Landscape Studies

The concentration in landscape studies is designed for students who have an interest in landscape aesthetics. The course selection is intended to provide greater understanding of landscape issues that may be relevant in related professional disciplines and to broaden knowledge about the landscape in which we live.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • Students must maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher for Landscape Studies courses.
  • A minimum 6 upper division hours must be taken in courses offered by the Tempe campus.
  • * These courses require a petition to The Design School; see a Design School advisor for more information.
  • ** Course offered only in fall sessions.
  • *** Course offered only in spring sessions.

Core 12 Hours Required

ALA 102 Landscapes and Sustainability, HU & G (3)

LAP 254 Plant Materials (3)

LPH 310 History of Landscape Architecture (3)** (Prerequisites: sophomore standing)

LPH 311 Contemporary Landscape Architecture (3)*** (Prerequisites: junior standing)

Landscape Architectural History & Theory 6 Hours Required

LAP 352 Ecosystems Sustainable Design (3)

LAP 485 International Field Studies in Landscape Architecture (1-6) (Prerequisite: Junior standing; Credit is allowed for only GCU 485 or GPH 485 or LAP 485 or POR 485 or PUP 485 or 585)

LAP 494 Special Topics (3)

LDE 494 Special Topics [*APP*LAND*ARCH*] Applied Landscape Architecture (Instructor consent is required)

LPH 394 Special Topics (3)

LPH 411 Landscape Architecture Theory and Criticism (3) (Prerequisites: Landscape Architecture; LDE 461 and LPH 311 with C or better; Co-requisites: LDE 462 and LTC 446)

LPH 494 Special Topics (3)

LPH 499 Individualized Instruction* (3)

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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