College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Plant Science & Landscape Architecture

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Landscape Architects lead, educate, and participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our built and natural environments. The Landscape Architecture curriculum is a four-year professional program. 

The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) degree is accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB) . The BLA degree meets the academic requirements for licensure. LAAB standards require that first-professional degree curricula must include the core knowledge skills and applications of landscape architecture: landscape architectural history, philosophy, theory, values, ethics, practice, planning, design, implementation, and management. The program is a site-based design discipline that also deals with regional and larger-scale environmental/social issues. 

The curriculum, centered on a studio-based design curriculum, integrates ecological and social factors into the design and planning process.  Students take a series of lecture and studio design courses, beginning with an introduction to landscape design principles in the first year and culminating in an advanced research and studio design project in the graduating year.

Courses include Site Analysis and Ecological Principles, Site Design Studio, Urban Design Studio, and Professional Practice, among others. Digital design studios allow the integration of computer-aided design, GIS, and other analytical and communication tools with fundamental design and drawing skills.

Areas of Interest

Environmental Design & Planning

• Visualization
• Creating equitable, livable, and ecologically sustainable environments
• Site Engineering

Ecological Restoration

• Application of ecological restoration, design, and planning principles
• Wetland restoration
• Stormwater management
• Construction materials

Conservation & Stewardship

• Community engagement
• Leadership for protecting cultural and natural environments


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the design process used in landscape architectural practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate through visual literacy using hand graphics and computer technology.
  • Connect and build relationships with external groups in the appropriate fields of study.


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Dr. Christopher Ellis

Dennis Nola
BLA Chair

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