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:
School of Planning, Design and Construction


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

The undergraduate Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program provides a diverse learning experience which strives for a balance among philosophy, theory, and application of concepts related to past, present, and future problem–solving in landscape architecture and allied environmental planning and design professions.

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 design opportunities and challenges within the classroom and on community projects, which prepare the student to communicate through writing, speech and graphics. These objectives are met in group and in individual assignments where independent study and growth are encouraged.

The program in landscape architecture 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 as a Junior

The number of students who can be admitted as juniors to the landscape architecture major is limited. To be considered for admission as a junior, a student must have completed the core courses referenced in item 2. below. Students who have been admitted as juniors are entitled to enroll in upper-level landscape architecture courses required for the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree.

To be admitted to the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program, the following factors will be taken into consideration:  (1) overall MSU grade-point average; (2) grade-point average in all landscape architecture courses; (3) evidence of creative works and service; and (4) a written essay.

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.

Detailed information regarding admission requirements and procedures is available from the School of Planning, Design and Construction, Associate Director.

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 and 106, and Chemistry 141 and 161.  The completion of Plant Biology 106 and Chemistry 161  satisfies the laboratory requirement.  Plant Biology 105 and 106, and Chemistry 141 and 161 may be counted toward both the alternative track and the requirements for the major referenced in item 2. below.

    The completion of Mathematics 116 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–point average of 2.00 in the 42 credits required in 300–400 level Landscape Architecture courses referenced in requirement 2.c. below.  
    b. Collateral Courses (36 credits):  
      (1) All of the following courses (33 credits):  
        CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
        CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
        HRT 211 Landscape Plants I1 3
        HRT 212 Landscape Plants II1 3
        HRT 311 Landscape Design and Management Specifications 4
        ISS 310 People and the Environment (I)1 4
        MTH 116 College Algebra and Trigonometry1 5
        PDC 120 Planning and Design Digital Graphics1 2
        PLB 105 Plant Biology1 3
        PLB 106 Plant Biology Laboratory1 1
        UP 424 Geographic Information Systems and Design Tools for Planning 3
      (2)

    Students must demonstrate AutoCAD proficiency through transfer credit, waiver or completion of the following course (0 to 3 credits)1:

     
        IDES 240 Computer-Aided Design for Designers 3
    c. Landscape Architecture Courses:  All of the following courses (61 credits):  
      LA 140 Graphics and Two-Dimensional Design Studio1 4
      LA 141 Graphics and Three-Dimensional Design Studio1 4
      LA 200 Introduction to Landscape Architecture1 3
      LA 230 Site Construction Materials and Methods1 4
      LA 231 Landscape Site Engineering1 4
      LA 242 Creating Space Studio1 4
      LA 243 Place Making Studio1 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 (W) 3
    d. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
      EC 201 Introduction to Microeconomics 3
      EC 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics 3
    e. Directed Electives (14 credits):  
     

    A minimum of 14 additional credits in courses approved by the student's academic advisor. 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. (2) above may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

     

1Core course that must be completed in order for a student to be considered for admission to the major.
Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

NOTE: Degree Navigator is an advising tool only and should not be viewed as a contract with the student. Any questions about the requirements should be directed to an academic advisor.


Landscape Architecture, BLA (5265)

Required Credits: 130    Program Version: FS16

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - Landscape Architecture - General Chemistry and Laboratory
Major - Landscape Architecture - General Chemistry and Laboratory: 2 courses from CEM141, CEM161

Requirement 12: Major - Landscape Architecture - Plants I and II
Major - Landscape Architecture - Plants I and II: 2 courses from HRT211, HRT212

Requirement 13: Major - Landscape Architecture - Design and Management
Major - Landscape Architecture - Design and Management: 1 course from HRT311

Requirement 14: Major - Landscape Architecture - Mathematics
Major - Landscape Architecture - Mathematics: 1 course from MTH116

Requirement 15: Major - Landscape Architecture - People and the Environment (I)
Major - Landscape Architecture - People and the Environment (I): 1 course from ISS310

Requirement 16: Major - Landscape Architecture - Planning and Design Digital Graphics
Major - Landscape Architecture - Planning and Design Digital Graphics: 1 course from PDC120

Requirement 17: Major - Landscape Architecture - Plant Biology
Major - Landscape Architecture - Plant Biology: 2 courses from PLB105, PLB106

Requirement 18: Major - Landscape Architecture - Geographic Information Systems and Design Tools for Planning
Major - Landscape Architecture - Geographic Information Systems and Design Tools for Planning: 1 course from UP424

Requirement 19: Major - Landscape Architecture - Computer-Aided Design for Designers
Major - Landscape Architecture - Computer-Aided Design for Designers: 1 course from IDES240

Requirement 20: Major - Landscape Architecture - Graphics Two and Three Dimensional
Major - Landscape Architecture - Graphics Two and Three Dimensional: 2 courses from LA140, LA141

Requirement 21: Major - Landscape Architecture - Introduction to Landscape Architecture
Major - Landscape Architecture - Introduction to Landscape Architecture: 1 course from LA200

Requirement 22: Major - Landscape Architecture - Site Construction and Engineering
Major - Landscape Architecture - Site Construction and Engineering: 2 courses from LA230, LA231

Requirement 23: Major - Landscape Architecture - Creating Space Studio
Major - Landscape Architecture - Creating Space Studio: 1 course from LA242

Requirement 24: Major - Landscape Architecture - Place Making Studio
Major - Landscape Architecture - Place Making Studio: 1 course from LA243

Requirement 25: Major - Landscape Architecture - Advanced Landscape Site Engineering
Major - Landscape Architecture - Advanced Landscape Site Engineering: 1 course from LA332

Requirement 26: Major - Landscape Architecture - Connections of Scale Studio
Major - Landscape Architecture - Connections of Scale Studio: 1 course from LA344

Requirement 27: Major - Landscape Architecture - Design Development Studio
Major - Landscape Architecture - Design Development Studio: 1 course from LA345

Requirement 28: Major - Landscape Architecture - Landscape Architecture Field Studies
Major - Landscape Architecture - Landscape Architecture Field Studies: 1 course from LA390

Requirement 29: Major - Landscape Architecture - Drawing as Knowing
Major - Landscape Architecture - Drawing as Knowing: 1 course from LA421

Requirement 30: Major - Landscape Architecture - Juried Design Studio
Major - Landscape Architecture - Juried Design Studio: 1 course from LA447

Requirement 31: Major - Landscape Architecture - Regional Environmental Design Studio
Major - Landscape Architecture - Regional Environmental Design Studio: 1 course from LA448

Requirement 32: Major - Landscape Architecture - Landscape Architecture Design Studio
Major - Landscape Architecture - Landscape Architecture Design Studio: 1 course from LA449

Requirement 33: Major - Landscape Architecture - Professional Practice
Major - Landscape Architecture - Professional Practice: 1 course from LA480

Requirement 34: Major - Landscape Architecture - Economics
Major - Landscape Architecture - Economics: 1 course from EC201, EC202

Requirement 35: Major - Landscape Architecture - Directed Electives
Major - Landscape Architecture - Directed Electives: 14 credits from Additional courses from the College of Arts and Letters and/or the College of Social Science approved by student's academic advisor.

Requirement 36: Major Distribution
Major Distribution: 43 credits from Landscape architecture courses at the 300-400 level.
Conditions:
Major Distribution: A minimum GPA of 2.0000 using all course(s) in Requirement(s) 36

Requirement 37: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Requirement 38: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.

Requirement 39
130 credits required to complete this degreeThe specified coursework in this program may not equal this total. The difference must be made up of open options which must be acceptable within the limits of this program. In cases of doubt, please consult an academic advisor.