Landscape Architecture, BLA

for the degree of Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

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department faculty: Landscape Architecture Faculty

overview of college admissions & requirements: Fine & Applied Arts

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The department's administrative office, upper-level studios, faculty offices, and classrooms are located in Temple Hoyne Buell Hall. The sophomore studio is located in Mumford Hall.

for the degree of Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

A student must have and maintain a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average.

University of Illinois transfer applicants must have completed 30 or more semester hours of undergraduate course work with an earned GPA of at least 2.0 (A = 4.0). Transfer students from other institutions must have earned a GPA of at least 2.5 (A = 4.0). Prerequisite credits in composition and pre-calculus are required. Courses in physical geography and plant or environmental biology are highly recommended.

Curriculum in Landscape Architecture

For the Degree of Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

First Year
First SemesterHours
FAA 101Arts at Illinois1
LA 101Introduction to Landscape Arch2
GEOG 103, GEOL 100, or GEOL 1031Earth's Physical Systems3-4
RHET 105Writing and Research4
STAT 100 or MATH 115 (To fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning I requirement)Statistics3
General Education Elective or Foreign Language2
 Semester Hours15
Second Semester
Social/Cultural Factors in Design Elective33
IB 103 or 1051Introduction to Plant Biology3
General Education Electives29
 Semester Hours15
Second Year
First Semester
LA 233Foundation Design Studio5
LA 250Environmental Site Analysis3
LA 280Design Communications I3
UP 101Introduction to City Planning3
General Education Elective3
 Semester Hours17
Second Semester
LA 234Site Design Studio5
LA 241Landform Design Construction3
LA 281Design Communications II3
LA 314History of World Landscapes4
 Semester Hours15
Third Year
First Semester
LA 335Community Open Space Studio5
LA 342Site Engineering4
HORT 301Woody Landscape Plants4
LA 346Professional Practice2
 Semester Hours15
Second Semester
LA 336Design Workshop Studio I5
LA 343Landscape Construction4
General Education Elective 3
Supporting Elective43
 Semester Hours15
Summer Semester
LA 345Professional Internship5
 Semester Hours5
Fourth Year
First Semester
LA 437Regional Design Studio5
LA 452Natural Precedent in Planting3
Supporting elective43
Quantitative Reasoning II 3
 Semester Hours14
Second Semester
LA 438Design Workshop Studio II5
Supporting electives46
 Semester Hours13
 Total Hours: 124