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Landscape Architecture (B.L.A.)

Think a career in landscape architecture is simply about planting trees and creating pretty gardens? Think again.

Landscape architecture is a challenging field that offers many diverse career paths. Landscape architects analyze, plan, design, manage, and nurture the built and natural environments. Landscape architects have a significant impact on communities and quality of life, designing parks, campuses, streetscapes, trails, plazas, and other projects that help define a community. Cultural and scientific knowledge is applied to the use and arrangement of natural and man-made elements with concern for resource conservation, stewardship, and the environment. Graduates work in a wide variety of areas in the industry, as designers and planners in public and private practice, and as environmental designers and managers.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy the outdoors
  • Like to draw
  • Are interested in the natural environment
  • Are creative and imaginative
  • Enjoy working with your hands

Career Opportunities

  • Landscape architect
  • Landscape contractor
  • Community and urban planner
  • Landscape construction manager
  • Landscape artist

Recent Employers

  • Confluence Landscape Architecture
  • James Valley Nursery and Landscape
  • State of South Dakota Conservation Forestry
  • United States Forestry Service
  • Kerry’s Landscaping

Internship Opportunities

  • Landscape Garden Centers
  • The Tree Farm
  • Aspen Ridge Lawn and Landscape
  • Drummers Garden Center

Suggested Certificates

  • Geographic Information Science
  • Graphic Design
  • Experiential Learning

Suggested Minors

  • Horticulture
  • Geography
  • Management
  • Studio Arts
  • Museum Studies

Clubs and Organizations

  • American Society of Landscape Architects student chapter
  • Landscape Architecture Club

To learn more specific details about program requirements, view this program in the course catalog.

View the recommended academic plan.

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.