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Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture Degree Requirements
Landscape Architecture Major Requirements

1 Agricultural Hall, 1450 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-263-7301; www.la.wisc.edu

Professors Harrington (chair), Howell, Silbernagel; Associate Professors Dennis, Gilmore; Assistant Professors Bart; Faculty Associate Kelly; Senior Lecturer Steiner

The Department of Landscape Architecture offers two undergraduate programs for landscape architecture majors. One is a nationally accredited, four-year professional landscape design program which leads to a Bachelor of Science–Landscape Architecture degree. The other program is for nonprofessional landscape architecture students, who will receive a Bachelor of Science degree.

The professional landscape design program leads to licensure in landscape architecture and focuses on form-giving design, design and planning implementation, and professional practice. The program emphasizes principles of planning and design theory and process; problem solving in relation to human needs and aspirations, institutional regulations, and environmental awareness and stewardship; and the development of technical proficiencies required of professional practice, such as site analysis, graphic communication, design synthesis, construction technology, and planting design.

Within the Bachelor of Science program, students may pursue a specialization in one of two areas:  landscape management or landscape planning.

Landscape management is involved primarily with the development of strategies to integrate human activities with landscape resources. It is an emerging, highly diverse area that includes reclamation and ecological restoration of degraded landscapes, natural and scientific area ecosystem management, and the exploration of issues related to the management of cultural and historic resources.

Primarily concerned with natural resources and land-use allocation, the emphasis of landscape planning includes planning theory and process, data gathering and manipulation techniques, environmental impact amelioration, public participation techniques with an emphasis on geographical information systems, and methods of land-use controls.

Information on specific course sequence recommendations is available from the department or the Office of Undergraduate Programs and Services. The department may be consulted for specific career information.

The following admission policy applies to students entering the professional landscape design program and not the Bachelor of Sciences degree program.

  1. Admission to the Pre-Landscape Architecture Program. Applicants must satisfy the admission policies for this college (apply to the UW–Madison Office of Admissions and Recruitment); entering freshmen follow the instructions on the admissions application and list Landscape Architecture as their intended major. During the first year the student enrolls as a pre-landscape architecture student (PLA-1 classification) and concentrates on the completion of the prerequisite courses and basic degree requirements.
  2. Eligibility for consideration into the Landscape Architecture Accredited Professional Program (Landscape Architecture degree program) depends on fulfillment of these requirements: students may apply for formal admission to the program during the spring semester of each academic year. Selections are made only once a year for the fall semester. The first round of selections takes place in early summer. All students will be notified of their status at least two weeks before the start of the fall semester. Students who plan to complete their prerequisite courses during the summer session must so indicate on their application. The department will admit up to a minimum of 22 students, as resources permit. Selection will be based on a letter of intent, written by the applicant, which addresses her or his reasons for wanting to enter the major, and on grades earned in the following six prerequisite courses:

    Land Arc 201 Introductory Landscape Architecture Studio (fall semester)
    Land Arc 250 Survey of Landscape Architecture Design (fall semester)
    Land Arc 262 Site Inventory and Evaluation Methods (spring semester)
    Land Arc 312 Graphics for Designers (spring semester)
    M E 160 Architectural Graphics
    Art 102 or Art 112 or Design Studies (DS)

    AND the applicant must have completed at least 24 hours of credit. In case of ties, cumulative GPA will be considered.

    Note: Application forms for consideration of admission to the Landscape Architecture professional program are available from the Department of Landscape Architecture, 1 Agricultural Hall, 1450 Linden Drive.
  3. Selection policies. On-campus selections for admission will be made as soon as possible after spring semester grades are received. Advanced-standing transfer students and second degree majors must have their final transcripts on file (in Room 116 Agricultural Hall) as soon as possible after the close of their spring term, but no later than June 15. The department must be notified immediately if a grade report is incorrect, as selections must be made on the basis of information available at the time of selection.
  4. Notification of status. Applicants who have completed their prerequisite courses at the end of spring semester will be notified of their status between June 1 and July 1 of each year for fall semester admission. Decisions on those applicants completing prerequisites during summer session will be made as soon as grades are received.

    Note: Students not selected for admission may enroll for a second time with a pre-landscape architecture classification (PLA-2) and seek admission for the following fall by reapplying during the spring semester. If not selected after a second application, students will need to transfer to another program on the Madison campus or to another institution. Students will not be able to register in pre-landscape architecture for a third year.
  5. Appeal procedures. An appeal to the department's Curriculum Committee may be presented to clarify an error of fact or extenuating circumstances.
  6. Reentering landscape architecture students. Note: Those students who are accepted and enroll in Land Arc 261 and drop the course during the fall semester must reapply for admission by April 15 if they wish to be considered for the following fall.

Landscape Architecture Degree Requirements

Courses may not double count within the degree (unless specifically noted otherwise), but courses counted toward the degree requirements may also be used to satisfy a university requirement and/or a college requirement. A minimum of 15 credits must be completed in the degree that are not used elsewhere.

Prerequisite Courses for Admission to the LA Professional Program (18 cr)

Land Arc 201
Land Arc 250
Land Arc 262
Land Arc 312
ME 160
DS 120 or ART 102 or 112

Mathematics and Statistics (8–10 cr)

Math 112 and 113, or Math 114, or may be satisfied by placement exam

Math 211 or 221 or Stat 301

Biology (10–16 cr)

One group required:
(a) Botany 130
(b) Botany 100 and one of the following: Botany 402, Hort 227, 232, 233, or another 2 credits of lab or field-based Botany, Horticulture, Agronomy, or Landscape Architecture

Botany 260 or 455 or 460

Foundation (22–23 cr)

Engineering (4–5 cr)
BSE 201
Land Arc 695 or Geog 377 or Urb R Pl 590 (GIS for Planners) or equivalent

Soil Science (4 cr)
Soil Sci 301 or equivalent

Additional Foundation Courses (14 cr)
Envir St/Geog 127
DS 221
3 credits from any Art History class designated humanities
3 credits from: Any Anthro course, Geog 101, 102, 139, 140, 244, 260, 277, 300, 301, 302, 311, 312, 318, 319, 340, 341, 342, 344, 348, 349, 353, 355, 358, 501, 502, 506, 507, 508, 510, 519, 537, 538, 553, 558, any History course, any Philos course, any Psych course, any Soc course

Core (43–48 cr)

Land Arc 260
Land Arc 261
Hort/Land Arc 263
Land Arc 351
Land Arc 353
Land Arc 354
Land Arc 365
Land Arc 451
Land Arc 462
Land Arc 550
Land Arc 610
Geog 305 or History 402 or Land Arc 463
One of the following: Land Arc 375 (2–3 credits required), 651, 666, 667, 675, 677, Urb R Pl 590, Folklore 439, 539

Breadth or Depth Requirement

Must complete a professional depth or breadth requirement. Choose option A, B, or C, and select two courses from the list of courses provided (Option A has six possible paths).

Option A

Choose one specialty area from the following:

1. Cultural and Historic Landscapes
Land Arc 677
Land Arc 777
Folklore 399
Folklore 490
Folklore 639
Geog 501
History 402
History 460
History 462

2. Land-Use Planning and Sustainable Development
C&E Soc 617
Envir St 360
Envir St 575
F&W Ecol 375
Geog 339
Philos 441
Soc 645
Soc 677
Soil Sci 695
Urb R Pl 590

3. Design, Conservation, Management: Native Plant Communities
Botany 370
Botany 400
Botany 401
Botany 402
Botany 403
Botany 450
Botany 455
Botany 459
Botany 575
Botany 670
Entom 473
Land Arc 361
Land Arc 651
Land Arc 666
Soil Sci 323

4. Ornamental Plants and Landscape Maintenance
Agronomy 328
Hort 227
Hort 232
Hort 233
Hort 261
Hort 309
Hort 320
Hort 326
Hort 332

5. Site Inventory Analysis
Envir St 375
Envir St 575
Geog 325
Urb R Pl 548

6. Design and Artistic Expression
Art 214
Art 328
Art 428
Art 608
Art Hist 208
Art Hist 319
Art Hist 467
Art Hist 468
DS 220
DS 320
DS 323

Option B: Second Major in a Related Field

A student who is pursuing a double major in a related field (horticulture, art history, art business, etc.) has the option to use the completion of the second major to fulfill the Landscape Architecture Breadth or Depth Requirement.

Option C: Advisor-Approved Breadth or Depth Area

In special circumstances students may create their own 2 course sequence. The courses may come from any department but together must relate to some aspect of the profession. The sequence must be approved by the student’s advisor and by the Landscape Architecture Curriculum Committee. Students must provide an explanation of why they want to make the substitution.

Capstone (4 cr)

Land Arc 551

Landscape Architecture Major Requirements

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Courses may not double count within the major (unless specifically noted otherwise), but courses counted toward the major requirements may also be used to satisfy a university requirement and/or a college requirement. A minimum of 15 credits must be completed in the major that are not used elsewhere.

Envir St 127 is recommended to fulfill the CALS International Studies requirement.

Mathematics and Statistics (8 cr)

Math 112 and 113, or Math 114, or may be satisfied by placement exam
Math 211 or 221 or Stat 301

Biology (10–16 cr)

One group required:
(a) Botany 130
(b) Botany 100 and one of the following: Botany 402, Hort 227, 232, 233, or another 2 credits of lab or field-based Botany, Horticulture, or Agronomy

Botany 260 or 455 or 460

Core (30–32 cr)

Soil Sci 301 or 230
Land Arc 250
Land Arc 201
Land Arc 262
Land Arc 260
Land Arc 695 or Urb R Pl 622
History 460 or Art Hist 457
Urb R Pl/Land Arc 463
Urb R Pl 601
Three Land Arc 375 courses (minimum total of 3 cr) or equivalent, as determined by advisor

Specialization (18–22 cr)

Must complete one of three specialization tracks

Specialization 1: Cultural and Historic Landscapes (18–20 cr)
Land Arc 677
Folklore 320 or 439 or 490 or 539 or 540
History 201 or 403
Anthro/Amer Ind 353 or 354 or 431 or Amer Ind 250 or Amer Ind/L Sc Com 444 or Anthro 470 or 474 or Amer Ind/C&E Soc/Soc 578
Art Hist 449 or 457 or 464
Geog 301 or 305 or 309 or 342or 434 or 501 or Urb R Pl 711

Specialization 2: Environmental Planning (20–22 cr)
Econ 101
Soc 210 or 211
Geog 305 or Urb R Pl 590
Urb R Pl 668 or F&W Ecol 515 or Econ/Urb R Pl 449
Real Est/Urb R Pl 306 or 420 or AAE 343 or 532
Geog/Urb R Pl 312 or Soc/Urb R Pl 677 or C&E Soc/Urb R Pl 617

Specialization 3: Ecological Restoration (21–22 cr)
Botany 400 or 401
Botany 455
Land Arc 353
Land Arc 666
Envir St 651 or Geog 339 or Envir St 360
Agronomy 370 or Land Arc 361 or Soil Sci 323 or Zoology 315
Land Arc 399 or 699

General Electives

24–34 cr, depending on what is necessary to complete degree credit requirements.
Note: Restoration students are encouraged to select Botany 130, Botany 260 or 460, and Stat 301 or equivalent under college and university requirements.

Capstone (3 cr)

Land Arc 691