Undergraduate Degree - Landscape Architecture

Program:
Landscape Architecture
Program Code:
5265 Landscape Architecture
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Landscape Arch
Start Term:
US05
Department:


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

School of Planning, Design and Construction

Undergraduate Programs
Landscape Architecture

Established in 1898, the undergraduate Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program provides a diverse learning experience which strives for balancing ideology, design, technology, art and science toward creating a sustainable and resilient world. The program curriculum prepares students to be responsible landscape architects and fulfilled individuals with a breadth and depth of professional knowledge, bridged with the employability skills to advance in practice. Graduates master the scientific evidence-based approach in creating design solutions across scales with the integration of art, science and human interaction, applying their knowledge to diverse and immersive project types from local to international settings.

The program includes professional courses in design theory and graphic communications, environmental perception, history, and plant materials and their uses; technical aspects of site development, design applications for representative land uses; site planning for typical projects; community planning, housing and recreational development; and urban and regional design and planning.

The program offers meaningful opportunities and challenges within the classroom and on community projects, which prepare the student to communicate through writing, speech and graphics. The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program at Michigan State University has been accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB) since 1952.

Honors Study

Students interested in honors programs in landscape architecture should consult with an academic advisor.

Admission

The number of students who can be admitted as sophomores to the landscape architecture major is limited. To be admitted to the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program, the following factors will be taken into consideration:

  1. Completion of 28 credits.
  2. Submission of a completed Landscape Architecture application package by the deadline specified by the School.
  3. Achieve a grade of 2.0 or higher in the following core Landscape Architecture courses:
    1. LA 140 Graphics and Two-Dimensional Design Studio
    2. LA 141 Graphics and Three-Dimensional Design Studio
    3. LA 200 Introduction to Landscape Architecture
  4. Completion of the University, College and School mathematics requirement referenced in item 2. b. (2) below.
  5. Completion of PDC 120 Planning and Design Digital Graphics.

Admissions are determined by the faculty on the basis of the relative qualifications of applicants and the enrollment capacity in the program. Admission is competitive. Transfer students and students with 28 or more credits who want to change their major to Landscape Architecture may have previous design work evaluated by the program prior to placement in landscape architecture second-year courses and above.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Degree in Landscape Architecture

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 130 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree in Landscape Architecture.

    Students who are enrolled in the Landscape Architecture major leading to the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree in the School of Planning, Design and Construction may complete an alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that consists of the following courses:  Plant Biology 105, an ISP course and ISP laboratory.  The completion of the ISP course and ISP laboratory satisfies the laboratory requirement.  Plant Biology 105 may be counted toward both the alternative track and the requirements for the major referenced in item 2. below.

    The completion of Mathematics 116, or Mathematics 103 and 114, or Mathematics 103 and Statistics and Probability 200 or 201 referenced in requirement 2. below may also satisfy the University mathematics requirement.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Landscape Architecture major is met by completing Landscape Architecture 480.  That course is referenced in item 2. c. below.
  2. The following requirements for the major:
    a. A minimum grade of 2.0 in all Landscape Architecture courses referenced in requirement 2.c. below.
    b. Collateral Courses (30 to 35 credits):
    (1) All of the following courses (22 credits):
    HRT 211 Landscape Plants I 3
    HRT 212 Landscape Plants II 3
    HRT 311 Landscape Design and Management Specifications 4
    ISS 310 People and the Environment (I) 4
    PDC 120 Planning and Design Digital Graphics 2
    PLB 105 Plant Biology 3
    UP 424 Geographic Information Systems and Design Tools for Planning 3
    (2) One of the following groups (5 to 7 credits):
    (a) MTH 116 College Algebra and Trigonometry 5
    (b) MTH 103 College Algebra 3
    MTH 114 Trigonometry 3
    (c) MTH 103 College Algebra 3
    STT 200 Statistical Methods 3
    or 4
    STT 201 Statistical Methods
    (3) Students must demonstrate AutoCAD proficiency through transfer credit, waiver or completion of the following course (0 to 3 credits):
    IDES 240 Computer-Aided Design for Designers 3
    (4) One of the following courses (3 credits):
    EC 201 Introduction to Microeconomics 3
    EC 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics 3
    c. Landscape Architecture Courses:  All of the following courses (61 credits):
    LA 140 Graphics and Two-Dimensional Design Studio 4
    LA 141 Graphics and Three-Dimensional Design Studio 4
    LA 200 Introduction to Landscape Architecture 3
    LA 230 Site Construction Materials and Methods 4
    LA 231 Landscape Site Engineering 4
    LA 242 Creating Space Studio 4
    LA 243 Place Making Studio 4
    LA 332 Advanced Landscape Site Engineering 4
    LA 344 Connections of Scale Studio 5
    LA 345 Design Development Studio 5
    LA 390 Landscape Architecture Field Studies 3
    LA 421 Drawing as Knowing 4
    LA 447 Juried Design Studio 5
    LA 448 Regional Environmental Design Studio 2
    LA 449 Landscape Architecture Design Studio 3
    LA 480 Professional Practice in Landscape Architecture (W) 3
    d. Directed Electives (14 credits):
    A minimum of 14 additional credits in courses approved by the student's academic advisor and program director. Courses that are used to satisfy the University Integrative Studies and writing requirements may not be used to satisfy this requirement. Courses used to satisfy the AutoCAD proficiency requirement referenced in item 2 b. (3) above may not be used to satisfy this requirement.