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. 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 Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) curriculum emphasizes practical and applied learning, drawn from courses across campus, and are designed to provide students with opportunities to think critically and integrate diverse bodies of knowledge.

Courses taken during the freshman year reflect the desire to have a fully integrated foundation experience (SDC 100, 120, 140) for all first year design students. The Global History of Design sequence (SDC 250 and SDC 350) and Professional Practice course (SDC 473) round out the required core curriculum shared by all design majors.

Travel is vital 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 qualify for guaranteed certification, or apply for certification during the spring semester of the first year as follows:

Guaranteed Certification: Students who have completed SDC 100, 120, 140 with a C or better grade; HISTORY 105; PSYCH 105 or SOC 101; COM 102; ENGLISH 101; and one fine arts course (FINE ART 101, 201, or 202) with a GPA of 3.2 or higher, and who have an overall GPA of at least 3.2 in any courses taken that are required in the major (without repeating any required courses), are guaranteed certification into the Landscape Architecture major.

Traditional Certification: Students who do not meet the criteria for guaranteed certification may apply at the end of the spring semester of the first year for traditional certification. Traditional certification requirements include completion of a minimum of 24 semester hours and earning a C or better grade in SDC 100, 120, and 140. Additional required courses are HISTORY 105; PSYCH 105 or SOC 101; COM 102; ENGLISH 101; 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.

Schedule of Studies

The plan below is a suggested path to completion of the landscape architecture degree (120 credits). Note, the first year curriculum has been crafted to allow students to apply to any of the design majors at the end of the spring semester. Students who are certain about majoring in landscape architecture are encouraged to follow the Landscape Architecture Advising Plan to take some courses earlier in the sequence and to align with the Landscape Architecture Curricular Themes.

Students will meet with an advisor each semester to confirm academic schedule and monitor progress towards graduation. A grade of C or better must be earned in all major courses required for the degree. Course descriptions and more information is available in the WSU Catalog.

First Year
First Term Hours
Math prereq, if needed 0 – 3
PSYCH 105 [SSCI] or SOC 101 [SSCI] 3
SDC 100 [ARTS] 3
SDC 120 3
Second Term Hours
COM 102 [COMM] 3
FINE ART 101, 201, or 202 3
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN] 3
SDC 140 3
Second Year
First Term Hours
LND ARCH 210 3
LND ARCH 222 1
LND ARCH 262 4
SDC 250 3
Second Term Hours
LND ARCH 263 4
LND ARCH 365 4
SDC 350 [M] 3
SOE 101 [PSCI] 4
SOIL SCI 201 3
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First Term Hours
HORT 330 3
Humanities [HUM] 3
LND ARCH 327 3
LND ARCH 362 4
LND ARCH 366 4
LND ARCH 499 1
Second Term Hours
Diversity [DIVR] 3
HORT 331 3
LND ARCH 363 4
LND ARCH 367 3
LND ARCH 3802 3
Fourth Year
First Term Hours
LND ARCH 470 or 490 4
LND_ARCH 4672 3
Supportive Electives3 6
Second Term Hours
LND ARCH 450 [M] 3
LND ARCH 485 [CAPS] [M] 4
SDC 473 [M] 3
Supportive Electives3 3
Complete Digital Portfolio
1 If BIOLOGY 120 is not taken in Fall, BIOLOGY 102 can be substituted in the Spring.
2 If LND ARCH 380 is not available, substitute SOE 300. If LND_ARCH 467 is not available, substitute SOIL_SCI 368.
3 Supportive electives: At least 9 credits of 300-400-level courses from ARCH, CST M, DESIGN, I D, LND ARCH, SDC, or other subject area, not used to fulfill major requirements.


All students admitted into the second year will be required to have a laptop computer: SDC Computer Requirements (PDF). Students may purchase their own or utilize the laptop rental service offered by CougTech.