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Bachelor of Science

The undergraduate landscape architecture curriculum is a broad-based course of study that provides the skills necessary for professional practice. In addition to the required Landscape Architecture courses, students are expected to fulfill college requirements in biological, physical and social sciences, humanities, and written and oral expression.

The core Landscape Architecture undergraduate curriculum is centered on a sequence of design studio courses. Studio teaching involves students and faculty in a one-on-one relationship. This close interaction typifies the program. Each studio requires a different set of principles and theories and mastery of aspects of the media of landscape—land form, plants, water, engineering, and construction. The subject matter in each studio builds on the subjects of previous studios.  View an example of the Bachelor of Science degree sequence


Landscape Architecture students are also required to develop a concentration to extend their knowledge of design.

Study Abroad Options

Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to study abroad, typically during the spring semester of their junior year.  The department actively partners with the CALS Exchange Program to provide unique opportunities for students to study Landscape Architecture in another cultural context, at reputable institutions around the globe.  Partner schools offer studios, enabling students to stay on track to graduate on time.  Just some of the destinations include Argentina, Australia, the Netherlands, Scotland, and  Sweden.  Previous foreign language experience is usually not required as many institutions teach in English.  In addition to the CALS Exchange Program, the university connects students to other opportunities for study through Cornell Abroad.