Where Can I Get a Landscape Architecture Degree Online?

Landscape architecture degree programs aren't offered fully online; however, some schools may offer online courses within landscape architecture programs. If you would like to design functional outdoor landscape structures, you may consider a career in landscape architecture. Read on for information regarding degree programs and online course possibilities. Schools offering Landscape Design degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Landscape Architecture Defined

Landscape architects design outdoor environments and structures, such as gardens, walkways, golf courses and playgrounds, in a holistic and sustainable fashion. As a landscape architect, you'll create a design tailored to your client's needs while incorporating natural aspects of the environment. As you plan and design your projects, you'll keep in mind how your design will affect community aesthetics.

Most states require landscape architects to be licensed, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Licensing requirements vary, but most states require applicants to complete a degree program in landscape architecture. Because landscape architecture degree programs involve a great deal of hands-on training, these programs aren't offered completely online.

Landscape Architecture Bachelor's Degrees

The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) and Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA) are two professional degrees that you can earn in 4-5 years. As a student, you'll learn techniques associated with shaping outdoor environments through coursework in environmental design, landscape architecture history, urban landscaping and site engineering. You'll explore computer modeling and computer graphic techniques through design studio courses. You may also choose an area of concentration, such as landscape history or horticulture.

Because these degrees are considered professional degrees (as opposed to a Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Architecture), you can continue on the path toward licensure. To become licensed, you'll need to pass the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (L.A.R.E.) administered by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (www.clarb.org).

Landscape Architecture Master's Degrees

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) and Master of Science in Landscape Architecture (MSLA) degree programs expand upon the knowledge received in undergraduate programs. MSLA degree programs are generally research-based and geared for those wanting to pursue careers in research or education, while MLA degree programs are designed for those planning to practice professionally. If you have a professional bachelor's degree in landscape architecture, you can earn your master's degree in two years, and if you have a bachelor's degree in another discipline, you can earn your master's degree in three years.

Online Options

Because studying landscape architecture requires hands-on training, courses are generally difficult to duplicate in an online setting. Subjects such as horticulture, environmental sustainability, landscape design and AutoCAD software may be offered online. Additionally, online courses may be offered within graduate-level certificate programs in landscape architecture, rather than through traditional degree programs.

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