The Landscape and Urban Studies major provides students with the broad knowledge and skills needed to recognize and address current and future urban and regional challenges such as sustainable and equitable land use, social and spatial inequalities, and the conservation, management, and restoration of natural and cultural systems.
This academic program trains students to become licensed landscape architects and to begin work in public or private practice. This is a professional degree program accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architects. The BSLA allows students to design and plan for healthy living environments, healthy ecosystems, community development, and cultural resource preservation. This degree involves students in solving a real-world design problems.
This Master of Science degree emphasizes conducting original research in the form of a research-based thesis or a project-based thesis (creating evidence-based design solutions for complex problems in urban, rural and natural settings). This degree uses the sciences, arts, and humanities to respond to current issues in the realms of food and agriculture, natural resource and cultural and environmental stewardship, human health and well-being, and community development. Students can specialize in either Restoration Ecology/Ecological Design or Community-Focused Design.
This Master of Science degree prepares students for professional positions in government, non-profit and community organizations, and the private sector, to be leaders in shaping communities. The research activities of faculty and students are diverse and include land use planning; economic planning; natural resources and environmental planning; community development planning; and international development planning.
This Doctor of Philosophy degree is a research degree and is intended to appeal to individuals from diverse planning backgrounds. Graduates can be found across the world working in a variety of research positions in a widely varying array of institutions.