Landscape Architecture, BSLA

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The Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA) 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.

The BSLA may be taken for honors credit through the Barrett Honors College. Please contact them for more information.

The BSLA program offers students the opportunity to engage with the community in applied projects that focus on designing sustainable outdoor environments and improving the ecological and social health of the urban environment.

Undergraduate landscape architecture projects can range from large-scale work encompassing urban design, landscape restoration, open space preservation planning, community planning and landscape ecological design to projects at the more intimate scale of a neighborhood park or residential back yard. Emerging areas of focus include creative placemaking; environmental equity, green roofs and living walls; restorative environments; sustainable design; and urban climate design. Students complement their design learning with electives from a broad range of approved courses.

Completion of the BSLA provides the qualifications to take the Landscape Architect in Training examination leading to registration as a professional landscape architect. As the only undergraduate degree offered at The Design School which leads directly to professional registration and as an entry point to the profession, above average or higher performance is needed to be successful.

Students should see the BSLA Major Map for details on specific courses and semester curriculums.

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Landscape Architecture, BSLA

Offered by
Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts


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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Career outlook

The bachelor's degree program is designed to prepare students for landscape architecture professional practice and advanced study at the graduate level. Graduates have found employment in nationally recognized firms working with notable landscape architects in large multinational firms or in public agencies. Alumni have also gone on to pursue advanced study at universities with distinguished graduate programs in landscape architecture and allied design fields.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment for landscape architects will grow 4 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The bureau also notes employers prefer hiring entry-level landscape architects with internship experience, to significantly reduce the amount of on-the-job training. The bachelor's degree program has an internship requirement meant to address this preference and better prepare graduates for employment.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Chief Sustainability Officers -3.9%$183,270
Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers 10.3%$58,670
Construction Managers 11.1%$91,370
Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary 9.6%$76,360
Landscape Architects 6.4%$65,760
Park Naturalists6.3%$61,480
Sustainability Specialists 8.8%$70,010
Urban and Regional Planners 12.8%$71,490

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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