Landscape Architecture, BLA

for the degree of Bachelor of Landscape Architecture


department website: https://landarch.illinois.edu/

department faculty: https://landarch.illinois.edu/faculty/


overview of college admissions & requirements: http://catalog.illinois.edu/schools/faa/academic-units/

college website: https://faa.illinois.edu/


email: ladept@illinois.edu


The department's administrative office, upper-level studios, faculty offices, and classrooms are located in Temple Hoyne Buell Hall. The department also has a 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 or introductory statistics are required. Courses in physical geography and plant or environmental biology are highly recommended.

General Education Requirements

Some courses may fulfill multiple General Education categories. Courses may also fulfill both major requirements and Gen Ed categories.
Composition I4
Advanced Composition (LA 314 fulfills)
Quantitative Reasoning I (specific course required):3
Statistics
Preparation for Calculus
Quantitative Reasoning II3
Humanities and the Arts (LA 314 fulfills)
Humanities and the Arts (some courses in Social/Cultural Factors in Design Elective category will fulfill this)0-3
Cultural Studies: Western Comparative Cultures (LA 314 fulfills)
Cultural Studies: U.S. Minority Culture(s)3
Cultural Studies: Non-Western Cultures (some courses in Social/Cultural Factors in Design Elective category will fulfill this)0-3
Natural Sciences & Technology (specific courses required)6-8
Earth's Physical Systems
Planet Earth
Introduction to Plant Biology
Environmental Biology
Social and Behavioral Sciences6
Total25-33
Language Other than English 10-12

 Landscape Architecture Curriculum

College Orientation1
FAA 101Arts at Illinois1
Construction, Plant Materials & Design, History, & Design Communications29
LA 101Introduction to Landscape Arch2
LA 241Landform Design & Construction3
LA 250Environmental Site Analysis3
LA 280Design Communications I3
LA 281Design Communications II3
LA 314History of World Landscapes4
LA 342Site Engineering4
LA 343Landscape Construction4
LA 452Natural Precedent in Planting3
Design Studio Courses30
LA 233Foundation Design Studio5
LA 234Site Design Studio5
LA 335Community & Open Space Studio5
LA 336Design Workshop Studio I5
LA 437Regional Design Studio5
LA 438Design Workshop Studio II5
Professional Preparation7
LA 345Professional Internship5
LA 346Professional Practice2
Supporting Electives (chosen from list in tab above: three credit hours in each of the categories of history, communications, techniques, and environment)12
Social/Cultural Factors in Design Elective (pick one):3
Water and Society
S Asian Cultural Landscapes
Exploring African Cities
History of the Prison
Islamic Gardens & Architecture
Nature and American Culture
Behavioral Factors in Design
Social/Cultural Design Issues
Urban & Regional Planning3
UP 101Introduction to City Planning3
Horticulture4
HORT 301Woody Landscape Plants4
Total Credits for BLA
General Education25-33
Language Other than English 10-12
Landscape Architecture Curriculum89
Free Electives0-10
Total124

for the degree of Bachelor of Landscape Architecture


Professional Supporting Electives

A student in landscape architecture must complete a minimum of 12 hours of professional supporting electives, with a minimum of at least three hours selected from each of four categories: COMMUNICATIONS, HISTORY, TECHNIQUE, and ENVIRONMENT.

Category I COMMUNICATIONS:
Courses for the development of graphic, visual, verbal and written communication skills.
ART 100Understanding Visual Culture3
ART 102Drawing for Non-Majors3
ART 103Painting for Non-Majors3
ART 105Visual Design for Non-Majors3
ART 310Design Thinking3
BTW 250Principles Bus Comm3
BTW 272Report Writing3
CMN 101Public Speaking3
CMN 211Business and Professional Communication3
CMN 230Intro to Interpersonal Comm3
RHET 233Adv Rhetoric & Composition3
Category II HISTORY:
Courses providing a historical perspective in art, architecture, urban planning, or cultural development.
ANTH 102Human Origins and Culture4
ANTH 103Anthro in a Changing World3
ANTH 220Introduction to Archaeology3
ANTH 230Sociocultural Anthropology3
ARCH 210Introduction to the History of World Architecture3
ARCH 410Ancient Egyptian & Greek Arch3
ARCH 411Ancient Roman Architecture3
ARCH 412Medieval Architecture3
ARCH 413Renaissance Architecture3
ARCH 414Baroque & Rococo Arch3
ARCH 415Modernity’s Mirror: Nineteenth-Century Architecture 1750-19003
ARCH 416The Architecture of the United States, c.1650 to Present3
ARCH 417Modern and Contemporary Global Architecture3
ARCH 418History of the Urban Environment3
ART 140Introduction to Art3
ARTH 111Ancient to Medieval Art4
ARTH 112Renaissance to Modern Art4
ARTH 113Introduction to African Art4
ARTH 1144
ARTH 1154
ARTH 217Development of Ancient Cities3
ARTH 235Art, Power and Culture in 17th-Century Europe3
ARTH 241Modern Art, 1880-19403
ARTH 350American Art 1750-19003
ARTH 445European Art Between the Wars3 or 4
LA 242Nature and American Culture3
LA 315History of Modern Lndscpe Arch3
LA 427Amer Vernacular Cultural Land4
Category III TECHNIQUE:
Professional courses dealing with subject matter of a scientific or technical nature.
ACCY 200Fundamentals of Accounting3
ACE 100Introduction to Applied Microeconomics4
ACE 161Microcomputer Applications3
ACE 210Environmental Economics3
ACE 310Natural Resource Economics3
ACE 403Agricultural Law3 to 4
ACE 406Environmental Law3 to 4
ARCH 419Historic Building Preservation3
BADM 300The Legal Environment of Bus3
BADM 310Mgmt and Organizational Beh3
BADM 320Principles of Marketing3
BADM 377Project Management3
BADM 446Entrepreneurship: New Venture Creation4
CS 105Intro Computing: Non-Tech3
ECON 102Microeconomic Principles3
FIN 241Fundamentals of Real Estate3
GEOG 280Intro to Social Statistics4
GEOG 371Spatial Analysis4
GEOG 379Intro to GIS Systems4
GEOG 473Digital Cartography & Map Design4
GEOG 477Introduction to Remote Sensing3
GEOL 107Physical Geology4
GEOL 208History of the Earth System4
GEOL 401Geomorphology4
HDFS 262Motor Develop, Growth & Form3
HDFS 404Gerontology3 or 4
HORT 240Plant Propagation3
HORT 344Planting for Biodiversity and Aesthetics3
NRES 201Introductory Soils4
NRES 471Pedology3
NRES 474Soil and Water Conservation3
UP 116Urban Informatics I3
Category IV ENVIRONMENT:
Courses that investigate the environment, natural systems, and environmental planning.
ANTH 103Anthro in a Changing World3
ANTH 143Biology of Human Behavior3
ANTH 230Sociocultural Anthropology3
ANTH 423Economic Anthropology3 or 4
ENVS 101Introduction to Energy Sources3
ENVS 336Tomorrow's Environment3
GEOG 204Cities of the World3
GEOG 210Social & Environmental Issues3
GEOG 224Geog Patterns of Illinois3
GEOG 384Population Geography3
GEOG 410Green Development4
GEOG 483Urban Geography3
GEOL 104Geology of the National Parks3
GEOL 118Natural Disasters3
GEOL 143History of Life3
IB 150Organismal & Evolutionary Biol4
IB 203Ecology4
LA 450Ecology for Land Restoration4
LA 470Social/Cultural Design Issues3
NRES 100Fundamentals of Env Sci3
NRES 109Global Environmental Issues3
NRES 219Applied Ecology3
NRES 419Env and Plant Ecosystems3
RST 140Nature and Wilderness2
SOC 375Criminal Justice System3
UP 205Ecology & Environmental Sustainability3
UP 260Social Inequality and Planning3
UP 405Watershed Ecology and Planning4

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 or introductory statistics are required. Courses in physical geography and plant or environmental biology are highly recommended.

Curriculum in Landscape Architecture

First Year
First SemesterHours
FAA 101Arts at Illinois1
GEOG 103 or GEOL 1001Earth'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 Language4
 Semester Hours15
Second Semester
LA 101Introduction to Landscape Arch2
Social/Cultural Factors in Design Elective33
IB 103 or 1051Introduction to Plant Biology3
General Education Electives27
 Semester Hours15
Second Year
First Semester
LA 233Foundation Design Studio5
LA 241Landform Design Construction3
LA 280Design Communications I3
UP 101Introduction to City Planning3
General Education Elective3
 Semester Hours17
Second Semester
LA 234Site Design Studio5
LA 250Environmental Site Analysis3
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
Elective2
 Semester Hours13
 Total Hours: 124