Landscape Architecture (B.S.)

What is regenerative design? It’s the key to today’s landscape architecture, the kind that goes beyond mere beauty to enhance our quality of life over time. As you shift from the study of existing works to grappling with real sites and real stakeholders, you’ll discover the passion that drives this inspiring and challenging field.

Regeneration of our natural and human systems is a process by which these systems grow and evolve on their own in a healthy way. As landscape architects, we cannot design regeneration, but we can design the stage to give regenerative processes the best chance for success. As a student in the landscape architecture program, you will develop your capabilities through our unique Regenerative Design Process.

You will explore problem-solving strategies in both theory and practice as we balance the study of existing works with real site, real stakeholder projects. Our design studios combine hand drawings with computer graphics to uncover the story of place and to communicate a vision for its future. You will learn practical, hands-on building practices to accompany your designs, ensuring a well-rounded set of skills and knowledge to prepare you for the industry or graduate school.

In our hands-on program you will experience the passion of creating meaningful places such as:

  • Gardens, parks and plazas
  • School and healthcare campuses
  • Waterfronts and storefronts
  • Urban agriculture and real estate development
  • Streetscapes
  • Rooftop gardens and water management systems
  • Land assessments and feasibility studies
real-world experience
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Core Courses
  • Introduction to Design
  • Basic Plant Management
  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Woody Plant Identification I and II
  • Topographical Surveying & GIS
  • Site Engineering I and II
  • Watershed Management
  • Regional Land Use Planning
  • Landscape Contracting and Bidding
  • Design Studio I: Design Process and Communication
  • Design Studio II: Site Design
  • Design Studio III: Master Planning
  • Design Studio IV: Built Environments
  • Design Studio V: Natural Systems
  • Design Studio VI: Senior Projects

Course sequence

Recommended Minors
  • Business Administration
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The Experience360 Program gives you the opportunity to apply classroom lessons to real-world activities like internships, career exploration experiences, student research, study abroad, leadership development and more.

Career Paths

With 100 percent of our students having real-world, hands-on experience, graduates with a degree in landscape architecture are able to work for:

  • Agricultural research agencies and consulting companies
  • Conservation research agencies
  • Entrepreneurial design/build/stewardship start-ups
  • Environmental advocacy and conservation nonprofits
  • Environmental consulting, remediation and engineering companies
  • Environmental stewardship organizations
  • Landscape architecture and interdisciplinary firms
  • Landscape design/build companies
  • Local, state and national environmental protection employers
  • Park services
  • Private land owners, municipalities and nonprofits
  • Public and nonprofit environmental agencies
  • Soil science employers
  • Tree care and forestry employers
  • Water quality and watershed management employers
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Student Clubs and Organizations
Landscape Nursery Club

Develop landscaping awareness and beauty the world!

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Student Clubs and Organizations
American Society of Landscape Architects

Reach beyond aesthetics and attend to real issues that will positively affect tomorrow!

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Student Clubs and Organizations
Floral Society

Expand your knowledge through field trips, speakers and practicing floral techniques!

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Student Clubs and Organizations

Work with other students to host our annual fair on campus!

Michael Fleischacker, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture Program Administrator

Greenhouse Building 106. Hours posted on the door vary by semester.

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