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Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture is the design and planning profession that applies both art and science to achieve the best use of land. Landscape architects design the setting for a variety of land uses ranging from residential to industrial development while providing stewardship for the natural environment. The profession has a special commitment to improving the quality of urban and rural life. Students acquire hand and computer graphic skills, study design theory and site engineering and apply the knowledge to a series of environmental design projects.

Career Profile

Employment opportunities for landscape architects exist in multidisciplinary planning and design firms and with the federal government in the Departments of Agriculture, Defense or Interior. About one of every six landscape architects is self-employed.

Sample Course Schedules

Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.

Freshman Year

ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric LARC 105 Introduction to Landscape Architecture LARC 120 Landscape Architectural Drawing LARC 223 Computer Graphics in Landscape Architecture WDSC 100 Forest Resources in US History

Senior Year

LARC 450 Advanced Landscape Architectural Design 1 LARC 466 Introduction to Urban Design Issues LARC 484 Professional Practice FOR 140 West Virginia's Natural Resources

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Landscape Architecture major is accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Alumni Profile

Nina Chase

President of the WVU chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and winner of the Landscape Architecture Olmsted Scholars Program, Nina graduated summa cum laude in 2010 with a B.S. She was accepted into one of the premier landscape architecture graduate schools in the country, Harvard. While there, she won a National Student Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects. Her project was featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine. Nina says, “This award is a direct result of what I learned at WVU. I am grateful to WVU for providing opportunities to explore my personal interests while exposing me to a world outside of my own. WVU has always been my vision of what college is. I received an incredible education."

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