Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture

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 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.

Courses for the Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture are offered at the Ambler Campus with a portion of the coursework also available on Temple's Main and Center City campuses.

Rashida Ng, Chair, Architecture and Environmental Design
Tyler School of Art and Architecture
Architecture Building, Room 204
2001 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
215-204-8813
rashida.ng@temple.edu

Sasha W. Eisenman, Ph.D. Program Head, Landscape Architecture and Horticulture
Tyler School of Art and Architecture
201 Dixon Hall
580 Meetinghouse Road
Ambler, PA 19002
267-468-8168
eisenman@temple.edu

Pauline Hurley-Kurtz, Curriculum Head, Landscape Architecture
Tyler School of Art and Architecture
207 Dixon Hall
580 Meetinghouse Road
Ambler, PA 19002
267-468-8187
phurleyk@temple.edu

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.
    • 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. 

HORT 1211Woody Plants I (fall only)3
HORT 1212Woody Plants II (spring only)3
HORT 2114Soils (spring only)3
HORT 2221Herbaceous Plants I3
LARC 1044Landscape Architecture Foundation I3
LARC 1144Landscape Architecture Foundation II3
LARC 1111Introduction to Green Careers in Landscape Architecture1
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 2243Landscape Engineering II3
LARC 2496Landscape Traditions3
LARC 2551Landscape Architecture Computer Technology II (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 Design3
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
Total Credit Hours76

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 2019-2020 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
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
LARC 1111Introduction to Green Careers in Landscape Architecture1
LARC 1044Landscape Architecture Foundation I3
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
GenEd Breadth Course13
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
LARC 1544Landscape Architecture Computer Technology I (S)3
LARC 1144Landscape Architecture Foundation II3
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall
LARC 2143Landscape Architecture Design Studio I (F)6
LARC 2241Landscape Engineering I (F)3
LARC 2551Landscape Architecture Computer Technology II (F)3
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
LARC 2144Landscape Architecture Design Studio II (S)6
LARC 2496Landscape Traditions [WI]3
Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
LARC 3145Landscape Architecture Design Studio III (F)6
LARC 2243Landscape Engineering II3
HORT 1211Woody Plants I3
HORT 2221Herbaceous Plants I3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours18
Spring
LARC 3146Landscape Architecture Design Studio IV: Design/Build (S)6
HORT 1212Woody Plants II3
HORT 2114Soils<sup>1</sup>3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
LARC 4147Landscape Architecture Design Studio V: Fall Senior Studio (F)6
GenEd Breadth Course23
Elective3
Elective4
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
LARC 3345Planting Design3
LARC 3644Professional Practice (S)3
LARC 4198Landscape Architecture Design Studio VI: Spring Senior Studio [WI] (Capstone, S)6
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 124

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
Electives 10
ARCH 3234Architectural Design Studio in Rome6
Total Credit Hours16