2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Mar 01, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

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Landscape Architecture (B.L.A.)

Program Coordinator/Contact

Don Burger, Associate Professor
School of Design
Horticulture and Forestry 102A

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

Students in the Landscape Architecture program will be able to:

  • Collect and analyze site-related data and attributes. (Cross-curricular Skill: Inquiry and Analysis)
  • Synthesize findings and analysis into design program and decisions. (Cross-curricular Skill: Inquiry and Analysis)
  • Develop and analyze different design concepts and points of view. (Cross-curricular Skill: Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • Apply knowledge and skills to address a design problem and provide appropriate solutions. (Cross-curricular Skill: Problem Solving)
  • Develop and lead community engagement/improvement projects. (Cross-curricular Skill: Civic Knowledge and Engagement)
  • Consider diverse perspectives and user groups when making design decisions. (Cross-curricular Skill: Diversity, Inclusion and Equity)
  • Address issues of diversity and equity through the design process. (Cross-curricular Skill: Diversity, Inclusion and Equity)

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

School of Design Electives

Select 6 credits from the list below. Students are required to take any 6 credits from the ART, AHSS, ARTH, or GDES courses in the list below. Contact the School of Design advisor for approval of additional courses. Credits: 6


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* 14 Credit Hours
Major Requirements 66 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.