Minor in Ecological Planning & Design

Students in the Tyler School of Art 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. 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.

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. 

The minor also provides undergraduates with an opportunity to explore the option of graduate studies in planning, landscape architecture, or horticulture.

Students must earn a minimum grade of C- in courses satisfying minor requirements and must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average in the required 18 credits to earn the minor.

  • 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.
  • Courses for the minor must be completed prior to graduation.
Note: The symbol after the course title indicates that the class is offered ONLY in the semester indicated.
(F) = offered fall only
(FE) = offered fall of even numbered years
(FO) = offered fall of odd numbered years
(S) = offered spring only
(SE) = offered spring of even numbered years
(SO) = offered spring of odd numbered years
(O) = offered occasionally
Foundation Courses
Select two of the following:6
Plant Ecology (S)
Environmental Planning (S)
Ecological Planning and Development (FE)
Sustainable Community Design and Development (SO) 1
Natural and the Built Environment (F) 2
Landscape Traditions (F)
Select four of the following: 312
Housing and Community Development (SO)
Introduction to Community and Regional Planning
Urban Form and Design (O)
Land Use Planning (FO) 1
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (F)
Transportation Planning (F)
Trees in the Urban Landscape (S)
Landscape Restoration (S) 1
Design Communications
Surveying (S)
Landscape Architecture Computer Technology I (S)
Water Design in the City (O)
Summer Field Ecology (Summer) 1
Total Credit Hours18

This course has a prerequisite(s) or registration restriction.


May not be taken by students who have successfully completed GenEd LARC 0841.


Foundation courses beyond the minimum required may be used as electives.