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    Admissions to the Landscape Architecture B.S. has beensuspended as of spring 2019 and will be discontinued as of fall2019. If you have any questions, please contact the department(

    The bachelor of science program with a major in landscape architectureprovides students with a solid foundation to pursue careers in landscapeplanning and conservation. It emphasizes problem-solving skills andcritical thinking based on ecological principles, societal needs andcultural foundations. Landscape planning focuses on strategies tointegrate human activities with landscape resources in order to achievehealthy living environments through sustainable and livable communitydevelopment. Landscape conservation is concerned with achievinghealthy ecosystems and in cultural and natural resource preservation.

    The curriculum includes courses on theory and process and ontechniques for data gathering and manipulation with an emphasis ongeospatial information systems and interdisciplinary perspectives as wellas on ensuring public participation in making planning and conservationdecisions.

    This major is of particular interest to students interested in ecologicalrestoration and preservation and environmental planning. It preparesstudents for graduate work in such fields as restoration ecology,landscape architecture, urban and regional planning, architecture, law,environmental studies, and environmental design.


    Admissions to the Landscape Architecture B.S. has beensuspended as of spring 2019 and will be discontinued as of fall2019. If you have any questions, please contact the department(

    To declare this major, students must be admitted to UWMadison andthe College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS). For informationabout becoming a CALS first-year or transfer student, see Entering theCollege (

    Students who attend Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration(SOAR) with the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences have the optionto declare this major at SOAR. Students may otherwise declare after theyhave begun their undergraduate studies. For more information, contactthe advisor listed under the Advising and Careers tab.


    UNIVERSITY GENERAL EDUCATIONREQUIREMENTSAll undergraduate students at the University of WisconsinMadison arerequired to fulfill a minimum set of commonuniversity general educationrequirements to ensure that every graduate acquires the essential coreof an undergraduate education. This core establishes a foundation for

    living a productive life, being a citizen of the world, appreciating aestheticvalues, and engaging in lifelong learning in a continually changing world.Various schools and colleges will have requirements in addition tothe requirements listed below. Consult your advisor for assistance, asneeded. For additional information, see the university UndergraduateGeneral Education Requirements ( section of the Guide.


    BreadthHumanities/Literature/Arts: 6 credits BreadthNatural Science: 4 to 6 credits, consisting of

    one 4- or 5-credit course with a laboratory component;or two courses providing a total of 6 credits

    BreadthSocial Studies: 3 credits Communication Part A & Part B * Ethnic Studies * Quantitative Reasoning Part A & Part B *

    * The mortarboard symbol appears before the title of anycourse that fulfills one of the Communication Part A orPart B, Ethnic Studies, or Quantitative Reasoning Part A orPart B requirements.

    COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL AND LIFESCIENCES REQUIREMENTSIn addition to the University General Education Requirements, allundergraduate students in CALS must satisfy a set of college and majorrequirements. Specific requirements for all majors in the college andother information on academic matters can be obtained from the Officeof Academic Affairs (, Collegeof Agricultural and Life Sciences, 116 Agricultural Hall, 1450 LindenDrive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-262-3003. Academic departments andadvisors also have information on requirements. Courses may not doublecount within university requirements (General Education and Breadth)or within college requirements (First-Year Seminar, International Studiesand Science), but courses counted toward university requirements mayalso be used to satisfy a college and/or a major requirement; similarly,courses counted toward college requirements may also be used to satisfya university and/or a major requirement.

    COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL CALS B.S. DEGREEPROGRAMSCode Title CreditsQuality of Work: Students must maintain a minimumcumulative grade point average of 2.000 to remain in goodstanding and be eligible for graduation.Residency: Students must complete 30 degree credits inresidence at UWMadison after earning 86 credits towardtheir undergraduate degree.First Year Seminar (


    International Studies (


    Physical Science Fundamentals 4-5CHEM103 General Chemistry I

    orCHEM108 Chemistry in Our WorldorCHEM109 Advanced General Chemistry

    Biological Science 5

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    Additional Science (Biological, Physical, or Natural) 3Science Breadth (Biological, Physical, Natural, or Social) 3CALS Capstone Learning Experience: included inthe requirements for each CALS major (see "MajorRequirements") (

    MAJOR REQUIREMENTSCourses may not double count within the major (unless specifically notedotherwise), but courses counted toward the major requirements may alsobe used to satisfy a university requirement and/or a college requirement.A minimum of 15 credits must be completed in the major that are notused elsewhere.

    ENVIRST/GEOG127 Physical Systems of the Environment isrecommended to fulfill the CALS International Studies requirement.

    Code Title CreditsMathematics and StatisticsSelect one of the following (or may be satisfied byplacement exam):



    Algebraand Trigonometry

    MATH114 Algebra and TrigonometrySelect one of the following: 3-5

    MATH211 CalculusMATH221 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 1STAT301 Introduction to Statistical Methods

    BiologySelect one of the following: 5-6Option 1:


    General Botany

    Option 2:BOTANY100 Survey of BotanyAnd select one of the following:BOTANY/F&WECOL402


    HORT227 Propagation of Horticultural Plantsor another 2 credits of lab or field-based botany,horticulture, agronomy, or landscape architecture

    Select one of the following: 3-4BOTANY/ENVIRST/ZOOLOGY260

    Introductory Ecology


    The Vegetation of Wisconsin


    General Ecology

    CoreSOILSCI301 General Soil Science 4


    Soil: Ecosystem and Resource

    LANDARC250 Survey of Landscape ArchitectureDesign


    LANDARC210 Introduction to LandscapeArchitecture Design 1


    LANDARC211 Landscape Inventory and EvaluationMethods


    LANDARC260 History of Landscape Architecture 3LANDARC/ENVIRST/SOILSCI695

    Applications of GeographicInformation Systems in NaturalResources



    Applications of Geographic Information Systemsin Planning


    American Environmental History 4

    orARTHIST457 History of American Vernacular Architecture andLandscapes


    Evolution of American Planning 3

    URBRPL601 Site Planning 3LANDARC375 Special Topics (minimum total of 3


    SpecializationSelect one of the following: 18-22

    Specialization 1: Cultural and Historic LandscapesSpecialization 2: Environmental PlanningSpecialization 3: Ecological Restoration

    CapstoneSelect one of the following:


    Senior Thesisand Senior Thesis

    LANDARC699 Special Problems-LandscapeArchitecture

    Total Credits 68-77

    1 Students who completed LAND ARC 201 do not need to completeLANDARC210 Introduction to Landscape Architecture Design.Note: Restoration students are encouraged to select BOTANY/BIOLOGY130 General Botany, BOTANY/ENVIRST/ZOOLOGY260Introductory Ecology or BOTANY/F&WECOL/ZOOLOGY460 GeneralEcology, and STAT301 Introduction to Statistical Methods orequivalent under college and university requirements.


    Landscape History3

    Select one of the following: 3FOLKLORE320 Folklore of WisconsinFOLKLORE439 FoodwaysFOLKLORE/LIS490

    Field Methods and the PublicPresentation of Folklore

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    The Folklore of Festivals andCelebrations

    FOLKLORE540 Local Culture and Identity in theUpper Midwest

    Select one of the following: 3-4HISTORY201 The Historian's Craft

    orHISTORY403 Immigration and Assimilation in American HistorySelect one of the following: 3-4


    Indians of the Western Great Lakes


    Archaeology of Wisconsin


    American Indian Folklore

    AMERIND250 Indians of WisconsinAMER IND/LSC444

    Native American EnvironmentalIssues and the Media