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Landscape Architecture

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Landscape Architecture (120 Credits)

Landscape Architecture (LA) is a four-year program structured into one year of pre-professional coursework and three years of major (professional) coursework. Professional program courses begin in second year fall. Due to the sequential nature of courses there are no spring admits.

To be considered for admission into the LA program, a student must have completed the following pre-professional coursework (or their approved equivalents): COM 102 [COMM], ENGLISH 101[WRTG], FINE ARTS 101, 201, or 202 [ARTS], HIST 105 [ROOT], PSYCH 105 or SOC 101 [SSCI], and SDC 100, 120, 140, each with a grade of C or better and a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher.

Students not meeting the admission to major criteria above will be considered until enrollment limits are reached. Average enrollment limits into the second year of the landscape architecture major are 25-30 students. Greater emphasis is given to performance in SDC 100, 120, and 140. Completion of all pre-professional coursework does not guarantee acceptance into the professional program. Students are encouraged to work with SDC advisors to identify an alternate major should they not be admitted to their primary choice of major.

Transfer Students
A limited number of transfer students are considered each year. Requirements include completion of the pre-professional courses (or approved equivalents). Emphasis is given to cumulative GPA. A design portfolio may be requested for additional evaluation.

Schedule of Studies
The plan below is a suggested path to completion of the landscape architecture degree. Students will meet with an advisor each semester to confirm academic schedule and monitor progress towards graduation.

Students are required to earn a grade of C or better in all major courses required for the degree (HORT 330, 331; LND ARCH 222, 262, 263, 297, 327, 362, 363, 365, 366, 367, 380, 450, 470, 485; SOIL SCI 201; SDC 100, 120, 140, 250, 300, 350, 473).
First Year
First TermCredits
BIOLOGY 120 [BSCI]14
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
PSYCH 105 [SSCI] or SOC 101 [SSCI]3
SDC 100 [ARTS]3
SDC 1203
Second TermCredits
COM 102 [COMM]3
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]3
FINE ART 101, 201, or 202 3
SDC 1403
SOE 101 [PSCI]4
Second Year
First TermCredits
Digital Tools Requirement I23
LND ARCH 2221
LND ARCH 2624
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN]33
SDC 2503
SDC 30041
Second TermCredits
LND ARCH 2634
LND ARCH 2973
LND ARCH 3654
SDC 350 [M]3
SOIL SCI 2013
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
Digital Tools Requirement II53
HORT 3303
LND ARCH 3273
LND ARCH 3624
LND ARCH 3664
Second TermCredits
HORT 3313
LND ARCH 3634
LND ARCH 3673
LND ARCH 38063
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
Diversity [DIVR]3
Humanities [HUM]3
LND ARCH 4704
Supportive Electives73
Second TermCredits
LND ARCH 450 [M]3
LND ARCH 485 [CAPS] [M]4
SDC 473 [M]3
Supportive Electives73
Complete Digital Portfolio

Footnotes
1Students are encouraged to complete BIOLOGY 120 [BSCI] and SOE 101 [PSCI] during the first year; however, these are not a requirement for admission to the professional program. If BIOLOGY 120 is not taken in Fall, BIOLOGY 106 can be substituted in the Spring.
2Digital Tools Requirement I (3 credits): Select from I D 197, LND ARCH 210, or approved alternative.
3All first-year students must take the ALEKS math placement exam. Prerequisites may be required depending on the score.
4Students must complete SDC 300 by the end of the second year.
5Digital Tools Requirement II (3 credits): Select from I D 397, LND ARCH 467, SOIL SCI 368, or approved alternative.
6If LND ARCH 380 is not available, may use BIOLOGY 372, 462, SOE 300, 454, or 464.
7Supportive electives: At least 6 credits of 300-400-level courses from ARCH, CST M, DESIGN, I D, LND ARCH, SDC, or other courses approved in consultation with LA Program Head not used to fulfill major requirements.

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