The BLA curriculum prepares students to deal with a broad spectrum of issues. Ultimately, graduates are prepared to pursue a variety of careers dedicated to solving sensitive land use and design problems in close association with both public and private clients.

SDC courses taken during the freshman year reflect the desire to have a fully integrated foundation experience for all first year design students. Once students have completed this sequence they will be able to select the design discipline that they wish to apply for major certification in. Certification for all design disciplines will occur at the end of the first year prior to matriculating into second year.

Professionally-oriented courses in landscape design, planning and construction, facilities design, computer technology, social sciences and natural and cultural land-use analysis, along with courses in the physical and biological sciences, humanities and fine art are an integral part of the program.

The Global History of Design sequence (SDC 250 and SDC 350) rounds out the required core curriculum shared by all design majors.

Travel is integral to the landscape architecture curriculum and contributes to a transformative education. To facilitate the travel experience for students in the SDC, travel is embedded into courses labeled as “study tours,” woven throughout other courses in the curriculum, and included as part of professional development activities. For more information visit the Travel page.

Major Certification
Students may apply for certification during the spring semester of the first year. Certification requirements include completion of a minimum of 24 semester hours and earning a C or better grade in the following courses: SDC 100, 120, and 140.Additional required courses are HISTORY 105, ENGLISH 101, MATH 105 (or higher), COM 102, and one fine arts course (FINE ART 101, 201, or 202). Transfer equivalents may be approved by the program. A minimum 2.5 WSU cumulative GPA is required to apply for certification. Students’ overall WSU GPA and major specific GPA from the courses listed above are considered in the application process.

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Advising Guide

LA Advising Guide (PDF)

  • Students are required to earn a C or better in all courses required for the degree of Bachelor of Landscape Architecture.
  • A minimum of 120 credits is required for the degree.
  • All freshmen must take the math placement exam.
  • Supportive electives can be 300-400-level courses from ARCH, CST M, DESIGN, I D, LND ARCH, or SDC, not used to fulfill major requirements.

Transfer Students

Transfer Student Portfolio Guide (PDF)

All students admitted into the second year will be required to purchase a laptop computer. SDC Computer Requirements (PDF)


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