Landscape Architecture Major

Sophie Sears

by Sophie Sears, 2010 LDA alumna

The undergraduate Landscape Architecture degree program received its initial professional accreditation from the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB) in 1978. Our most recent accreditation review was successfully completed in 2012. We remain the only accredited undergraduate Landscape Architecture program in the University of California system.

We strive to prepare our students to be future leaders in landscape architecture. Our program offers students a well-rounded, general education, while, at the same time, providing the skills and technical expertise necessary for a professional career. The curriculum includes breadth in the humanities, social sciences and environmental sciences, to help students understand the complex relationships between human cultures, the built environment and natural systems. Our design philosophy, present throughout our coursework, is to increase the quality of life through the development and preservation of landscape design and planning processes that are meaningful, relevant and sustainable.  Meaningful in that they reinforce sense of self, sense of place, and sense of community; relevant in that they provide solutions to environmental problems rather than contributing to them; sustainable in that they embody long-term, permanently beneficial relationship between human culture and the physical/natural environment.

Information on current tuition, graduation rates and class composition is available at “Facts about UC Davis Landscape Architecture.” If you are interested in learning more about the profession, we recommend you visit: American Society of Landscape Architects - Your Path to Landscape Architecture.

For more detailed information on course offerings and curriculum requirements, you should refer to The UC Davis General Catalog. Prospective and admitted students also may request the Landscape Architecture Admissions Bulletin and the Landscape Architecture Checklist for Major Requirements, both available online and from our advising office in 135 Hunt Hall. Considerable additional information about the profession of landscape architecture is available from the advising office.

Our 2008 alumna, Laura Podolsky, gave the following talk about the profession in general.