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(Archive) Landscape Architecture (LARCH)

Begin Date: Fall Semester 1998
End Date: Spring Semester 1999

Landscape Architecture (LARCH) - (ARCHIVE)


Landscape architecture is the art of design, planning, or management of the land and of the natural and man-made 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. 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 experience, graduates are eligible for admission to the state licensing examination.

For the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree, a minimum of 156 credits is required.

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

(18 of these 46 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

ELECTIVES: 18 credits

(This includes 18 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GQ courses; 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GA courses.)

BIOL 110 GN(4), GEOG 010 GN(3), LARCH 060 GA(3)[1], 100(1)[1], 136(3)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
ARCH 210 GA(3), BIOL 220W GN(4), GEOG 115 GN(3), LARCH 127(3)[1], 325(3)[1], 325A(1)[1], 327(3)[1], 327A(1)[1], 336(3)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
HORT 137(3), LARCH 425(3)[1], 425A(1)[1], 427(3)[1], 427A(1)[1], 435(3)[1], 437(3)[1], 444(1)[1], 457(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
HORT 138(3), GEOG 102 GH(3), LARCH 445(4)[1], 445A(1)[1], 460W(3)[1], 499A DF(1)[1], 499B DF(4)[1], 499C DF(3)[1], 499D DF(4)[1] (Sem: 7-8)
LARCH 451(4)[1], 451A(1)[1], 453(4)[1], 453A(1)[1] Sem: 9-10)

MATH 026 GQ(3) or higher (except MATH 035) (Sem: 1-2)
ART 010 GA(3) or 020 GA(3) (Sem: 3-4)
ART H 201(3), 202(3), 405(3-6), 412(3), 415(3), 420(3), 456(3), 458(3), 497(1-9) (if topic is architectural history), or ARCH 315 GA(3), 316 GA(3) (Sem: 9-10)

Select 3 credits in art history (Sem: 1-2)
Select 3 credits in humanities from department list (Sem: 9-10)


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 University. It requires four years of course work, with the first six semesters (3 years) in the BLA, and the seventh and eighth semester (4th year) 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 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, 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. Besides regular BLA and MLA courses, core courses specifically required of BLA/MLA students include LARCH 400, 400A, 455, and 501. Other non-LARCH courses required by the major include ARCH 210, 3 credits in ART H, BIOL 110, 220, GEOG 102, 115, HORT 137, and 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 University.
-- 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, a graduate school application, GRE scores, 3 letters of recommendation and, if applicable, TOEFL scores (minimum score of 600 is required).


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

The Pennsylvania State University ©1998

The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.

Effective Date: Fall Semester 1998

Blue Sheet Item #: 26-07-014

Review Date: 6/7/99 (General Education Update)


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