must take three Foundation Courses and cannot include the Foundation Course from their home department to satisfy this requirement.
Foundation courses include:
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits|
|AAAP 510||American Arch From a Preservation Perspective (I, II, III)||4|
|AAAP 510||Sustainable Preservation||4|
|ARCH 530||Architectural Context: Place and Culture||4|
|LA 517||Analyzing Land Systems||4|
|LA 541||Principles of Applied Ecology||4|
|PPPM 542||Sustainable Urban Development||4|
|PPPM 545||Green Cities||4|
Course Electives: 12–13 additional credits must be completed from the Approved Course Electives, which provide a platform for a cohesive focus in ecological design. At least one elective course must be taken outside of the student’s home department. (Note: A course in the foundation list that is not used as such and is outside the student’s home department can be used as an elective.)
Seminar topics and Experimental courses (507 and 510) may change, and it is recognized that while some of the courses indicated as Electives below may not be offered every year, other relevant courses may be offered. The faculty advisor determines when a course not included in this proposal may be applied toward the completion of the certificate.
Elective courses include:
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits|
|AAA 508||HOPES Charrette||1|
|AAA 508||HOPES Conference||1|
|AAAP 510||Transporation and Preservation||3|
|AAAP 545||Preservation Economics||3|
|ARCH 507||High-Performance Buildings and Landscapes||3|
|ARCH 510||Passive Heating and Cooling||3|
|ARCH 510||Studio Plus||1–2|
|ARCH 534||Vernacular Building||3|
|ARCH 538||Housing Prototypes||4|
|ARCH 593||Solar Heating||3|
|ARCH 594||Passive Cooling||3|
|ARCH 597||Case Studies in Sustainable Design||3|
|ARCH 598||Energy Scheming||3|
|ARCH 620||Environmental Design Research||2–4|
|ARCH 633||History of Sustainable Architecture||4|
|BI 572||Community Ecology||4|
|BI 573||Quantitative Ecology||5|
|BI 574||Marine Ecology||5|
|BI 575||Freshwater Ecology||5|
|BI 576||Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology||4|
|GEOG 523||Advanced Biogeography||4|
|GEOG 525||Hydrology and Water Issues||4|
|GEOG 530||Long-Term Environmental Change||4|
|GEOG 531||Vegetation History and Ecosystem Dynamics||4|
|GEOG 532||Climatological Aspects of Global Change||4|
|GEOG 561||Environmental Alteration||4|
|GEOG 562||Historical and Contemporary Views of the Environment||4|
|GEOG 563||Geography, Law, and the Environment||4|
|ENVS 511||Environmental Issues||4|
|ENVS 520||Perspectives in Nature and Society||4|
|ENVS 535||Environmental Justice||4|
|ENVS 540||Environmental Aesthetics||4|
|ENVS 550||Political Ecology||4|
|ENVS 565||Wetland Ecology and Management||4|
|LA 508||Fire Ecology||4|
|LA 510||Courthouse Garden||4|
|LA 543||Land and Landscape||4|
|LA 565||Advanced Landscape Ecology||4|
|MGMT 610||Energy and Ecosystem Fin||3|
|MGMT 610||Industrial Ecology||3|
|MGMT 610||Life Cycle Analysis||4|
|PPPM 507||Water and the Urban Environment||4|
|PPPM 532||Urban Revitalization||4|
|PPPM 538||Transportation Issues in Planning||4|
|PPPM 543||Natural Resource Policy||4|
|PPPM 607||Sustainable Transportation||4|
|PPPM 611||Introduction to Planning Principles and Practice||4|
|PPPM 612||Legal Issues in Planning||4|
|PPPM 617||Human Settlements||4|