Landscape Architecture, BSLA

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The BSLA program offers students the opportunity to engage with the community in applied projects that focus on designing sustainable outdoor environments and improving the ecological and social health of the urban environment.

Undergraduate landscape architecture projects can range from large-scale work encompassing urban design, landscape reclamation, open space preservation planning and landscape ecological design to projects at the more intimate scale of a neighborhood park or residential back yard. Emerging areas of focus include biotechnical design; urban agriculture; greenways, green roofs and living walls; and healing environments. Students complement their design learning with electives from a broad range of approved courses.

This is an 8-semester program requiring sequential completion of studio coursework (or approved equivalent).

Program offered

Landscape Architecture, BSLA

Offered by
Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts

Location
Tempe

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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Career outlook

The bachelor's degree program is designed to prepare students for landscape architecture professional practice and advanced study at the graduate level, and graduates have found employment in nationally recognized firms working with notable landscape architects in large multinational firms or in public agencies. Graduates have also gone on to pursue graduate study at universities with distinguished graduate programs in landscape architecture and allied design fields.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment for landscape architects will grow 16 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The bureau also notes employers prefer hiring entry-level landscape architects with internship experience, to significantly reduce the amount of on-the-job training. The bachelor's degree program has an internship requirement meant to address this preference and better prepare graduates for employment.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Architects, Except Landscape and Naval 4.2%$78,470
Architectural Drafters 8.1%$52,870
Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary 10.6%$80,050
Electrical Drafters6.8%$59,690
Civil Drafters8.1%$52,870
Drafters, All Other8%$50,290
Architectural and Engineering Managers 5.5%$137,720
Landscape Architects 6.4%$65,760
Mechanical Drafters5.2%$55,130
Electronic Drafters6.8%$59,690

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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