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LSA 132 Orientation Seminar: Landscape Architecture (1)
One hour of lecture, discussion and/or exercises per week. Occasional field trips. Orientation to campus resources available to ensure academic success. Introduction to the professional culture and some topics of interest to landscape architects. Fall.

LSA 182 Drawing Studio (3)
Six hours of studio and one hour of lecture per week. This drawing course introduces the students to materials, techniques and components of drawing, architectural elements and figure drawing. Fall and Spring.
Prerequisite: Landscape architecture students or permission of instructor.

LSA 190 Clashing Perspectives in the Built Environment* (3)
Three hours of lecture/discussion per week. Can obesity, depression, and other public health issues be linked to the design of cities and suburbs? Examine how past and present social behavior, societal needs and cultural values shape the environment. Explore the complex array of public and private decisions--and their unintended consequences--on our physical communities. Spring and Fall.
*This course description was added to the on-line catalog on October 21, 2009.

LSA 205 Art, Culture and Landscape I (3)
Three hours of lecture per week. The course will examine the evolution of cultural expression in the arts and allied design professions. Lectures will emphasize the interrelationships between the arts and their cultural contexts from prehistory to the Renaissance. Fall.

LSA 206 Art, Culture and Landscape II (3)
Three hours of lecture per week. The course will examine the evolution of cultural expression in the arts and allied design professions. Lectures will emphasize the interrelationships between the arts and their relation to cultural contexts from the Renaissance to the present day. Spring.

LSA 220 Introduction to Landscape Architecture (3)
Three hours of lecture per week. LSA 220 presents an overview and introduction to the profession of landscape architecture. It presents a survey of the development of the profession in the United States and how the profession responds to societal needs in providing services to various public and private clients. Emphasis is placed on understanding the significance of environmental, socio/cultural, physical/visual, and aesthetic factors in developing intervention strategies and designs. Contemporary landscape architectural issues, practitioners and work are presented. Fall.

LSA 226 Foundation Design Studio I (4)
Five hours of studio and one hour of lecture per week. Studio time devoted to demonstrations, exercises and projects. Content focuses on skills and knowledge necessary to visualize and communicate 2-D and 3-D design ideas using appropriate traditional or digital graphic tools, techniques and technology. An emphasis is placed on the development of a working graphic and spatial design vocabulary and an introduction and application of fundamental design principles and the design process. Fall.
Prerequisite: LSA 182 or permission of instructor.

LSA 227 Foundation Design Studio II (4)
Five hours of studio and one hour of lecture per week. Studio time is devoted to demonstrations, exercises and projects. Content focuses on the expansion of skills and knowledge necessary to visualize and communicate 2-D and 3-D design ideas. An emphasis is placed on the development of a working understanding of the design process and its application toward the synthesis of design form in the landscape. Spring.
Prerequisite: LSA 226 or permission of instructor.

LSA 300 Digital Methods and Graphics I (3)
Three hours of lecture per week. Through active participation, students learn to produce 2D digital graphics and documents (posters, reports, presentations and e-docs). Content includes image processing and vector drawing; document assembly for print, viewing and electronic distribution; and general concepts of digital workflow management. Credit will not be given for both LSA 300 and LSA 500. Fall.
Prerequisite: Undergraduate standing in Landscape Architecture, Natural History and Interpretation or permission.

LSA 301 Digital Methods and Graphics II (3)
Three hours of lecture per week. Through active participation, students learn to produce 2D digital technical drawings and 3D digital models, to assemble graphics derived from diverse applications and produce composite digital documents suitable for printing, display and digital distribution. Credit will not be given for both LSA 301 and LSA 501. Spring.
Prerequisite: BLA standing in Landscape Architecture or permission of the instructor. LSA 300 recommended.

LSA 305 History of Landscape Architecture I (3)
Three hours of lecture per week. This course offers a survey of landscape architecture and urban design in the context of the cultural history of the western world. Prior to taking this class, students should have passed at least one semester of college-level art (LSA 206) or architectural history.

LSA 306 History of Landscape Architecture II (3)
Three hours of lecture per week. Survey of landscape design in the modern era, emphasizing the 20th century through the emergence of contemporary practice. Lectures and readings on significant movements, works and designers in the cultural, social and environmental context of the period. Fall.
Prerequisites: LSA 305, or permission of instructor.

LSA 311 Natural Processes in Design and Planning (3)
Three hours of lecture per week. An overview of basic principles and processes of physical and biological landscape systems with respect to their roles in landscape design and planning. Emphasizes landform, soil, slope, hydrology, climate, energy and general ecological issues as common elements influencing landscape design and the land use decision-making process. Sources and uses of environmental data are discussed. Fall.
Note: Credit will not be granted for both EST 311 and LSA 311.

LSA 312 Place/Culture/Design (3)
Three hours of lecture/discussion per week. Introduction to the interpretation of common places (streets, plazas, shopping malls, neighborhoods, parks, etc.) as expressions of culture. The course uses an interdisciplinary cultural studies approach to analyze the cultural processes and practices that shape places and applies these understandings in the context of design professions. Course requirements include readings, discussions, projects, reports and examinations. Field trips may be scheduled. Fall.

LSA 321 Ecological Applications in Planning and Design (3)
Three hours of lecture per week. Introduction to concepts of ecology and landscape ecology related to sustainable land planning and design. Emphasis on using theory to guide planning and design decision making, with a goal of greater integration of ecological concepts into professional work. Fall.
Prerequisite(s): Junior standing in the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program or permission of the instructor.

LSA 326 Landscape Architectural Design Studio I (5)
Seven hours of studio and one hour of lecture per week. This course will instruct those enrolled in the processes of measuring various physical qualities of a site or landscape, and then how to apply knowledge of ecology, natural processes, and human behavior and culture to assess the viability of potential design uses and forms. The material addressed will include land measurement and measurement systems, physiography and landform, soils, hydrology, climate, and plant, animal and human ecology. A variety of manual and computer techniques for data collection, analysis and synthesis of natural and cultural systems information will be explored. The course will concentrate on the comparison of synthesis techniques and their use in land use and site design decision-making. Occasional local field trips will be utilized. Fall.
Prerequisites: LSA 182, LSA 226, LSA 227 and LSA 311 (or their equivalent) with grades of "C" or better, or permission of instructor.

LSA 327 Landscape Architectural Design Studio II (5)
Seven hours of studio and one hour of lecture per week. This course addresses intermediate to advanced level site design, including skill development, theory and strategies as they relate to design issues and process. Emphasis is placed on in-depth investigation of concept and form expression in small-scale site design. Focus is on the form implications of applying specific materials, plantings and structural systems through design development and detailing. Occasional field trips to illustrate various design solutions. (Student field trip and materials expenses $300-$400).
Prerequisite: LSA 326 with a minimum grade of "C" or better, or permission of instructor. Co-requisite: LSA 342.

LSA 333 Plants Materials (2)
One hour of lecture followed by three hours of field identification lab per week. Course provides an introduction to the identification, site requirements, natural and cultural history, community ecology, and landscape value of native and exotic woody and herbaceous plant materials typical of landscape architectural practice. Field identification labs include on-campus site walks and trips to local gardens, arboreta and natural areas to demonstrate the use of plants in designed and ecological settings. Fall.

LSA 342 Landscape Architectural Construction Technology (4)
Three hours of lecture and three hours of studio/laboratory per week. Lectures, project, and assigned readings. This course provides an introduction to important site construction basics, including landscape grading and landform manipulation. Topics addressed will include appropriate slopes for various site uses, surface and subsurface drainage, principles of cut/fill analysis, pedestrian and vehicular circulation design, horizontal and vertical road alignment, storm water management, and soil erosion control. Appropriate methods and technologies will be demonstrated through studio projects and exercises. Spring.
Prerequisite: College math (with algebra and trigonometry), LSA 326, or permission of instructor.

LSA 343 Landscape Materials and Structures (3)
Three hours of lecture and discussion per week. This course introduces the properties of various ”hardscape” design materials used in landscape architectural construction, as well as the appropriate structural systems and design detailing typical for design elements. Occasional local field trips. Spring.

LSA 422 Landscape Architectural Design Studio III (5)
Seven hours of studio and one hour of lecture per week. This course introduces and applies concepts urban and regional planning, environmental planning, and landscape ecology, in the context of large-scale landscape architectural, community, and urban design. Emphasis will be placed upon the application of appropriate technologies and strategies to foster environmentally and economically sustainable community forms, as well as greater environmental and social equity. Occasional field trips to illustrate various design solutions. (Student field trip and materials expenses $300-$400). Spring.
Prerequisites: LSA 327 with a minimum grade of "C" or better, or permission of instructor.

LSA 423 Landscape Architectural Design Studio IV (5)
Seven hours of studio and one hour of lecture per week. LSA 423 addresses the final refining stages of small-scale site design, design detailing, precise layout and grading, selection of individual plant specimens and other materials, and the production of "working drawings" or contract documentation. Projects will include development of a complete set of working "contract documents," including layout plans, grading plans, planting plans and design details and specification. Occasional field trips to illustrate various design solutions. (Student field trip and materials expenses $300-$400). Spring.
Prerequisite: LSA 422 with a minimum grade of "C" or better, or permission of instructor.

LSA 424 Preparation for Off-Campus Design Thesis Studio (1)
One hour of lecture and discussion per week. The initial orientation and exploration of suitable landscape architecture or environmental studies topics for study during LSA 460. Students will tentatively select topics, form off-campus groups and be assigned a faculty advisor. Fall.
Prerequisite: Senior BLA standing, or permission of instructor.

LSA 425 Orientation for Off-Campus Design Thesis Studio (3)
Three hours of lecture and/or discussion per week. The initial orientation and exploration of suitable landscape architecture or environmental studies topics for study during LSA 460. Students undertake a detailed literature review, identify and refine research/study methods and prepare a detailed study proposal, including logistical details for LSA 460 (Off-Campus Design Thesis Studio). Spring.
Prerequisite: LSA 424 and senior BLA standing, or permission of Off-Campus Program Director.

LSA 433 Planting Design and Practice (3)
Two hours of lecture and three hours of lab/studio exercises per week. This course concentrates on the ecological, aesthetic and technical considerations of woody and herbaceous plant use in landscape architectural design. Concepts covered include ecological relationships among plants, cultural requirements of plants, nursery production, planting design and composition, planting plans and specifications, and plant establishment and maintenance. Course utilizes field trips to gardens, arboreta and natural areas to demonstrate planting design concepts. Fall.
Prerequisite: LSA 333 or permission of instructor. Note: Credit will not be granted for both LSA 433 and LSA 633.

LSA 451 Comprehensive Land Planning (3)
Three hours of lecture per week. Introduction to the planning process including survey and analysis techniques, the comprehensive plan, political context, and land use controls. Selected functional planning areas such as land use, environmental, growth management, regional planning, and economic development planning. Legal and historical basis. Spring.
Prerequisite: LSA 311 or permission of instructor. Note: Credit will not be granted for both LSA 451 and LSA 651.

LSA 455 Professional Practice in Landscape Architecture (3)
Three hours of lecture per week. This course examines the historic and contemporary modes of landscape architectural practice including practice types, ethics, operations, and client systems. Particular emphasis is given to the projected trends of professional practice and with impact on future roles for the landscape architect. Professional development is reviewed as it relates to internship, licensing, and continuing education. Spring.
Prerequisites: Upper division standing in landscape architecture or permission of the instructor. Note: Credit will not be granted for both LSA 455 and LSA 655.

LSA 458 Off-Campus Design Thesis Studio: Faculty Advisor Visit, Weekly Reports and Field Studies (4)
Twelve hours of individual field study per week conducted in an international or domestic location. Short field studies executed through on-site observation, sketching and analysis exercises. Study progress is communicated through weekly reports to an advisor and presented during the advisor’s visit, the fifth week of the Off-Campus semester. Summer or Fall.
Prerequisites: LSA 423 and LSA 425 with a minimum grade of “C”. Co-requisites: LSA 459, LSA 460.

LSA 459 Off-Campus Design Thesis Studio: Design Journal and Project Notebook (4)
Twelve hours of individual field study per week conducted in an international or domestic location. Field observations and travel experiences documented through daily graphic and narrative entries in a design journal/sketchbook. Thesis project studies and research documented through daily entries in a project notebook. Summer or Fall.
Prerequisites: LSA 423 and LSA 425 with a minimum grade of “C”. Co-requisites: LSA 458, LSA 460.

LSA 460 Off-Campus Design Thesis Studio: Thesis Project (7)
Twenty-one hours of individual field research and studio per week conducted in an international or domestic location. The completion of a thesis project as delineated in a proposal prepared by the student and approved by the Off-Campus faculty advisor in LSA 425. Summer or Fall.
Prerequisites: LSA 423 and LSA 425 with a minimum grade of "C". Co-requisites: LSA 458 and LSA 459.

LSA 461 Off-Campus Final Presentation Seminar (1)
One hour of seminar per week. Seminar time devoted to individual presentations and critique. Content focuses on individual projects undertaken as a component of LSA 460. Spring.
Prerequisite: LSA 460.

LSA 470 Thematic Landscape Design Studio (6)
Eight and one-half hours of studio and one hour of lecture per week. Studio time devoted to demonstrations, exercises and projects. Content focuses on different themes, topics, and scales each year, traditionally addressing sub-disciplines in landscape architecture such as urban design, community design and planning, ecological design and restoration and cultural landscape preservation. Spring.
Prerequisite: LSA 423 or permission of the instructor. Note: Credit will not be granted for both LSA 470 and LSA 670.

LSA 480 Seminar in Urban Design (3)
Three hours of seminar per week. This course is an exploration of literature and case studies that address the history, theories, principles and practice of 19th and 20th century North American and European urban design. The format includes readings, discussion and presentations, papers, and a three-day field trip. Fall.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Note: Credit will not be granted for both LSA 480 and LSA 680.

LSA 481 Cultural Landscape Preservation (3)
Two hours of presentation and one hour of discussion per week. The course provides an overview and introduction to cultural landscape preservation and the general preservation movement in the United States. Philosophy, history, and legislation of the preservation movement will be presented. The focus will be on preservation terminology and application, standards, guidelines and procedures. Research, identification, evaluation of significance, and integrity and treatment of cultural resources will be explored. Limited enrollment. Spring.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Note: Credit will not be granted for both LSA 481 and LSA 681.

LSA 495 Undergraduate Experience in College Teaching (1 - 3)
Undergraduate Experience in College Teaching. An opportunity for 4th year senior or 5th year students to gain experience in fully supervised, college-level teaching similar to what they can expect to perform as a graduate teaching assistant. Students assist the course instructor in the preparation and presentation of studio or lecture material in an undergraduate course. A maximum of 6 credit hours of LSA 495 and 3 credit hours relating to any single assisted course. Fall, Spring, Summer. Prerequisite(s): 4th year senior or 5th year standing, a grade of B or higher in course being assisted, consent of instructor and minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
Prerequisite(s): 4th year senior or 5th year standing, a grade of B or higher in course being assisted, consent of instructor and minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

LSA 496 Special Topics in Landscape Architecture (1 - 6)
One to three hours of class meetings per week. Special topics of current interest to undergraduate students in landscape architecture and related fields. A detailed course subject description will be presented as a topic area is identified and developed. Fall and Spring.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Note: Credit will not be granted for the same topic in LSA 496 and LSA 696.

LSA 498 Introductory Research Problem (1 - 3)
Guided study of a selection of problems relating to landscape architecture and environmental design. Emphasis on study procedure and methods employed. Enrollment at periodic intervals throughout the semester. Fall, Spring and Summer.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

LSA 499 Undergraduate Landscape Architecture Internship (1 - 12)
LSA 499. Undergraduate Landscape Architecture Internship. Supervised office or field experience in a professional working environment. Fall, Spring and Summer. Prerequisites: BLA students only with an approved internship proposal.

LSA 500 Digital Methods and Graphics I (3)
Three hours of lecture per week. Through active participation, students learn to produce 2D digital graphics and documents (posters, reports, presentations and e-docs). Content includes image processing and vector drawing; document assembly for print, viewing and electronic distribution; and coordination of workflow in team-based production settings. Credit will not be given for both LSA 300 and LSA 500. Fall.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Landscape Architecture, Environmental Interpretation or permission.

LSA 501 Digital Methods and Graphics II (3)
Three hours of lecture per week. Through active participation, students learn to produce 2D digital technical drawings and 3D digital models, to assemble graphics derived from diverse applications and produce composite digital documents suitable for printing, display and digital distribution; and to coordinate workflow in team-based production settings. Credit will not be given for both LSA 301 and LSA 501. Spring.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Landscape Architecture or permission of the instructor. LSA 500 recommended.

LSA 552 Graphic Communication (3)
Two three-hour studios and one one-hour lecture per week. Studio time devoted to demonstrations, exercises, and projects focusing on sketching, drafting, drawing construction and rendering techniques used in the landscape architecture field. Introduction to drawing reproduction and technologies. Emphasis on skill development, use of graphics in the design process. Drawings, examinations and a final project constitute basis for grades. Fall.
Prerequisite: Graduate status in landscape architecture or permission of instructor.

LSA 596 Special Topics in Landscape Architecture (1 - 3)
Experimental or special coursework in landscape architecture for graduate and undergraduate students. Subject matter and method of presentation vary from semester to semester. Fall and Spring.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

LSA 600 Design Studio I (4)
Nine hours of studio and one hour of lecture/discussion per week. The first in a sequence of studios focusing on the concepts, skills and methods of design. This course introduces students to the basic vocabulary of theoretical design principles, to the application and operation of these in the physical environment, and to the development of three-dimensional spatial concepts in community scale patterns. The requirements for the course include readings, examinations, field trips, design exercises and projects. Fall.
Prerequisite: Graduate status in landscape architecture or permission of instructor.

LSA 601 Design Studio II (4)
Five hours of studio and one hour of lecture per week. The second in a sequence of studios applying the concepts, skills and methods of design in a critical analysis of various natural and human systems in community scale environments. Concentration is on the evaluation of options concerning a variety of land use activities, with special emphasis on landscape analysis and the functional and spatial quality of built environments. The requirements for this course include readings, examinations, field trips, design exercises and projects. Spring.
Prerequisites: Graduate status in landscape architecture and LSA 600, LSA 552, or permission of instructor.

LSA 605 History of Landscape Architecture (3)
Three hours of lecture per week. Historical study and style analysis of Western culture on environmental design, and changing attitudes and relationships to the environment. Non-Western influences on Western culture. Study of historical personalities as well as periods that are of environmental concern up to the modern period. Additional readings and a supplementary research/writing component. Spring.
Note: Credit will not be granted for both LSA 405 and LSA 605.

LSA 606 History of Landscape Architecture II (3)
Three hours of lecture per week. Survey of landscape design in the modern era, emphasizing the 20th century. Lectures and readings on significant movements, works and designers in the cultural, social and environmental context of the period. Additional seminar, reading and writing component. Fall.
Prerequisites: MLA status or permission of instructor Note: Credit will not be given for both LSA 406 and LSA 606.

LSA 610 Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (3)
One-half hour of lecture, two and one-half hours of laboratory, and a minimum of six hours additional laboratory per week are required. This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of computer-aided design and drafting. It covers the commands needed to create a two-dimensional drawing, with particular emphasis on techniques used in the design profession applications. The requirements for the course include completing self-tutorials, creating drawings and the completion of two major projects. Fall and Spring.
Prerequisite: General knowledge of manual drafting. Note: Credit will not be granted for both LSA 410 and LSA 610.

LSA 611 Natural Processes in Planning and Design (3)
Two hours and 40 minutes of lecture and one hour of discussion per week. This course addresses basic principles and processes of physical landscape systems with respect to their roles in landscape design and planning. Sources and uses of environmental data are discussed and illustrated. An emphasis is placed on landform, soil, slope, hydrology, climate and general ecological issues as common elements influencing landscape design and the land use decision making process. Fall.
Prerequisite: Graduate status in landscape architecture or permission of instructor.

LSA 615 Site Construction Grading, Drainage and Road Layout (3)
One hour of lecture and six hours of studio per week. This course provides an introduction to important site construction basics, including landscape grading and landform manipulation to achieve appropriate slopes for use and positive surface drainage, principles of cut/fill analysis and subsurface drainage, horizontal and vertical alignment for road design, storm water management, and soil erosion control. Appropriate analysis methods and technologies will be employed through studio projects and exercises. Spring.
Prerequisite: Graduate status in landscape architecture, concurrent enrollment in LSA 601 or permission of instructor.

LSA 620 Design Studio II--Advanced Site Design (4)
One hour of lecture and nine hours of studio per week. This course is the third in a sequence of landscape architectural design studios. It focuses on advanced issues in site design and on the integration of project programming and design development into the design process. Concentrations include detailed designing for site layout, grading, storm water management, interior and exterior planting, site furnishing, and site lighting. Design exploration and project communication techniques are pursued such as CAD, reprographics, and computer-based visual simulation. Course requirements include readings, field trips, exercises, and design projects. Fall.
Prerequisites: Graduate status in landscape architecture, LSA 601, LSA 611, LSA 615, or permission of instructor.

LSA 621 Design Studio IV--Community Design and Planning (4)
Nine hours of studio and one hour of lecture and discussion per week. Design studio problems addressing principles and practice of community design, the structure and language of human settlements, community design process, natural systems and community design, and an introduction to the history, traditions and literature of the field. Spring.
Prerequisite: LSA 620 or permission of instructor.

LSA 625 Orientation for Off-Campus Experiential Studio (2)
This course includes two hours of lecture and discussion per week. It is an exploration of cultural, logistical and academic issues relevant to a research, internship or self-directed study experience abroad. The format also includes research and readings. Open to MLA and MS candidates. Spring.

LSA 632 Plants and Landscapes (2)
Twenty hours of instruction per week for two weeks.This course provides an introduction to the identification and use of native and exotic plants typical of landscape architectural practice. It also introduces students to a range of landscape contexts ranging from natural areas to urban settings and establishes a foundation for the discussion of the social, historical and ecological themes and issues of each. Field trips required. Fall.
Prerequisite: Entering MLA status or permission of the instructor.

LSA 633 Planting Design and Practice (3)
Two hours of lecture and three hours of lab/studio exercises per week. This course concentrates on the ecological, aesthetic and technical considerations of woody and herbaceous plant use in landscape architectural design. Concepts covered include ecological relationships among plants, cultural requirements of plants, nursery production, planting design and composition, planting plans and specifications, and plant establishment and maintenance. Course utilizes field trips to gardens, arboreta and natural areas to demonstrate planting design concepts. Students complete a final research project that explores current and emerging trends in the use of plant materials in landscape architectural design. Fall.
Prerequisite: LSA 632 or permission of instructor. Note: Credit will not be granted for both LSA 433 and LSA 633.

LSA 640 Research Methods (3)
Three hours of seminar per week. Students learn skills for: (1) performing scholarly activities associated with learning what is known about topics, (2) using accepted methods for producing new knowledge which possesses qualities of validity and reliability, and (3) preparing documents which meet expectations for academic rigor. Parallels between scholarship, research and design are emphasized. Spring.
Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing in DLA graduate programs in Landscape Architecture or permission of the instructor.

LSA 645 Construction Documentation Studio (3)
Six hours of studio and one hour of lecture per week. This course covers the production of traditional contract documents for bidding and construction of landscape architectural projects. Taught as a shared resource with LSA 445, students enrolled in LSA 645 participate in a separate studio section. Spring.
Note: Credit will not be granted for both LSA 445 and LSA 645.

LSA 650 Behavioral Factors of Community Design (3)
Three hours of lecture and discussion per week. An introduction to the contribution of the behavioral sciences to community design and planning is provided. Readings and discussions concern both theoretical and methodological aspects. Case studies are used to illustrate a variety of current behavioral science applications. Course assignments familiarize the student with basic behavioral science methods including questionnaires, observations and interviews. A final project provides an opportunity to synthesize course materials. Fall or Spring.
Prerequisite: Graduate status in landscape architecture or permission of instructor.

LSA 651 Comprehensive Land Planning (3)
Three hours of lecture per week. Survey of urban planning and design and environmental management in terms of contemporary challenges; legal, technological, administrative and political processes; human and ecological processes; the role of design; case studies, and current and projected best practices. Lectures, readings, discussions and presentations. Required field trip. Spring.
Note: Credit will not be granted for both LSA 451 and LSA 651.

LSA 652 Community Development and Planning Process (3)
Three hours of lecture per week. This course introduces planning and community development as connected, interdependent processes. Community dynamics, the participants in the planning and development processes, theories, principles and practices, and the role of design will be explored. Lectures, seminars, guest speakers, research projects, readings and discussion will be used to engage the course material. Fall.

LSA 655 Professional Practice in Landscape Architecture (3)
Three hours of lecture per week. This course examines the historic and contemporary modes of landscape architectural practice including practice types, ethics, operations and client systems. Particular emphasis is given to the projected trends of professional practice and with impact on future roles for the landscape architect. Professional development is reviewed as it relates to internship, licensing and continuing education. Students enrolled in LSA 655 will also produce a graduate project portfolio. Spring.
Prerequisite: Graduate status in landscape architecture or permission of instructor. Note: Credit will not be granted for both LSA 455 and LSA 655.

LSA 670 Thematic Landscape Design Studio (6)
Eight and one-half hours of studio and one hour of lecture per week. Studio time devoted to demonstrations, exercises and projects. Content focuses on different themes, topics, and scales each year, traditionally addressing sub-disciplines in landscape architecture such as urban design, community design and planning, ecological design and restoration and cultural landscape preservation. Additional readings and a supplementary research/writing component. Spring.
Prerequisite: LSA 423 or permission of instructor. Note: Credit will not be granted for both LSA 470 and LSA 670.

LSA 680 Seminar in Urban Design (3)
Three hours of seminar per week. This course is an exploration of literature and case studies that address the history, theories, principles and practice of 19th and 20th century North American and European urban design. The format includes readings, discussion, oral presentations, papers and a three-day field trip. This course fulfills the seminar requirement for students in the Community Design and Planning area of study. Fall.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Note: Credit will not be granted for both LSA 480 and LSA 680.

LSA 681 Cultural Landscape Preservation (3)
Two hours of presentation and one hour of discussion per week. This course provides an overview and introduction to cultural landscape preservation and the general preservation movement in the United States. The philosophy, history and legislation of the preservation movement will be presented. The focus will be on preservation terminology and application, standards, guidelines and procedures. Research, identification, evaluation of significance and integrity, and treatment of cultural resources will be explored. A major research project and presentation are required. Spring.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Note: Credit will not be granted for both LSA 481 and LSA 681.

LSA 696 Special Topics in Landscape Architecture (1 - 6)
One to three hours of class meetings per week. Special topics of current interest to graduate students in landscape architecture and related fields. A detailed course subject description will be presented as a topic area is identified and developed. Additional readings, supplementary research and writing assignments. Fall and Spring.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Note: Credit will not be granted for the same topic in LSA 496 and LSA 696.

LSA 697 Topics and Issues of Landscape Architecture (1)
Two hours of lecture and discussion every other week. Topics for discussion are selected to acquaint the entering graduate student with a generalized view and current issues facing landscape architects. Fall.
Pre- or co-requisite: Audit LSA 220 and graduate status in landscape architecture or permission of instructor.

LSA 699 Landscape Architecture Internship (1 - 12)
Internships provide students with a supervised field experience to apply and extend their academic abilities in a professional working environment. Enrollment is possible at various times during the semester. Fall, Spring and Summer.
Prerequisites: Fast Track BLA/MS status and written approval of an internship contract by major professor, curriculum director and field supervisor.

LSA 700 Design Studio V - Integrative Studio (4)
One hour of lecture and nine hours of studio per week. This studio requires the integration of design/planning processes, research methods and information, and technical skills through focus on large-scale, community-based or multicommunity-based projects. Studio work will require individual and teamwork, as well as consideration of multidisciplinary contributions and interdisciplinary work. This studio is the final studio for all MLA students. Fall.
Prerequisite: LSA 621 or permission of instructor.

LSA 760 Off-Campus Experiential Studio (12)
This course involves research, internship or self-directed study abroad with faculty guidance. Activities include field analysis, research, documentation, or directed fieldwork based on faculty-approved student proposals. Immersion in the host culture is a required aspect of this course. A final report is required. The course is open to MLA and MS candidates. Summer and Fall.
Prerequisites: LSA 625 and LSA 799 with a grade of B or better. Note: Credit will not be granted for both LSA 460 and LSA 760.

LSA 796 Special Topics in Landscape Architecture (1 - 3)
One to three hours of lecture per week. Special topics of current interest to graduate students in landscape architecture and related fields. A detailed course subject description will be presented as a topic area is identified and developed.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

LSA 798 Research Problem (1 - 12)
Special study of assigned problems relating to landscape architecture or planning, with emphasis on critical thinking. Fall, Spring and Summer.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

LSA 799 Capstone or Thesis Proposal Development (3)
One hour of lecture/seminar and two hours of tutorial per week. Students develop and defend a proposal for their MLA capstone projects or MS thesis. Fall or Spring.
Prerequisite: LSA 640 or permission of instructor.

LSA 800 Capstone Studio (6)
One hour of lecture/seminar and 15 hours of studio per week. Students complete an academic landscape architecture investigation or professional-level project. Public presentations and comprehensive project documentation are required. Grades on an "S/U" basis. This is the final MLA studio prior to graduation. Fall or Spring.
Prerequisite: LSA 799.

LSA 898 Professional Experience (1 - 12)
A supervised external professional work experience that satisfies Option 2 of the master’s study integration requirement. Graded on an "S/U" basis. Fall, Spring and Summer. Prerequisites: Formation of committee, approval of proposed experience by committee, and the sponsor of the professional experience.

LSA 899 Master's Thesis Research (1 - 12)
Research and independent study for the master’s degree and thesis. Graded on an "S/U" basis. Fall, Spring and Summer.


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