Landscape Architecture - BLA

The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (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 Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning website.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
LAND 101Introduction to Landscape Architectural Practice 1
LAND 111Landscape Architecture Communications I 3
URPN 220Digital Communication I 3
MATH 141Finite Mathematics 3
American history 13
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
ARCH 250Survey of World Architecture History II 3
LAND 112Landscape Architectural Communications II 3
MATH 142Business Calculus 3
KINE 120The Science of Basic Health and Fitness 1
Life and physical sciences 14
General Elective 23
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
Second Year
LAND 240History of Landscape Architecture 3
LAND 211Landscape Design I 4
LAND 231Landscape Construction I 4
POLS 206American National Government 3
American history 13
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
LAND 340Development of Landscape Architecture in North America 3
LAND 212Landscape Design II 4
POLS 207State and Local Government 3
RENR 205Fundamentals of Ecology 3
RENR 215Fundamentals of Ecology--Laboratory 1
Computer Elective 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
Third Year
ENGL 210Technical and Business Writing 3
HORT 306Trees and Shrubs for Sustainable Built Environments 3
LAND 311Landscape Design III 5
LAND 232Landscape Construction II 3
URPN Elective 43
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
LAND 301Landscape Architecture Theory 3
HORT 308 or HORT 335Plants for Sustainable Landscapes or Sociohorticulture 3
LAND 312Landscape Design IV 5
LAND 331Landscape Construction III 4
URPN 202Building Better Cities 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours18
LAND 484Summer Internship 0
 Term Semester Credit Hours0
Fourth Year
LAND 494 or CARC 301Internship or Field Studies in Design Innovation 6
CARC 311Field Studies in Design Communication (or General Elective) 23
CARC 331Field Studies in Design Philosophy (or General Elective) 23
 Term Semester Credit Hours12
LAND 412Landscape Design VI 5
LAND 431Professional Practice 3
PHIL 314Environmental Ethics 3
URPN Elective 53
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 128

Any approved university core curriculum history course


This course will be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor.


URPN 320 or URPN 325 or approval of BLA Program Coordinator


URPN 201 or URPN 330 or URPN 370


URPN 361 or URPN 460

A grade of C or better is required in College of Architecture courses (CARC, COSC, ENDS, ARCH, URPN, LAND, VIST, ARTS) to satisfy Landscape Architecture degree requirements.

Any student wishing to change majors into the Landscape Architecture program must have less than 60 total hours, including all transfer hours.