2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Sep 24, 2018  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

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Landscape Architecture (B.L.A.)



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Program Coordinator/Contact

Don Burger, Associate Professor
School of Design
Horticulture and Forestry 102A
605-688-6704

Program Information

Landscape Architecture is the art of design, planning, and management of outdoor spaces for human use and habitation. Cultural and scientific knowledge are applied to the use and arrangement of natural and man-made elements with concern for resource conservation, stewardship, and the environment. Graduates work in a wide variety of areas in the landscape industry, as designers and planners in public and private practice, and as environmental designers and managers.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates from the Landscape Architecture program shall be able to:

  • demonstrate critical thinking skills and the ability to explore ideas and synthesize information both independently and as a part of a design team.
  • integrate social, cultural, ecological and technical factors in solving design and planning problems in a variety of rural and urban contexts.
  • demonstrate advanced communication skills in graphic, written, and verbal formats.
  • demonstrate an understanding of materials and their thoughtful use in the design process.

Academic Requirements

Landscape Architecture students must maintain at least a major GPA of 2.6 and an overall GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for the duration of the program.  A grade of a “C” or better is required in all ART, ARTE, ARTH, GDES, DSGN, LA, ARCH, ID and technical elective course requirements.

Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure

The Landscape Architecture Program is currently seeking initial accreditation from the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB).  A full accreditation review is scheduled for fall 2019.  Students seeking Certification and Licensure should contact their advisor and refer to www.clarb.org.

Course Delivery Format

The program provides coursework through hands-on and face-to-face learning in lecture, studio, and field-based settings.

Requirements for Landscape Architecture Major: 120 Credits


Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

System General Education Requirements


College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements


Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Requirements: 3

System General Education and/or major coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements. Consult program advisor for details. See the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences  for additional information about Bachelor of Landscape Architecture specifications.

School of Design Requirements


Technical Electives


Students shall select a minimum of 9 credits from the below list of Technical Electives. One course must be a 200-level or higher studio taken from the School of Design as the required “School of Design Elective,” which includes ART, GDES, ARTH, ARCH, ID, and DSGN (approved courses denoted with an *). Credits: 9

Electives


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120


Summary of Program Requirements


Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

System General Education Requirements 30 Credit Hours
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements 3 Credit Hours
School of Design Requirements* 12 Credit Hours
Major Requirements 71 Credit Hours
Supporting Coursework 10 Credit Hours
Electives** 0 Credit Hours

*System General Education Requirements, Major Requirements, and Supporting Coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements.  
**Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Academic Advising Guide Sheet


The goal of the academic advising guide sheets and sample plans of study is to promote undergraduate student success by guiding all students to timely completion of an undergraduate degree. Students are not limited to the course sequence provided for their academic program. Instead, the sample plan of study is one possible path to completing your degree and is meant to be used as a guide for planning purposes in consultation with an academic advisor. The plans also help students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor and track their progress in their selected academic program.

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