Landscape Architecture Bachelor of Science
Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
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OVERVIEW OF MAJOR
Are you artistic and visually creative? Do you enjoy drawing and design? Do you appreciate the environment, computers and travel? Does involvement in the planning of a community park or the redesign of an urban environment intrigue you? Would you like to improve local quality of life by designing a mine restoration plan, a new open space, or a new recreation area? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then a major in landscape architecture may be the choice for you.

Studying landscape architecture at Colorado State is an adventure. Taking part in a challenging course of study, students prepare themselves for careers in a field whose enormous potential has only begun to be recognized. Landscape architecture students study design as accomplished landscape architects see it: shaping spaces as well as planning and preserving them.

Landscape architects create and design detailed landscape plans to be functional, aesthetic, and compatible with the natural environment. Throughout the program, emphasis is on the relationship between design, nature, and society: the impact of environments on the individual as well as the impact of users on the environment. Registration laws for landscape architects in 45 states encourage graduation from programs such as that offered at Colorado State University, which is accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Landscape architects must analyze the natural elements of a site including the climate, soil, slope of the land, drainage, sunlight, and vegetation. Computer-aided design (CAD) has become an essential tool for landscape architects. Landscape architects often work with building architects, surveyors, engineers, and urban planners and collaborate with environmental scientists, foresters and other professionals to find the best way to conserve or restore natural resources. Knowledge of appropriate local, State or Federal regulations, such as those protecting wetlands or historic resources, is essential.

Nature, culture, form, and space are the classic elements of landscape architecture with which students work in a series of design studies and related courses. Coursework focuses on a variety of landscape projects that grow more complex as the curriculum proceeds. The courses include subjects such as site design, landscape design and construction, surveying, landscape ecology, and urban and regional planning. Other courses specific to the major are history of the designed landscape, plant and soil science, geology, and professional practice. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of summer travel courses available to study highly valued ecological/cultural sites in Colorado and designed landscapes in Europe.

Colorado State University offers the only nationally accredited undergraduate professional landscape architecture program in Colorado.

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CHARACTERISTICS AND SKILLS
* Strong interest in computers and drawing as tools for creative and artistic thinking
* Strong interest in spatial and environmental issues applied to landscape
* Strong oral communication skills
* Good presentation skills
* Problem solving skills
* Ability to work well with other professionals
* Strong writing skills
* Analytical skills

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POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS
Many types of organizations and individuals hire landscape architects —from real estate development firms starting new projects, municipalities constructing airports or parks, to home owners desiring garden designs. Many landscape architects are employed by government agencies doing site design for buildings, parks, and other public assets. Others are involved in park and recreation planning in national parks and forests, and restoration of environmentally damaged landscapes. Employment of landscape architects is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2009. Starting in 1998, average salaries for landscape architects exceeded average salaries of architects. Anticipated growth in construction is expected to increase demand for landscape architectural services over the long run. Participation in internships and cooperative education opportunities is highly recommended to enhance your practical training and development. Graduates who go on for advanced studies can attain more responsible positions with the possibility of rising to top professional levels. Following are some of the career opportunities for landscape architecture majors:
* Landscape designer and contractor
* Landscape consultant
* Private practice business
* Construction supervisor
* Land or environmental planner
* Urban planner

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RELATED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
* Student Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects (SCASLA)

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MORE INFORMATION
Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
111 Shepardson Building
1173 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1173
970-491-7019
http://la.agsci.colostate.edu/
* Academic advising/Major exploration


Center for Advising and Student Achievement (CASA)
TILT Building
801 Oval Drive
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1033
970-491-7095
http://www.casa.colostate.edu
* Academic advising/Major exploration


Career Center
120 Lory Student Center
Fort Collins, CO 80523
970-491-5707
http://career.colostate.edu/
* Major and career exploration/Job search information


Admissions and Undergraduate Recruitment
Ammons Hall
711 Oval Drive
8008 Campus Dellivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523
970-491-6909
http://www.admissions.colostate.edu
* Admission applications/University visits and tours


General Catalog Online
http://www.catalog.colostate.edu/

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