05751/Landscape Architecture


Lower Division Courses

0001. Natural and the Built Environment (3 s.h.)

Introduction to the interrelated disciplines of Landscape Architecture, Horticulture, Planning, and Architecture. Explores existing and natural site conditions and their impact on influencing and shaping the built environment. Examines key issues in the inter-relationships and applications of these allied professions.

Mode: Lecture.

0011. Graphics Communications (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: LA 0103.)

The studio emphasizes development of alternative techniques of graphic presentations commonly used in the profession. Students learn freehand sketching, lettering, as well as drawing two and three-dimensional representations.

Note: May not be taken for credit by students who have completed LA 0101/0103.

0054. Design Process (3 s.h.) S.

Prerequisite: LA 0101/0103.

Students combine the elements of spatial design to create gardens and landscapes for real sites and design and build simple walks, walls, fences and arbors. Considers the learning design process: analysis, evaluation, concept, and design composition.

0099. Honors Projects (1 - 3 s.h.) F S.

Prerequisite: Permission of department chairperson and instructor is required.

For exceptional students interested in pursuing independent, in-depth study. Credits are based on the quantity and quality of work fulfilling the established course outline.

Upper Division Courses

0102. Landscape Design Seminar (1 s.h.) S.
Co-Requisite: LA 0104 and LA 0108.

Seminar addresses design theories in general and specifically as applied to landscape design and landscape architecture. Circulation, space, geometry, and proportion are studied as ordering criteria in design. Principles of design such as unity, balance, focal point, rhythm, and repetition are addressed and referenced to the work of recognized landscape architects and designers.

0104. Landscape Design Studio (3 s.h.) S.

Prerequisite: LA 0101/LA 0103. Co-Requisite: LA 0102 and LA 0108.

Studio begins with a sequence of exercises that explore the meaning of place and the use of geometry in the creation of a hierarchy of spaces using Photoshop as a tool. Landscape spaces are explored further through the manipulation of contour and vegetation in building study models. These design principles are then applied to the design of a garden or small park.

0108. Landscape Engineering I (3 s.h.) S.

Prerequisite: Matriculated LA/Hort student or permission of instructor. Co-Requisite: LA 0102/LA 0104.

This introductory level course stresses the basic concepts, ideas, and techniques that deal with the visual, functional, and ecological aspects of grading and landform manipulation.

0152. Introduction to CAD (3 s.h.) F.

Introduction to Computer Aided Drafting using Autocad Release 2002. Focuses on learning the basic commands for drawing in two dimensions. Includes absolute and relative coordinates, working in layers, paper and model space, manipulation of text, and plotting.

0154. Advanced CAD (3 s.h.) S.

Prerequisite: LA 0152.

Addresses more advanced concepts in two-dimensional Autocad (plan and section-elevation), and introduces Autocad as a three-dimensional tool in the generation of perspective drawings. Includes plotting in color, landcad applications, and the use of a digitizer.

0207. Site Planning Studio (6 s.h.) F.

Prerequisite: LA 0101/0103, LA 0102/0104, and LA 0108.

Development of the student's comprehension of the design process. Problems lead students through the design process from inventory and analysis, evaluation of the opportunities and constraints, to development of conceptual ideas that ultimately lead to detailed landscape designs. Projects challenge the individual's ability to develop clear design concepts and a strong sense of place. Residential-scale projects explore site design and design process issues.

0208. Land Planning Studio (6 s.h.) S.

Prerequisite: LA 0207.

Developing an understanding of issues related to the human habitation in the urban and/or suburban and rural landscapes leading to the creation of unique and sustainable places.

0210. Summer Field Ecology (3 s.h.) SS.

Prerequisite: Botany 0102.

Learn to "read the landscape" through the exploration of the landscape provinces of the Delaware River Basin. Through visiting natural landscapes in each of the sub-regions, student sees how the relationship of geology, soils, hydrology, plant communities, and land use history reveals an understanding of the visual characteristics, opportunities, and constraints to development inherent in the natural environment.

0305. Planting Design (4 s.h.) S.

Prerequisite: LA 0101/LA 0103 and LA 0102/LA 0104, and Hort 0107-0108.

Considers the integration of plants into the design process and emphasizes scale, development density, natural site characteristics, natural plant associations, and individual plant characteristics. Planting design studies in a variety of contexts are included.

0309. Landscape Engineering II (3 s.h.) F.

Prerequisite: Mathematics Core, LA 0101/LA 0103, LA 0102/LA 0104, and LA 0108.

An introduction to the principles, processes, and techniques of site engineering for "soft" elements of landscape architecture. Based on the understanding and appreciation of ecological principles, functional requirements, and aesthetic considerations. Includes elements of design/engineering such as grading, storm water management, and road alignment.

0310. Landscape Engineering III (3 s.h.) F.

Prerequisite: LA 0309.

Includes the principles, processes, and techniques of site engineering for the "hard" elements of landscape architecture such as walls, paving, steps, decks, etc. Based on the understanding and appreciation of ecological principles, functional requirements, and aesthetic considerations. Includes elements of design/engineering such as siting buildings, grading design of simple structures, understanding the nature of construction materials, and the preparation of working drawings.

0311. Park Design Studio (6 s.h.) F.

Prerequisite: LA 0208.

Addresses issues pertinent to the design of parks and open space today. Students analyze the site context in terms of open space and recreational opportunities. They frequently work closely with community groups and elected officials in developing appropriate design programs. They study and discuss comparable park systems and park designs. The ultimate goal is to apply an ecological design process to the design of a park appropriate for a particular neighborhood context.

0312. Design/Build Studio (6 s.h.) S.

Prerequisite: LA 0309 and LA 0311.

Provides individuals the opportunity to build and implement elements of their own design. Students prepare the necessary construction documentation and then actually construct their designs. Working with construction materials enables the student to learn the opportunities and limitations of these materials. This "hands-on" approach is vital to understanding the relationship between design and implementation processes.

W318. Western Traditions of Landscape Architecture (3 s.h.) S. Core: WI.

Prerequisite: LA 0101/LA 0103 and LA 0102/LA 0104, or permission of instructor.

Presents a comprehensive overview of western civilization's efforts to create useful, beautiful, and symbolic spaces from ancient times until the modern day. Field trips and a research paper are required.

Note: This is a writing intensive course.

W319. American Traditions of Landscape Architecture (3 s.h.) F. Core: WI.

Prerequisite: LA W318 or permission of instructor.

Examination of ideas, needs, visions, and values that have shaped both the designed and the common landscapes of America from the colonial period until the early 1900s. Field trips and a research paper are required.

Note: This is a writing intensive course.

0323. Professional Practice (2 s.h.) F S.

Study of ethics, current business practices, contract documentation, bids, cost estimates, specifications, and interdisciplinary relationships. Seeks to teach the student how to set priorities, manage people, and execute landscape projects.

0325. Internship (1 s.h.) F S SS.

Prerequisite: At least sophomore status in the landscape architecture program.

A minimum of one semester or 350 hours of employment with a landscape architecture firm, landscape contractor, or in a related field. During the internship, students should test concepts developed in class with real work experience.

Note: Work should be completed between sophomore and junior years.

0392. Fall Senior Studio (6 s.h.) F.

Prerequisite: LA 0311-0312.

Focuses on large-scale, complex planning projects dealing with growth management issues and an understanding of all phases of the planning process. The scope of the project includes analysis and evaluation of existing conditions, programming, and creation of conceptual plans, master plans, and detail designs.

W393. Spring Senior Studio (6 s.h.) S. Core: WI.

Prerequisite: LA 0392.

The final senior studio deals with a variety of projects that may include landscape design projects involving fine arts, urban design, and town planning. Students are challenged to achieve a comprehensive understanding of the ideas, processes, and concepts.

Note: This is a writing intensive course.
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