Our program prepares you with essential knowledge and skills to take your place in the ever-changing housing and design industry.

100% of students complete internship
18 average upper-level class size
7 Kitchens in the center for real life kitchen design
What Is a Degree in Residential Environments and Design?

You will develop creative abilities, problem-solving skills, analytical abilities, and a foundation of knowledge of the residential design industry through lecture, laboratory, and studio classes. The program allows you to complete a minor or personally-designed cognate in a support area of study. Graduates become certified kitchen and bath designers, work in manufacturing and marketing of housing products, and support residential construction. 

Why Study Residential Environments and Design Here?

Our program is accredited by the National Association of Kitchen and Bath Design, allowing students to count their hours in class and internships toward the time they need to accrue to sit for certification exams. You will have access to our Center for Real Life Kitchen Design, a space where you can work toward making your ideas a reality. Our team of faculty mentors is dedicated to helping students succeed in their chosen areas of specialty.

Beyond the Classroom


Get Experience

You will complete a field study with employers who often offer jobs to students after graduation.

Students who wish to graduate with a National Kitchen and Bath accreditation must complete their field study with a business that has a kitchen or bath emphasis.


Kitchen and Bath Design Certification

Kitchen and Bath Design Certification

Our major is accredited by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). You can count time in school and internship as qualifying work experience in preparing for certification exams. Once you complete the accredited program, you can sit for the Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer (AKBD) certification exam immediately after graduation. After two years of professional experience, you may pursue the Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) or Certified Bath Designer (CBD).


Study Tours and Study Abroad

Come With Us

In recent years, students have attended Design and Construction Week™ in Las Vegas to participate in the National Kitchen and Bath Association and National Association of Home Builders industry shows and conferences.

We offer a property management and housing study abroad every other year (2016:2018) with topics that include current and historic residential design, kitchen and bath product design, new ideas in housing technologies, energy and environmental issues impacting housing and communities, and multifamily and commercial property management.  Countries visited have included Germany, France, and Czech Republic.

Study Abroad


Financial Awards

You can receive awards and scholarships offered by our department and the Center for Real Life Kitchen Design Advisory Board. Design competitions and awards are also available by participating in the student activities of the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

What Our Students Are Saying

"I was able to expand my understanding by applying the material I learned in class to the real world through the two internships I completed as an undergraduate. I am confident in knowing I have a competitive resume."

— Alexandria Hubbard, '16

Careers and Further Study