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Office of the University Registrar

2008-09 Undergraduate Catalog


Landscape Architecture
College: Design, Construction and Planning
Degree: Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
Hours for the Degree: 144
Minor: Yes
Combined-Degree Program: No

The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture is an accredited professional degree that qualifies graduates to sit for state licensure. Graduates are well equipped to practice and advance the profession of landscape architecture or to continue in graduate studies. Students take advantage of nationally and internationally respected faculty particularly in the final undergraduate independent project. Student work shows strength in ecologically based planning and design, urban issues and conservation-all issues of strategic concern in Florida and elsewhere. Most recently, students from the UF landscape architecture program won five state ASLA Awards in 2006.

Educational options include an eight-month internship, focused electives for individual specialization, interdisciplinary studios, competitions, funded research at both graduate and undergraduate levels, and interdisciplinary certificates in Historic Preservation, GIS and Wetlands. Studies abroad in landscape architecture include summer courses and an optional fall semester at UF's Paris Research Center.

General Education Courses (partial list)

ARC 1701 Architectural History 1* (non-architecture majors section) (GE-H, N)3
ARH 2050 Introduction to the Principles and History of Art 1 (GE-H)3
ARH 2051 Introduction to the Principles and History of Art 2 (GE-H)3
PHI 2010 Introduction to Philosophy (GE-H)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences
ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (GE-S)3
ANT 2410 Cultural Anthropology (GE-S, D)3
SYG 2000 Principles of Sociology (GE-S)3
Physical or Biological Science (GE-P or GE-B)3
BSC 2007 Biological Sciences: Cells, Organisms and Genetics or
BOT 2010C Introductory Botany preferred (GE-B)
ORH 3513C Environmental Plant Identification and Use * (GE-B)3
GLY 2010C Physical Geology or
GLY 1073 Introduction to Global Change (GE-P)
MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry or
MAC 1140 Precalculus Algebra and MAC 1114 Trigonometry (GE-M)
Math (PHI 2100 Logic or STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 preferred)3

* Required general education course

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

Critical Tracking and Recommended Semester Plan

Semester 1:

  • 2.35 UF GPA required
  • Complete LAA 1920 with a grade of C or better
  • Complete BOT 2010 or BSC 2007

Semester 2:

  • 2.5 UF GPA required
  • Complete ARC 1701, MAC 1140 and MAC 1114 or MAC 1147
  • Complete LAA 2340C with a grade of C or better

Semester 3:

  • 2.75 UF GPA required semesters 3-4
  • Complete ARC 1301
  • Complete LAA 2330, LAA 2710, LAA 2370 with a grade of C or better

Semester 4:

  • Complete LAA 2360C and LAA 2372C with a grade of C or better

Semester 5:

  • Complete LAA 3350C, LAA 3420, LAA 3230 with a grade of C or better
  • Complete ORH 3513C

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

Recommended semester plan

Semester 1Credits
LAA 1920 Introduction to Landscape Architecture3
BOT 2010C Introductory Botany (preferred) or
BSC 2007 Biological Sciences: Organisms and Genetics
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)3
Composition (GE-C, WR)3
Mathematics (GE-M)3
Total 15
Semester 2Credits
MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry or
MAC 1140 Precalculus Algebra and MAC 1114 Trigonometry (GE-M)
ARC 1701 Architectural History 1 (GE-H, N)3
LAA 2340C Landscape Architecture Rendering and Presentation 2
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)3
Physical or Biological Science (GE-P or GE-B)3
Total 15
Semester 3Credits
ARC 1301 Architectural Design 14
LAA 2370 CAD Land Form Modeling3
LAA 2330 Site Analysis3
LAA 2710 History of Landscape Architecture (GE-H)3
Total 13
Semester 4Credits
LAA 2360C Principles of Landscape Architecture5
LAA 2372C Computer Application in Design3
LAA 2530 Landscape Management3
Humanities (GE-H)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)3
Total 17

This program is limited access. During the spring semester of the sophomore year, students must participate in an exhibit of their work in studio courses. Admission to the junior year is based on this exhibit and the preprofessional GPA.

Semester 5Credits
LAA 3350C Site Design and Planning Studio5
LAA 3420 Landscape Construction 15
ORH 3513C Environmental Plant Identification and Use3
Total 13

Semester 6Credits
LAA 3352C Planting Design Studio5
LAA 3421 Landscape Construction 25
PCB 3601C Plant Ecology3
Total 13

Summer and Fall Professional Experience: Complete LAA 4940 and LAA 4941, Landscape Internship, in the summer and fall of the fourth year of study.

Semester 7Credits
Option 1: Extended Internship
LAA 4940 Internship Landscape Architect3
LAA 4941 Extended Internship with Landscape Architect9
Total 12


Semester 7Credits
Option 2: Study Abroad
LAA 4933C Topics in European Design in Paris, France3
LAA 4952C European Landscape Architecture Studio6
FRE 1182 Preparation for Intermediate French3
Total 12
Semester 8Credits
LAA 3230 Theories of Landscape Architecture3
LAA 4353C Urban Design Studio6
Total 15
Semester 9 Credits
LAA 4359 Environmental Planning and Design Studio6
LAA 4450 Landscape Architecture Design Implementation5
LAA 4357 Senior Independent Project Seminar2
LAA elective or
LAA 4940 if student participated in study abroad option semester 7
Total 16
Semester 10 Credits
LAA 4358 Senior Independent Project8
LAA 4210 Landscape Architecture Professional Practice4
Total 15