Landscape Studies (Minor)

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Do you have an interest in design, parks, plants, sustainability and urban public places? This program provides you greater understanding of landscape issues and broadens your knowledge about the world in which we live.

The landscape studies program is designed for students who have an interest in landscape architecture but are pursuing a major in another field.

This minor provides an overview to the topic of landscape architecture and a foundational framework for understanding how shaping the exterior environment can impact life and the environment. The course selection provides greater understanding of landscape architecture concerns particularly relevant in related professional disciplines.

At A Glance

Landscape Studies (Minor)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

Eighteen credit hours (to include 12 credit hours of upper-division coursework) are required for the minor. A minimum grade of "C" (2.00) is required in all courses for the minor.
A minimum GPA of 2.50 in minor courses is required to earn the minor in landscape studies.
Required Courses -- 12 credit hours
Landscape Architectural History and Theory -- 6 credit hours
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Degree requirements

A minimum of 18 credit hours (to include 12 credit hours of upper-division course work) are required for the minor.

Required Courses:
ALA 102 Landscape and Sustainability HU, G (3)
LAP 254 Plant Materials (3)
LPH 310 History of Landscape Architecture, HU, H, (3)
LPH 311 20th-Century Landscape Architecture, HU (3)

Six additional upper-division credit hours of electives in the landscape architecture history and theory concentration must be selected from the following list:

LAP 352 Ecosystems Sustainable Design (3)
LAP 494 Special Topics (3)
LDE 494 Topic: Applied Landscape Architecture (3)
LPH 394 Special Topics (3)
LPH 411 Landscape Architecture Theory and Criticism, L (3)
LPH 494 Special Topics (3)
LPH 499 Individualized Instruction (3)*

*This course requires a petition to The Design School.

A minimum GPA of 2.50 in minor courses is required to earn the minor in landscape studies. In addition, students may not use a core course to count toward the minor. Students pursuing the BSD in architecture must petition the school to request a substitution for any core courses that are also included in the landscape studies minor.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment requirements

GPA Requirement: 2.50

Incompatible Majors: BS in landscape architecture

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor.

Career outlook

Minor programs allow students to develop additional competencies that complement the marketable knowledge and skills they acquire in their majors.

The minor in landscape architecture is intended to augment a degree and expand career possibilities in any of the environmental design disciplines, including architecture, interior design and planning.