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  Jan 17, 2018
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Landscape Architecture, BSLA

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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 and Supplemental Information

The full Program Requirements for 2016-17 Landscape Architecture  include all Supplemental Information and selective lists of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. These are intended to be printer-friendly, but include less descriptive course detail.

Please see below for program requirements and the necessary degree fulfillments.

120 credits required for graduation

Departmental/Program Major Courses (115 credits)

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (55 credits)

Electives (5 credits)

  • Elective - Credit Hours: 5.00

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 or click here .

120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Science degree

2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree

College of Agriculture & University Level Requirements

  • 2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree
  • 32 Upper division credits taken from Purdue
  • 9 credits International Understanding
  • 3 credits Multicultural Awareness
  • 9 credits of Hum and/or Social Sciences outside the College of Agriculture

Program Requirements

15 Credits

16 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

16 Credits

14 Credits

14 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

16 Credits

Fall 5th Year

15 Credits

Spring 5th Year

14 Credits


120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Science degree.

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.

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

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

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