Requirements for this program are current for
Length of program in credits
This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
Restoration, conservation, and ecological design projects have become an increasingly important component of the practice of landscape architecture and natural resource management. It is critical for students interested in the design and management of natural lands, water management landscapes, landscape reclamation, and other restoration project types to gain exposure to the issues associated with ecological restoration projects. This minor focuses on the applied practice of restoration with an emphasis on restoration management and design and the skills needed to lead successful projects.
via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
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Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Each ecosystem restoration is the product of a myriad of decisions made in response to existing site conditions (biotic and abiotic), anticipated effects from the surrounding landscape, predictions about future events, logistical realities, and, of course, desired conditions. During this course, you will learn about the ecological and social factors that affect ecosystem recovery and how people intervene to reverse ecosystem degradation. The course includes examples from ecosystems around the world, with emphasis on those found in the Midwestern US. Field trips.
PREREQUISITES: This course presumes previous courses in basic ecology and plant science.
LA 5204 - Metropolitan Landscape Ecology
Every Fall & Spring
Theories/principles of holistic landscape ecology. People, nature, and environmental stewardship in metropolitan landscapes. Urban areas, rural areas that provide food, water, energy, and recreation.
prereq: BED accelerated status or LA grad student or instr consent
LA 5576 - Ecological Restoration Project Planning and Management
Applied practice of ecological restoration of landscapes. Grasslands, wetlands, forests, disturbed agricultural sites, former industrial parcels. Restoration management, skills needed to lead successful projects.
prereq: [MLA student, senior B.E.D.] or senior or grad with one college course in ecology/one college course in plant science or botany or instr consent