Environmental Planning and Design

The Environmental Planning and Design (EPD) specialization examines the spatial management of human development activities within diverse natural resource systems. This track relies on the use of multidisciplinary approaches to the management and preservation of natural environments; as well as participation in the design of built environments.

Students in the EPD track receive advanced instruction, training, and experiential learning with faculty whose academic backgrounds are in environmental planning, landscape architecture, geography, as well as in various natural and social sciences. This track provides students with the ability to solve a wide range of complex environmental problems by developing specific skills in environmental planning, design and the natural sciences.  Students can also acquire complementary skill sets from affiliated social sciences such as political science, public administration, psychology, environmental and natural resource economics, and marine affairs.

Graduates specializing in Environmental Planning and Design will be able to pursue innovative careers with federal and state agencies, municipal and city planning departments, private sector consulting companies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

For an overview of the EPD track from Professor Austin Becker, click here.

Core Courses (25 credits) including:

  • Planning and Design (13 credits including at least 4 credits in a design studio).
    • 9 credits from the following planning courses:
      • CPL 410 Fundamentals of Community Planning Practice (3)
      • CPL 450 Urban Design (3)
      • CPL 483 Land Development (3)
      • CPL 485 Environmental Planning (3) REQUIRED
      • CPL 538 Site Planning (3)
      • CPL 539 Environmental Law (3)
      • CPL 549 Seminar in Ecological Planning (3) CAPSTONE
    • 4 credits from the following studio courses:
      • LAR 444 Landscape Architecture Design Studio III (4)
      • LAR 445 Landscape Architecture Design Studio IV (4)
  • Natural Sciences (9 credits)
    • Courses from Geology, Hydrology, Soil Science, Ecology & Management, Remote Sensing & Spatial Analysis
  • Quantitative Methods (3 credits)

Elective courses (6 credits)
Independent study (3 credits: EVS 598)
Graduate seminar (2 credits: EVS 501, EVS 502)

Track Chair
Contact Prof. Austin Becker,
Department of Marine Affairs
Coastal Institute Building, 2nd Floor, Room 213
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI 02881
Email: abecker@uri.edu
Phone: (401)874-2156