Landscape Architecture

College of Built Environments

Landscape Architecture is a professional degree that studies urban ecological design, design activism, ecological infrastructure, ecological learning and literacy, design for human and environmental health and social and environmental justice.

Major category: Capacity-constrained

Minor available

Topic: Arts, Engineering-option

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission. Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline: April 1
  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.

This major is capacity-constrained. Completion of prerequisites does not guarantee admission.
  • Departmental admission is based on academic record, a portfolio of creative work, statement of interest, and other application materials.
  • Application deadline: Complete applications are due by 5 p.m. on the first day of spring quarter for the following autumn quarter.
  • Non-UW students may register for the prerequisite course (L ARCH 300) and recommended prep courses (L ARCH 322, 341, 352, 353, 361, 363) as a non-matriculated student through UW Professional and Continuing Education.
  • Contact the department for application materials and detailed information on admission, prerequisites and required coursework.

Courses required for the major:

  • L ARCH 300 A&H – Introduction to Landscape Architecture Design Studio
  • Minimum of 70 credits of general education coursework

Courses recommended for the major:

  • L ARCH 322 A&H – Introduction to Planting Design
  • L ARCH 341 A&H – Site Design and Planning
  • L ARCH 352 A&H SSc -History of Landscape Architecture
  • L ARCH 353 A&H SSc – Modern History of Landscape Architecture
  • L ARCH 361 A&H SSc – Human Experience of Place
  • L ARCH 363 NSc – Ecological Design & Planning
  • ESS 101 SSc NSc – Introduction to Geology and Societal Impacts (fulfills NW, prerequisite for a required course)


  • Students looking to complete the degree in seven quarters should complete all departmental general education requirements prior to starting the degree.
  • L ARCH 300 and LARCH courses not required within the BLA program may count in the general education requirements.

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 34
Total from Washington community colleges: 7

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 1
3.50 – 3.74: 1
3.25 – 3.49: 3
3.00 – 3.24: 0
2.75 – 2.99: 0
2.50 – 2.74: 2
2.49 and below: 0

Career outcomes