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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State University Park

Begin Date: Summer Session 2002
End Date: Summer Session 2009 Phase out of Integrated B.L.A./M.L.A.

Landscape Architecture - ARCHIVE

University Park, College of Arts and Architecture (LARCH)

PROFESSOR BRIAN ORLAND, Head of the Department

Landscape architecture is the art of design, planning, or management of the land and of the natural and built elements upon it. As an academic discipline, it embodies creative, cultural, philosophical, and scientific knowledge bases. As a professional discipline, the practice of landscape architecture includes site design, urban design, master planning, community planning, regional planning, resource conservation, and stewardship.

For those selected to major in this field, the program is a five-year curriculum leading to a professionally accredited Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree. A minor is strongly encouraged. One semester of the curriculum is spent in a required semester abroad. The program helps prepare graduates for either advanced study or professional careers. The curriculum develops both the creative disciplines and the technical skills essential to practice, as well as to the pursuit of interests in related fields. With appropriate work experience with a registered practitioner, graduates are eligible to take the state licensing examination.

For the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree, a minimum of 148 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

(15 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)




ELECTIVES: 14-15 credits

(This includes 15 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GQ courses; 9 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GS courses.)

GEOG 020 GS;US;IL(3), LARCH 060 GA(3)[1], LARCH 065 GA;US;IL(3)[1], LARCH 112(3)[1], LARCH 121S(1)[1], LARCH 151(3)[1], SOILS 101 GN(3) (Sem: 1-2)
LARCH 211(4)[1], LARCH 212(4)[1], LARCH 221(1)[1], LARCH 222(1)[1], LARCH 231(3)[1], LARCH 241(3)[1], LARCH 251(3)[1], LARCH 272(1)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
LARCH 232(3)[1], LARCH 311(4)[1], LARCH 312(4)[1], LARCH 321(1)[1], LARCH 322(1)[1], LARCH 331 IL(3)[1], LARCH 341(3)[1], LARCH 361W(3)[1], LARCH 382(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
LARCH 332(3)[1], LARCH 414(5-15)[1], LARCH 424(3)[1], LARCH 499A IL(1)[1], LARCH 499B IL(4)[1], LARCH 499D IL(4)[1] (Sem: 7-10)

MATH 026 GQ(3) or higher (except MATH 035); BIOL 011 GN(3) and BIOL 012 GN(1) or BIOL 127 GN(3) (Sem: 1-2)
GEOG 115 GN(3) or GEOSC 020 GN(3) (Sem 3-4)

Integrated BLA-MLA Program

The Department of Landscape Architecture offers an integrated BLA-MLA program that is appropriate to those students who already hold a baccalaureate degree and wish to receive an accredited professional undergraduate degree and a post-professional graduate degree focused on advanced critical inquiry. Returning adult students interested in this Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) degree program will come from a wide array of backgrounds.

The curriculum takes advantage of several efficiencies provided through the IUG program at Penn State. It requires four years of course work, with the first six semesters (3 years) in the BLA, and the seventh and eighth semester (4 years) in the MLA. In effect, the sixth semester serves as an overlap semester offering the content of MLA-level work within the course structure of the BLA. Details of the recommended course sequence are provided in the BLA-MLA Student Handbook available through the department.

It is the expectation of the BLA-MLA program that many or all of the general education requirements currently stipulated by the University will have been met during the applicant's prior undergraduate work. Each applicant's academic record will be carefully reviewed to ensure that it achieves a high degree of equivalency with current Penn State general education criteria. Once this process is successfully completed, incoming BLA-MLA students will already have achieved an undergraduate major, and they will be released from the department requirement of 18 credits of free electives required of regular BLA students. The IUG program format identifies 12 credits required for the MLA to be applied to both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. In addition to regular BLA and MLA courses, core courses specifically required of BLA-MLA students include LARCH 400, LARCH 400A, LARCH 455, and LARCH 501. Other non-LARCH courses required by the major include ARCH 210, 3-4 credits in ART H, BIOL 110, HORT 137, and HORT 138. A faculty BLA-MLA adviser will be assigned to all BLA-MLA students to facilitate application and course selection procedures.

To be admitted to the BLA/MLA program, applicants must be able to meet the following requirements:

-- Must have completed a bachelor's degree from any discipline prior to entry into the BLA-MLA program.
-- Must submit evidence of creativity (portfolio or other), evidence of analytical ability (research paper or other), and an essay explaining why the individual seeks to study landscape architecture at Penn State.
-- Must submit an IUG program application.
-- Must submit items normally required prior to entry in the BLA and MLA programs, including a full undergraduate transcript, both an undergraduate and graduate school application, GRE scores, 3 letters of recommendation, and, if applicable, TOEFL scores (minimum score of 600 is required). Applicants to the BLA-MLA program must submit the undergraduate application by December 31 and the graduate application by January 15.

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2008 (LARCH); Summer Session 2002 (Integrated B.L.A./M.L.A.)

Blue Sheet Item #: 36-06-014 (LARCH); 30-07-035 and 30-07-035A (Integrated B.L.A./M.L.A.)

Review Date: 4/15/08



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