Landscape Architecture College of Design

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

Professional curriculum

Our undergraduate landscape architecture program focuses on building skills and knowledge to create, plan, and preserve landscapes for human use, ecological function, and climate resilience. The eight-semester curriculum prepares students for the professional practice of landscape architecture, which includes site design and development, urban design and planning, regional planning, and the design of climate-resilient, sustainable landscapes across a broad range of types and scales.

LAAB Accreditation

This is a new program (accepting students beginning in Fall 2021). As such, it is not currently accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB). We intend to seek professional accreditation after our first graduating class of BLA students in 2025, according to the procedures outlined by LAAB. LAAB procedures on initial accreditation state:

A program can apply for accreditation once it meets the Minimum Requirements for Achieving and Maintaining Accredited Status and has had at least one graduating class. Accreditation applies to degrees awarded within two years prior to initial accreditation by LAAB.

Accreditation by LAAB will assure the quality of our program and that our graduates have the skills and knowledge required to practice landscape architecture and take the professional licensing exam.

Project-based learning

The curriculum centers on the method of project-based learning, where students complete projects that mimic the scope of professional practice knowledge and skills. Once admitted to the landscape architecture program, you will begin with two semesters of courses in fundamental aspects of design. You will then advance to the professional curriculum, which features six design studios, supplemented by knowledge and skills-focused courses. These practice-oriented courses will teach you to design, draw, and present landscape projects incorporating knowledge of history, theory, and construction that will build professional competencies. All landscape architecture students must complete an internship.

Career Possibilities

  • Landscape architect
  • Park planner
  • Urban planner
  • Campus planner
  • Sustainability coordinator
  • Project manager

Admissions

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Undergraduate admissions are standardized across all colleges at the University of Minnesota. For more information about protocols, dates, and requirements, please visit the University of Minnesota undergraduate admissions page.

The transfer of coursework and portfolios from other institutions are considered on a case-by-case basis. If you would like to submit your work for credit review, please contact our transfer admissions counselor to initiate this process.

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