Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Curriculum & Courses

Learn how to synthesize art with ecology to tackle the world’s most challenging social and environmental problems through design.

The robust, studio-based curriculum of the four-year Bachelor of Landscape Architecture is informed by our long-standing, fully accredited Master of Landscape Architecture program. The BLA is taught by award-winning faculty and provides a comprehensive understanding of professional practice, design approaches and creative problem-solving.


Curriculum

Review Bachelor of Landscape Architecture curriculum by semester and year or view or download the BLA program overview and curriculum:

FALL 1

Course # Course Title Units
ARC 101A/B Foundation Studio 2/2
ARC 131A/B Thinking About Design in the Built Environment 1/1
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
  Second Language 4
  General Education Tier 1* 3
  TOTAL 16

SPRING 1

Course # Course Title Units
LAR 102 Landscape Architecture Intro Studio 4
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
MATH 108 Modeling with Algebraic and Trigonometric Functions 4
  Second Language 4
  TOTAL 15

FALL 2

Course # Course Title Units
LAR 201 Design Studio I 6
LAR 254 Site Engineering 3
  General Education Tier 1* 3
  General Education Tier 1* 3
  TOTAL 15

SPRING 2

Course # Course Title Units
LAR 202 Design Studio II 6
LAR 255 Landscape Construction 3
LAR 241 History and Theory of Landscape Architecture 3
  General Education Tier 1* 3
  TOTAL 15

FALL 3

Course # Course Title Units
LAR 301 Design Studio III 6
LAR 470 Introduction to GIS for Landscape Architecture and Planning 4
LAR 420 Plant Materials 4
  General Education Tier 1* 3
  TOTAL 17

SPRING 3

Course # Course Title Units
LAR 3-- Design Studio IV 6
LAR 423 Landscape Ecology 3
  General Education Tier 1* 3
  General Education Tier 2* 3
  TOTAL 15

FALL 4**

Course # Course Title Units
LAR 4-- Design Studio V 6
LAR 440 Contemporary Landscape Architecture 3
LAR 426 Planting Design 4
  TOTAL 13

SPRING 4**

Course # Course Title Units
LAR 4-- Design Studio VI 6
LAR 460 Professional Practice 2
LAR 4-- Working Drawings 1
  General Education Tier 2* 3
  General Education Tier 2* 3
  TOTAL 15

* UA General Education (Tier 1 TRADS, NATS and INDVS | Tier 2 IND-VS, NATS and Humanities) requires one course to have a "diversity" emphasis focus.
** 500-level courses may be taken during this time to prepare for accelerated master's program.


Accelerated Master’s Programs

As a student in the BLA, you’ll have an opportunity to advance into one of our accelerated master’s programs, including the Master of Architecture, Master of Science in Architecture, Master of Real Estate Development, Master of Science in Urban Planning and, with one added year, the Master of Landscape Architecture.

Accelerated Master’s Program Example: Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

View the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture / Master of Landscape Architecture AMP curriculum in PDF format:

BLA SPRING 4 Additional Coursework

Course # Course Title Units
LAR 596B Landscape Architecture Seminar II 1
  TOTAL 13

MLA FALL 1

Course # Course Title Units
LAR 596C Landscape Architecture Seminar III 1
SBE 580 Research Methods 3
  Elective 3
  TOTAL 8

MLA FALL 2

Course # Course Title Units
LAR 596D Landscape Architecture Seminar IV 1
LAR 909/910 Master's Report/Thesis 9
  TOTAL 11

Courses

The undergraduate courses listed here align with the degree curriculum above, and are subject to change. For more information, contact an academic advisor or view all undergraduate courses offered by the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning.

A studio‐based course introducing the fundamentals of design and its role in the built and natural environments through drawing, modeling and a lecture component.

Typically offered: Fall
Units: 2/2

The course provides an overview of the role of architecture and landscape architecture in the design of the built environment using examples of notable buildings and structures.

Typically offered: Fall
Units: 1/1

This studio course introduces students to design thinking and the principles of design. The course incorporates design theory, creative problem solving and oral, written and visual communication skills including hand drawing and digital media graphics. Students are exposed to the basics of design processes including site analysis, program and concept development and design synthesis.

Typically offered: Spring
Units: 4

This studio course incorporates design thinking, principles of design and design processes in the execution of site design problems that utilize site analysis skills, incorporate background research and demonstrate concept and iterative design development resulting in schematic design solutions. Design communication skills including hand drawing and digital media graphics in 2D and 3D are practiced. Spatial sequences are diagramed and developed with focus on built and natural materials including plant masses and forms.

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment or C or better in LAR 1-- Intro to Landscape Architecture
Typically offered: Fall
Units: 6

This technical course introduces students to the engineering aspects of landscape architecture and site planning. Student gain technical competency in grading and earthwork design, storm water management, and road alignment while incorporating design principles and sustainability strategies.

Typically offered: Fall
Units: 3

This studio course advances skills and knowledge from Design Studio I with application of design thinking, principles of design, design processes, and design communication in the comprehensive execution of several site design projects. Creative problem‐solving techniques are reviewed and reinforced and the skills learned in LAR 2-- Site Engineering are practiced. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a travel study program during spring break.

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment or C or better in LAR 2-- Landscape Architecture Intro Studio
Typically offered: Spring
Units: 6

This technical course prepares students to complete construction documents according to industry standards established by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Students develop site grading and drainage plans, site material specification plans, dimensioning plans, and construction details. Students learn professional standards for technical drawing layout applicable for construction. The course prepares students for professional practice and licensure.

Prerequisites: C or better in LAR 2-- Site Engineering
Typically offered: Spring
Units: 3

This course examines landscape architecture from an historic and contemporary perspective as reflected in theory and practice. Through case reviews of built works including significant estates, gardens, urban designs, park systems, corporate landscapes, restored natural sites, heritage sites, waterfront projects, resorts, etc., students will explore the evolution of design ideology and application of theory in the practice of landscape architecture.

Typically offered: Spring
Units: 3

This studio course expands the scope of student design practice to include greater attention to real‐world complex scenarios. Knowledge, skills and values learned in previous semesters are incorporated into coursework with projects that include a variety of scales, such as site, neighborhood and landscape. The course advances critical thinking skills; students conduct appraisals of their design work based on identified project goals. Students formulate professional presentations (graphic, written and oral) that describe their design intentions and results.

Prerequisites: C or better in LAR 2-- Design Studio II
Typically offered: Fall
Units: 6

The two emphases of this course are on 1) landscape planning theory and 2) the use of computer-aided spatial analysis techniques within a GIS to solve landscape resource-based problems and develop alternative planning and design solutions. Students will learn techniques in planning and regional landscape resources: visual simulation, computer map overlay, resource modeling, application of research into automated decision-support systems, solving problems through the use of automated spatial modeling and analysis.

Typically offered: Fall
Units: 4

Laboratories focus on identification and description of native and select exotic landscape plants frequently used in landscape design and revegetation in the Southwest. Lectures emphasize terminology, plant care and maintenance and influence of site conditions and requirements on plant selection.

Typically offered: Fall
Units: 4

This interdisciplinary studio courses includes BLA and B Arch students. Through collaborative methods, multidisciplinary work and urban design outreach, students prepare for interdisciplinary professional practice. Students will have expanded creative freedom to collectively explore, in team approaches, built environment solutions to the grand challenges that face society. Sustainable design strategies, socio‐cultural frameworks, health and wellbeing and aesthetic theory and innovation will inform design decisions. 

Co‐convened with ARC 451A. Note: Faculty and students from other programs may be invited to participate as project consultants.

Prerequisites: C or better in LAR 3-- Design Studio III
Typically offered: Spring
Units: 6

The emphasis of this course is the understanding and subsequent use of principles of landscape ecology. This will be accomplished through the study of how spatial heterogeneity in landscapes influences various ecological processes in natural and created landscapes.

Typically offered: Spring
Units: 3

This interdisciplinary studio course includes BLA and B Arch students. Students will work with community clients and campus partners to address real world complex urban and rural design projects. Through collaborative methods, and multi‐ disciplinary work, students will use research and technology to develop solutions that advance practice. Students will also develop design implementation strategies. Sustainable design strategies, socio‐cultural frameworks, health and wellbeing and aesthetic theory and innovation will inform design decisions.

Co‐convened with ARC 451B. Note: Faculty and students from other programs may be invited to participate as project consultants.

Prerequisites: C or better in LAR 4-- Design Studio IV
Typically offered: Fall
Units: 6

This course examines 20th and 21st century prominent design figures that have shaped the profession of landscape architecture. Through case reviews of built works including significant gardens, urban designs, recreational areas, corporate landscapes, restored natural sites, heritage sites, waterfront projects, resorts, etc., we will explore the evolution of design ideology and theory in applied landscape architectural practice.

Typically offered: Fall
Units: 3

Principles of planting design, planting design process, and functional and aesthetic uses of plants in designs are discussed. Studio projects focus on development of planting plans for sites with various scopes and conditions.

Prerequisites: C or better in LAR 420 Plant Materials
Typically offered: Fall or Spring
Units: 4

This studio course requires students to identify and develop independent projects that demonstrate proficiency in landscape architecture. Students will employ skills, knowledge and values learned and applied in all previous courses. Projects will have a research component aimed at advancing practice.

Prerequisites: C or better in LAR 4-- Design Studio V
Typically offered: Spring
Units: 6

The practice of landscape architecture including professionalism, registration, the landscape architectural profession, services and fees, construction contract documents, bid documents and procedures and business organization and operation.

Typically offered: Spring
Units: 2


Ready to create the future of sustainable environments?

Learn more about the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture by contacting Cait Fitzpatrick, undergraduate recruitment coordinator, or review the admissions process and begin your application now:

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