Landscape Architecture

What Is It?:

Landscape Architecture orients students to the profession and its specialties while developing both breadth of viewpoint and technical competency in the widest possible range of activities. Aspects include an understanding of the natural resource constraints on land-use for design decisions and activities; an awareness of the cultural determinants of human behavior and the social, political, economic, and legal institutions that influence these decisions; a working knowledge of the basic skills used in the design profession; and a guiding sense of responsibility to the land.

For more information, please visit the Department of Landscape Architecture

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • GEOG 103—Earth’s Physical Systems
  • IB 102/103/105—Plants, People, & the Environment / Introduction to Plant Biology / Environmental Biology
  • LA 101—Introduction to Landscape Architecture

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

Common work activities include:

  • Developing a landscape plan based on the requirements of the client, interest groups and needs of the animals and plants of the area
  • Meeting with interested parties to report on the landscaping plan and any environmental impact that may occur
  • Promoting environmental landscaping and architecture in the various sectors of the economy
  • Providing evaluations of the various plans and making recommendations to clients
  • Researching various land types, animals, plants and other living organisms in the area to be landscaped

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Civil Engineer
  • Civil Engineer Technician
  • Drafter
  • Environmental Planner
  • Graphic Designer
  • Historical Preservationist
  • Industrial Designer
  • Land Trust Manager
  • Landscape Architect
  • Landscape Designer
  • Park & Recreational Planner
  • Professor/Educator
  • Real Estate Developer
  • Regional Landscape Planner
  • Residential & Commercial Designer
  • Site Planner
  • Urban Designer
  • Urban or Regional Planner

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

Related Skills:

  • Ability to analyze problems in terms of design and physical form
  • Ability to communicate effectively--orally and in written and graphic form--with clients, the public, and other professionals
  • Artistic talent--the ability to see and compose functional, creative environments
  • Sensitivity to landscape quality
  • Skills in all aspects of professional practice including management and professional ethics
  • Technical competence to translate a design into a built work
  • Understanding of the arts and a humanistic approach to design

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Landscape Architecture, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Landscape Architecture.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Landscape Architecture.  These organizations include The American Society of Landscape Architects and The International Federation of Landscape Architects

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Landscape Architecture, visit Undergraduate Programs.