The Master of Landscape Architecture in the School of Environmental Design has an emphasis in ecological landscape restoration.
Ecological restoration is an appropriate specialty for the 21st century: Ecological restoration has emerged as a critical dimension of landscape architecture over the past few decades in response to the enormous negative impact that human activity has had upon our environment resulting in ecosystem degradation.
Landscape restoration increases local and regional biodiversity and mitigates potentially dangerous consequences of degradation through projects such as stream bank stabilization, created wetlands which help infiltrate storm water, mine reclamation, industrial brown field remediation, and reforestation of urban land.
Understanding the ecological processes and natural history that constitute a site is fundamental to the design process.
Graduates of the program will have the knowledge to make informed and creative environmental design decisions and will be highly marketable. They will have the basic skills required of professional landscape architects including: design; computer graphics; horticultural knowledge; and technical competence; as well as, knowledge of restoration.