Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture

The profession of landscape architecture offers students the opportunity to engage in shaping the environmental and cultural landscape through planning and design to improve quality of life. The Mississippi State University Landscape Architecture programs teach the artful synthesis of social and ecological processes related to planning, designing, building and managing regenerative communities in Mississippi and the Northern Gulf Region, within a global perspective. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) program experience an immersive, intense, and rewarding education structured around a studio environment that promotes critical thinking and creative problem solving. The department is dedicated to providing a high-quality education for our students, through small class sizes and one-on-one interaction between student and faculty. The BLA program is the only accredited bachelor of landscape architecture degree program in the three state region of Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.


The BLA program is accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board and is the only accredited bachelor of landscape architecture degree program in the three state region of Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Computer Requirements

All students in Landscape Contracting and Management are required to have their own personal computer. Please see the department specific guidelines prior to purchasing a computer.


Scholarships administered by the Department of Landscape Architecture are available for students in various upper level courses majoring in Landscape Architecture and in Landscape Contracting and Management. Deadlines for application are in late spring. Please visit the scholarship page for more information.


The 2008-2009 Occupational Outlook Handbook from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the employment of landscape architects is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2016. The average salary for landscape architects from entry-level to up to five years experience was $45,885 in 2010 as reported by the ASLA. Average salaries move into the six figures after 30 years in the profession.


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Freshman Year

Fall Semester
Spring Semester

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • LA 2344 LA Construction I: Materials (4)
  • LA 2544 LA Design Studio I (4)
  • PSS 2423 Plant Materials I (3)
  • Social Science University Core (3)
  • ARC 1013 Architecture Appreciation or ART 1113 Art Appreciation (3)

Spring Semester
  • LA 2644 LA Construction II: Grading and Hydrology (4)
  • LA 2654 LA Design Studio II (4)
  • LA 4844 Design of Sustainable Communities (4)
  • Social Science University Core (3)
  • Natural Science University Core with Lab (3)

  • LA 2652 Precedent Studies (2)

Junior Year

Fall Semester
Spring Semester
  • LA 3653 Planting Design Fundamentals (3)
  • LA 3654 LA Design Studio IV (4)
  • ENS 2103 Introduction to Environmental Science (3)
  • Natural Science University Core with Lab (3)

  • LA 3652 Case Studies of Executed Works in LA (2)

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • LA 4723 Professional Practice in LA (3)
  • LA 4754 LA Design Studio V (4)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

Spring Semester
  • LA 4854 LA Capstone Studio (4)
  • Humanities University Core (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (2)

Transfer Students

Students may transfer to Mississippi State University from regionally accredited community, junior or senior colleges for any period of enrollment, provided they have earned a 2.0 GPA (as computed by Mississippi State University) on all college courses attempted as well as earned a 2.0 GPA on the 30-hours of core courses. Transfer students should look at the transfer course equivalent guide to determine which courses will transfer.

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Telephone 662-325-3012
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Department of Landscape Architecture
Box 9725
Mississippi State University, MS 39762