The complex relationship between humans and our environment requires us to choose when and how to modify or conserve the land areas we use. Designated open spaces, parks and modern neighborhoods are all products of landscape architecture. UC Davis' landscape architecture program, one of the foremost in the nation, stresses the vital role of the landscape architect in striking a balance between urban expansion and environmental preservation. The program is fully accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architects, which is the only organization sanctioned to grant such accreditations in the United States. Landscape architecture majors learn to solve problems creatively and to visualize spaces and three-dimensional concepts effectively.
Graduates are well prepared for both careers and postgraduate study. Landscape architecture majors have entered careers in private landscape architectural firms and with public agencies and corporations. They have also entered graduate programs in a wide range of environmental and design-related fields.
You will begin with fundamental courses in biology, social sciences, arts and humanities, environmental horticulture and basic landscape architectural concepts. These courses will prepare you to think critically about the role of space and the designed environment in serving specific social needs. As an upper-division student, you will learn applications of technology to designing and creating outdoor spaces, analyze historical and contemporary theories of landscapes and gardens, and gain extensive hands-on experience with plants and other elements of the landscape in outdoor "laboratory" classes.