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College: Architecture
Degree Offered: Professional Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA)
Hours Required: 120 for BLA
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Minor Available: Yes
Advisor: Kim Wilson
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Landscape Architecture

COLLEGE: Architecture

MAJOR: Landscape Architecture

DEGREE OFFERED: Professional Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA)

HOURS REQUIRED: 120 for BLA

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA:

MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes

ADVISOR: Kim Wilson

DESCRIPTION

Director: Kim Wilson, 302 Architecture Hall

Professors: Day, Hoistad, Sutton, Wilson

Associate Professor: Tang

Assistant Professor: Thomas-Karle

Advisor: Kim Wilson, kwilson4@unl.edu

Landscape architecture combines the arts and environmental sciences. Landscape architects plan and design spaces and places such as gardens, parks, plazas, streetscapes, residential developments, campuses, cemeteries, commercial districts, resorts, transportation infrastructure, open space networks, towns, corporate and institutional centers and waterfront developments. They also design and plan the restoration of natural places disturbed by humans such as wetlands, stream corridors, mined areas and forested land. Their appreciation for historic landscapes and cultural resources enables landscape architects to undertake preservation planning projects for national, regional and local historic sites and areas.

Collaborating with architects, city planners, civil engineers and other professionals, landscape architects play an important role in environmental sustainability by designing and implementing projects that respect both the needs of people and of our environment. Therefore, landscape architects must be able to understand the process of nature and impact human settlement has on ecosystems. This requires professionals to manage storm water, select appropriate plant material, and anticipate human impact all with an eye on a sustainable and more resilient future.

The goal of the landscape architecture program is to nurture responsible citizens to address the complexity of world issues that face our discipline through creative and transformational design. Students will:

  • achieve academic excellence so qualities of intellectual curiosity, open communication, personal responsibility, collegiality and the skills to work individually and with other’s are held to rigorously high standards;
  • receive the educational foundation for a professional career instilled with insightful design and planning ability, key technical skills, ethical judgment, and an ever-enhancing understanding of landscape architecture; and
  • be grounded in a broad base of knowledge within the curriculum, emphasizing connections among subjects that relate to and inform landscape architecture, thereby enabling investigative and problem-solving on all scales in a creative manner.

General

The accredited landscape architecture program is a four-year course of study that has been subdivided into a one-year pre-professional (d.ONE: Common First Year) and a three-year professional degree. Students receive a professional bachelor of landscape architecture (BLA) at the end of the fourth year. At the end of the Common First Year, students are required to apply for admission into the professional segment of the curriculum. This review involves an evaluation of the student's academic record and a portfolio of their work during the Common First Year. The landscape architecture program is accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB).

Students are required to take an array of courses in support of the core studio sequence in addition to the university’s general education courses. These courses include material in horticulture, environmental sciences, architecture, planning, and site engineering in addition to core landscape architecture studios. This curriculum exposes students to various challenges facing the landscape architecture profession including sustainability, landscape ecology, construction issues, stormwater management, infrastructure and issues created by urbanism.

d.ONE: Common First Year

d.ONE engages and prepares students for exciting futures in all design fields within the College of Architecture.

The d.ONE curriculum offered by the College of Architecture, introduces students to design through courses in three areas: Technique (drawing and computer applications), Design Discipline (an introduction to the related design disciplines and design history), and Design Practice (design Thinking and design Making). In addition, students take University courses in math, English, communications, and a general education elective. Design Thinking and Design Making are sequential hands-on courses where students learn to work in teams to address problems and promote innovation. At the same time, they learn the foundational skills in composition, craft, presentation, and idea generation necessary for all design fields.

At the end of d.ONE, students have gained an understanding of the broad range of design and are eligible to apply to any of the design programs in the College—Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, and Industrial Design (pending program approval).

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Specific Major Requirements

Pre-Landscape Architecture Curriculum

The pre-landscape curriculum begins with a Common First Year design core. This core introduces students to the fundamentals of design thinking and design making. The pre-landscape architecture program is followed by three years of focused landscape architecture instruction leading to a bachelor of landscape architecture. The professional bachelor of landscape architecture degree is the degree accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB).

The College of Architecture, and all four years of the landscape architecture program, are located in Lincoln. However, we do offer the option to do the first year of the program at UNO. After successfully completing the prescribed pre-landscape architecture program at UNO, students may transfer to UNL and apply for admission to the second year of study in the professional program of the College of Architecture.

For more information about courses at UNO, or transferring from UNO to UNL, please contact us.

PRE-LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: Common First Year, First Semester

DSGN 101 Introduction to Design2

DSGN 110 Design Thinking (ACE 7)3

DSGN 120 Design Drawing3

Composition Elective (ACE 1)3

ENGL 150 Writing & Inquiry or ENGL 151 Writing & Argument

ACE 6 Elective3

Total14

PRE-LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: Common First Year, Second Semester

DSGN 111 Design Making4

DSGN 123 Computer Applications in Design3

DSGN 140 History of Design (ACE 5)3

MATH 104 Applied Calculus3

Communication Elective (ACE 2)3

COMM 109 Fundamentals of Human Communication or COMM 286 Business & Professional Communication

Total16

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: Second Year, First Semester

LARC 200 Landscape & Environmental Appreciation (GEOG 200/HORT 200) (ACE 9)3

LARC 210 Studio I: Landscape Architecture Design Foundations4

LARC 212 Landscape Plants I (HORT 212/NRES 212)3

LARC 230 Site Systems I: Materiality in Landscape Architecture3

HORT 131 Plant Science (AGRO 131) (ACE 4)3

Total16

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: Second Year, Second Semester

LARC 211 Studio II: Landscape Architecture Site Design4

LARC 231 Site Systems II: Site Engineering3

LARC 241 History of Landscape Architecture (ACE 7)3

HORT 153 Soil Resources (AGRO 153/SOIL 153)4

BIOS 220 Principles of Ecology (NRES 220)3

Total17

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: Third Year, First Semester

LARC 310 Studio III: Landscape Architecture Advanced Site Design5

LARC 330 Site Systems III: Landscape Architecture Implementation3

LARC 461 Urbanism (ARCH 461)3

CRPL 433 GIS in Environmental Design & Planning3

Total14

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: Third Year, Second Semester

LARC 213 Landscape Plants II (HORT 213/NRES 213)3

LARC 311 Design Studio IV: Contemporary Landscape Architecture Design Problems5

LARC 380 Internship Preparation1

CRPL 400 Introduction to Planning (ACE 8)3

Total12

BACHELOR OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: Third Year, Summer

LARC 495 Internship3-6

Total3-6

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: Fourth Year, First Semester

DSGN 410 Design Studio: Collaborate5

LARC 497 Selected Topics in Landscape Architecture3

LARC 489 Design Research3

LARC 487 Introduction to Landscape Ecology3

Total14

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: Fourth Year, Second Semester

LARC 411 Design Studio VI: Community Planning & Design (ACE 10)5

Professional Elective3

Elective3

Elective3

Total14

Total for Graduation120

ADDITIONAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Grades

Students must earn at least a C (2.0) in all courses with an ARCH, DSGN, IDES, or LARC prefix to earn credit toward their degree. Students will be required to retake all core required courses with a grade of C- or below, but will not be required to repeat courses that were taken as electives.

Pass/No Pass Limits

None of the required classes offered in the professional program are offered Pass/No Pass, but a maximum of 12 Pass/No Pass credit hours of humanities, social sciences, or open electives may be taken from departments outside the College of Architecture.

Courses taken outside the architecture, landscape architecture, or interior design programs to fulfill the upper level outside elective requirement at the 800 level or 900 level, with or without a 400-level counterpart, in a minor, collateral, or supporting area of work, can be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.

GPA Requirements

Pre-Professional Program, Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Interior Design

Students in the first year are required to maintain both a semester and cumulative grade point average at or above 2.0. The standard rises to a grade point average of 2.6 in the second year. Admission into the third year of both programs requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.6. The College places students who fail to meet these standards on academic probation.

Third and Fourth Year, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture

Students in the third and fourth year of the BLA program are required to maintain a 2.6 cumulative grade point average to remain in good academic standing. The Program places students who fail to meet this standard on academic probation.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT

Minors

The landscape architecture minor is administered through the College of Architecture’s landscape architecture program.

The minor in landscape architecture is designed to provide a basic understanding of the nature of the profession of landscape architecture. Knowledge of landscape architecture history, theory, and context provides a useful addition to a student in any of the University disciplines.

The minor is open to all UNL students. Entrance to the minor is by application, grade review,and permission of the program director, Kim L. Wilson. Contact Leslie Gonzalez, admissions coordinator (232 Architecture Hall West, 402-472-4065, leslie.gonzalez@unl.edu) for the application.

Required Courses18

DSGN 110 Design Thinking3

LARC 200 Landscape & Environmental Appreciation (GEOG 200/HORT 200)3

LARC 241 History of Landscape Architecture3

CRPL 400 Introduction to Planning3

LARC 461 Urbanism (ARCH 461)3

LARC 497 Selected Topics in Landscape Architecture3

COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS

College Admission

Admission to the College of Architecture

Admission to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln does not constitute admission to the College of Architecture. Students seeking enrollment in the College of Architecture should indicate their desire by marking the proper major code on the University application form.

Freshmen and transfer students applying for admission to the pre-architecture, pre-interior design, and pre-landscape architecture program must submit complete admission application materials by May 1 for fall admission and December 1 for spring admission. These admission procedures apply to high school students seeking admission, as well as transfer students, international students, and also those transferring from UNO and UNK to UNL.

High School Standards Pre-Architecture, Pre-Interior Design, and Pre-Landscape Architecture Programs

Prospective students interested in the Professional Program in Architecture are eligible to apply for admission into the pre-architecture major if their high school records meet the following standards:

1. Mathematics–4 units of Algebra I, II, geometry, and one-half unit of trigonometry, and one-half unit that builds on a knowledge of algebra or pre-calculus.

2. English–4 units of intensive reading and writing.

3. Social Studies–3 units. At least one unit of American and/or world history and one additional unit of history, American government, and/or geography.

4. Natural Science–3 units. At least two of the three units selected from biology, chemistry, physics, and earth sciences. One of the units must include a laboratory.

5. Foreign Language–2 units.

Admission Deficiencies/Removal of Deficiencies

Because admission requirements establish the level of knowledge and skills which are needed for a student to succeed at UNL, students who are admitted with core course deficiencies in foreign language and geometry are expected to quickly remove them. Deficiencies must be removed before a student is eligible for graduation.

General Admission Requirements for the College of Architecture

In addition to the high school admission requirements, the College of Architecture has established the following general admission requirements for all undergraduate students.

New freshman students must:
  • Graduate in the upper quartile of their high school class, or
  • Have an enhanced ACT composite score of 22, or
  • Have a combined SAT verbal and math total of at least 1030 enhanced, or
  • Receive permission from the program director with a waiver from the above requirements.
New international freshman students must:
  • Meet UNL entrance requirements for new international freshman students, and
  • Have a MELAB score of at least 80 or a minimum TOEFL score of 550, or computer-based score of 213 or 79-80 Internet-based.
New transfer students must:
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA for architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design and be in good scholastic standing.

NOTE:New transfer students must comply with new freshman student entrance requirements if they have completed less than 12 credit hours of college study.

New international transfer students must:
  • Meet UNL entrance requirements for international transfer students
  • Have a MELAB score of at least 80 or a minimum TOEFL score of 550, or computer-based score of 213, or Internet-based score of 79-80
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and be in good scholastic standing
Students who transfer into the College of Architecture from other colleges at UNL must:
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA for architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design and be in good scholastic standing. Students transferring from UNO and UNK are included in the new transfer student category.

NOTE: New transfer students must comply with new freshman student entrance requirements if they have completed less than 12 credit hours of college study.

Readmission

Students who apply for readmission to the College of Architecture must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA for architecture, landscape architecture and interior design, be in good scholastic standing, and receive permission from the dean of the College.

Former students who withdraw after being admitted to the College, or who have been academically suspended and wish to be readmitted must: a) be readmitted to the College in good scholastic standing, and b) be in good scholastic standing in accordance with the program standards and receive permission from the program director. Applicants for readmission will compete for spaces available with all other admission applicants.

College Degree Requirements

Minimum Hours Required for Graduation

BSD in Architecture – 120 hours

BSD in Interior Design – 120 hours

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) – 120 hours

Grading Appeals

A student wishing to appeal a grade should contact his or her professor for clarification first before an appeal can be filed. If the dispute cannot be resolved with the instructor it is recommended that the student meet with their advisor to get clarification on the appeals process. Appeals are only considered where it can be demonstrated that prejudice or capricious treatment influenced the grade received by the student.

Having exhausted these avenues, a student may then choose to make a formal appeal. The appeal is in the form of a written statement from the student to the program director. The director will then forward the letter to the Faculty Affairs Committee. The deadline for filing a grade appeal (which includes a written statement from the student) is 30 calendar days after the first day of classes of the next regular semester (fall or spring). Appeals filed after the deadline will not be heard.

Incomplete Grades

Incompletes for students in the pre-professional program shall be granted only for reasons outlined in the policy statement adopted by the University Senate. See the Office of the University Registrar's website at http://registrar.unl.edu for the complete text.

Incompletes given to students in the professional program are granted at the discretion of the faculty awarding the grade. The faculty and student together must file an incomplete form in the department office to register the anticipated completion date and the grade that will be registered if the work is not completed by that time.

Architecture students will be allowed a maximum of two weeks to remove incompletes from courses that are prerequisites to classes in which they are currently enrolled or they will be administratively dropped from those courses.

Scholastic Standing

The following scholastic standards have been established to maintain the level of quality for students enrolled in the architecture program:

Pre-Professional Program, Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Interior Design

Students in the first year are required to maintain both a semester and cumulative grade point average at or above 2.0. The College places students who fail to meet these standards on academic probation.

Second, Third and Fourth Year, Architecture

Students in the second year are required to maintain both a semester and cumulative grade point average of 2.6. Students in the third and fourth year of the BSD program are required to meet two parallel academic standards. First the student must maintain a semester grade point average of 2.6 to remain in good academic standing. The program places students who fail to meet this standard on academic probation. Further, students whose GPA for the academic year is between 2.6 and 3.0 are required to submit their studio work for review by the Student Affairs Committee for determination of continuance in the program or repetition of the year’s studio sequence.

Second, Third and Fourth Year, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture

Students in the second year are required to maintain both a semester and cumulative grade point average of 2.6. Students in the third and fourth year of the BSD program are required to maintain a 2.6 cumulative grade point average to remain in good academic standing. The program also requires that students earn a grade of a C or higher in all required courses. The program places students who fail to meet this standard on academic probation.

Fifth and Sixth Year, Architecture

Students in the M.Arch program are required to maintain a semester grade point average of 3.0 to remain in good academic standing. The program places students who fail to meet this standard on academic probation.

Minimum Grades

Students must earn at least a C (2.0) in all courses with an ARCH, DSGN, IDES, or LARC prefix to earn credit toward their degree. Students will be required to retake all core required courses with a grade of C- or below, but will not be required to repeat courses that were taken as electives.

Removal of Grades C- or Below

A professional student receiving a grade of C- or below for an overall course grade may remove that grade by retaking the same course again and receiving a higher grade. The higher grade will be used to compute the student’s cumulative grade point average, but all grades appear on the student’s transcript. The Pass/No Pass option cannot be used to remove these grades from the grade point average. Please be advised that once a course is no longer taught and no longer offered by the department it is not possible to remove a grade of C- or below through substitution or any other means.

Should you perform poorly in many courses during a semester it is possible to bankrupt the entire semester’s grades. This is a drastic action and should be pursued only after a visit with your advisor.

Pass/No Pass Limits

None of the required classes offered in the professional program are offered Pass/No Pass, but a maximum of 12 Pass/No Pass credit hours of humanities, social sciences, or open electives may be taken from departments outside the College of Architecture. ACE courses specified by the College of Architecture may not be taken Pass/No Pass.

Courses taken outside the architecture, landscape architecture, or interior design programs to fulfill the upper level outside elective requirement at the 800 level or 900 level, with or without a 400-level counterpart, in a minor, collateral, or supporting area of work, can be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.

Transfer Credit Rules

All professional credit earned at another university to be applied toward the master of architecture degree must be approved by the Professional Program Committee in cooperation with the program director. At least 50 percent of the required course work for the professional degree must be completed at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with the exception of those students who are applying to enter the program with a four year degree from an accredited architecture program. No professional transfer credit will be accepted from a non-accredited architecture program.

College Evaluation of Transfer Credit

First time students transferring to the College of Architecture from a similar accredited professional degree program will be evaluated on the basis of the current undergraduate bulletin in effect at the time the student enrolls in the College of Architecture.

Process

The program director will select and identify those courses that are applicable to the professional program in architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture programs. The College of Architecture will not accept courses for transfer which are below a 2.0 on a 4-point scale.

Evaluation of Technical and Nonaccredited Transfer Credits

Students who desire to transfer credits from technical or nonaccredited colleges must have architecture credits evaluated by the director and/or appropriate program representatives. Non-architecture credits will be evaluated by the appropriate university department.

Evaluation of Graphics, Design, and Production Drawing Credit

Transfer credit for graphics, basic and architectural, landscape architecture, and/or interior design work and production drawings will not be granted until the student’s work has been reviewed by the architecture, landscape architecture, or interior design program director. Allowable transfer credit in the design, production drawings, and graphics areas, whether the grades presented are C, B, or A, will be determined from this review and the student placed accordingly.

Confirmation procedure:

1. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate this task,

2. The student procedure is to obtain the confirmation form from the program office and to seek review of appropriate materials, and

3. A “portfolio review” will determine confirmation of credit. This review will be done by the appropriate faculty member or committee.

Evaluation of General Education Credits

Transfer students who have formally applied for admission will have their academic credits evaluated by the Office of the University Registrar and the College of Architecture. The College will evaluate all hours submitted on an admission application but reserves the right to reject any of these credits.

Clarification and Appeal

The student who has questions about or wishes to appeal the initial College evaluation of his or her transfer credit should contact the program office. If the evaluation is not satisfactorily resolved, the student has the right to register an appeal with the Student Affairs Committee of the architecture, landscape architecture, or interior design programs.

Independent Study

Credit hours earned through independent study (ARCH 398, ARCH 498, ARCH 598 and ARCH 898; LARC 398, LARC 498; and IDES 398, IDES 498, IDES 898) need to be formally arranged with the faculty member supervising the work prior to registration for those credit hours. This is accomplished through completion of the Independent Study Contract available in the program office. It must have the signature of the faculty sponsor and be filed with the program office in order to be valid.

Students are limited to a total of 9 credit hours of independent study over the course of their academic career in the professional program.

Other College Degree Requirements

Off-Campus Programs

The College of Architecture recognizes the need for some students to pursue their pre-architecture, pre-landscape architecture, and pre-interior design studies at other institutions. One semester (15 credit hours) of off-campus study should cause minimal delay in students’ educational timetables if courses can be selected from the following list and are approved by the College of Architecture. Students are encouraged to coordinate their off-campus pre-architecture, pre-landscape architecture, and pre-interior design programs with the College of Architecture.

Recommended Courses

Calculus (3 hrs)

English Composition elective (3 hrs)

Humanities and Social Sciences electives (9 hrs) See UNL ACE requirements.

Calculus based Physics (4 hrs) for pre-architecture or Natural Science (4 hrs) for pre-interior design or Introduction to Horticulture (3 hrs) for pre-landscape architecture

Speech (3 hrs)

ACE Requirements

Achievement-Centered Education (ACE)

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln requires all students receive a broad general education as part of their academic experience. This requirement translates into the obligation of all students to fulfill the requirements of the ACE program. Information about the ACE program may be viewed at ace.unl.edu.

English

It is of vital importance that architects, landscape architects, and interior designers be able to express themselves clearly and concisely. As a matter of routine, architects, interior designers, and landscape architects are called upon to prepare reports, papers, or specifications in which clarity and precision are essential. For this reason, a student is required to do more than meet the English composition course requirement. In daily oral and written work the student must demonstrate an acceptable skill in the use of effective English. The dean may require students who fail to meet acceptable standards to do additional work in English composition or speech communication. Each instructor is expected to bring to the dean’s attention the students who need additional work.

Students are expected to take ENGL 150 or ENGL 151.

ENGL 186, ENGL 187 and ENGL 192 may not be used to satisfy the freshman English composition requirement.

Mathematics

All students in the College of Architecture are required to receive credit for MATH 104. Courses taken as deficiencies to qualify for MATH 104 will not apply as credit toward their degree.

Attention

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