Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certiication.
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources School of Planning, Design and Construction Undergraduate Programs Landscape Architecture
The undergraduate Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program provides a diverse learning experience which strives for a balance among philosophy, theory, and application of concepts related to past, present, and future problem–solving in landscape architecture and allied environmental planning and design professions.
The program includes professional courses in design theory and graphic communications, environmental perception, history, and plant materials and their uses; technical aspects of site development, design applications for representative land uses; site planning for typical projects; community planning, housing and recreational development; and urban and regional design and planning.
The program offers meaningful design opportunities and challenges within the classroom and on community projects, which prepare the student to communicate through writing, speech and graphics. These objectives are met in group and in individual assignments where independent study and growth are encouraged.
The program in landscape architecture at Michigan State University has been accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB) since 1952.
Students interested in honors programs in landscape architecture should consult with an academic advisor.
Admission as a Junior
The number of students who can be admitted as juniors to the landscape architecture major is limited. To be considered for admission as a junior, a student must have completed the core courses referenced in item 2. below. Students who have been admitted as juniors are entitled to enroll in upper-level landscape architecture courses required for the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree.
To be admitted to the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program, the following factors will be taken into consideration: (1) overall MSU grade-point average; (2) grade-point average in all landscape architecture courses; (3) evidence of creative works and service; and (4) a written essay.
Admissions are determined by the faculty on the basis of the relative qualifications of applicants and the enrollment capacity in the program. Admission is competitive.
Detailed information regarding admission requirements and procedures is available from the School of Planning, Design and Construction, Associate Director.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Degree in Landscape Architecture
The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 130 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree in Landscape Architecture.
Students who are enrolled in the Landscape Architecture major leading to the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree in the School of Planning, Design and Construction may complete an alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that consists of the following courses: Plant Biology 105 and 106, and Chemistry 141 and 161. The completion of Plant Biology 106 and Chemistry 161 satisfies the laboratory requirement. Plant Biology 105 and 106, and Chemistry 141 and 161 may be counted toward both the alternative track and the requirements for the major referenced in item 2. below.
The completion of Mathematics 116 referenced in requirement 2. below may also satisfy the University mathematics requirement.
The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Landscape Architecture major is met by completing Landscape Architecture 480. That course is referenced in item 2. c. below.
The following requirements for the major:
A minimum grade–point average of 2.00 in the 42 credits required in 300–400 level Landscape Architecture courses referenced in requirement 2.c. below.
Collateral Courses (36 credits):
All of the following courses (33 credits):
Chemistry Laboratory I
Landscape Plants I1
Landscape Plants II1
Landscape Design and Management Specifications
People and the Environment (I)1
College Algebra and Trigonometry1
Planning and Design Digital Graphics1
Plant Biology Laboratory1
Geographic Information Systems and Design Tools for Planning
Students must demonstrate AutoCAD proficiency through transfer credit, waiver or completion of the following course (0 to 3 credits)1:
Computer-Aided Design for Designers
Landscape Architecture Courses: All of the following courses (61 credits):
Graphics and Two-Dimensional Design Studio1
Graphics and Three-Dimensional Design Studio1
Introduction to Landscape Architecture1
Site Construction Materials and Methods1
Landscape Site Engineering1
Creating Space Studio1
Place Making Studio1
Advanced Landscape Site Engineering
Connections of Scale Studio
Design Development Studio
Landscape Architecture Field Studies
Drawing as Knowing
Juried Design Studio
Regional Environmental Design Studio
Landscape Architecture Design Studio
Professional Practice (W)
One of the following courses (3 credits):
Introduction to Microeconomics
Introduction to Macroeconomics
Directed Electives (14 credits):
A minimum of 14 additional credits in courses approved by the student's academic advisor. Courses that are used to satisfy the University Integrative Studies and writing requirements may not be used to satisfy this requirement. Courses used to satisfy the AutoCAD proficiency requirement referenced in item 2 b. (2) above may not be used to satisfy this requirement.
1Core course that must be completed in order for a student to be considered for admission to the major.