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Courses - Spring 2018
LARC
Landscape Architecture Department Site
LARC120
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Digital Fundamentals
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Permission of AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture department; and must be in Landscape Architecture program.
An introduction to fundamental computer tools and techniques commonly used in design communication and landscape architecture practice. Non-drafting computer tools will be used to orient basic digital image capture, manipulation, and presentation formatting.
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.
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.
LARC221
(Perm Req)
Digital Design Tools
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: LARC120 and LARC141.
Recommended: LARC240 and LARC265.
Restriction: Sophomore standing or higher; and must be in Landscape Architecture program.
The development and application of computing skills as used by the landscape architecture profession. This Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) course develops computer drafting using a variety of software programs. It also introduces students to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping technologies.
LARC240
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Graphic Communication and Design Studio
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: LARC141 and LARC263.
Corequisite: LARC221 and LARC265.
Restriction: Sophomore standing or higher; and must be in Landscape Architecture program.
Exploration of graphic presentation techniques and original concept development for landscape architecture planning and design.
LARC263
History of Landscape Architecture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: HA
GenEd: DSHU
A survey of landscape architecture history from the ancient Western civilizations to the twentieth century with consideration of parallel developments in the Eastern World, European Africa and the Americas.
LARC321
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Landscape Structures and Materials
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: LARC320; and LARC340.
Restriction: Must be in Landscape Architecture program.
An examination of the use, properties, and detailing of materials used in landscape construction. The use and design of structures in the landscape.
LARC341
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Regional Design Studio
Credits: 5
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: LARC320; and LARC340.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher; and must be in Landscape Architecture program.
An examination of the landscape architect's role within the interdisciplinary regional design field incorporating GIS technologies, spatial modeling, and the regional design process.
LARC461
People and the Environment
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Repeatable to 3 credits if content differs.
Credit only granted for: LARC489K or LARC461.
Formerly: LARC489K.
Focus is placed on human and environmental interactions. Students will look at both natural and built environments and how they influence human health and well-being. Many environmental settings will be examined. These include hospitals, public housing neighborhoods, school settings, retirement communities, transportation corridors and green spaces. We will also explore how racial and socio-economic factors affect living and working environmental conditions. Ultimately, students will be using this knowledge to create environments that support individuals, families and various community groups' health and well-being.
LARC471
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Capstone Studio: Community Design
Credits: 5
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: CS
Prerequisite: LARC440; and LARC470.
Restriction: Senior standing; and must be in Landscape Architecture program.
A capstone experience that emphasizes the integration of critical thinking skills and methodologies introduced throughout the landscape architecture curriculum. Students apply design and analysis methodologies, evaluate alternative solutions, involve community residents and engage in final design development, using the master plan and site design process, report writing, and oral and graphic presentations. Final presentations are open to the university and the community.
LARC489E
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Special Topics in Landscape Architecture; Planting Design
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
LARC489V
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Special Topics in Landscape Architecture; Digital Design Tools
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: permission of department.

The development and application of computing skills as used by the landscape architecture profession. This Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) course develops computer drafting using a variety of software programs. It also introduces students to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping technologies.
LARC499
(Perm Req)
Independent Studies in Landscape Architecture
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
LARC641
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Graduate Studio II
Credits: 5
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: LARC640.
Corequisite: LARC720.
Restriction: Permission of AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture department.
Principles and techniques of site analysis, environmental design and site development for human settlements and interaction with natural systems. Will expand analytical skills through complex site design problems. Students will research, observe and apply low impact development and sustainable practices, become familiar with building and landscape types by investigating alternative arrangements on the land, and understand user needs and design for populations with a range of abilities. Will support LEED and sustainable practices and acknowledge the requirements of public health, safety, and welfare.
LARC648
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LARC663
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Landscape and Garden History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture department.
History of garden making and its evolution into design practice. Students will become familiar with narratives of garden art and landscape architecture through the study of selected key sites, designers, and visual written sources. A focus on gardens' past and afterlife; the nature of primary sources (both built and written), and how these can be evaluated and used. Primary sources will be drawn from several disciplines and include a wide array of genres: treatises, epistolary exchanges, tax returns, novels, poems, paintings and drawings.
LARC671
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Landscape Architecture Research Methods
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture department.
Investigation and discussion of broad scope of research methods and the development of landscape design and planning research techniques and skills. The urban environment will be viewed primarily as a social and psychological environment, with concern for who uses these environments and the conflicts that can arise between user groups.
LARC699
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Independent Studies in Landscape and Architecture
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
LARC720
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Environmental Analysis and Site Engineering
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: LARC640; or permission of AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture department.
Corequisite: LARC641.
Techniques for prediction of alterations in social and natural processe brought about by human use of the land; application of such assessments to environmental management; basic methods of landscape alteration, augmentation, and control including grading, drainage, road and trail design, and stormwater management.
LARC799
(Perm Req)
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.