LAEP's Bachelor of Landscape Architecture [BLA] program provides students with a broad base of knowledge, theory and tools that enable them to enter an array of professional practice. Students benefit from hands-on learning, working with real clients on actual projects, led by an outstanding faculty who combine their teaching, research and professional experience into an exceptional 4-year degree. The program connects students with practicing Landscape Architects through the one-on-one ASLA Student Mentor Program, through lectures and projects, and through their roles as course Instructors. Opportunities afforded through the environmental field service program provide students with the opportunity for real-world planning and design experience with communities and government agencies throughout the Intermountain Region.
In support of this philosophy, the following are the major objectives of the BLA program:
- To provide a well-structured curriculum in fundamental professional knowledge and skills.
- To research, analyze, and resolve land use and design issues related to the Intermountain West. The scope of the program examines national, regional, and local issues, and their impact on the visual, physical, and cultural setting of the Intermountain West.
- To integrate field experience into major studio courses structured around real world projects.
- To draw upon the regional, national, and international relationships of Utah State University to facilitate a program of academic and professional excellence that will allow the student to effectively and rapidly enter professional practice or advanced academic studies.
In addition to an exceptional and broad program of study, LAEP and Utah State University have much to offer potential undergraduate students. First, USU's tuition rates are attractive even to students coming from out of state, making the degree more affordable than 95% of all accredited BLA programs in North America. Second, the university, city and state provide a wealth of outdoor and cultural opportunities. In addition, graduate students in LAEP's BLA benefit from the following:
- The program has the 3rd lowest tuition among accredited programs nationally
- A one-on-one mentor program, pairing every student with a practicing Landscape Architect
- The BLA studios provide modern learning environments with individual work stations for each student
- A dynamic Travel Experience program takes students to destinations such as Paris, Italy, Chicago, San Diego and Slovenia
- USU was ranked #27 among all US universities by Washington Monthly’s 2009 survey
- Logan was rated the #1 safest US community in 2008
- Logan was rated the most walkable community in Utah in 2009
- Logan was rated among the Top 50 outdoor towns nationally in 2009
- USU has been named a Princeton Review “Green College” for both 2010 and 2011 among over 700 U.S. schools.
Undergraduate students must matriculate (be accepted) to the program. Matriculation is based on performance in the first 7 LAEP courses and a portfolio of work from those courses. Matriculation Portfolios are due in the LAEP office by 5:00 P.M. the last Monday in March. Portfolio Requirements
Courses required prior to matriculation:
LAEP 1200 Basic Graphics
LAEP 1300 Computer Graphics
LAEP 1350 Theory of Design
LAEP 2300 History of Landscape Architecture
LAEP 2600 Construction I
LAEP 2700 Site Analysis
LAEP 2720 Site Planning and Design
PSC 2620 Woody Plants is also required however grades are not averaged into the matriculation GPA.