The Minor in Landscape Studies, offered by the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design (AED), is available to all undergraduate matriculating Temple University students. 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 one required course and at least five elective courses. The required course ensures 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 electives allow students to explore their own interests in different facets of Landscape Studies. The majority of courses are offered on the Ambler Campus.

The coursework completed for the minor allows students the opportunity to consider majoring in Landscape Architecture.

Campus Location: Ambler

Contact Information

Sasha W. Eisenman, PhD, Architecture and Environmental Design Department Chair
Tyler School of Art and Architecture
Dixon Hall, Room 201
580 Meetinghouse Road
Ambler, PA 19002

Kate Benisek, MALD, MLA, ASLA, Landscape Architecture Program Head
Tyler School of Art and Architecture
Dixon Hall, Room 206
580 Meetinghouse Road
Ambler, PA 19002


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 Course
LARC 2496Landscape Traditions (F)3
Select a minimum of five of the following:15
Plant Ecology (S)
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (F)
Woody Plants I (F)
Woody Plants II (S)
Trees in the Urban Landscape (S)
LARC 1142
Surveying (S)
Landscape Architecture Computer Technology I (S)
American Traditions of Landscape Architecture (O)
Summer Field Ecology 1
Total Credit Hours18

This course has a prerequisite.