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Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture


The Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA) program is a well-rounded combination of art, science, the humanities and professional skills. Landscape Architecture is a field that has significant historical roots but embraces the most important issues of our times, from creating sustainable places and protecting valuable resources to designing spaces of beauty, meaning, wellness and diversity.

Students in the landscape architecture program are able to combine critical thinking skills with artistic principles, environmental consciousness, and construction technology to address people’s relationship to the land in a range of situations. The curriculum emphasizes practical and evolving knowledge and skills as the foundation for professional competence, academic scholarship, and individualized enrichment. Our studio classes are small, student-centered, and provide a hands-on education in Knowlton Hall, an award-winning facility with extensive studio, library, and technology resources.

The Knowlton School’s landscape architecture program is consistently ranked in the top ten nationally and is the only accredited landscape architecture program in the state of Ohio. Admission to the program is selective.

Future students

To learn more about the Knowlton School, its award-winning facilities, faculty, financial aid and educational opportunities including travel, career services, and student organizations, please visit the future students section of the website.

Future freshmen and transfer students can apply to Landscape Architecture through Ohio State's Undergraduate Admissions office.

Current Ohio State students who wish to explore Landscape Architecture should meet with a Knowlton School academic counselor.

Mission Statement

Landscape architecture at The Ohio State University prepares students to engage the built and natural environments at a variety of scales. Fulfilling the land-grant mission of the university, we address the design and planning questions of our region as they relate to global trends in changing economic, ecological, and social contexts. An education combining professional skills with inquiry in the liberal arts prepares students for design practice and advanced studies.