ARE YOU READY FOR A JOB INSUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN? Certificate of Specialization (CS)
Sustainable environmental design specialties are considered the cutting edge of “green” job technologies. Beginning this fall, St. Louis Community College is offering classes in environmental design with options in interior design, architecture and landscaping.
The classes are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to work in the rapidly growing field of sustainable environmental design. Students will learn to use core concepts, design strategies and green building technologies for the design, construction and maintenance of buildings and areas that minimize our impact on the natural environment, are more energy efficient, and are healthier for both humans and natural environmental systems. This course of study will prepare students to apply for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate exam.
Classes, with three specialty areas, are ideal for any working professionals in the architectural, landscaping, interior design and other related fields, or for students currently enrolled in these disciplines. Classes meet one night per week with additional hours required online. Students may complete a sequence of six classes in one of the three specialty areas in as little as two semesters and earn 16 credit hours.
- Career Opportunities
- For information on the job outlook in the sustainable environmental design profession, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and search specific job titles. Also available: information on median pay, entry-level education, number of jobs and more.
- To learn about the top openings in specific cities across Missouri visit the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.
- For specific real-time information on wages and job prospects in the STLCC region, visit STLCC Career Coach.
- Program Curriculum
Sustainable Environmental Design (CS) 16 Credits
Certificate of Specialization Program Total: 16 credits ARC:102 Introduction to Sustainable Environments 3 ARC:125 Sustainable Materials and Technologies in the Built Environment 3 ARC:116 Green Design Strategies and Applications in Architecture (or) ARC:117 Green Design Strategies and Applications in Interior Design (or) ARC:118 Green Design Strategies and Applications in Landscape Design 3 ARC:119 Sustainable Design Certification Systems and LEED GA Preparation 3 ARC:206 Topics in the Sustainable Architectural Environment (or) ARC:207 Topics in the Sustainable Interior Environment (or) ARC:208 Topics in the Sustainable Landscaped Environment 1 ARC:231 Applications in Integrated Sustainable Design 3
- Additional Information
What is sustainable environmental design?Sustainable environmental design specialties are considered the cutting edge of “green job” technologies. Sustainable design ensures that our architectural, interior design and landscape decisions of today do not inhibit the environmental options for future generations. Sustainable design professionals in these occupations take into consideration all aspects of enhancing efficiency and moderation in the use of materials, energy and space development.
Who will be teaching the sustainable environmental design courses?Courses are taught by individuals with experience as teachers and who have extensive experience in the industries involved in Sustainable Environmental Design.
How long does it take to complete the certificate?The program is designed so that students may complete it in one academic year.
How are classes scheduled and where do they meet?Sustainable environmental design specialties are considered the cutting edge of “green job” technologies. Sustainable design ensures that our architectural, interior design and landscape decisions of today do not inhibit the environmental options for future generations. Sustainable design professionals in these occupations take into consideration all aspects of enhancing efficiency and moderation in the use of materials, energy and space development.
What does the program cost?Please check our current fees for updated information.
Who do I contact for more information?
What kind of job can I get with this certificate?This 16-credit-hour Certificate of Specialization, with an emphasis in architecture, interior design or landscape design, will create the basis for any working professional to obtain the added knowledge required to succeed in today’s environmentally conscious world.
More and more sustainable environmental design will be incorporated into all facets of architecture, landscape design and interior design. Professionals with “green” technology training will set themselves apart from others, leading to higher quality job opportunities.
How much will I earn after I get a job?Individual salaries vary by geographic location, education, experience and the type and size of the employer.
Will these courses help prepare me for LEED or other industry certification?This program will prepare students to apply for the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Associate exam, administered by an independent third party.
What are the requirements to get into the program?This certificate program, with its three specialties, is ideal for professionals or students in architecture, landscape design, interior design and other related fields. It will provide them with the knowledge required to move forward in their field with the basics of sustainable environmental design.
The Sustainable Environmental Design program is offered at our Meramec campus. Students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.