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2020-2021 University Catalog 
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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

Pre-Landscape Architecture Major Change (CODO) Requirements  

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

University Core Requirements

For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC)

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


Program Requirements

14-15 Credits

16 Credits

15 Credits

15 Credits

14 Credits

16 Credits

Fall 5th Year

16 Credits

Spring 5th Year

13-14 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.

World Language Courses

World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor.

ASL-American Sign Language

ARAB-Arabic CHNS-Chinese FR-French
GER-German GREK-Greek (ancient) HEBR-Hebrew (Biblical) HEBR-Hebrew (modern)
ITAL-Italian JPNS-Japanese KOR-Korean LATN-Latin
PTGS-Portuguese RUSS-Russian SPAN-Spanish  

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

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