Undergraduate Courses

LA 201 (2 cr)Introductory Landscape Architecture Studio
Instructor: Dammann
Semester: Fall and Summer
Prerequisites: LA 250 or concurrent registration
Description: Introduction to the techniques of landscape design, planning, and management through studio exercises.
LA 250 (3 cr) Survey of Landscape Architecture Design
Instructor: Hadley
Semester: Fall and Summer
Prerequisites: Open to Freshmen
Description: Principles of landscape and environmental design. Incorporates element and materials of landscape planning and management. Provides background to the ideas and personalities shaping landscape architecture in America.
Note:  In the Fall Semester, LA 250 is a Web-based course.  Lectures and supplementary materials such as practice quizzes and discussion exercises are available online.  For most students, there is also a required in-class discussion section that meets once a week.  In Fall 2006, we are also offering a virtual discussion section for a limited number of residential and distance learning students.
LA 260 (3 cr)
History of Landscape Architecture
Semester: Spring
Instructor: Dammann
Prerequisites: Open to Freshmen
Description: A critical and historical analysis of our design of outdoor space.
LA 261 (4 cr)
Principles of Landscape Architecture Design and Graphics
Semester: Fall
Instructor: Steiner
Prerequisites: Admission to ALA st or consent of instructor
Description: Basic principles in the design of landscape to aid the student in developing individual capacities and approaches to designing. Principles of graphic communication media and development of practical graphic skills.
LA 262 (4 cr)
Landscape Inventory and Evaluation Methods
Semester: Spring
Instructor: Hadley/ Howell
Prerequisites: LA 250 or consent of instructor
Description: Inventory and evaluation of physical, biological, and cultural site resources to determine their potential for enhancement of human activities and their sensitivities to use-impact. Emphasis on information sources, data gathering methods and analysis techniques , including GIS. Numerous hands-on projects develop proficiency. 4 credits. Lecture and Studio.
LA 263 (3 cr)
Landscape Plants I
Semester: Fall
Instructor: Jull
Prerequisites:
Description: Field identification, landscape characteristics, uses, environmental requirements, adaptability of woody ornamental plants; their autumn and winter character.
LA 299 (1-3 cr)
Independent Studies
Semester: Fall, Spring and Summer
Prerequisites: Open to Freshmen, Sophomore or Junior standing and written consent of instructor.
Description: Independent studies.
LA 312 (3 cr)
Graphics for Designers
Semester: Spring
Instructor: Steiner
Prerequisites: LA 250 or concurrent registration
Description: Principles of graphic communication media, and development of practical graphic skills to enhance the professional student’s abilities to communicate with lay and professional audiences.
LA 351 (4 cr)
Housing and Urban Design
Semester: Spring
Instructor: LaGro
Prerequisites:
Description: An application of landscape design principles and problem-solving methods to housing and urban issues. Introduction to physical site design, land-use controls, and the relationships between housing and associated land uses. Projects focus on the central city and/or suburbs.
LA 353 (3 cr)
Landscape Architecture Technology I
Semester: Spring
Instructor: Kelly
Prerequisites: MATH 112 and 113 or equivalent and BSE 201/202
Description: Problems dealing with the comprehension and modification of the earth’s surface including land form design, preparation of grading plans, earthwork calculations.
LA 354 (3 cr)
Landscape Architecture Technology II
Semester: Fall
Instructor: Kelly
Prerequisites: LA 353
Description: Problems dealing with construction detailing, including roadways, drainage structures, construction materials, cost estimating, specifications and working drawings.
LA 361 (3 cr)
Wetlands Ecology
Semester: Spring
Instructor: Bart
Prerequisites: Upper class status; basic college-level biology or equivalent
Description: Types, origins, settings, and structure of wetlands. Physical, biological, and cultural values, uses, and assessments. Physical and biological characteristics and dynamics. Protection, management, and restoration. Field trips, literature review, term paper, and personal observations required.
LA 365 (3 cr)
Planting Design I
Semester: Fall
Instructor: Harrington
Prerequisites: LA 262, 263, and 353, or consent of instructor
Description: Fundamentals of planting composition with emphasis on aesthetics, ecology and utilitarian aspects. Lectures enhanced by student sketches, plans, and models.
LA 375 (1-4 cr)
Computer Aided Design
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor
Description: Using computer and computer aided design software as tools for communicating design, it is intended to be an introduction to Computer Aided Design in Landscape Architecture. The approach will emphasize utilizing technology as it is applied in a professional design office.
LA 375 (1-4 cr)
American Vernacular Architecture & Landscapes
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor
Description: This course will examine an array of American vernacular buildings and landscapes from the colonial period to the present and consider what they can tell us about the past (and potentially the present).
LA 375 (1 cr)
Natural Landscaping
Introduction to the themes and underlying ecological and aesthetic principles behind natural landscape design. Opportunity to create a design for an actual site. 5-week module.
LA 375 (1 cr)
Survey of Restoration Ecology
Lecture. Introduction to the international scope of contemporary restoration ecology as well as the diverse roots of this interdisciplinary approach to conservation. Overview of the opportunities, benefits, challenges, and drawbacks of restoration. 5-week module.
LA 399 (1-8 cr)
Coordinative Internship/Cooperative Education
Semester: Fall, Spring, and Summer
Prerequisites: Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing and consent of supervising instructor, advisor, and program coordinator.
LA 451 (3 cr)
Open Space Planning and Design
Semester: Spring
Instructor: Dennis, Jr.
Prerequisites: LA 351, 354, and 365
Description: Form-giving designs of open spaces in urban and rural settings and management for amenity and functional values. Integration of human activity requirements and experiences with physical and natural site features.
LA 462 (1-4 cr)
Regional Design
Semester: Fall
Instructor: Dennis, Jr.
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor
Description: This course explores broad scale design issues and projects. We build from a region’s natural and cultural context, and integrate ecological concepts with new planning approaches and conservation design strategies in spatial form.
LA 463 (3 cr)
Evolution of American Planning
Semester: Fall, Spring and Summer
Instructor: Paulson
Prerequisites: Junior standing
Description: The nature and cultural significance of contemporary methods for the systematic formulation of public policies for the community, metropolitan and state development through comprehensive planning. Historic roots, recent trends and new directions in American planning concepts, institutions and professional specializations.
LA 550 (3 cr)
Professional Practice in Landscape Architecture
Semester: Fall
Instructor: Kelly
Prerequisites: LA 351, 451, and concurrent registration in LA 610
Description: Introduction to operational procedures used in professional offices ranging from private landscape architectural firms to public agencies. Practical experience with project organization and management including the preparation of project manuals, legal documents, and construction contracts.
LA 551 (4 cr)
Senior Project in Landscape Architecture
Semester: Spring
Instructor: Kelly/ Schuchardt
Prerequisites: LA 610
Description: Problems in landscape design, management, and planning for which students take the initiative in their definition and solution. Provides an opportunity for synthesis of the knowledge, skills, and approaches learned in previous course work.
LA 565 (2 cr)
Principles of Landscape Ecology
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Prerequisites: Botany/Zoology/Forest 460, or Forest 550, a course in statistics and consent of instructor.
Description: Explores the principles of landscape ecology as a framework for landscape research, analysis and management. Landscape ecology provides new approaches to fundamental research questions in ecology, as well as new approaches to forest and resource management that consider ecosystem processes at larger spatial and temporal scales.
LA 610 (1-2 cr)
Landscape Architecture Seminar
Semester: Fall
Instructor: Schuchardt
Prerequisites: Senior standing
Description: Environmental problems and issues related to project, urban or regional scale.
LA 651 (4 cr)
Plant Community Restoration and Management Workshop
Semester: Spring (alternate years)
Instructor: Harrington/ Bart
Prerequisites: LA 262 or Graduate standing
Description: Formulation of plant community restoration and management plans; including the preparation of planting plans and working drawings for implementation. Classroom and practical exposure to natural areas management tools, including prescription prairie fire.
LA 654 (3 cr)
Aesthetic Assessment of Landscapes
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Description: Survey of methods associated with assessing the scenic quality of rural landscapes.
LA 666 (4 cr) – course website here
Restoration Ecology
Semester: Fall
Instructor: Harrington/ Howell
Prerequisites: LA 365 or consent of instructor
Description: Philosophy and techniques in the use of native vegetation for landscape purposes. Includes the selection of community models, site inventory and analysis, problem/project definition, and restoration implementation, monitoring, and management techniques. Application of current knowledge in restoration and management of native plant communities. Lecture, lab, and field.
LA 667 (3 cr)
Field Study: Native Plant Communities
Semester: Summer (3 week intersession)
Instructor: Howell/ Harrington
Prerequisites: Plant identification course(s) and consent of instructor
Description: Field analysis and interretation of the vegetational composition, aesthetic quality and effects of disturbance within a variety of native Wisconsin plant communities. Field work, readings, and discussions.
LA 677 (3 cr)
Cultural Resource Preservation and Landscape History
Semester: Spring
Instructor: Gilmore
Prerequisites: At least 2 courses in History or the Social Sciences, or consent of instructor
Description: A survey of cultural resource preservation, landscape history, and approaches to a more comprehensive framework for environmental management.
LA 691 (4 cr)
Senior Thesis
Semester: Fall, Spring and Summer
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor
Description: Independent studies
LA 692 (4 cr)
Senior Thesis
Semester: Fall, Spring and Summer
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor
Description: Independent studies
LA 695 (3 cr)
Applications of Geographic Information Systems in Natural Resources
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Prerequisites: LA 655 or GEOG 377 or consent of instructor
Description:
This lecture and lab course is designed for advanced students to explore the use of GIS and other software in natural resource management and conservation planning / design.  Current landscape ecology theory and GIS will be used to address conservation and natural resource issues through applied exercises.  Students should enter the course with a basic knowledge of GIS concepts and techniques, and should have had an introductory ecology course.
LA 699 (1-5 cr)
Special Problems-Landscape Architecture
Semester: Fall
Prerequisites: Senior standing and consent of instructor
Description: Independent studies