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Minor in Ecological Planning & Design

Students in the School of Environmental Design as well as students in other colleges, schools, and departments may choose a Minor in Ecological Planning and Design. Through this minor students pursue courses which deepen their understanding of the concept of ecological planning and design. That is, they learn a process of decision making that ensures that development is compatible with natural resources and processes and that takes into consideration social, political, economic, and governance factors to achieve sustainable outcomes. This prepares students for lifelong contributions to the environmental sustainability of the communities in which they live and work.   Also the minor provides undergraduates with an opportunity to explore the option of graduate studies in planning, landscape architecture, or horticulture.

The curriculum for the Minor in Ecological Planning and Design involves 18 credits, with two required foundation courses and at least four elective courses.   The two foundation courses ensure that all students understand the fundamentals of natural and built systems and ecological planning.   The electives allow students to explore their own interests in different facets of horticulture, landscape architecture, and planning while also gaining an appreciation of the science of ecology and the concept of ecologically-sensitive development. 

A student may not double count any course for the Minor in Ecological Planning and Design toward any other major, minor, or certificate. At least half of the courses for the minor must be taken at Temple University. Students must complete successfully each course for the minor with a grade of C- or better and all of the minor courses with a cumulative average of 2.0 or higher.


Note: The symbol after the course number indicates that the class is offered ONLY in the semester indicated: F = offered fall only; FE/FO = offered fall of even/odd numbered years; S = offered spring only; SE/SO = offered spring of even/odd numbered years; O = offered occasionally


Subject Course # Course Title Hours
Foundation courses: Select two (2) courses for a minimum of 6 hours from the following:
BOT 1112 (S) Plant Ecology 3
CRP 2213 (F) Environmental Planning 3
CRP 3155 (FE) Ecological Planning and Development 3
CRP 3256 (O) Sustainable Community Design and Development 3
LARC 1013 (F) Natural and the Built Environment^ 3
    ^May not be taken by students who have successfully
completed GenEd LARC 0841, Sustainable Design
LARC 2496 (F) Landscape Traditions 3
Electives: Select four (4) courses for a minimum of 12 hours from the following:
(Note: Foundation courses beyond the minimum required may be used as electives.)
CRP 1017 Introduction to Community and Regional Planning 3
CRP 2114 (S) Urban Form and Design 3
CRP 2155 (O) Housing and Community Development 3
CRP 2166 (FO) Land Use Planning 3
CRP 2524 (F) Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems 3
CRP 3655 (F) Transportation Planning 3
HORT 2552 (S) Trees in the Urban Landscape 2
HORT 3514 (S) Landscape Restoration 3
LARC 1142 Design Communications 3
LARC 1244 (S) Surveying 3
LARC 1544 (S) Introduction to CAD 3
LARC 2754 (S) Water Design in the City 2
LARC 2758 (Summer) Summer Field Ecology 3
Total     18
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