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Landscape Architecture Minor

Landscape Architecture
College of Design
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Contact Information
Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Minnesota, 144 Rapson Hall, 89 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-6860; fax: 612-625-0710)
  • Program Type: Graduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 9
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
Students in landscape architecture develop professional design skills through courses that address the increasingly complex relationships between art, ecology, and community that influence and inform design on the land. Courses emphasize three principal areas of study: 1) landscape architecture as a means to add to the aesthetic richness of our culture and environment--helping us to better understand ourselves and our place in the world; 2) integration of biological, geophysical, and ecological processes into lasting, meaningful, and systemically rigorous landscape architecture that sustains and protects the health of people and the ecosystems on which they depend; and 3) design for urban and suburban places and people, with emphasis on gaining knowledge and experience through direct engagement with clients and the public in order to address the problems and opportunities of the metropolitan core of cities.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Minor requirements are determined in consultation with the Landscape Architecture director of graduate studies.
Required Course
Take the following required course for 3 credits:
LA 5413 - Introduction to Landscape Architectural History (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Masters
Electives
Take at least 6 credits from the following:
LA 5003 - Climate Change Adaptation (3.0 cr)
LA 5204 - Metropolitan Landscape Ecology (3.0 cr)
LA 5514 - Making the Mississippi (3.0 cr)
LA 5755 - Infrastructure, Natural Systems and the Space of Inhabited Landscapes (3.0 cr)
LA 5771 - Landscape Infrastructure and Systems I (3.0 cr)
LA 8301 - Landscape Architecture: Research Issues and Methods (3.0 cr)
Doctoral
Electives
Take at least 9 credits from the following:
LA 5003 - Climate Change Adaptation (3.0 cr)
LA 5204 - Metropolitan Landscape Ecology (3.0 cr)
LA 5514 - Making the Mississippi (3.0 cr)
LA 5755 - Infrastructure, Natural Systems and the Space of Inhabited Landscapes (3.0 cr)
LA 5771 - Landscape Infrastructure and Systems I (3.0 cr)
LA 8301 - Landscape Architecture: Research Issues and Methods (3.0 cr)
 
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LA 5413 - Introduction to Landscape Architectural History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02160
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introductory course examines the multiple roots of landscape architecture by examining the making of types of landscapes over time. Emphasis on ecological and environmental issues, and issues related to political, economic, and social contexts of landscape architectural works. prereq: One course in history at 1xxx or higher
LA 5003 - 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 5204 - Metropolitan Landscape Ecology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: 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 5514 - Making the Mississippi
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01687
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Critical 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 5755 - Infrastructure, Natural Systems and the Space of Inhabited Landscapes
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01745
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Cross-disciplinary exploration of urban infrastructural solutions to mitigate/reverse anthropogenic impacts on Earth. Design of sustainable urban infrastructure systems, policy options, available technologies, criteria, design methods. prereq: Grad student
LA 5771 - Landscape Infrastructure and Systems I
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Basic principles, techniques, skills of creating infrastructures of built landscapes. Basic concepts of simple plant taxonomy, plant community structure, earthwork, water management, landscape structures. Small site scale design development. prereq: Master of Landscape Architecture Student, [Accelerated Track B.E.D or instr consent]
LA 8301 - Landscape Architecture: Research Issues and Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Alternative methodological approaches to landscape architectural research and consideration of their appropriateness for contemporary research topics. prereq: 8201 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 8201, grad LA major or instr consent
LA 5003 - 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 5204 - Metropolitan Landscape Ecology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: 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 5514 - Making the Mississippi
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01687
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Critical 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 5755 - Infrastructure, Natural Systems and the Space of Inhabited Landscapes
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01745
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Cross-disciplinary exploration of urban infrastructural solutions to mitigate/reverse anthropogenic impacts on Earth. Design of sustainable urban infrastructure systems, policy options, available technologies, criteria, design methods. prereq: Grad student
LA 5771 - Landscape Infrastructure and Systems I
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Basic principles, techniques, skills of creating infrastructures of built landscapes. Basic concepts of simple plant taxonomy, plant community structure, earthwork, water management, landscape structures. Small site scale design development. prereq: Master of Landscape Architecture Student, [Accelerated Track B.E.D or instr consent]
LA 8301 - Landscape Architecture: Research Issues and Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Alternative methodological approaches to landscape architectural research and consideration of their appropriateness for contemporary research topics. prereq: 8201 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 8201, grad LA major or instr consent