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. Students gain knowledge and skills in graphic, oral, and written communication to creatively engage the public, communities, and policymakers on issues of land stewardship, environmental justice, and social well-being.

2. Students develop skills to interpret science, technology, and cultural context to design and development innovative solutions in sustainability, land stewardship, and other contemporary urban challenges.

3. Students acquire professionals abilities with ethical, technical, and industry standards to foster social well-being through safe, accessible, and healthy environments.

4. Students explore how to creatively design space and spatial relationships.