Bachelor of Landscape Architecture with the Master of Arts in Environmental Design Degree Specifics - 2019/2020

Program Overview

The Landscape Architecture Program at Michigan State University offers both an accredited four and a half year Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) Degree and a five year dual degree program, which combines the accredited BLA with the Master of Environmental Design (MED) 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 both BLA and dual degree BLA/MED students are eligible. Blending creativity, design, site engineering and technical skills, and developing well rounded professionals are at the heart of the curriculum. BLA/MED requires 154 curriculum credits with minimum 130 BLA credits, 33 MED credits (24 plus 9 linkable).

Sample Academic Program of Study

Fall Semester, Year I

  • LA 140: Graphics & Two Dimensional Design Studio (4 Undergraduate (UG) credits);
  • LA 200: Introduction to LA (3 UG credits);
  • MTH 116: College Algebra & Trigonometry (5 UG credits);
  • WRA 1XX: Tier I Writing (4 UG credits).

Spring Semester, Year I

  • LA 141: Graphics & Three Dimensional Design Studio (4 UG credits);
  • PDC 120: Planning & Design Digital Graphics (2 UG credits);
  • HRT 212: Landscape Plants II (3 UG credits);
  • ISS 2XX: Integrative Studies (4 UG credits);
  • PLB 105: Plant Biology (3 UG credits);
  • PLB 106: Plant Biology Laboratory (1 UG credit).

Summer Semester, Year I

  • LA GCU: AutoCAD Proficiency (0-3 UG credits).

Fall Semester, Year II

  • LA242: Creating Space Studio (4 UG credits);
  • LA 230: Construction Materials & Methods (4 UG credits);
  • HRT 211: Landscape Plants I (3 UG credits);
  • CEM 141: Chemistry (4 UG credits);
  • CEM 161: Chemistry Lab (1 UG credit).

Spring Semester, Year II

  • LA 243: Place Making Studio (4 UG credits);
  • LA 231: Landscape Site Engineering (4 UG credits);
  • HRT 311: Planting Design (4 UG credits);
  • ISS 310: People & Environment (4 UG credits).

Fall Semester, Year III

  • LA 344: Connections of Scale Studio (5 UG credits);
  • LA 332: Advanced Landscape Site Engineering (4 UG credits);
  • IAH 20X: Arts & Humanities (4 UG credits);
  • EC 20X: Micro/Macro Economics.

Spring Semester, Year III

  • LA 345: Design Development Studio (5 UG credits);
  • LA 390: Landscape Architecture Field Studies (3 UG credits);
  • LA 421: Drawing as Knowing (4 UG credits).

Fall Semester, Year IV

  • LA 140: Juried Design Studio (5 UG credits);
  • LA/HRT/PRR/HED 816: Environmental Design Theory (3 GR credits);
  • IDES 892: Research fund. For Human Environment & Design (3 GR credits);
  • Approved Elective (6 UG credits).

Spring Semester, Year IV

  • LA 448: Regional Environmental Design Studio (2 UG credits);
  • UP 424: GIS for Planners & Designers (3 UG credits);
  • LA/HRT/PRR/HED 883: Environmental Design Seminar (3 GR credits);
  • IAH 21x: Arts & Humanities (4 UG credits);
  • Approved Elective (4 UG credits).

Fall Semester, Year V

  • LA 817: Environmental Design Studio ( 3 GR credits)
  • LA 480: Professional Practice (3 UG credits);
  • LA 899/898: Thesis Practicum (3 GR credits);
  • Approved Elective (4-BLA only to 7-DUAL credits).

Spring Semester, Year V

  • LA 899/898: Research (3 GR credits);
  • Approved Elective (6 GR credits).

Curriculum Summary

  • Four (4) semesters as undergraduate student, 69 UG credits;
  • Two (2) semesters as BLA undergraduate student, 28 UG credits;
  • Three (3) semesters as dual enrolled student, 33 UG credits;
  • BLA completed end of 9th semester, 15 GR credits;
  • One (1) semester as MED graduate student, 9 GR credits (qualifying 400-level and above of linkable BLA/MED);
  • MED completed end of 10th semester, 154 credits:
    • Counting up to 9 linked credit hours in the MED is only with approval of the Guidance Committee;
    • A minimum of 6 credit hours must be at MSU Campus while in graduate standing;
    • A minimum of 9 credit hours registered in graduate standing;
    • Courses taken during dual enrollment (undergraduate status) do not count towards requirements 2 and 3.

This is only a guide for completing the BLA degree. Students must meet with their Academic Advisor or Major Professor each year to ensure proper course scheduling for timely completion of the degree.

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