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Landscape Architecture

College of the Environment

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

Topic(s): Arts, Humanities and Design, Engineering option

Degree requirements

Applicant type

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).

Landscape Architecture is a capacity-constrained major. An additional application is required after you enroll at the UW, and admission may be competitive. Visit the department website for more information.

Quarters of general admisson to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring / summer

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree
  • Visit MyPlan to run a degree audit.
  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.
  • UW college and school graduation requirements

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.

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

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)

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 27
Total from Washington community colleges: 2

Career outcomes


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