Minor in Landscape Studies

Exclusively offered at Temple's Ambler campus.

Students in the Tyler School of Art as well as students in other colleges, schools, and departments may choose a Minor in Landscape Studies. Through this minor, students complete courses that deepen their understanding of the relationship between the natural landscape and the human made environment, but without the professional focus of the bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture. The minor prepares students for lifelong contributions as informed, civically-engaged, and environmentally-conscious citizens.

The curriculum for the Minor in Landscape Studies involves 18 credits, with two required courses and four elective courses. The required courses ensure that all students have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of Landscape Studies, including history, theory, and the relationship between the natural and built environments. The four electives allow students to explore their own interests in different facets of Landscape Studies.

The coursework completed for the minor allows students the opportunity to consider pursuing a graduate level degree in Landscape Architecture.


Students must earn a minimum grade of C- in courses satisfying minor requirements and must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average in the required 18 credits to earn the minor.

  • A student may not double count any course for the Minor in Landscape Studies toward any other major, minor, or certificate.
  • At least half of the courses for the minor must be taken at Temple University.
  • Courses for the minor must be completed prior to graduation.
Note: The symbol after the course title indicates that the class is offered ONLY in the semester indicated.
(F) = offered fall only
(S) = offered spring only
(O) = offered occasionally
Required Courses
LARC 1013Natural and the Built Environment (F) 1,23
LARC 2496Landscape Traditions (F)3
Select a minimum of four of the following:12
Plant Ecology (S)
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (F)
Woody Plants I (F)
Woody Plants II (S)
Trees in the Urban Landscape (S)
Design Communications
Surveying (S)
Landscape Architecture Computer Technology I (S)
American Traditions of Landscape Architecture (O)
Summer Field Ecology 3
Total Credit Hours18

May not be taken by students who have successfully completed GenEd LARC 0841. These students may substitute an elective from the list above.


An alternate course may be taken to fulfill this minor requirement. Please see Department Chair or Advising for further information.


This course has a prerequisite.