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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

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.