Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Integrate natural and cultural systems in projects at multiple scales.
  2. Incorporate sustainable practices throughout the design, planning and implementation process.
  3. Comprehend and demonstrate the relationships among analysis, concept development, design development, and implementation.
  4. Apply critical thinking and analytical problem solving throughout planning, design and implementation.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of theory, history and contemporary practices of landscape architecture.
  6. Apply professional communication skills including written, oral, graphic and digital formats.
  7. Identify the role of landscape architects in professional interdisciplinary settings.
  8. Apply technical skills in site engineering, material explorations and detailing, construction documents, plant materials, and planting design.
  9. Apply professional standards, ethics and practices in the field of landscape architecture.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • 2.0 GPA
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major or support courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

LA 101Introduction to Landscape Architecture4
LA 170Principles of Design Communication4
LA 171Principles of Digital Communication4
LA 202Design Fundamentals I4
LA 203Design Fundamentals II4
LA 204Design Fundamentals III4
LA 211History of Landscape Architecture: Ancient Civilizations through Colonial America (C3) 14
LA 212History of Modern and Contemporary Landscape Architecture (Area C elective) 14
LA 220Landscape Ecology: Concepts, Issues and Interrelationships4
LA 221California Plants and Plant Communities4
or AEPS 381 Native Plants for California Landscapes
LA 241Site Engineering Techniques and Applications4
LA 242Implementation Strategies4
LA 243Materials and Techniques of Landscape Construction4
LA 320Design Theory for Landscape Architects4
LA 330Cultural Landscapes: People, Places and Ethical Decisions4
LA 349Advanced Planting Design4
LA 370Professional Practice4
LA 371Internship3
LA 401Research Project2
LA 402Design Theory and Exploration Focus Studio4
LA 403Natural Environments Design Focus Studio4
LA 404Cultural Environments Design Focus Studio4
LA 405Project Design and Implementation Focus Studio4
Select from the following:4
Design Theory and Exploration Focus Studio
Natural Environments Design Focus Studio
Cultural Environments Design Focus Studio
Project Design and Implementation Focus Studio
Integrated Learning Course (ILC) topics
Select from the following: 220
CAD and Digital Media Communications (ILC)
Landscape Ecology Applications (ILC)
Cultural Environments (ILC)
Project Design and Implementation (ILC)
Professional Practice (ILC)
Traditional and Digital Media Communications (ILC)
3D Digital Design Communications (ILC)
GIS Application to Design Projects (ILC)
Planting Design (ILC)
LA 461Senior Design Project Focus Studio (4,4)8
LA Upper Division Electives (300-400 level)6
AEPS 233Plant Materials I4
AEPS 234Plant Materials II4
BOT 121General Botany (B2&B4) 14
or BIO 114 Plant Diversity and Ecology
CRP 212Introduction to Urban Planning4
EDES 123Principles of Environmental Design (E) 1,34
MATH 118Precalculus Algebra (B1) 14
MATH 119Precalculus Trigonometry (B1) 14
Select from the following:8
Wildlife Conservation Biology
Landscape Irrigation
Introductory Soil Science (B3&B4)
Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods
Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences
Professional Electives: 48
(See GE program requirements below.)48
Free Electives 50
Total units219

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 24 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BMath, Science, and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Mathematics/Statistics (8 units in Support) 10
B2Life Science (4 units in Support) 10
B3Physical Science4
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
B7Upper-division elective4
Area CArts and Humanities
C3Fine/Performing Arts (4 units in Major) 10
C4Upper-division elective4
Area C elective(Choose one course from C1-C5) (4 units in Major) 10
Area DSociety and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D5Upper-division elective4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
ELower-division elective (4 units in Support) 10
Total units48