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Bachelor of Landscape Architecture California Polytechnic State University


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The profession of landscape architecture is primarily involved with the design, planning, and protection of the natural and developed environments. The five-year program in landscape architecture is accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board and recognized by the Landscape Architects Technical Committee of the California Board of Architectural Examiners.

An emphasis is placed on a process oriented approach to design and planning while developing an awareness and sensitivity to community and human values as they relate to environmental conditions. Students majoring in landscape architecture acquire technical competencies and creative design skills through a range of projects which represent the breadth of the profession.

Graduates of the program are prepared for positions in private practice, consulting, governmental agencies at the national, state or local levels, industry and construction firms. Graduate study is encouraged for those students interested in pursuing advanced studies or academic positions.

Majors who are in their last two years of study and have at least a 3.2 grade point average may have the opportunity to join Theta Chapter of Sigma Lambda Alpha, the national scholastic honour society for landscape architecture.

Program Learning Objectives

Integrate natural and cultural systems in projects at multiple scales.

Incorporate sustainable practices throughout the design, planning and implementation process.

Comprehend and demonstrate the relationships among analysis, concept development, design development, and implementation.

Apply critical thinking and analytical problem solving throughout planning, design and implementation.

Demonstrate knowledge of theory, history and contemporary practices of landscape architecture.

Apply professional communication skills including written, oral, graphic and digital formats.

Identify the role of landscape architects in professional interdisciplinary settings.

Apply technical skills in site engineering, material explorations and detailing, construction documents, plant materials, and planting design.

Apply professional standards, ethics and practices in the field of landscape architecture.

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Full Time (219 units)

Tuition fees

$25,719.00 (18,47,396) per year

This fee includes tuition, fees and insurance


19 Sep


College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Building 05, Room 212,



93407, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Students must have currently in high school (with or without completed college work) or you have graduated from high school and have not attended any college after high school graduation and prior to entering Cal Poly. They also must have: TOEFL must be taken within the last 2 years with: a minimum score of 550 (paper version) or a minimum internet-based score of 80. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) must be taken within 2 years with: a minimum score of 6.5.

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