The Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture program offers an integrated curriculum of professional courses and focuses on the design laboratory. Students explore the reasons for and the techniques involved in the analysis, planning, and design of the environment, both natural and built. The program seeks through scholarship, teaching, research, design, and community service to develop the discipline and the knowledge necessary to address the important environmental and design issues faced by society.
The undergraduate program is designed to create a deep awareness and knowledge of the discipline of landscape architecture and the ideas and values that affect the creative practice of landscape architecture. The program of study emphasizes the base of knowledge that is specialized and particular to landscape architecture. This is the special understanding of the history, theories, and the technologies essential to landscape architecture. The program seeks to enhance the depth of our understanding, the qualities of our experience, and the intimacy of our awareness of landscape architecture.
Landscape architecture employs knowledge from the arts and sciences to explore reasons for and the techniques involved in shaping the outdoor environment. Large-scale work includes such areas of interest as urban design and landscape ecological design, while medium and smaller-scale work is undertaken in site planning, residential design, park and recreation design, and landscape reclamation. In this diverse and changing profession, new and emerging foci include biotechnical construction, landscape interpretation, and the design of restorative environments, green roofs, and living walls.
In addition to developing knowledge and skills in design, building technology, and professional practice, students are encouraged to select electives from a broad range of approved courses both within the institute and across the university. These electives may be selected to devise a minor, to further professional study, or in some other fashion to enrich the student's academic experience.
In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The BSLA is an LAAB, Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board accredited program.
Admission to the professional program in landscape architecture is competitive and begins after completion of lower-division requirements. The professional program includes two years of upper-division study leading to the Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture.
The Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture requires a minimum of 120 hours of course work. For more information, contact an advisor.
The BSLA may be taken for honors credit through the Barrett Honors College. Please contact them for more information.