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Curriculum in Landscape Architecture
The department offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs.
The undergraduate program consists of a fiveyear curriculum, requiring 149.5 credits, leading to the degree Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. These credits are distributed between a one-year pre-professional program of 29.5 credits and a four-year professional program of 120 credits.
Admission into the professional program depends upon available resources and is subject to the approval of a faculty committee at the completion of the pre-professional program. Applicants are reviewed on the basis of scholastic performance, a portfolio of original work, and a written essay.
The BLA from Iowa State University is an LAAB (Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board)-accredited professional degree program. In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for professional licensure. The LAAB is the sole entity recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit U.S. first professional degree programs in landscape architecture at the Bachelors and Masters levels.
The department also offers a 36 credit graduate program leading to the degree Master of Landscape Architecture. For more complete graduate program descriptions, see Graduate Study under Landscape Architecture in the Courses and Programs section.