Why choose Community Design at Dalhousie?

Our Community Design program is for students who care about the character and future of our communities, who are committed to sustainable approaches to the environment, and who want to make a difference in how we build cities and alter landscapes. We give you the design, problem-solving, and communication skills to make it happen.

We’re focused on the need to design better living environments, preserve culturally important and environmentally sensitive landscapes, and give communities the tools to make their own choices.

Our program has an interdisciplinary focus that draws on Dalhousie’s expertise in environmental science, environmental studies, urban history, policy management, architecture, and more. Through our internship program and ongoing research projects, you'll also get real-life, hands-on experience to create healthy and sustainable communities.

Program details

Bachelor of Community Design (BCD)

Program Options

  • General BCD program (3 years)
  • Honours, Major in Environmental Planning (4 years)
  • Honours, Major in Urban Design Studies (4 years)
  • Double Major (general) in Environment, Sustainability & Society (4 years)
  • Double Major (honours) in Environmental Planning and Environment, Sustainability & Society (4 years)
  • Double Major (honours) in Urban Design Studies and Environment, Sustainability & Society (4 years)

  • BCD students can also complete a minor in Environmental Studies

  • Available to BSc students as a double major with Environmental Science
  • Minor In Community Design available to BA and BSc students


Required high school courses:

  • English
  • Math
  • 1 science
  • 2 additional university preparatory courses

Recommended high school courses:

  • Biology
  • Geography

A background in art or design is an asset.

See admission requirements for more information.

Application Deadline and Program Dates

Application deadlines for 2017/18

  • March 1 - Deadline for scholarship consideration for fall semester
  • April 1 - International students (except USA)
  • June 1 - All Canadian and American applications

Other important program dates

Class Size

  • The introductory class averages 100 students
  • 2nd- and 3rd-year core classes average 40-50 students
  • 4th-year honours classes average 10-20 students

Tuition Fees

Use our Fee Calculator to estimate the cost of a full year at Dalhousie.

Residence & Housing

Whether you're applying to one of our residence halls or you’re looking for help with an off-campus apartment search, Dalhousie’s Residence and Housing services can help.

Housing options

  • Meal plans
  • Dorm-style traditional residences
  • Apartment-style, non-traditional
  • Off-campus housing