May 27, 2024  
2019-2020 University Catalog 
2019-2020 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Landscape Architecture, B.S.: 120 units

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Offered by: College of Environmental Design, Landscape Architecture Department

The Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA) is a 120-unit professional degree preparing students for careers in Landscape Architects and allied disciplines. The BSLA curriculum includes study of the elements and principles of art, design and planning processes, environmental analysis, graphic and visual communication, plants and planting design, construction methods and sustainability, professional practice, and environmental history and theory. Our learn-by-doing education uses learning formats including, but not limited to lectures, seminars, studios, frequent jury reviews, discussion, and field trips. The program prepares students to be socially proactive, environmentally responsible, technically strong and sophisticated designers. Cal Poly Pomona’s BSLA degree is nationally accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board, and approved by the Council of Landscape Architecture Registration Boards as fulfilling part of the qualification requirements for professional licensure in all 50 states.

As of fall 2007, all undergraduate and graduate students entering the College of Environmental majors are required to purchase a computer (preferably a laptop) that meets minimum specifications of the programs (please contact the department for details). Financial aid assistance for this computer purchase is available to students qualifying for Federal Student Aid (requested via the FAFSA application). Please contact the University’s Office of Financial Aid (909-869-3700) for additional information.

Major Electives: 15 units

All major electives courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or better to receive major credit.

Landscape Architecture History Electives: 6 units

Students are required to take a minimum of six (6) units from the following list of department history electives. Students planning on studying abroad are encouraged to discuss history options with their major advisor.

Landscape Architecture Electives: 9 units

Students are required to take a minimum of nine (9) units of approved major electives. Students may select from the list below and see department for approved courses. Students are encouraged to consult with their major advisor to consider approving minor program courses and/or courses related to major but not on department approved list.


LA 4990  may be taken more than once for elective credit. LA 4782  may be taken more than once for elective credit upon completion of major core course requirement. Landscape Architecture History course may be taken for elective credit once the required history elective requirements are met.


International Study Abroad Course Options

Students planning on studying abroad are required to take a series of core courses. Students are encouraged to discuss course options for the various abroad programs with their major advisor. Study abroad course options may include the following courses:

Unrestricted Electives: 0-12 units

Select a sufficient number of courses so that the total from “Major Required”, “Major Electives”, “GE”, and “Unrestricted Electives” is at least 120 units.

General Education Requirements: 48 units

Students should consult the Academic Programs website for current information regarding this requirement. Unless specific courses are required, please refer to the list of approved courses under General Education Requirements, Areas A through E.

  Course Term Taken Grade
Area A. English Language Communication and Critical Thinking (9 units)
At least 3 units from each sub-area
1. Oral Communication      
2. Written Communication      
3. Critical Thinking      
Area B. Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning (12 units)
At least 3 units from each sub-area
1. Physical Sciences      
2. Life Sciences      
3. Laboratory Activity      
4. Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning      
5. Science and Technology Synthesis      
Area C. Arts and Humanities (12 units)
At least 3 units from each sub-area and 3 additional units from sub-areas 1 and/or 2
1. Visual and Performing Arts      
2. Literature, Modern Languages, Philosophy and Civilization      
3. Arts and Humanities Synthesis      
Area D. Social Sciences (12 units)
At least 3 units from each sub-area
1. U.S. History and American Ideals      
2. U.S. Constitution and California Government      
3. Social Sciences: Principles, Methodologies, Value Systems, and Ethics      
4. Social Science Synthesis      
Area E. Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (3 units)      

For an alternative and interdisciplinary way to complete some of their GE requirements, students may choose the Interdisciplinary General Education program, see below. 

Interdisciplinary General Education: 21 units

An alternate pattern for partial fulfillment of GE Areas A, C, and D available for students is the Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) program.  Students should see an advisor for specific GE coursework required by their major.  Please refer to the University Catalog General Education Program section for additional information.

How IGE fulfills General Education Requirements:

Year Completion of IGE Courses Satisfies GE Requirements
Freshman IGE 1100 , IGE 1200   A2 and C2
Sophomore IGE 2100 , IGE 2200   C1 and C2
Junior IGE 2300 , IGE 2400   D1 and D3
Senior IGE 3100   C3 or D4

American Institutions: 6 units

Courses that satisfy this requirement may also satisfy GE Areas D1 and D2.

American Cultural Perspectives Requirement: 3 units

Refer to the University Catalog General Education Program section for a list of courses that satisfy this requirement.  Course may also satisfy major, minor, GE, or unrestricted elective requirements.

Graduation Writing Test

All persons who receive undergraduate degrees from Cal Poly Pomona must pass the Graduation Writing Test (GWT).  The test must be taken by the semester following completion of 60 units for undergraduates.

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