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Landscape Design and Planning Minor

The Landscape Design and Planning minor focuses on issues of land use and design strategies that create a future that provides a quality lifestyle in a sustainable environment for an ever-increasing human population.




Admission Requirements:

You must be in good academic standing with a minimum 2.00 cumulative University of Minnesota GPA.




Program Requirements:

  • This minor requires a minimum of 21 credits.
  • All coursework must be must be taken on the A/F grade base and must be completed with a C- or better.
  • No more than three courses taken for a major degree may be applied toward the requirements of the minor.
  • Study abroad and transfer coursework must be approved by the minor adviser.
  • A maximum of nine transfer/study abroad credits may be used toward the minor.




Course Requirements:

Required Courses Credits

LA 1401

The Designed Environment
LA 3001 Understanding and Creating Landscape Space 3
LA 3003 Case Studies in Sustainable Landscape Planning and Design
LA 3413 Introduction to Landscape Architecture History 3
Elective Courses (select three courses)
Arch 3711W Environmental Design and the Sociocultural Context

EEB 3001


ESPM 3108

Ecology and Society


Ecology of Managed Systems

LA 1201 Learning from the Landscape
LA 1301 Introduction to Landscape Architecture Drawing
LA 2301 Advanced Representation for Environmental Design
LA 2302 Computer-Aided Representation for Environmental Design
LA 3002 Informants of Creating Landscape Space
LA 3004 Regional Landscape Planning
LA 3204 Landscape Ecology
LA 3501 Environmental Design and Its Biological and Physical Context
LA 3514 Making the Mississippi
LA 3571 Landscape Construction: Site Systems and Engineering
LA 4001 Sustainable Landscape Design and Planning Practices
LA 4002 Implementation of Sustainable Landscape Design and Planning Practices
LA 4755 Infrastructure, Natural Systems and the Space of Inhabited Landscapes
LA 8302 Professional Practice



Application Process:

Apply online for the minor. The application should take just a couple of minutes.


If you are unsure about the minor and would like to speak to an adviser, complete the online application and include your questions in the final comment box. An adviser will contact you before processing your application.



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