Landscape architecture is a 126-credit curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (B.L.A.) degree. Accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the curriculum is designed to prepare undergraduates for professional careers in public and private practice. Landscape architecture is a profession that involves the design, planning, preservation, and restoration of the landscape by applying art, science, and technology to achieve the best use of our land and water resources.
Landscape architects design and plan parks, plazas, and recreation areas; residential, institutional and commercial developments; transportation facilities, waterfronts, new towns and campus landscapes; green roofs, green streets, and bioswales. Their professional skills may be used to preserve and restore natural, historic and coastal environments, and they are increasingly being called upon to work on teams that are dressing particularly challenging conditions associated with climate change.
The requirements of this curriculum include preparation in the basic arts and sciences. The major includes 63-64 credits of professional core classes (LAR 101, 201, 202, 243, 244, 300, 301, 302, 343, 344, 345, 346, 353, 354, 443, 444, 445, 447, 450); 28-29 credits of supporting requirements (ART 207; GEG 101; PLS 150; CHM 100, 101 or 103 or PHY 109, or GEO 100, or 103; CPL 410, CPL 434, 538; MTH 111; and PLS 200); and 7-8 credits of supporting electives. Students will also take general education classes and six credits of free electives. Students accepted into landscape architecture are required to maintain a grade point average of at least 2.50 with no landscape architecture grades below a letter C. Students failing to maintain this minimum may be removed from the program and required to reapply once this requirement is satisfied. Students are required to own a laptop computer by the time they enter the program. Specifications are available from the Landscape Architecture Program Office or from Ram Computer.
URI’s Landscape Architecture Program (LAR) is competitive. Accreditation standards regarding staff and facilities limit the number of students accepted into the major to 20 per year. While enrolled in the program, students will be reviewed twice during the course of their studies: first for admission into the lower-division design sequence and again for acceptance into the upper-division B.L.A. major.
Admission into the lower-division design sequence courses (LAR 243 and 244) requires department approval. Approximately 50 percent of the openings are filled by students entering as incoming freshmen and who maintain a minimum 2.50 grade point average with no grades in LAR courses below a C. The remaining openings are filled by matriculated students wishing to transfer into landscape architecture from other majors. These students are required to apply to the program and to submit a transcript of grades and an essay. Applications and transcripts are evaluated in February/March each year for acceptance into the lower-division (LAR 243) design sequence for the following fall. In order to encourage under-represented students to apply, one available space is set aside each year for a suitable applicant who meets the minimal program qualifications.
Acceptance into the upper division (junior design sequence) is based on submission and review of a portfolio of lower-division work, current academic transcript, and written essay. A maximum of 20 students per year are accepted into the upper-division B.L.A. curriculum. Eligible applicants for upper division are students enrolled in LAR 244/repeat applicants, and students wishing to transfer directly into the upper division from other accredited landscape architecture programs. Only students who have completed comparable lower-division courses in external programs will be allowed to compete for these upper-division positions. Such transfer applicants must first be accepted into the University by the Office of Admission and have their portfolios, transcripts, and essays submitted to the director of the landscape architecture program before February 21 preceding the fall semester in which they wish to enroll. Students will be notified of their acceptance following department review.
Interested students should contact the program advisor or department chair.