Ecological Design Certificate

The Ecological Design Certificate is on a temporary hiatus due to the need to restructure the curriculum. The Ecological Design Certificate Interest Survey will be reposted after this is complete.

The Ecological Design Certificate is a design-based, interdisciplinary program focused on the development of a practical framework for the integration of the built environment with local and region-specific natural systems. This certificate is available to all graduate students within the College of Design. Participating students are challenged to develop an in-depth understanding of the relationships between ecological processes, issues of cultural and social sustainability, and urban development and form, and how allied design and planning disciplines approach these relationships. Students will acquire a theoretical and pragmatic basis to carry these understandings into the world of practice. The Ecological Design Certificate Program provides explicit curricular structure in ecologically sensitive design, encouraging students to develop an ecologically based design awareness, solidifying the commitment of the University to interdisciplinary inquiry, and upholding its capacity for leadership in the field.


Open to current UO College of Design doctoral/master’s students alongside their graduate degree.

Application at a Glance

All students pursuing graduate certificates along with their graduate degree programs must complete the declaration of graduate certificate form.

It must be submitted to the Graduate School within one term after admission to the certificate program.

The School of Architecture & Environment manager of student services can assist students in signing and sending this form to the Graduate School.


Graduate Certificate
College of Design
Campus: Eugene, Portland
Terms of Admission: Fall, Winter