Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture

Exclusively offered at Temple's Ambler campus.

Landscape Architecture is the art of planning the appropriate use of land and designing the built environment based on an understanding of natural and cultural site characteristics, human need, and sound artistic and technical competence.

The scope of landscape architecture includes site design, land use, and urban planning at all scales. A landscape architect normally is responsible for the organization and placement of buildings, recreational facilities, roads, grading, and planting design. Temple's curriculum focuses on appropriate functional and ecological "fit," by using a design approach and techniques that work with and protect the natural environment.

Careers in public landscape architecture include positions with regional, county, and city planning commissions, and park, recreation, housing, and transportation agencies. Private practice includes the design of recreational, residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial projects, as well as the overall planning of new communities. Environmental protection, historical restoration, and land reclamation efforts could also be an important part of your role as a landscape architect.

Most states require practicing landscape architects to be licensed. The Temple program, accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board of the American Society of Landscape Architects, is designed to prepare you for entry into the profession and for successful completion of the licensing examination.

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

The degree of Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 124 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 overall and in the major.

University Requirements

  • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement assessment.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. LARC 2496 and LARC 4198 are the specific writing-intensive courses that are required for Landscape Architecture majors.
  • Students must complete the requirements of the university General Education (GenEd) program (29-30 s.h.).
    • Satisfactory completion of BOT 1111 and HORT 2114 will waive the two-course GenEd Science (GS) requirement.
    • Summer or semester study abroad will satisfy the GenEd Global/World Society (GG) requirement.

Major Requirements

No more than one grade below a C- is allowed in any course in either Landscape Architecture or Horticulture. 

BOT 1111General Botany (fall only)4
BOT 1112Plant Ecology (spring only)3
HORT 1211Woody Plants I (fall only)3
HORT 1212Woody Plants II (spring only)3
HORT 2114Soils (spring only)3
HORT 3514Landscape Restoration (spring only)3
LARC 1142Design Communications3
LARC 1244Surveying (spring only)3
LARC 1544Landscape Architecture Computer Technology I (spring only)3
LARC 2143Landscape Architecture Design Studio I (fall only)6
LARC 2144Landscape Architecture Design Studio II (spring only)6
LARC 2241Landscape Engineering I (fall only)3
LARC 2242Landscape Engineering II (spring only)3
LARC 2496Landscape Traditions (fall only)3
LARC 2551Landscape Architecture Computer Technology II (fall only)3
LARC 3243Landscape Engineering III (fall only)3
LARC 3145Landscape Architecture Design Studio III (fall only)6
LARC 3146Landscape Architecture Design Studio IV: Design/Build (spring only)6
LARC 3345Planting Design (fall only)3
LARC 3644Professional Practice (spring only)3
LARC 4147Landscape Architecture Design Studio V: Fall Senior Studio (fall only)6
LARC 4198Landscape Architecture Design Studio VI: Spring Senior Studio (spring only)6
Landscape Architecture, Horticulture, or Botany elective at the 1000 level or above3
Total Credit Hours88

Suggested Academic Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Note: The symbol after the course number indicates that the class is offered ONLY in the semester indicated
(F) = offered only in fall semester
(S) = offered only in spring semester
Year 1
FallCredit Hours
LARC 2496Landscape Traditions [WI]3
BOT 1111General Botany (F)14
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
LARC 1142Design Communications3
LARC 1244Surveying (S)3
LARC 1544Landscape Architecture Computer Technology I (S)3
BOT 1112Plant Ecology (S)3
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall
LARC 2143Landscape Architecture Design Studio I (F)6
LARC 2241Landscape Engineering I (F)3
HORT 1211Woody Plants I (F)3
LARC 2551Landscape Architecture Computer Technology II (F)3
Select one of the following:3
Horticulture Elective - 1000 level or higher
 
Landscape Architecture Elective - 1000 level or higher
 
Botany Elective - 1000 level or higher
 
NOTE: Credits in excess of 17 s.h. are additionally assessed at the per semester hour tuition rate. 
 Term Credit Hours18
Spring
LARC 2144Landscape Architecture Design Studio II (S)6
LARC 2242Landscape Engineering II (S)3
HORT 1212Woody Plants II (S)3
HORT 2114Soils (S)13
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
LARC 3145Landscape Architecture Design Studio III (F)6
LARC 3243Landscape Engineering III (F)3
LARC 3345Planting Design (F)3
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
LARC 3146Landscape Architecture Design Studio IV: Design/Build (S)6
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
LARC 4147Landscape Architecture Design Studio V: Fall Senior Studio (F)6
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3-4
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
LARC 3644Professional Practice (S)3
LARC 4198Landscape Architecture Design Studio VI: Spring Senior Studio [WI] (Capstone, S)6
HORT 3514Landscape Restoration (S)3
Elective23
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 124
1

Satisfactory completion of BOT 1111 and HORT 2114 will waive the two-course GenEd Science (GS) requirement.

2

Students who attend a semester in Rome must take a Landscape Architecture, Horticulture or Botany elective at 1000-level or higher.

Rome Option

Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture students may study abroad in the fall semester of their fourth year. Students who plan to study abroad are encouraged to meet with an advisor as early as the freshman year. It takes careful planning with an advisor to ensure that the degree is completed as efficiently as possible. Spending a semester studying abroad in Rome will waive the GenEd Global/World Society (GG) requirement. 

Year 4 Fall semester- Rome option
LARC 4147Landscape Architecture Design Studio V: Fall Senior Studio (F)6
Electives9-10
Total Credit Hours16