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Environmental Sciences and Landscape Architecture, BS

The combined major offered by Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences and the program in landscape architecture.

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The Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences and the program in landscape architecture provide an education in basic environmental and sustainability sciences and introductory concepts in landscape design, with the flexibility for students to select focus areas of study or build on these skills. This combined major provides students the opportunity to obtain the fundamental scientific background and practical training to tackle urgent issues in the built and natural environment. The program seeks to prepare students for advanced studies or careers in fields of urban planning, urban design, sustainable development, ecological restoration and management, environmental consulting, and/or other fields focusing on the complex interactions among landscapes, the built environment, human societies, and overall climate impacts.

Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate from Northeastern University with a degree in architecture, architectural studies or landscape architecture will be able to:

  1. Utilize design processes and two- and three-dimensional representation skills for deciphering, communicating, and shaping the built environment.
  2. Analyze the reciprocal influences among global socio-cultural and historical contexts, built environments, and the communities that inhabit them.
  3. Apply knowledge of design methods that ensure sustainability, resilience, health, safety, and welfare in the built environment.
  4. Acquire skills of communication and collaboration necessary for managing complex projects and working with diverse constituents.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental constructions systems and how building technologies impact the built environment.
  6. Employ research methods to analyze and decipher complex environments.
  7. Identify the diverse range of professional practices and regulations applicable to designing the built environment.
  8. Understand the ethical responsibilities involved in designing the built environment.


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