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Landscape Design and Planning Minor

Landscape Architecture
College of Design
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2018
  • Required credits in this minor: 21
The landscape design and planning minor introduces students to the history, theory, and practice of landscape design and planning at various geographic scales and in diverse settings. Landscape design and planning focuses on the creation of livable communities that sustain ecological function, fulfill human aspirations for community development, public health, and safety, and are artistically evocative and meaningful.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
A maximum of 9 transfer credits may be used for the minor and a maximum of three courses taken for a major degree may also be used toward the minor. A minimum grade of C- is required in all minor coursework.
Required courses
LA 1401 - The Designed Environment [AH] (3.0 cr)
LA 3001 - Understanding and Creating Landscape Space (4.0 cr)
LA 3003 - Climate Change Adaptation (3.0 cr)
LA 3413 - Introduction to Landscape Architectural History [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
Electives
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· EEB 3001 - Ecology and Society [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· ESPM 3108 - Ecology of Managed Systems [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· LA 1201 - Learning from the Landscape [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· LA 1301 - Introduction to Landscape Architecture Drawing [AH] (3.0 cr)
· LA 2301 - Advanced Representation for Environmental Design (3.0 cr)
· LA 2302 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· LA 3002 - Informants of Creating Landscape Space (4.0 cr)
· LA 3004 - Regional Environmental Landscape Planning (4.0 cr)
· LA 3204 - Holistic Landscape Ecology and Bioregional Practice (3.0 cr)
· LA 3501 - Environmental Design and Its Biological and Physical Context [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· LA 3514 - Making the Mississippi [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· LA 3571 - Landscape Construction: Site Systems and Engineering (3.0 cr)
· LA 4001 - Sustainable Landscape Design and Planning Practices (3.0 cr)
· LA 4002 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· LA 4755 - Infrastructure, Natural Systems, and Space of Inhabited Landscapes [TS] (3.0 cr)
· LA 8302 - Professional Practice (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 3711W - Environmental Design and the Sociocultural Context [SOCS, CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
or ARCH 3711V - Honors: Environmental Design and the Sociocultural Context [SOCS, CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
 
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LA 1401 - The Designed Environment (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Examination of relationships between place and space, and realms of the ideal and real, public and private. Survey of how the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design have explored those issues.
LA 3001 - Understanding and Creating Landscape Space
Credits: 4.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
The subject of this course is Landscape Architecture. In this class we investigate its principles, focusing on the discipline's distinct fusion of both the arts and sciences to create useful and meaningful outdoor spaces to meet specific environmental and social needs. Class periods alternate between lectures and ?studio' work periods in which students actively work on projects (site analysis, representation, modeling and oral presentation). Over the course of the semester student receive feedback (instructor, guests and peer review) and participate in class discussion. Students receive additional assignments including critical literature review, site analysis and infrastructure research.
LA 3003 - Climate Change Adaptation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01857 - LA 3003/LA 5003
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course will study nations, regions, cities, and communities that have adapted or are undergoing adaptation to climate change. The course will examine different approaches in planning, policy, economics, infrastructure, and building design that increase the adaptive capacity of human settlements. These approaches will vary in scale from the construction of new neighborhoods to the implementation of storm water gardens. The course will emphasize multi-functional strategies which couple climate change adaptation with other urban improvements. Learning Objectives: To understand role of climate adaptation in the reconfiguration of human settlements. To apply design thinking to the issue of climate adaptation in the context of an urban society.To apply knowledge to challenge-based coursework on managing climate risk, decreasing climate vulnerability, and building resilience to climate change.
LA 3413 - Introduction to Landscape Architectural History (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Study of landscape architecture's roots by examining the creation of landscapes over time. Influences of ecological and environmental issues as well as political, economic, and social contexts on the cultural construction of landscape ideas and meaning and creation of landscape architectural works.
EEB 3001 - Ecology and Society (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic concepts in ecology. Organization, development, function of ecosystem. Population growth/regulation. Human effect on ecosystems. prereq: [Jr or sr] recommended; biological sciences students may not apply cr toward major
ESPM 3108 - Ecology of Managed Systems (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01229 - ESPM 3108/ESPM 5108
Typically offered: Every Fall
Ecology of ecosystems that are primarily composed of managed plant communities, such as managed forests, field-crop agroecosystems, rangelands and nature reserves, parks, and urban open-spaces. Concepts of ecology and ecosystem management. prereq: BIOL 1001 or BIOL 1009 or HORT 1001 or instr consent
LA 1201 - Learning from the Landscape (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Physical elements shaping the world. Shapes, forms, and order of towns, cities, and countryside. How design, planning, and natural systems, taken together, shape physical surroundings. Lectures, discussions, field trips.
LA 1301 - Introduction to Landscape Architecture Drawing (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00557 - Arch 1301/LA 1301/5301
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Development of basic skills in perceiving/representing material environment. Sketching/drawing conventions of visual phenomena/forms.
LA 2301 - Advanced Representation for Environmental Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Perceiving/representing material environment. Multiple media approaches in environmental design representation. Analytic diagramming as means of developing design ideas. Interface between hand rendered and digital representation. prereq: 1301
LA 3002 - Informants of Creating Landscape Space
Credits: 4.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
In this course, you will analyze and design specific projects, considering both their physical and conceptual connection to the larger context in which they are located. The aim is for you to gain an understanding of the relationship of landscape to architecture at the site and urban scales; consider the effects of construction and ground manipulation on the perception and experience of space; and explore the possibilities of layering and transparency, enclosure and adjacencies, in between spaces and connectors. Ultimately, the course will investigate the intersection of physical, biological, and cultural attributes, the opportunities and constraints they produce, the design of space based upon these features, and the [re]presentation of these designs. We will also be building the soft skills that help us grow to be more empathetic and understanding of our client's needs and desired outcomes and practice them throughout the workshop in order to translate experience and input into program + design.
LA 3004 - Regional Environmental Landscape Planning
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02271 - LA 3004/LA 5004
Typically offered: Every Spring
An exploration of critical regional landscape parameters affecting the growth and development of metropolitan areas. Students assess these parameters and prepare a multifunctional land use plan for a defined locale. prereq: prereq FR 3131 or Concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in FR 3131 or GEOG 3561 or Concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in GEOG 3561, or equivalent
LA 3204 - Holistic Landscape Ecology and Bioregional Practice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Bioregional practice, how it responds to landscape ecology of great bioregions. Scientific/cultural basis for bioregional design and landscape sustainability. prereq: [[EEB 3001 or ESPM 3108], sr BED major] or equiv
LA 3501 - Environmental Design and Its Biological and Physical Context (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Dynamic relationships between environmentally designed places and biological/physical contexts. Integration of created place and biological/physical contexts. Case studies, student design.
LA 3514 - Making the Mississippi (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01687
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Environmental parameters affecting growth/development of metropolitan areas. Students assess these parameters and prepare a multi-functional land use plan for a defined locale.
LA 3571 - Landscape Construction: Site Systems and Engineering
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theory applications of landform systems for design. Landform typology, representation methods, manipulation techniques, use of land survey data, earthwork construction issues. Spatial accommodation of vehicles in landscape architecture, including road design. prereq: BED major or BED minor or instr consent
LA 4001 - Sustainable Landscape Design and Planning Practices
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01724
Typically offered: Every Fall
Changes in global biodiversity. Quality of air/water resources. Development/consumption of energy resources. Climate change. Design for sustainable practices to create evocative/meaningful landscapes. prereq: 1301, [2301 or ARCH 3301], 3001, 3002
LA 4755 - Infrastructure, Natural Systems, and Space of Inhabited Landscapes (TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01745 - LA 4755/5755
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Seminar, cross-disciplinary. Urban infrastructural solutions to mitigate/reverse anthropogenic impacts on Earth. Design of sustainable urban infrastructure systems. Policy options, technologies. Criteria, design methods. prereq: Jr or sr
LA 8302 - Professional Practice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Office and project management case studies. Organizational behavior, marketing, sales, strategic planning, financial and cost accounting, insurance, legal issues and contracts. prereq: 8205, grad LA major or instr consent
ARCH 3711W - Environmental Design and the Sociocultural Context (SOCS, CIV, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02090
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Designed environment as cultural medium/product of sociocultural process/expression of values, ideas, behavioral patterns. Design/construction as complex political process. prereq: Soph or above
ARCH 3711V - Honors: Environmental Design and the Sociocultural Context (SOCS, CIV, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02090
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Designed environment as cultural medium and as product of a sociocultural process and expression of values, ideas, and behavioral patterns. Design/construction as complex political process. prereq: Honors, [soph or above]