Landscape Architecture

Our Mission

The Landscape Architecture Program at South Dakota State University transforms students and communities through creative and applied problem-solving.  We learn by doing.

Is Landscape Architecture for you?

If you have a concern for the environment, interest in biological science, art, architecture, horticulture or public service, landscape architecture could be for you! Students interested in landscape architecture would benefit from art, natural science, computer drafting, and/or college prep courses in high school, and summer work in a landscape-related field is especially beneficial, though not mandatory.

Landscape architects and designers create outdoor environments where people live, work, and play. Design activities range from residential homes, to commercial properties, to community facilities, to regional landscapes.

Landscape Architecture Major

All majors within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences have a required general core curriculum. The landscape architecture curriculum focuses on the major design and technical areas of the profession, such as drawing, drafting, and graphic presentation. Students can focus individual interests through supplemental technical courses in horticulture, art, engineering, biology, and others. Many students chose to add second majors or minors or even continue onto graduate coursework, depending on their particular goals and interests. Computer technology is highly integrated into the major, and all students are expected to purchase laptops and become proficient in computer applications.

Career Opportunities

Landscape architecture graduates work in a wide variety of job fields, including design, sales, and golf course construction. Many work as installation supervisors in landscape nurseries and garden centers or as designers and planner for government agencies and private consulting firms. Using summer jobs and internships as on-hands educational opportunities greatly enhances career opportunities.

Program Information

Learn more about the Landscape Architecture program:

2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Academic Advising Guide Sheet

SDSU Cost Attendance Estimate

The SDSU Landscape Architecture Program is fully accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB). More information about accreditation can be found at

American Society of Landscape Architects

Recent Decision Letter from LAAB:

Student prototype from LA course.

Landscape Architecture News

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Undergraduates to present landscape architecture, food science research

South Dakota State University undergraduate students will tell legislators about landscape architecture and food science research at the Student Poster Session March 4 in Pierre.

Rainwater Harvesting Education and Outreach Program

SDSU Extension in partnership with the SDSU Landscape Architecture Program and the Boys & Girls Club was recently awarded grant funding to implement a rainwater harvesting education and outreach program.  This program will focus on capturing rainwater for reuse on single-family homes, at comm

Research Reconnaissance Trip to the NEA in Washington D.C.

Summer is a great time to work on scholarly research. Dr. Tofte had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. with three colleagues to meet with National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) staff. Members of the SDSU research delegation included Drs.