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.

Accreditation

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

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.

Careers

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.

Curriculum

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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)

Maymester
  • 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)

Maymester
  • 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

The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning has developed articulation agreements which contains programs of courses appropriate for transfer for community/junior college students who attend Mississippi's eight public universities. At the bottom of each program are listed the universities which offer the baccalaureate degree program. Each university will accept courses as listed on the particular transfer program without loss of credit toward the conclusion of the four-year degree. It is intended that this articulation agreement be a minimum program transfer for all students moving from the community/junior college to the university system, as well as moving between universities in the system, acting as a "safety net" for transfer students.

This guide is available via pdf from the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. For courses which would transfer for credit to the Landscape Architecture degree, please see page 154 of the transfer guide.

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