BS – Landscape Studies


If you are interested in restoration ecology, understanding and conserving cultural landscapes, or finding ways to minimize the environmental impacts of daily living, this major, which provides an introduction to landscape studies, might be of interest to you.

The BS Degree, Major: Landscape Architecture is concerned with landscape studies. It emphasizes the knowledge and skills needed to address current and future challenges of sustainable land use and the conservation and management of healthy natural and cultural systems.  The goals are to prepare students for:

  • Positions in the private sector, public agencies or non-profit NGOs specializing in ecological restoration, interpreting and managing cultural landscapes, and/or land-use planning, or as data analysts or geo-technology specialists.
  • Graduate work in such fields as Landscape Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, Architecture, Law, Environmental Studies, Environmental Design, and Ecology.
  • Informed participation and leadership in local and national policy-making decisions related to cultural and natural landscapes.

The curriculum draws on courses from across the University as well as from within the Department of Landscape Architecture to provide you with a multidiscipline foundation in the natural and physical sciences, social studies, and in the arts and humanities.  The requirements, also include courses in spatial design and planning techniques; spatial problem-solving approaches; methods of facilitating public participation in land use decision-making; how to inventory and evaluate site resources; and data gathering and manipulation techniques, with an emphasis on the use of geographic information systems (GIS).  In addition, students complete a capstone project and one of three specialization tracks: (1) Cultural and Historic Landscapes; (2) Environmental Planning; and (3) Ecological Restoration.