Jan 25, 2020  
2019-2020 University Catalog 
2019-2020 University Catalog

Landscape Architecture, BSLA

About the Program

Landscape architecture allows students to develop abilities in problem solving, analytical thinking, and communication. Three fundamental tracks run through the curriculum - design, technical, and plant materials. First-year students enter the pre-landscape architecture program and learn basic art, graphic communication, and design skills. Based on performance in their first year, qualified students are admitted into the professional landscape architecture program. In their second year, increasingly challenging projects allow students to apply their knowledge. Third-year students complete larger-scale projects and focus on more diverse and technically difficult concepts. Between the third and fourth years, students complete a co-op program wherein students are placed in professional offices nationwide for a minimum of forty weeks. Fourth year students focus on “real-client” projects in urban and regional design.

Landscape Architecture Website

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (60 credits)

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (53-54 credits)

Additional Requirements

Click here for Landscape Architecture Supplemental Information  

Electives (6-7 credits)

  • Electives - Credit Hours: 6.00-7.00

College of Agriculture & University Level Requirements

  • 2.00 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
  • 32 Upper division credits taken from Purdue
  • International Understanding Selective   - Credit Hours: 9.00
  • Multicultural Awareness Selective  - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • 6 Credits:  Written/Oral Communication or Social Science and Humanities categories must come from 30000+ courses or above - Credit Hours: 3.00 AND Written/Oral Communication or Social Science and Humanities categories must come from 30000+ or above or from a course with a required pre-requisite in the same department - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Humanities and/or Social Sciences outside the College of Agriculture - Credit Hours: 9.00

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


Program Requirements

14-15 Credits

16 Credits

15 Credits

15 Credits

14 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

16 Credits

Fall 5th Year

15-16 Credits

Spring 5th Year

14 Credits


2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.

** Students in Landscape Architecture fulfill the foundational mathematics requirement by (1) completing MA 15800 or higher or (2) completing STAT 30100.  Enrolling in STAT 30100 requires either successfully completing MA 15300 and MA 15400 or taking the advanced credit examination for MA 15300 and MA 15400 to establish competency.  Three (3) credits of MA 15300 or MA 15400 may be used as an unrestricted elective in the College of Agriculture Undergraduate plans of study, but may not be used as Mathematics and Sciences selective.

Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.


Change of Option from Pre-landscape Architecture to the Professional Landscape Architecture Program

Pre-landscape architecture students, who wish to continue into the landscape architecture professional program, or transfer students from other institutions, must qualify by meeting the following criteria, or through further assessment as described below:

1. Overall GPA - The student must be in good academic standing. A minimum overall GPA of 2.5 across all Purdue and transferred credit coursework is necessary for acceptance into the landscape architecture professional program.

2. Grade point average of 3.0 or higher in all landscape architecture prefixed courses taken (LA Index).

3. Completion of LA 10600; or 11600 and 21600; or approved equivalent, and a minimum of 24 credit hours of Purdue accepted college level coursework are the minimum necessary for acceptance into the landscape architecture professional program.

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program. 

For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

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