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Courses - Fall 2017
LARC
Landscape Architecture Department Site
LARC141
(Perm Req)
Design Fundamentals Studio
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: LARC140.
Recommended: Concurrently enrolled in LARC263.
Restriction: Permission of AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture department; and sophomore standing or higher; and must be in Landscape Architecture program.
Fundamentals of basic design focusing on creative problem solving associated with landscape architecture.
LARC151
Urban Agriculture: Designing and Assessing Edible Landscapes
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSSP, SCIS
Students will examine the growing development of urban agriculture and edible landscapes. Urban agriculture has seen a recent growth and interest in cities across the globe. From Paris to New York, from Baltimore to Detroit, urban agriculture is an emerging land use to address a variety of needs. Redevelopment, food deserts, community engagement and environmental justice are just some of the issues and topics that are connected to the recent growth of urban agriculture. This course will take a critical examination of urban agriculture's contribution to the food system, its input and outputs in the urban landscape, and the planning and design of urban agriculture and edible landscapes.
LARC152
Greening Cities: Who Wins, Who Loses, and Who Cares?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSSP, SCIS
Credit only granted for: LARC152 or PLSC289I.
Formerly: PLSC289I.
"Greening Cities" can have many interpretations: improving or adding urban economic activity, realizing energy efficiency, greening urban transport systems, etc. An important component of livable and sustainable cities and metropolitan ecosystems are the plants and landscapes that are inhabited by plants. With the majority of humans now living in cities, a survey of urban ecosystem principles and an examination of design and planning strategies for plant and landscape resources in urban and metropolitan regions is critical.
LARC160
Introduction to Landscape Architecture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU or DSSP
History, theory, philosophy and current practice of the profession of landscape architecture. Explores the interactive relationship between humans and their environment by examining people's perceptions of and changing attitude towards the landscape, as well as, an examination of how these are related to ecological and cultural influences.
LARC265
(Perm Req)
Site Analysis and Ecological Principles
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: LARC141.
Corequisite: LARC240 and LARC221.
Restriction: Permission of AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture department; and sophomore standing or higher; and must be in Landscape Architecture program.
Credit only granted for: LARC265 or ARCH460.
Principles and methods of site analysis with an emphasis on the application of ecological principles in landscape architecture, architecture and planning.
LARC320
(Perm Req)
Principles of Site Engineering
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: LARC221.
Corequisite: LARC340.
Restriction: Must be in Landscape Architecture program; and junior standing or higher.
The study and application of landscape construction principles as applied to grading, drainage, site layout, storm water management, and vehicular and pedestrian circulation.
LARC340
(Perm Req)
Site Planning and Design Studio
Credits: 5
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: LARC221; and LARC240; and LARC265.
Corequisite: LARC320.
Restriction: Must be in Landscape Architecture program; and junior standing or higher.
An examination of the influence of landscape character and site features (natural and cultural) on landscape architecture, architecture and planning through application in the studio setting.
LARC389
(Perm Req)
Internship in Landscape Architecture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
LARC420
(Perm Req)
Professional Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: LARC321.
Restriction: Must be in Landscape Architecture program.
An introduction to and comparative study of the professional concerns of design firms. Focus on planning, legal, ethical, marketing and management considerations of interdisciplinary practices.
LARC440
(Perm Req)
Urban Studio Design
Credits: 5
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: LARC321; and LARC340; and LARC341.
Restriction: Must be in Landscape Architecture program.
The landscape architect's role within the interdisciplinary urban design process, focusing on urban site design issues. Pedestrian friendly site design and the future of sustainable development will be studied.
LARC452
Green Infrastructure and Community Greening
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PLSC100 or PLSC101; or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
Credit only granted for: LARC489G or LARC452.
Formerly: LARC489G.
A critical look and exploration of green infrastructure (GI) elements in the built environment in contributing to ecosystems services and the sustainability of the built environment. The course explores the science, issues, challenges, and the policy, planning and design solutions offered by green infrastructure.
LARC470
(Perm Req)
Landscape Architecture Seminar
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: LARC321; and LARC341.
Corequisite: LARC440.
Restriction: Senior standing; and must be in Landscape Architecture program.
A combination of self-directed study, seminar, and lecture formats. An introduction to aspects of research methods, critical analysis, and proposal writing with a focus on urban and community design.
LARC489R
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Landscape Architecture; Fundamental Graphics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Permission of AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture department; and must be in Landscape Architecture program.

Exploration of fundamental graphics used in landscape architecture.
LARC499
(Perm Req)
Independent Studies in Landscape Architecture
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
LARC620
(Perm Req)
Graphic Tools for Landscape Representation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Corequisite: LARC640.
Restriction: Permission of AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture department.
This course integrates digital and analog methods of communication and provides an introduction to computer tools and techniques commonly used in landscape architecture practice. Non-drafting computer tools will be used to orient basic digital image capture, manipulation, and presentation formatting. Also includes techniques and application of various media for graphic communication associated with landscape architecture.
LARC640
(Perm Req)
Graduate Studio I
Credits: 5
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Corequisite: LARC620.
Restriction: Permission of AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture department.
Principles and techniques of design as applied to shaping the landscape developing concepts in visual thinking, environmental awareness, and design intervention through studio exercises and projects.
LARC642
(Perm Req)
Graduate Studio III
Credits: 5
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: LARC641.
Corequisite: LARC670.
Restriction: Permission of AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture department.
A focus on the interaction of landscape science (hydrology, geology, etc.) with the necessities and mechanisms of human settlements (transportation, economics, etc.) emphasizing innovative and forward thinking solutions to urbanization and ecological problems. It will apply this knowledge to landscape analysis, recreational planning and design, and community development, emphasizing resource management, spatial organization, landscape character, and the physical and social structure of community services. This course will be required for both Trach 1 and Track 2 students.
LARC670
(Perm Req)
Landscape Architecture Theory and Criticism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture department.
Review and analysis of the body of literature concerning landscape architecture and relationships between humans and both natural and designed environments. Topics may include: rationalism, ethics, aesthetics, social and economic values, postmodernism, feminist, multiculturalism, ecological determinism, preservation/conservation, and sustainability and ecological design. Each week students will lead a debate and discussion on a theoretical issue based on the assigned readings for that week.
LARC699
(Perm Req)
Independent Studies in Landscape and Architecture
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
LARC721
(Perm Req)
Landscape Construction Methods and Materials
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: LARC720.
Restriction: Permission of AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture department.
Basic methods of constructing landscapes and manipulating the appropriate plant and inorganic materials for the creation of ecologically sustainable environments for human use. An examination of the use, properties, and detailing of materials used in landscape construction.
LARC748
Advanced Special Topics Studio
Credits: 5
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
LARC799
(Perm Req)
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.