Honours Bachelor of Environmental Design and Planning

General

Program Description

Create a greener, more sustainable communities with this bachelor of environmental engineering program

Create communities that work in harmony with the environment to create lasting and useful public spaces. If you see a future designing and planning vibrant landscapes that combine form and function, check out Fanshawe's Honours Bachelor of Environmental Design and Planning program.

This one-of-a-kind program combines the theory, knowledge, and techniques of landscape architecture, urban design and physical planning with training in geographic information systems, computer-aided design, visualization, and presentation technologies. You'll use industry-standard digital technologies and cutting-edge design and communication methods used in the real world of architectural and landscape design.

You'll also work on case studies and community-based projects with sustainability in mind. Through this bachelor of the environmental design program, you will participate in three co-operative work placements, putting your skills to the test with real projects. In the final year of the program, you'll solve a real, site-specific environmental design problem to showcase all of your newly developed skills.

Graduate with an environmental planning degree

Once graduated, you'll be able to enter the private sector with planning and GIS consultants, landscape architects and developers, or in the public sector with municipalities, conservation authorities and provincial ministries. The degree also prepares you for continued study at the graduate level.

This environmental planning degree will prepare you to leave a mark on the world around you.

Co-operative Education

This is a four-year Honours Bachelor of Environmental Design and Planning Degree that has four co-op work term opportunities with one being mandatory.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Identify the varied nature and characteristics of sites, neighborhoods, communities, and regions.
  2. Investigate and analyze complex environmental planning and design problems.
  3. Conceptualize and propose solutions to environmental planning and design problems.
  4. Evaluate proposed solutions to environmental planning and design problems/opportunities.
  5. Participate in the full range of environmental planning and design activities such as land development and municipal planning.
  6. Facilitate participatory environmental planning and design activities such as public meetings and workshops.
  7. Apply planning and design principles in general, and more specifically those related to sustainability, ecology, and environmental aesthetics, to the planning and design of the built and natural environment.
  8. Apply contemporary digital technologies such as geographic information systems and computer-aided design to the investigation, analysis, and communication of environmental design problems/opportunities and the presentation of design solutions.
  9. Create professional-quality written and graphic documentation such as reports, plans, and presentations.
  10. Communicate effectively using various digital media such as computer-aided design, visualization software, and geographic information systems.

Courses

Core Courses

Take all of the following Mandatory (Core) Courses:

The Minimum Cumulative GPA for Core Courses is 2.5

Group 1

  • Level 1
    In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 1 requirement below
    • DESG-7025 Environmental Design Fundamentals
    • PLAN-7001 Environmental Design & Planning History
    • METH-7013 GIS 1
    • GRAF-7005 Design Visualization 1
    • COOP-1021 Co-Op Educ. Employment Prep

Group 2

  • Level 2
    In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 2 requirement below
    • DESG-7026 Site Design
    • PLAN-7002 Site Planning
    • METH-7014 GIS 2
    • GRAF-7006 Design Visualization 2
    • ARCH-7001 Architecture

Group 3

  • Level 3
    In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 3 requirement below
    • DESG-7027 Neighbourhood Design
    • PLAN-7003Neighbourhood & Community Planning
    • METH-7015 GIS 3
    • COMP-7006 Design Visualization 3

Group 4

  • Level 4
    In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 4 requirement below
    • DESG-7028 Urban Design
    • PLAN-7004 Urban Planning
    • METH-7016 GIS 4
    • COMP-7007 Design Visualization 4

Group 5

  • Level 5
    In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 5 requirement below
    • DESG-7029 Rural & Regional Design
    • PLAN-7005 Rural & Environmental Planning
    • METH-7017 GIS 5
    • COMP-7008 Design Visualization 5

Group 6

  • Level 6
    In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 6 requirement below
    • DESG-7030 Environmental Design & Provincial Policy
    • PLAN-7006 Regional & Provincial Planning
    • METH-7018 GIS 6
    • COMP-7009 Design Visualization 6

Group 7

  • Level 7
    In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 7 requirement below
    • DESG-7031 World Environmental Design
    • PLAN-7007 National & International Planning
    • METH-7019 GIS 7
    • COMP-7010 Design Visualization 7
    • BUSI-7001 Business & Professional Practice

Group 8

  • Level 8
    In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 8 requirement below
    • DESG-7032 Capstone Integrated Project

Group 9

Co-op Requirement

Students Must Complete 1 Co-op Work Term

  • COOP-BED1W BED1 Co-op Work Term

Non-Core Courses

Take all of the following Mandatory (Non-Core) Courses:

The Minimum Cumulative GPA for Non-Core courses is 2.0

Group 1

  • Level 1
    • COMM-7020 Professional Writing for Applied Degrees

Group 2

  • Level 3
    • MATH-7001 Statistics

Group 3

  • Level 4
    • URBN-7006 Demographic Studies

Group 4

  • Level 5
    • ECON-7001 Macro Economics
    • ENVR-7002 Environmental Issues

Group 5

  • Level 6
    • COMM-7007 Multi-Media Literacy
    • ENVR-7003 Environmental Psychology

Group 6

General Education - Electives

Take 6 General Education Elective Credits at the Introductory Level from two of the following subjects - Humanities, Social Science, Global Culture, Science - Normally taken in Levels 2 and 3

Group 7

Take 6 General Education Elective Credits at the Upper Level (Non-Introductory) - Normally taken in Levels 4 and 7

Program Residency

Students must complete a minimum of 34 credits in this program at Fanshawe College to meet the program residency requirement and graduate from this program.

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Admission Requirements

  • OSSD with courses from the University (U) or University/College (M) stream with:
    • Grade 12 English (U)
    • Plus five additional Grade 12 University (U) or University/College (M) courses
    • A final minimum average of 65.0% based on the highest six Grade 12 University (U) or University/College (M) courses

or

  • Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses and grades stated above

or

  • Post-Secondary Standing* (if applicable)

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years.
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 11 Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology (C) or (U)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Visual Arts (M)
  • Grade 11 Introduction to Computer Science (U)
  • Grade 12 Computer Science (U)
  • Grade 11 Media Arts (M) or (O)
  • Grade 11 Presentation and Speaking Skills (O)
  • Grade 12 Media Arts (M)
  • Any Grade 12 Geography (U) or (M)
  • Any Grade 12 Mathematics (U) or (M)
  • Any Grade 12 Science (U) or (M)

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:

  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario.
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full).
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements.
  4. Achievement in Post-Secondary Studies* (if applicable).

Note:
*Applicants currently enrolled in a university or who have previously attended university or other post-secondary institutions and are applying to transfer into the Honours Bachelor of Environmental Design and Planning program are considered on the basis of their post-secondary standing. Specifically, applicants currently enrolled in a university or who have previously attended university must maintain a minimum average of 65.0% in the last ten full credit or full credit equivalent courses in order to be considered for admission. Applicants with less than ten full credit courses must maintain a minimum average of 65.0% in all courses in order to be considered for admission. Applicants applying from a community college must have successfully completed a diploma program with an overall GPA of 2.5 in the completed program. In addition, all students applying from university or college must have completed the pre-requisite courses in English as stated in the Admission Requirements.

Career Opportunities

Dynamic careers exist in environmental design and planning in both the private and public sectors including urban design, planning, landscape architecture, and geographic information systems/science.

Last updated Jan 2020

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