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Landscape architecture offers accredited professional degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Preparation for the profession of landscape architecture requires both formal education and practical experience followed by professional examination and registration. LSU is the only school in Louisiana with an accredited program in landscape architecture, attracting students from the U.S. and overseas.
Landscape architecture is a discipline that combines the arts and sciences in a field involving the shaping of the landscape through design. It offers opportunities to students interested in art and design, the natural environment, construction technology, sustainability, cities, and urbanism. The five-year curriculum offers a well-rounded course of study based on standards set by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board. The program is a rich educational experience that provides students with a design education supported by studies in history and theory, representation, technology, and the natural sciences. Students may also complete the degree in a four-year accelerated program.
The Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture offers many opportunities for students to travel and study abroad. Extensive field trips within the United States are part of the core curriculum and students are required to secure an internship or to take advantage of exchange programs, in their fourth year, either in the U.S. or abroad.
Graduates of this program find employment within Louisiana, throughout the United States, and abroad. Upon satisfactory completion of the undergraduate program, the degree Bachelor of Landscape Architecture is awarded.
Each year more than 30 students are selected to receive scholarships or other financial awards. Students interested in applying for aid offered by the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture should contact the school office.
Undergraduate Admission Requirements •A student will be admitted to the curriculum in landscape architecture subject to GPA, courses completed, and space availability.
Upper Division (3000 level courses). Admission into the third year of study is competitive, based on a scholastic and portfolio review. No more than 36 students will be approved for advancement to the upper division each year based on this review. Applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered for admission:
Professional Courses (5000-level). Students must have successfully completed all required 1000-4000 level courses before they may enroll in 5000 level courses.
Transfer Students • Students seeking to transfer into the landscape architecture major may be admitted only after having been interviewed by the program coordinator. For credit in design studio courses, students must submit a portfolio for faculty evaluation. Credit for landscape architecture courses will be considered only if they were taken as part of an accredited landscape architecture program. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to apply prior to March 1 for admission in the following fall semester.
Personal Computer Requirement • Students are required to have their own personal computer upon entering the spring semester of first-year courses. Contact the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture for information regarding the type, specifications, and software.
“C” Grades • Landscape Architecture majors must pass all required College of Art & Design courses, all approved electives, and ENGL 2000 with a grade of “C” or better. A student who earns less than a “C” in one of these courses must repeat the course in the next regular semester in which the student is enrolled and the course is offered.