Landscape Architecture College of Design

Ecological Restoration Minor

Restoration, conservation, and ecological design projects have become an increasingly important component of the practice of landscape architecture and natural resource management. It is critical for those students interested in the design and management of natural lands, water management landscapes, landscape reclamation, and other restoration project types to gain exposure to the issues associated with ecological restoration projects. This minor focuses on the applied practice of restoration with an emphasis on restoration management and design and the skills needed to lead successful projects.


Students enrolled in a Master's Degree program at the University of Minnesota.


Indicate your interest in the Ecological Restoration Minor HERE. Please note you will still need to officially declare the minor prior to graduation and can do so here. Contact John Koepke, Director of Graduate Studies, with questions.

Required Courses

  • ESPM 5071. 4 credits - Offered Fall Semester

    • Ecological Restoration
    • Ecological/physiological concepts for revegetation of grasslands, wetlands, forests, and landscapes. Plant selection, stand establishment/evaluation. State/federal programs that administer restoration/reclamation. Field trips.
    • One college course in ecology, one college course in plant science or botany, or instructor consent

    LA 5576. 3 credits - Offered Fall Semester

    • Ecological Restoration Project Planning and Management
    • Applied practice of ecological restoration of landscapes. Grasslands, wetlands, forests, disturbed agricultural sites, former industrial parcels. Restoration management and skills needed to lead successful projects.
    • MLA student, senior BED, or senior or graduate student with one college course in ecology/one college course in plant science or botany, or instructor consent

    LA 5204. 3 credits - Offered Spring Semester

    • Metropolitan Landscape Ecology
    • Theories and principles of holistic landscape ecology. People, nature, and environmental stewardship in metropolitan landscapes. Urban areas, rural areas that provide food, water, energy, and recreation.
    • BED accelerated status, MLA student, or instructor consent.
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