BLA Curriculum

The five-year, 159 credit-hour Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) curriculum consists of discipline-specific courses and studios, electives, and required general education courses in the areas of English, analytical reasoning (math), arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Professional courses include design studios and lectures in landscape architecture, history, graphic representation, theory and methods, and construction. Elective coursework taken within the College of Art & Design complements the landscape architecture curriculum and allows students to explore other areas of special interest.

In this curriculum, sequential course progress is imperative. A student failing to complete any required course more than one year later than the time designated in the curriculum will be prohibited from advancement in the design studio sequence until the deficiency is corrected. All required courses listed in the fourth year must be completed before a student will be allowed to enroll in the designated 5000-level courses. Students should complete these requirements by the end of their third year.

All elective courses must be approved by the school director or designated advisor. In addition to the six hours of general education English courses.

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Students with questions about the curriculum should schedule an appointment with a counselor in Student Services. For more details, visit the LSU General Catalog.


Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Curriculum—159 Total Semester Hours

Semester 1—15 hours

CRITICAL: “C” or better in LA 1101; GEOG 2050/GEOG 2051.

  • LA 1101 Landscape Representation I (3)
  • LA 1203 Views of the American Landscape (3)
  • ENGL 1001 English Composition (3)
  • MATH 1021 College Algebra (3)
  • GEOG 2050 Physical Geography: The Atmosphere (3) OR
  • GEOG 2051 Physical Geography: Land and Water Surfaces, Plant and Animal Realms (3)

Semester 2—15 hours

CRITICAL: “C” or better in LA 1102; GEOG 2050/GEOG 2051.

  • LA 1102 Landscape Representation II (3)
  • MATH 1022 Plane Trigonometry (3)
  • GEOG 2050 Physical Geography: The Atmosphere (3) OR
  • GEOG 2051 Physical Geography: Land and Water Surfaces, Plant and Animal Realms (3)
  • General Education course – Social Science (3)
  • General Education course – Humanities (3)

Semester 3—18 hours

CRITICAL: “C” or better in LA 2001; RNR 1001.

  • LA 2001 Landscape Design I (6)
  • LA 2101 Landscape Representation III (3)
  • LA 2201 Landscape History I (3)
  • RNR 1001 Natural Resource Conservation (3)
  • General Education course – Social Sciences (2000-level) (3)

Semester 4—18 hours

CRITICAL: “C” or better in LA 2002, LA 2301; 2.5 Cumulative GPA.

  • LA 2002 Landscape Design II: Site Design (6)
  • LA 2301 Landscape Technology I: Land Design (3)
  • LA 2401 Landscape Ecology (3)
  • ENGL 2000 English Composition (3)
  • General Education Course – Arts (La 1201, Arch 2401, or other) (3)

Semester 5—15 hours

CRITICAL: “C” or better in LA 3001. Note: Restricted admission to 3000-level studios based on 2.5 GPA; completion of required 1000 and 2000-level courses; and portfolio review.

Semester 6—18 hours

  • LA 3002 Landscape Design IV: Community Design (6)
  • LA 3201 Landscape History II (3)
  • LA 3302 Landscape Technology III: Design Detailing (3)
  • LA 3402 Plant Materials II (3)
  • General Education course – Humanities (3)

Semester 7—15 hours

Semester 8—15 hours

Semester 9—15 hours

RESTRICTED ADMISSION to 5000-level LA professional courses, based on 2.5 GPA & completion of required 1000-4000 level courses.

  • LA 5001 Landscape Design VII: Urban Landscape Design (6)
  • LA 5201 Research Seminar (3)
  • Approved Elective (3)
  • Natural Systems Elective (3)

Semester 10—15 hours

1LA 4002 may be scheduled in summer session (8.5 semester) as a study abroad program.

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