First Year Design

About the Program

The landscape architecture program offers a four-year undergraduate professional design curriculum that encompasses the breadth of the discipline and a strong foundation for professional practice. Emphasis is on creative environmental design using social and environmental information. Issues addressed by landscape architects range from the design of parks, urban spaces, housing sites, and gardens to the planning, design, and management of entire regions. This professional program is nationally accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Course offerings cover a diverse range of subjects including site-scale design, planting design, urban design, landscape history, site and environmental inventory and analysis, grading, drainage and storm water management, pedestrian and vehicular circulation, landscape construction, visual communication and graphic representation, aesthetics, and creative processes. Instructions integrate evolving theories, practices, and technologies into the curriculum, including information technologies and concepts of sustainability. The curriculum incorporates strengths drawn from the perspectives of the physical and biological sciences, social sciences, and art.

Program Learning Goals

  1. Explore how to creatively design space and spatial relationships.

  2. Understand, analyze, and incorporate natural features and systems to create design solutions.

  3. Analyze and incorporate social, cultural, and behavioral factors in planning and design.

  4. Understand environmental planning and policy and its impact on people and the land in order to better implement design solutions.

  5. Utilize technical and industry standards to foster safe, accessible, healthy, and beautiful environments using professional practices (design, site engineering, sustainable systems) leading to effective selection of materials, methods, and technologies.

  6. Creatively communicate with the public, communities, and policymakers on issues of land stewardship, environmental justice, and social well-being.