Landscape Architecture

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Berkeley's undergraduate curriculum in Landscape Architecture centers upon creative and ecologically-tuned design and introduces students to the breadth of knowledge common to the profession. This program leads to the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Landscape Architecture and provides the necessary education for students interested in entry-level professional practice.

At the heart of the undergraduate curriculum are three core studios: LD ARCH 101, LD ARCH 102, and LD ARCH 103. The core studios ensure that undergraduate students benefit from the department's full range of interests and expertise.

Licensure and Accreditation

The BA degree is certified by the State of California and counts as part of the education/experience requirement of the Uniform National Examination (U.N.E.) as well as for the Landscape Architects Registration Examination (L.A.R.E.) for licensure. Please visit the Landscape Architects Technical Committee and the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards for more information about licensure in California.

Admission to the Major

Students must declare one of the CED majors at the time of application to the college; however, current UC Berkeley students may apply to change colleges into CED. Transfer applicants must complete two years worth of lower division coursework to be considered for admission to CED. For information regarding admission to the major for first-year, transfer students, and current students who wish to change majors or colleges, please see the College of Environmental Design (CED) page in this Guide or the CED website.

History and Theory of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design Minor Program

This program introduces students to conceptual issues of landscape architecture. A letter grade of C- or higher in ENV DES 1LD ARCH 1, or LD ARCH 12 is required to declare the minor. To declare, students must submit the CED Request to Declare Minor, available on the CED website. Open to all majors at UC Berkeley except Landscape Architecture.

Other Minors Offered by the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

The Department sponsors a minor in Sustainable Design, in conjunction with the Department of Architecture. For further information regarding this minor program, please see the program's page in this Guide.

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Major Requirements

In addition to the University, campus, and college requirements, listed on the College Requirements tab, students must fulfill the below requirements specific to their major program.

The Landscape Architecture major requirements differ by students’ admit year to UC Berkeley. The major requirements listed below are the most recent. In the Berkeley Academic Guide Archive, refer to the year you were admitted to UC Berkeley for your major requirements.

General Guidelines

  1. All lower division courses taken in fulfillment of major requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
  2. Courses taken to fulfill lower division major requirements may also be used to fulfill Seven-Course Breadth.
  3. A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 for all courses taken at UC Berkeley is required for graduation.
  4. Upper division major courses used to fulfill the major requirements must be completed with a letter grade.
  5. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 must be maintained in upper division major courses used to fulfill the major requirements.
  6. Courses used to fulfill an upper division major requirement may not simultaneously fulfill a breadth requirement.
  7. Up to two upper division courses taken at another institution, including an approved study abroad program, may be applied to the major requirements below (if transferable and approved in advance).

For information regarding residence and unit requirements, please see the College Requirements tab.

Lower Division Major Requirements

Three courses

LD ARCH 1Drawing a Green Future: Fundamentals of Visual Representation and Creativity4
Physical Science: Select one course from the following 1
General Chemistry [3]
The Water Planet [3]
Introduction to Climate Change [3]
Earth's Greatest Volcanic Eruptions [3]
Earthquakes in Your Backyard [3]
Earthquakes in Your Backyard [3]
The Planet Earth [4]
Environmental Earth Sciences [3]
Extreme Weather and Climate [3]
Oceans [3] (This course can be used for either Phys Sci or Bio Sci but not both.)
Introduction to Oceans [3] (This course can be used for either Phys Sci or Bio Sci but not both.)
Introduction to Environmental Sciences [3] (This course can be used for either Phys Sci or Bio Sci but not both.)
Introduction to Earth System Science [4] (This course can be used for either Phys Sci or Bio Sci but not both.)
Earthquakes in Your Backyard [3]
Physics for Scientists and Engineers [4]
Introductory Physics [4]
Descriptive Introduction to Physics [3]
Descriptive Introduction to Physics [3] (Also listed as L & S C70V)
Biological Science: Select one course from the following (Note: courses from the above PS breadth list that can be used for BS breadth instead include EPS 82, EPS N82, ESPM 15, and GEOG 40): 2
Introduction to Biological Anthropology [4]
General Biology Lecture and Laboratory [4]
The Biosphere [3]
Environmental Biology [3]
Environmental Issues [4] (Also listed as L & S C30V)
Insects and Human Society [3]
Natural History of Insects [3]
Sierra Nevada Ecology [4]
Bioinspired Design [3] (Also listed as L & S C30Z)
Primate Biology [3]
Environmental Science for Sustainable Development [4]
Introduction to Toxicology [3]
The (Secret) Life of Plants [3]

Upper Division Major Requirements

Eleven courses.

LD ARCH 101Fundamentals of Landscape Design5
LD ARCH 102Case Studies in Landscape Design5
LD ARCH 103Energy, Fantasy, and Form5
LD ARCH C110AEcological Analysis4
LD ARCH 112Landscape Plants: Identification and Use4
LD ARCH 120Topographic Form and Design Technology3
LD ARCH 121Design in Detail: Introduction to Landscape Materials and Construction4
LD ARCH 133Drawn from the Field (Formerly 134A) 33
LD ARCH 134BDrawing Workshop II3
LD ARCH 135Sacred Landscapes3
LD ARCH 170History and Literature of Landscape Architecture3
1

This course simultaneously satisfies the Physical Science breadth requirement (see the College Requirements tab).

2

This course simultaneously satisfies the Biological Science breadth requirement (see the College Requirements tab).

3

LD ARCH 133 can be waived for students who complete LD ARCH 1 at UC Berkeley

Minor Requirements

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. 

General Guidelines

  1. All minors must be declared no later than one semester before a student's Expected Graduation Term (EGT).
  2. A letter grade of C- or higher in ENV DES 1, LD ARCH 1, or LD ARCH 12 is required to declare the minor. To declare, students must submit the CED Minor Declaration Form, available on the CED website. 
    1. DEADLINE TO SUBMIT FORM: Prior to the start of a student's final semester.
  3. Each course used to fulfill minor requirements must be completed with a letter grade of C- or above.
  4. Students must earn a 2.0 GPA in the upper division requirements for the minor.
  5. Any course used in fulfillment of minor requirements may also be used to fulfill major and upper division CED non-major requirements.
  6. Courses used to fulfill a breadth requirement may also be used to satisfy minor requirements.
  7. Students may apply the non-CED version of a CED cross-listed course towards the minor.
  8. Students may use up to two courses taken abroad to fulfill upper division minor requirements, with faculty approval of the individual courses.

History and Theory of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Minor ​Requirements

Lower Division (Choose one from list)
ENV DES 1Introduction to Environmental Design3
LD ARCH 1Drawing a Green Future: Fundamentals of Visual Representation and Creativity4
LD ARCH 12Environmental Science for Sustainable Development4
Upper Division (Choose five from list)
LD ARCH C110AEcological Analysis (formerly LD ARCH 110)4
LD ARCH 111Plants in Design3
LD ARCH 119Flood Risk Management3
LD ARCH 122Hydrology for Planners4
LD ARCH 130Sustainable Landscapes and Cities4
LD ARCH 140Social and Psychological Factors in Open Space Design3
LD ARCH 154Special Topics in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning (Must be taken for 3 units)3
LD ARCH 170History and Literature of Landscape Architecture3
LD ARCH/AMERSTD C171The American Designed Landscape Since 18503
LD ARCH C177GIS and Environmental Spatial Data Analysis4
LD ARCH C188Geographic Information Science4

College Requirements

For College Requirements, please refer to the College of Environmental Design.

Plan of Study

Each student’s plan will vary, depending on interests. Students should see their advisor if they are interested in applying for graduate school, studying abroad, attending summer school, pursuing a minor or second major, or anything else.

For more detailed information regarding the courses listed below (e.g., elective information, GPA requirements, etc.), please see the Major Requirements tab.

Freshman
FallUnitsSpringUnits
ENV DES 13ENV DES 54
Bio Sci for Major (Breadth #1: BIO SCI)3-4Reading & Composition A4-6
Breadth #23-4Phys Sci for Major (Breadth #3: PHYS SCI)3-4
University Elective (if needed to reach 12 units)3-4University Elective (if needed to reach 12 units)1-2
 12-15 12-16
Sophomore
FallUnitsSpringUnits
Reading & Composition B4LD ARCH 14
Breadth #43-4Breadth #63-4
Breadth #53-4Breadth #73-4
University Elective (if needed to reach 12 units)2University Elective, if needed2-3
 12-14 12-15
Junior
FallUnitsSpringUnits
LD ARCH 1015LD ARCH 1025
LD ARCH C110A4LD ARCH 1124
LD ARCH 13313LD ARCH 1703
LD ARCH 134B3CED Upper Div Non-Major #12-4
 15 14-16
Senior
FallUnitsSpringUnits
LD ARCH 1035LD ARCH 1214
LD ARCH 1203LD ARCH 1353
CED Upper Div Non-Major #22-4CED Upper Div Non-Major #32-4
American Cultures (or university elective, if needed to reach 12 units)2-4LD ARCH 160 or 111 (recommended)3
 12-16 12-14
Total Units: 101-121

LD ARCH 1 at UCB satisfies LDARCH 133.

 Students must complete 120 units to graduate. 

Student Learning Goals

Learning Goals of the Major

  • To communicate effectively in graphic, written, and verbal formats.
  • To understand the relationship of the history and theory of landscape architecture.
  • To acquire knowledge of the basic fundamentals of environmental design, particularly the implications of social and natural factors.
  • To apply design principles in a range of sites and scales.

Major Map

Major Maps help undergraduate students discover academic, co-curricular, and discovery opportunities at UC Berkeley based on intended major or field of interest. Developed by the Division of Undergraduate Education in collaboration with academic departments, these experience maps will help you:

  • Explore your major and gain a better understanding of your field of study

  • Connect with people and programs that inspire and sustain your creativity, drive, curiosity and success

  • Discover opportunities for independent inquiry, enterprise, and creative expression

  • Engage locally and globally to broaden your perspectives and change the world

  • Reflect on your academic career and prepare for life after Berkeley

Use the major map below as a guide to planning your undergraduate journey and designing your own unique Berkeley experience.

View the Landscape Architecture Major Map PDF.

Advising

The CED Office of Undergraduate Advising provides a wide array of programmatic and individual advising services to prospective and current students as well as to students in other colleges who are pursuing CED minors or taking CED courses. The professional advising team assists students with a range of issues including course selection, academic decision-making, achieving personal and academic goals, and maximizing the Berkeley experience.

Advising Staff

Heather Grothjan, Undergraduate Academic Advisor
250 Bauer Wurster Hall, heather.grothjan@berkeley.edu,

Kristian Dawson, Undergraduate Academic Advisor
250 Bauer Wurster Hall, kristian.dawson@berkeley.edu

Mel Barbers, Undergraduate Academic Advisor
250 Bauer Wurster Hall, mbarbers@berkeley.edu

Omar Ramirez, Director of CED Undergraduate Advising
250 Bauer Wurster Hall, oramirez@berkeley.edu

Andrew Atwood, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies
364 Bauer Wurster Hall, atwood@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Advising Office Hours

Fall/Spring: Monday through Friday, 10 to noon; 1 to 4 p.m. (Office opens at 9 a.m.)
Summer: Monday through Friday, 10 to noon; 1 to 3 p.m.

Address

Office of Undergraduate Advising
College of Environmental Design
250 Bauer Wurster Hall #1800
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-1800

Email Address

cedadvising@berkeley.edu

CED Career Services

The CED Career Services Center (CSC) offers personalized career counseling, a yearly CED Career Fair, and a wide variety of professional-development workshops on topics such as licensure, internships, and applying for graduate school. For further information or to schedule an appointment with the Career Counselor, please see the CED Career Services website.

Program Requirements

For the most current information regarding major and minor program requirements and college-wide policies, please see the following pages on the CED website:

Mission

The College of Environmental Design (CED) Office of Undergraduate Advising helps students graduate in a timely way with a meaningful educational experience at Berkeley. In alignment with the College's Vision and Principles, the Office collaborates with CED faculty, deans, and student service units across campus toward the common objective of supporting students as they achieve their educational and career goals. The Office of Undergraduate Advising seeks to achieve the following:

  • Attract a highly-motivated, diverse pool of applicants
  • Connect students with resources that match their goals and aspirations
  • Support the development and transformation of our undergraduates as they become educated, active and socially just citizens of the world
  • Prepare graduates who are uniquely qualified and highly sought after in their field of choice

Advising Values

Student Success. Above all, the Office of Undergraduate Advising dedicates itself to maximizing student potential and to helping students succeed in their university experiences. Advisors encourage students to explore their minds and their hearts, challenge them to do their best work, and help them realize their talents and passions and achieve their goals.

Equity & Inclusion. Commitment to creating an inclusive environment in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported and valued. Advisors aspire to provide fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all students and to identify and eliminate barriers that prevent the full participation of all.

Health & Well-Being. Collaboration with campus partners to keep the CED community healthy by helping students balance the physical, intellectual, emotional, social, occupational, spiritual and environmental aspects of life.

Advising Excellence. In all that they do, advisors strive to deliver personalized advising services of the highest quality. They also seek to continuously educate themselves on developments in the field and to evaluate, improve, and streamline services to support students in obtaining the best education and experience possible.

Academic Opportunities

Student Groups and Organizations

The college provides opportunities for students to be involved in student chapters of professional organizations, such as the American Institute of Architects (AIAS), the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), as well as other student groups like the Chican@/Latin@ Architecture Student Association (CASA), Global Architecture Brigades, and more. For information regarding student groups, please see the Student Organizations page of the CED website.

Study Abroad

The College of Environmental Design (CED) encourages all undergraduates in the college to study abroad. Whether students are interested in fulfilling general education requirements, taking courses related to their major/career, or simply living and studying in a country that is of interest to them, Berkeley Study Abroad will work with students to make it happen. For information about Study Abroad programs, please see the Berkeley Study Abroad website.

CED Career Services

The CED Career Services Center (CSC) offers personalized career counseling, a yearly CED Career Fair, and a wide variety of professional-development workshops on topics such as licensure, internships, and applying for graduate school. For further information, please see the CED Career Services website.

Prizes and Awards

CED offers a number of annual prizes, awards, scholarships, fellowships, and grants to its currently enrolled students. Some of these prizes and awards are college-wide, and some are geared toward students in specific majors. For general information regarding CED prizes and awards, including application instructions and a deadline calendar, please click here.

CED Events and Exhibits Calendar

CED and Wurster Hall is home to a variety of events, lectures, and exhibitions that welcome professors, professionals, and friends to the college to discuss and celebrate the community and professions. Through events and media CED is constantly creating ways to keep the college connected and up-to-date. To view this calendar, please click here.

CED on Facebook

CED Lecture Series

The departments of Architecture, City and Regional Planning, and Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning each sponsor lecture series, which offers students the opportunity to hear internationally-acclaimed speakers. These speakers often also participate in classes and seminars as part of their visit to campus. For a schedule of speakers and events in these lecture series, please see the CED website.

WursterLife

WursterLife is a closed-network platform that enables CED students and alumni from across the globe to connect with classmates, find alumni by practice area, geographic region, affinity group, or shared interest, share professional updates, news, photos, events, and jobs, enhance your career through your alumni connections, and find ways to stay engaged with the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design.

Research Opportunities, Internships, Public Service, and Volunteer Opportunities

Check out the CED Office of Undergraduate Advising website for additional opportunities.

Courses

Landscape Architecture

Contact Information

Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

202 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-643-9335

Visit Department Website

Department Chair

Walter Hood

382C Bauer Wurster Hall

wjean@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Major Head & Minor Program Faculty Advisor

Chip Sullivan

302 Bauer Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-2938

csully@berkeley.edu

CED Undergraduate Advising

Undergraduate Student Advisors

250 Bauer Wurster Hall

cedadvising@berkeley.edu

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

Andrew Atwood

364 Bauer Wurster Hall

atwood@berkeley.edu

Director, Office of Undergraduate Advising

Omar Ramirez

250 Bauer Wurster Hall

oramirez@berkeley.edu

CED Career Services

Dinorah Meyer

http://ced.berkeley.edu/ced/students/career/

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