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Explore the College of Environmental Design

The  College of Environmental Design (ENV) at Cal Poly Pomona offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban and regional planning; undergraduate degrees in art history and visual communication design; and a minor and graduate degree in Regenerative Studies. It also manages operations of two permanent University Art Galleries, the W. Keith & Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery and the Don B. Huntley Gallery.

ENV connects people, places and the environments in which we live, work and play. A leader in design excellence, our programs use the rich creative economy and cultural capital of Southern California – and its geographical advantage as a global gateway for trade and ideas – to prepare students for successful careers. We educate and train future designers to shape the future of built and natural environments with resiliency and justice.

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Fall 2022 Application Deadline

The Fall 2022 application period runs from Oct. 1 - Nov. 30​, 2021. Cal Poly Pomona will be accepting applications for ALL undergraduate majors for the Fall 2021 term. All required courses must be completed by the end of Spring 2022, prior to enrollment in the Fall term. 

Prospective students can file their applications online via Cal State Apply

Incoming Freshmen

The California State University (CSU) has temporarily suspended the use of ACT/SAT examinations  in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses for the 2021-22 academic year. This temporary change in admission eligibility applies only for the Fall 2021 admission cycle. 

Cal Poly Pomona has implemented a new multifactor admissions (MFA) evaluation process to evaluate first-time freshmen applicants. The new MFA process excludes ACT/SAT scores and instead relies on both academic and non-academic student variables when evaluating an applicant. See the admissions checklist for first-time freshmen for details

Transfer Students

Transferring from a community college? See Cal Poly Pomona's  transfer student admission requirements. Selection to all Cal Poly Pomona is competitive, with more qualified applicants than the university can admit. Transfer applicants will be considered for admissions to an alternate major if space is available. Applicants within the same academic colleges are prioritized. 

The College of Environmental Design encourages applicants to consider an alternate major from among our undergraduate programs. Learn more about them in the following sections. 

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A Broader Purpose of the Built Environment

With its diverse student body and faculty, the Department of Architecture prepares individuals to make knowledgeable, thoughtful, socially and environmentally responsible contributions to professional practice. Students in our nationally ranked programs learn to join theory and practice in the design studio in a hands-on approach to solving real-world problems – providing an advantage in a competitive job market.

Practitioner-faculty with specialized expertise offer professional insight and mentorships for students through a variety of studio subjects including sustainability, building technology, education design, healthcare design, housing design, transit oriented development and historic preservation. Our department is also home to the Healthcare Architecture Initiative — the first of its kind in the West Coast — which trains students for design careers in the healthcare sector.

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Cultivating Visual and Historical Narratives
The Department of Art’s curriculum focuses on the development of studio and academic endeavors, creative problem solving, aesthetic analysis, and development of art. Portfolio reviews and mock interviews are regularly conducted to give students an edge in professional design development, internships and employment. 

Common career paths for those with a visual communication design degree are web development, multimedia art and animation, marketing, public relations and commercial and industrial design. Careers in art history include teaching at all levels and multiple aspects of work in museums, the art market, publishing, collections management, and cultural conservation. The department also offers two undergraduate minor programs: Art History (18 units) and Studio Arts (24 units).

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Empowering the Landscape of the Future
The Department of Landscape Architecture prepares students to solve the ecological and social challenges of the 21st century. Our undergraduate, graduate and minor programs develop creative and critical thinking skills, along with providing students the technical and theoretical knowledge to become successful professionals.

We use the creative and cultural capital of Southern California and the world to teach future landscape architects who will be socially conscious and environmentally aware, technically and aesthetically sophisticated, concerned with craft and justice, and who can work systematically and holistically. We are bravely curious.

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Raising Communities and the Quality of Life

Urban and regional planning is dedicated to helping society manage change through sensitive and informed decision-making. Planners work in cities and regions to guide growth and development, so their work affects urban design, environmental quality, jobs creation, and socioeconomic equality and opportunity.

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning (URP) prepares students to define issues and implement solutions to improve the quality of life of the natural and built environment, in ways that promote social justice rooted in an understanding of social change. We stand proud as one of two universities in California whose undergraduate and graduate programs are both accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board. The department also has a 19-unit minor program.

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Landscape architecture students discuss their studio projects

Enrich Your Academic Development, Gain a Professional Edge  

The College of Environmental Design offers minor programs for undergraduate students interested in supplementing their major studies. These programs are open to all Cal Poly Pomona students. Several general education (GE) courses can be applied towards minor program units. For specific information on each minor program, please visit the pages listed below:

Department of Art

  • Art History Minor (18 units): The study of visual art, architecture and design throughout world civilizations enhances the understanding of ancient and modern cultures, and enriches related majors in design and the humanities.
  • Studio Arts Minor (24 units): Students select a concentration within the area of Studio Arts – Print Making, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, or Drawing.

Department of Landscape Architecture

  • Landscape Architecture Minor (24 units): The program exposes students to a mix of applied skill-building and theory that involve forays into geographic information systems (GIS), plant science, visual communication, and design history.

Department of Urban and Regional Planning

  • Urban and Regional Planning Minor (19 units): The urban and regional planning minor provides students with the knowledge and skillsets including but not limited to the functions of cities, urban policy decision making process, analysis methods for urban issues, and planning, policy, design, and social action in urban environment.

Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies

  • Regenerative Studies Minor (18 units): A multidisciplinary program taught by faculty from all colleges on campus, it is a perfect complement to a bachelor's degree for those interested in pursuing careers in environmental fields.  

Located on 16 acres (6.5 ha) within the Cal Poly Pomona University campus, the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies convenes diverse groups of students, academic experts, policy makers and community members committed to catalyzing pro-environmental change.

The Center is administered by the College of Environmental Design, and offers a Master of Science in Regenerative Studies (MSRS) as well as a minor program at the undergraduate level. Faculty are drawn from departments across campus, creating a unique interdisciplinary learning environment. 

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