Undergraduate Course Catalog

Landscape Architecture

J. Rosenblatt, Chairperson

Landscape architecture involves applying natural and aesthetic principles to the planning, design, preservation, and management of the land. In response to social and ecological problems and for public health and safety, landscape architects combine and coordinate skills and understanding of the arts, ecology, engineering, and human behavior to arrange spaces and objects upon the land for human use and enjoyment. Ball State University’s programs in landscape architecture are fully accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board of the American Society of Landscape Architects.


MAJOR IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE (BLA),
113 hours

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MINOR IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, 19 hours

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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE (LA)

100 Introduction to Landscape Architecture. (2)
An introduction to landscape architecture: lectures, site observations, and environmental experiences that focus on landscape architectural practice, representative projects, philosophy, and areas of specialization within the field.

201 Site Design. (4)
Application of basic design principles, programming, and analysis to small-scale site-specific landscape design problems. Visual and functional design principles as they relate to natural and cultural influences in landscape design. 
    Prerequisite: CAP 102. 
    Parallel: LA 214.

202 Park and Open Space Design. (4)
Design projects emphasizing park design, park and recreational master planning, and open-space design in rural, suburban, or urban settings. 
    Prerequisite: LA 201.

214 Field Studies. (1)
On-site studies of landscape architectural projects and practices, natural areas, and historic sites and landscapes. Urban or rural field trips; may include visits to professional offices and public planning and design agencies. One three- to five-day field trip is required. This course is offered for credit/no credit only. 
    Parallel: LA 201.

215 Field Studies 2. (1-3)
Group field studies of landscape architectural projects and practices, natural areas, and historic sites and landscapes. Urban and rural field trips may include visits to professional offices and public planning and design agencies. A minimum of one three- to five-day field trip is required. Offered credit/no credit only.
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned.

220 Landscape Architecture History 1. (3)
The history of landscape architecture from ancient times to 1800. Examples of landscape expressions of the human-environment relationship resulting in the conscious shaping of urban and rural landscapes, and the creation of such landscapes as parks, gardens, and urban plazas.

221 Landscape Architecture History 2. (3)
The history of landscape architecture from 1800 to the present. Emphasizes the North American human-environment relationship, its relationship to European antecedents, and other cultural parallels in landscape design. 
    Prerequisite: LA 220.

270 Environmental Systems. (3)
Qualitative investigations and analysis of landscape systems. Studies include the assessment of vegetation, climate, hydrology, soils, and subsurface geology as determinants of landscape architectural form; natural processes as they relate to the principles of landscape architectural construction.

280 Computer Applications in Landscape Architecture. (3)
An introduction to the use of computers in landscape architecture. Emphasizes two- and three-dimensional computer-aided design and drawing, landscape data inventory and analysis, and landscape engineering. 
    Prerequisite: CAP 162. 
    Parallel: LA 202.

301 Housing and Community Design. (4)
Design projects focusing on social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental issues as they relate to land-planning and site design for housing developments and residential communities. 
    Prerequisite: LA 202.

302 Planting Design. (4)
Design problems focusing on the functional, ecological, and aesthetic uses of plants in the landscape. 
    Prerequisite: LA 301, 341.

310 Landscape Architecture Design/Build Projects. (3)
Experiential service learning design/build projects in landscape architecture. Faculty supervised, student implemented design and construction of site-scale spaces in support of community open space, recreation, or outdoor education needs. 
    Prerequisite: LA 270 or permission of the department chairperson.

311 Landscape Architectural Engineering 1. (4)
Principles and practices of landscape engineering. Emphasizes the techniques and applications of land surveying, earthwork techniques including grading and estimation, and principles of site drainage. 
    Prerequisite: LA 270.

312 Landscape Architectural Engineering 2. (4)
Principles and practices of landscape architecture engineering and construction emphasizing landscape materials, structures, planting, and fabrication techniques. Includes design implementation techniques and construction documents. 
    Prerequisite: LA 311.

320 Therapeutic Landscapes. (3)
Principles and practices of planning and design of landscapes for healthy living. Topics may include the history and theory of therapeutic landscapes in support of health care services, active living issues in community design, and post-occupancy evaluations. Field trips may be required. 
    Prerequisite: junior standing; LA 220 or 270; permission of the department chairperson or instructor.

341 Landscape Plants 1. (4)
The study of woody and herbaceous plants, including plant identification and plant adaptation to urban and natural environmental conditions.

342 Landscape Plants 2. (3)
The study of herbaceous landscape plants including plant identification and landscape cultural requirements. Emphasizes both outdoor and indoor plants.

369 Landscape Architecture Internship. (0-1)
A minimum of ten weeks of supervised employment under the direction of a landscape architect or allied design professional. Departmental approval required in advance of qualified employment. Requires employer and self-evaluation reports. Offered for credit/no credit only. Requires two registrations: one zero-hour registration during semester of field experience and one one-hour registration the following fall semester. 
    Prerequisite: LA 302, 311, 312. 
    A total of 1 hour of credit may be earned.

371 Theories and Practices of Sustainable Site Design. (3)
Interdisciplinary course examining theories, tools, and practices of sustainable site design and landscape planning. Connections are made between theories and green design movements; sustainable design projects are examined. Emphasis is placed on the interdisciplinary nature of sustainable design, collaboration, and site design processes for complex systems. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.

380 Computer Applications in Landscape Architecture 2. (3)
Intermediate level course in the use of computers in landscape architecture. Emphasizes Web design, motion graphics, video, CD authorship, various presentation techniques, three-dimensional computer modeling and animation, and landscape engineering. 
    Prerequisite: LA 280 or permission of the department chairperson.

401 Regional Landscape Design. (4)
The application of principles of landscape architectural design to large-scale landscape settings. Topics include land planning, visual quality management, and natural and cultural landscape resource management. 
    Prerequisite: LA 302.

403 Urban Design. (4)
Design studio emphasizing the physical and socio-behavioral influences on the design of cities. Projects may focus on the design of new urban environments or the redesign and revitalization of existing urban centers. May include interdisciplinary studies. 
    Prerequisite: LA 401 or permission of the instructor.

404 Landscape Architecture Comprehensive Project. (5)
Analytical, conceptual, and design development processes applied to a comprehensive project in landscape architecture. Emphasizes guided independent design work based on individual initiative. 
    Prerequisite: LA 403, 451.

406 Special Design Studio. (2-4)
Design studio emphasizing special or unique topics in landscape architecture. Studio may be offered at on-campus or off-campus sites and may be part of an approved foreign study program. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the instructor and the department chairperson. 
    A total of 4 hours of credit may be earned.

413 Landscape Architectural Engineering 3. (4)
Principles and practices of landscape engineering and construction. Emphasizes roadway and parking lot engineering, practices of storm water management, and advanced grading. 
    Prerequisite: LA 312.

420 Historic Landscape Preservation. (3)
Survey of the history, theory, and methodologies of historic landscape preservation. Includes topics in both vernacular and designed historic landscape preservation, primarily in North America. 
    Prerequisite: LA 221 or permission of the instructor.

430 Philosophy of Landscape Architecture. (3)
Readings, seminars, and lectures in the background and development of historic and contemporary philosophies of landscape architecture. Includes discussions of design and environmental issues, land use, and professional ethics. 
    Prerequisite: LA 221 or permission of the instructor.

451 Landscape Architecture Research. (3)
Methods, procedures, and case studies of landscape architectural research. Includes guided development of an individual research program and proposal leading to the landscape architecture comprehensive project (LA 404). 
    Prerequisite: LA 403.

460 Professional Practice. (3)
Methods and practices of the profession of landscape architecture. Subjects include business and governmental organization, elements of contract law, business management, marketing, professional licensure, and ethics. 
    Prerequisite: LA 302 or 369.

464 Landscape Architectural Design Communications 2. (3)
Advanced methods of landscape architectural design communications using a variety of media. 
    Prerequisite: CAP 162.

465 Portfolio Preparation. (2)
The preparation of resumes, portfolios, and brochures related to securing internship positions and other landscape architectural employment.

471 Sustainable Land Systems. (3)
Interdisciplinary course addressing sustainability in relation to diverse resource issues. It explores regions and sites as parts of land systems; and landscape planning and design integration with these systems to promote sustainability. It focuses on resource harvesting and regeneration, environmentally responsible materials and technologies, sustainable planning and design, and building-site integration.

480 Computer Applications in Landscape Architecture 3. (3)
Advanced level use of computers in landscape architecture. Emphasis on three-dimensional computer modeling, animation and simulation, fabrication, video, and presentation techniques. 
    Prerequisite: LA 380 or permission of the department chairperson.

490 Independent Projects. (1-3)
An independent study in environmental topics. 
    Prerequisite: approval of the program proposal by a faculty advisor, the professor responsible for study assessment, and the department chairperson. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.

498 Special Projects in Landscape Architecture. (1-6)
Special and timely landscape architectural projects undertaken by groups. 
    A total of 9 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 6 in any one semester or term.

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