Sustainable Design Minor
A multi-disciplinary, cooperative Degree Program in Sustainable Design from the College of the Environment's Department of Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy and the Department of Engineering Technology's Industrial Design Program
About the Minor
The College of the Environment and the Engineering Technology Department jointly offer a minor in Sustainable Design. Design is the process of conceptualizing, representing, and creating projects, processes, or products (ranging in scale from consumer objects to regions). Sustainability requires that designed products promote long-term economic, social, and ecological values and equity. The minor provides a foundation in environmental studies and design and allows for individualized tailoring.
More information about the minor and required courses may be found in the university catalog.
Goals of the Minor
The goal of the program is to enable students to gain skills to pursue sustainable design careers. The program is open to all WWU students. Students in the program obtain an understanding of the natural systems within which human institutions and technologies function, and of the social systems which mediate human interactions with ecosystems.
- Professor Arunas Oslapas, Department of Engineering and Design
- Professor Nicholas Zaferatos, Department of Urban and Environment Planning and Policy
Applying to the Minor
Students of the sustainable design minor are accepted into the minor by application, and space is limited. Those students who show the highest affinity for integrating environmental systems information, sustainable design principles, and understanding of practical applications are accepted into the minor.
Applications are accepted semi-annually on the third Friday of Fall and Spring quarters.
Applicants should prepare a PDF to include the following:
- application form as the cover page that contains your contact information;
- a narrative statement explaining your educational goals and how prior courses have helped to prepare you for studies in sustainable design;
- a narrative description of your past experiences, such as your own design concepts or products, design projects, class papers, books read, personal activities or creative projects, participation in community work, membership in clubs, etc; and
- your overall GPA.
Submission and Deadline
The application must be received by the deadlines indicated above. Applicants will be notified of final decisions.
Please send your application as a PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org or deliver it to ES Building 539.