Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture

The BSLA program is a well-rounded combination of art, science, the humanities, and professional skills. The curriculum engages with the significant historical roots of the discipline and embraces the most important contemporary issues.

The Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA) program was established in 1915 by A. D. Taylor and received initial accreditation by the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1924. Through a studio-based curriculum, the program provides students with the theoretical, historical, and technical grounding for advanced study or future work within the discipline. The BSLA leads to a four-year professional undergraduate degree.

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 over long and short time horizons. Our curriculum emphasizes practical and evolving knowledge and skills as the foundation for professional competence, academic scholarship, and individualized enrichment. Our studio classes, the foundation of our curriculum, 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.

Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture requires 126 credit hours. In addition to the specific degree requirements listed here, free electives may be necessary to reach this total. Landscape Architecture courses listed in years 2, 3 and 4 are only offered in the term listed and need to be completed in sequence

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Year 1 (UG1)

AUTUMN    
LARCH 1100 Survey 1
LARCH 2300* Outlines of the Built Environment 3
LARCH 2310+ Introduction to Design 4
MATH 1148 (depends on placement results) 4
GE (Social Science: A, B or C) 3
Total   15
SPRING    
GE (Phys Sci GE/EARTHSC 1121) 4
MATH 1118 (depends on placement results) 3
ENGLISH 1110 (Writing I GE) 3
GE (Social Science: A, B or C) 3
GE (Open Option) 3
Total   16

Year 2 (UG2)

AUTUMN    
LARCH 2920 Design II: Site Dynamics 6
LARCH 2410* Media I 3
LARCH 2420+ Ecology/Technology I 4
LARCH 2600 Outlines of Landscape Architecture 3
Total   16
SPRING    
LARCH 2930 Design III: Social Dynamics 6
LARCH 3430 Media II 3
LARCH 3440 Ecology/Technology II 3
LARCH 2367 Meaning of Landscape (Writing II) 3
Total   15

Year 3 (UG3)

AUTUMN    
LARCH 3940 Design IV: Ecology & Planning 6
LARCH 5610* History & Theory I 3
LARCH 5367+ Professional Practice 3
GE (Literature) 3
Total   15
SPRING    
LARCH 3950 Design V: Design in Detail 6
LARCH 5620 History & Theory II 3
LARCH ELECT See options below 3
GE (History of Art)) 3
Total   15

Landscape Architecture Electives: 12 Hours Required. Choose any combination of LARCH 2780, 4410, 4450 (new for AU19), LARCH 5630 (all LARCH listings are repeatable) or HCS 2340.01, HCS 2340.02 or ARCH/LARCH/CRPLAN 5798.

Year 4 (UG4)

AUTUMN    
LARCH 4960 Design VI: Urbanism 6
LARCH ELECT* See options below 3
LARCH ELECT See options below 3
GE (Biological Science) 4
GE (Data Analysis) 3
Total   19
SPRING    
LARCH 4970 Design VII: Synthesis 6
LARCH ELECT See options below 3
GE (Historical Study) 3
GE (Open Option) 3
Total   15

Landscape Electives

12 hours of landscape electives are required. Each semester, students can choose from courses that explore advanced topics in the following curricular areas: History and Theory (LARCH 5630); Ecology and Technology (LARCH 4410); Media (LARCH 4450). Additionally, students can choose from courses in allied disciplines (e.g., Architecture, City & Regional Planning, Horticulture).

Co-op

The Landscape Architecture Co-op Program offers students the chance to step away from academia for a full year and to pursue professional work in a design firm. A co-op program typically adds one year to the BSLA program, but provides students with an invaluable professional experience. We currently have formalized co-op arrangements with MKSK and NBBJ, both internationally recognized design firms. Co-op positions in both of these firms are highly competitive. 

Landscape Architecture students generally apply for co-op positions during their junior year, allowing them to start working during the summer between their junior and senior years. They return to school a year later in order to finish their classes in sequence.