College of Architecture

Curriculum in Landscape Architecture

Landscape architecture is the profession providing landscape planning, design, and management services to enhance and protect natural and built environments. Landscape architecture as a discipline is devoted to understanding and managing the human and environmental forces that change the landscape. Landscape architects plan and design places for the health, safety, and welfare of citizens through systematic decision-making that integrates science, art, and technology. Individual and community quality of life are enhanced by a design process to improve, protect, and create ecologically sustainable, socially equitable, and economically feasible landscapes. Landscape architects work in urban, suburban and wilderness environments. Our graduates have gained distinction for projects as varied in scale as private gardens, residential communities, urban plazas, college campuses, park facilities and regional conservation plans.

The Bachelor in Landscape Architecture (B.L.A.) program is nationally accredited as a professional degree program. The mission of the program is to prepare students to become professional landscape architects in private and public sector practice. Our educational goal is to produce graduates motivated to be leaders in the field and professionals who are intellectually active, broadly-educated citizens and life-long learners.

The BLA curriculum offers a sequence of courses to prepare students for entry into professional practice. By combining a broad general education and strong professional training, the curriculum emphasizes the acquisition and application of advanced knowledge to develop students' critical thinking and creative problem-solving abilities. The program provides opportunities for students to develop special professional interests in a chosen area of concentration.

Graduates from the BLA program are prepared for employment with private practice firms in landscape architecture, engineering, architecture, or planning; and with federal, state, or local government agencies. Upon graduation students are qualified to pursue licensure in the profession or post graduate education in landscape architecture or a related field.

Because of the important role of computing in the disciplines housed within the College of Architecture, all entering students are required to possess a portable, network-ready personal computer capable of running software appropriate to their academic program. Financial aid is available to assist students in their computer purchases. No student will be denied admission to Texas A&M University based on an inability to purchase a computer. Additional information is available on the college Web site at

First Semester (Th-Pr) Cr   Second Semester (Th-Pr) Cr
ENDS 101 Design Process (3-0) 3   ARCH 250 Survey of World Architecture History II (3-0) 3
ENDS 105 Design Foundations (2-4) 4   ENGL 104 Comp. and Rhetoric (3-0) 3
LAND 200 Intro. to Land. Arch. (1-0) 1   MATH 142 Business Math. II (3-0) 3
MATH 141 Business Math. I (3-0) 3   Natural sciences elective2   4
U.S. history elective1   3   *KINE 199 Required Physical Activity (0-2) 1
*KINE 198 Health and Fitness Activity (0-2) 1       14
First Semester (Th-Pr) Cr   Second Semester (Th-Pr) Cr
COSC 253 Const. Materials and Methods I (3-0) 3   COMM 203 Public Speaking (3-0) 3
LAND 240 History of Land. Arch. (3-0) 3   LAND 255 Land. Arch. Communication II (2-4) 3
LAND 254 Land. Arch. Communication I (2-4) 3   POLS 207 State and Local Government (3-0) 3
POLS 206 American National Government (3-0) 3   RENR 205 Fund. of Ecology (3-0) 3
U.S. history elective1   3   RENR 215 Fund. of Ecology Lab (0-3) 1
    15   Computer elective   3
First Semester (Th-Pr) Cr   Second Semester (Th-Pr) Cr
ENGL 210 Technical Writing (3-0) 3   GEOL 320 Engineering Geology (3-0) 3
HORT 206 Woody Ornamental Plants (2-2) 3   HORT 308 Landscape Plant Material (2-2) 3
LAND 318 Landscape Design I (2-7) 4   LAND 319 Landscape Design II (2-7) 4
LAND 329 Landscape Const. I (2-4) 3   LAND 330 Landscape Const. II (2-4) 3
Elective 3   3   LAND 340 Land. Arch in America (3-0) 3
    16       16
First Semester (Th-Pr) Cr   Second Semester (Th-Pr) Cr
GEOG 311 Cultural Geography (3-0) 3   LAND 321 Landscape Design IV (2-9) 5
LAND 310 Landscape Theory (3-0) 3   LAND 331 Landscape Const. III (2-4) 3
LAND 320 Landscape Design III (2-9) 5   PHIL 314 Environmental Ethics (3-0) 3
URSC 460 Sustainable Communities (3-0) 3   URSC 461 Urban Issues (3-0) 3
Elective 4   3   Elective 3   3
    17       17
LAND 300 Summer Practice 5
Semester Away (Th-Pr) Cr     (Th-Pr) Cr
LAND 420 Landscape Design V (3-9) 6   LAND 421 Landscape Design VI (2-9) 5
Electives 3   6   LAND 442 Professional Practice (3-0) 3
    12   LDEV 467 Land Development (3-0) 3
        Elective 3   3
  1. To be selected from the University Core Curriculum.
  2. CHEM 101/111, GEOL 101, GEOG 203/213 or PHYS 201 or BIOL 101.
  3. Electives must be selected from a minor field of study or from any 300-400 level course.
  4. The environmental elective is to be selected from the following list: SCSC 301, 302; COSC 320; HORT 335, 425, 435; LAND 461; FRSC 302; RENR 375, 410, 470; RLEM 320, 316.
  5. Successful completion of LAND 300 required in addition to above curriculum. This course will be scheduled in consultation with the student's advisor or degree program coordinator.

A grade of C or better is required in all courses to satisfy Landscape Architecture degree requirements.

* See University Core Curriculum, item 7.