LA Undergraduate Degree (BLA)

Landscape Architecture students at graduation.

Located in the School of Planning, Design and Construction, Landscape Architecture students may focus in their own area of interest, while broadening their perspectives across disciplines.

Blending research, creativity, design and technical skills toward developing well-rounded professionals is at the heart of the Landscape Architecture curricula.

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

The Landscape Architecture Program at MSU offers a 4.5-year accredited Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) degree. The BLA degree program is structured around a dynamic design studio sequence and classroom learning environment. Core BLA classes and design studios are complimented by the natural and social sciences, and the arts and humanities.

An eight-week Study Abroad experience is integrated into the curriculum sequence in the spring semester of year three for which BLA students are eligible.

Blending creativity, design, site engineering and technical skills, and developing well-rounded professionals are at the heart of the curriculum.The BLA requires a total of 130 credit hours as outlined below. Check out the university's requirements for the undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture.

BLA Degree Requirements and Course Sequencing*

To be admitted to the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program, the following must completed: 1) Complete 28 credits, 2) Submit a completed Landscape Architecture application package by the deadline specified by the School, and 3) Achieve a grade of 2.00 or higher in the following Landscape Architecture core courses:

  • LA 140 Graphics & Two Dimensional Design Studio (4 cr);
  • LA 141 Graphics & Three Dimensional Design Studio (4 cr); and
  • LA 200 Introduction to Landscape Architecture (3 cr).

Students should also complete the following course(s): MTH 116 College Algebra and Trigonometry (5 cr); (The completion of MTH 103 College Algebra (3 cr) and MTH 114 Trigonometry (3 cr) OR MTH 103 College Algebra (3 cr) and STT 200 Statistical Methods (3 cr) may also be used to satisfy the University, College and School mathematics requirement.); and PDC 120 Planning and Design Digital Graphics (2 cr).

Requirements for admission to Fall Year 3 Upper Division courses are showing in italics.

Course Color Chart
Landscape Architecture Courses Other Required Courses General Ed (University Requirements)
Fall Year 1 Fall Year 3
LA 140 Graphics and 2D Design Studio 4 LA 332 Advance Landscape Site Engineering 4
LA 200 Introduction to Landscape Architecture 3 LA 344 Connections of Scale Studio 5
University Courses 6-9 Spring Year 3 Study Abroad
Spring Year 1 LA 345 Design Development Studio 5
LA 141 Graphics and 3D Design Studio 4 LA 390 Field Studies 3
PDC 120 Digital Graphics** 2 LA 421 Drawing as Knowing 4
HRT 212 Ornamental Shrubs 3 Fall Year 4
University Courses 3-6 LA 447 Juried Design Studio 5
Fall Year 2 Spring Year 4
LA 230 Site Construction Materials and Methods 4 LA 448 Regional Environmental Design Studio  2
LA 242 Creating Spaces Studio 4 Fall Year 4.5
HRT 211 Ornamental Trees 3 LA 480 Professional Office Practice 3
IDES 240 or CAD Equiv. Computer Aided Design** 3 LA 449 Landscape Architecture Studio 3
University Courses 6

Directed Electives to Reach 130 Credits
Spring Year 2
LA 231 Landscape Site Engineering 4
LA 243 Place Making Studio 4 TOTAL BACHELOR
HRT 311 Planting Design Studio 4
ISS 310 History of Environmental Design (Specific LA Section)** 4
General University Requirements Credits Other University Requirements Credits
WRA 101 College Writing 4 IAH 201-210 Arts and Humanities I** 4
ISS 2XX Introduction to Social Sciences** 4 IAH 211+ Arts and Humanities II** 4
ISS XXX ISP Lab 2 EC 201 or 202 Micro or Macro Economics**


ISP XXX Integrative Studies Physical Class** 3
PLB 105 Plant Biology** 3
MTH 116 College Algebra and Trigonometry (The completion of MTH 103 (3 cr) College Algebra and MTH 114 (3 cr) Trigonometry OR MTH 103 (3 cr) College Algebra and STT 200 (3 cr) Statistical Methods may also be used to satisfy the University, College and School mathematics requirement.) 5

*Note: This is only a guide for completing the BLA degree. Students must meet with their Academic Advisor each semester to ensure proper course scheduling for timely completion of the degree.

**Note: These courses are offered during the summer semester.

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