Landscape architecture is concerned with creating and preserving outdoor spaces in order to improve and maintain a healthy and good quality of life for people, while ensuring the survival of the complex, physical, cultural, and natural systems that make up our planet. If you are interested in designing livable residential communities or recreation areas, restoring prairie, re-connecting city-dwellers with nature, mapping and evaluating historic cultural features, or creating healing gardens or amusement parks, this field may be for you!
To capture the diversity of our interests, the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture offers two undergraduate degrees:
The Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture Degree (BSLA) is a first professional degree program, accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architects, and trains students to become licensed landscape architects and begin work in public or private practice.
For more information about the profession, check out the website of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).
You can find the accreditation information here.
This program introduces students to the field of landscape studies and provides specialties in restoration ecology, environmental planning, or cultural and historic landscapes. It prepares graduates for work in public agencies, NGOs or private firms dedicated to natural or cultural resource conservation and protection of environmental services through restoration, preservation and management of natural systems, and the development of urban green infrastructure.
In either program, you will enjoy hands-on, active-learning courses. You will be exposed to the arts and humanities, and to the natural sciences, work on both individual and team projects, and engage with real clients to solve landscape problems.
In addition, both programs will prepare you for graduate work in advanced landscape architecture and planning (the BSLA), or in natural and cultural conservation planning and management.