Environmental Studies: Sustainable Design

The sustainable design major at Pacific University is an interdisciplinary program emphasizing designing solutions to environmental problems. Students combine the fundamentals of ecology and permaculture with the social sciences and humanities as they seek global solutions to complex challenges. Students spend time working at Pacific’s B Street Living Museum, a learning lab for sustainability, and exploring topics such as organic food production, green building design and education.

Program Highlights

  • Take an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to exploring real-world problems in the environment and society.
  • Combine an understanding of ecology and permaculture with study of the social sciences and humanities.
  • Test your ideas with hands-on work in the B Street Living Museum and other service work in the community.
  • Build skills in service and leadership, creativity, collaboration, communication, problem-solving and self-expression.
  • Prepare for further study or careers in urban planning, product design, landscape architecture, agriculture, building design and renewable energy.

Courses

Students seeking a bachelor of arts in sustainable design study a broad base of ecological and environmental studies, including permaculture, environmental science, natural history and ecosystems. These are paired with student-selected courses in art, sociology, literature and ethics. All students complete both an internship and a capstone project.

Research Opportunities

Students in the Department of Environmental Studies conduct research in local communities, including the coniferous forest of the John Blodgett Arboretum, the riparian corridors of the Gales Creek and Tualatin River watersheds, and the 300-acre Fernhill Wetlands. Pacific’s B Street Living Museum, less than one mile from the Forest Grove campus, also provides a hands-on research and learning lab for students. Regionally, there are many exemplary resources available within a one- to two-hour drive from campus, such as the Willamette and Columbia rivers, Tillamook and Willapa bays and the forests of the Coast and Cascade ranges.  

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