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Landscape Design & Planning: New Students

Information for New Landscape Design & Planning Students



Academic Information

The landscape design and planning degree offers two tracks that you may pursue. The landscape design track focuses on work on the residential and small commercial scale, with an emphasis on plant materials and business. The landscape planning track focuses on urban and regional planning issues. Your academic adviser can help you understand the tracks in order to select the track that best fits your academic and career goals. See the links below to the two plans to compare the curriculum.


Be sure to use your four-year plan in conjunction with your APAS Report to ensure timely graduation. While some courses may be taken in terms other than where they appear on your four-year plan, others must be taken in sequence. Some courses are offered fall term only or spring term only; these are noted on your plan. If you have any questions, your academic adviser is your best information source.


Four-Year Plan for Landscape Design Track

Four-Year Plan for Landscape Planning Track





Academic Advising

Allow approximately two weeks after you have received your admission email to be assigned to your academic adviser. Your adviser's name will appear on your APAS report. After you have been assigned to your academic adviser you can schedule an advising appointment.


You are required to have an advising appointment with your CDes academic adviser during your first year in the program.


Note: Advisers do not make their own appointments. To schedule an advising appointment, please call 612-626-3690 or stop by 107 Rapson Hall.


Note: New freshman and students transferring from outside the U of MN system (including from the College of Continuing Education) will enroll for courses during their required orientation session.







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Study Abroad

We highly encourage students to consider a study abroad experience. Exposure to other cultures is a critical component of every designer’s education.


Students interested in a study away experience should work closely with their CDes academic adviser and the U of M Learning Abroad Center to learn about their options and outline their course of study. Careful program and course planning will help you stay on track for timely graduation.






Student Groups

Consider joining a CDes or U of M student organization. Popular options for landscape design and planning students include:






Landscape design and planning is a demanding major. It requires a serious time commitment for success. Although we recognize that many students need to work to finance their undergraduate education, the program faculty strongly recommend that you work no more than 10 hours per week. Maintaining a high GPA is critical for acceptance to a graduate program or professional program. (Note: A professional degree is required for licensure as a Landscape Architect).



Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-1922

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Minneapolis Offices

101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

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