Minor in Landscape Architecture

Landscape architecture is a highly collaborative profession. Our minor exposes you to the histories, theories, and processes by which landscapes of all kinds are shaped and modified. Completing a minor in Landscape Architecture trains you to understand how decisions by designers, planners, and land managers influence the form and function of the landscapes we experience everyday.

Because the topic of landscape engages the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, many majors have compelling connections to landscape architecture, including but not limited to:

  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Business
  • Biology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Geography
  • Planning
  • Sociology

If you're considering a graduate degree, the minor is a perfect building block for your next steps in environmental design education.


Landscape Architecture Minor Requirements

You must complete 26 credits. All courses required for the minor must be passed with the equivalent of a C- or better.

Required Courses (16 credits)

LA 260 Understanding Landscapes (4 credits) — (Fall)
LA 413 Analyzing Land Systems (4 credits)
One Plants course (from Plants subject area list below)
One History and Theory course (from History and Theory subject area list below)

Optional Courses (10 credits)

You may take any combination of the optional courses to meet the necessary credit requirement.

Subject Area: Plants

LA 326 Fall Plants (4 credits) — (Fall)
LA 327 Winter Plants (4 credits; note prerequisite of LA 326) — (Winter)
LA 328 Spring Plants (4 credits; note prerequisite of LA 327) — (Spring)
LA 390 The Urban Farm (4 credits) — (Fall/Spring/Summer)
LA 433 The Japanese Garden (4 credits) — (Spring)

Subject Area: History and Theory

LA 333 Photography and Environmental Values (4 credits) — (varies)
LA 375 Contemporary American Landscapes (4 credits) — (varies)
LA 407 Landscape Architecture Theory (4 credits) — (varies)
LA 410 History of Landscape Architecture I (4 credits) — (Fall)
LA 410 History of Landscape Architecture II (4 credits) — (Winter)

Subject Area: Optional Courses

Any Landscape Architecture (LA) subject courses that are not Major only
LA 390 Urban Farm may be repeated if taken during different terms
Studio Options:

  • Non-Architecture majors may take LA 289, which is offered every Winter
  • Architecture majors may take an LA studio that is at their appropriate level of work in the Architecture Major. Consult with your LA Minor Advisor, the LA Studio instructor, and the Department of Architecture to determine which studio is appropriate before enrolling in the studio.

Note: Because the department’s first obligation is to its majors, we cannot guarantee the availability of courses for minors. Minors may register for required courses if space is available after the needs of majors have been met. Courses required for minors are also open to other university students with the instructor’s consent. Minors may be given preference over those not in the department on course waiting lists. 


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