The B.A. – Concentration in Environmental Design

In a highly competitive economy where the success of a building such as a stadium, restaurant, retail boutique, museum or theater rests as much on the user’s experience as it does on a building’s performance, cost or look, the successful design of interior environments is critical.  Traditional approaches in interior design and interior architecture lack the specialized and technology-based focus on individual experience that an environmental design degree path offers through the special fusion of course work in architecture, interior design and interaction design.

The B.A. –Concentration in Environmental Design degree path is offered by the School’s Architecture and Design departments.  It allows architecture students to combine the skills and knowledge obtained in the Architectural Studies degree core with basic interior design and interior architecture skills and techniques offered in professional enrichment classes.

Students complete a rigorous sequence of courses in interaction design that includes the research skills needed to design extraordinary spaces that respond to the needs and perceptions of different individuals.  In addition, they are trained to use emerging technologies to customize environments for different purposes.

Students in this degree path also have the opportunity to develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills in one of KU’s Undergraduate Certificate Programs and, more importantly, they go well beyond the basic professional practice training found in a traditional interior design or interior architecture degree with specialized course work in design management.

Undergraduate Admission

Applications are not being considered at this time.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ARCH 1033ARCH 1043
ARCH 1086ENGL 102 or 1053
ENGL 1013ARCH 1096
MATH 1053KU Core Class, Goal 2, Learning Outcome 23
 KU Core Goal Nat. Science (recommend PHSX 114)3-4
 15 18-19
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
ARCH 3803ARCH Professional Enrichment Elective3
ARCH 5403ARCH 5413
ARCH Urban Dsgn/Sustainability Elective3ARCH Materials & Sustainability3
ADS 3403ARCH Environmental3
Free Elective 13Free Elective 33
Free Elective 21-3 
 16-18 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
ARCH 4006ARCH 5096
ARCH 5303ARCH 5313
ARCH 6263DSGN Elective3
ARCH 6583KU Core Class, Goal 4.1 Elective3
Submit Graduate Studies form. Make sure GPA is 3.00  
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
ARCH 4016ARCH Professional Enrichment Elective3
KU Class Core Social Science Elective3DSGN Elective3
ARCH Professional Enrichment Elective3DSGN Elective3
Free Elective 43KU Core Class, Goal 6.1 Elective3
 Free Elective 63
 15 15
Total Hours: 124-127

* Recommended Courses (see advisor for substitutions)

B.A. Architectural Studies  Conferred.