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Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

What is Landscape Architecture?

Landscape architecture enhances and protects natural and built environments. Landscape architects plan and design places for the health, safety, and welfare of citizens through systematic decision-making that integrates science, art, and technology.

Our graduates have gained distinction for projects including residential communities, private gardens, urban designs, college campuses, park facilities, and regional landscape planning.

For a fuller explanation of what landscape architecture is, watch the video below:

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About the Landscape Architecture Program

Our program is consistently ranked among the top 10 landscape architecture programs in the country. The Texas A&M landscape architecture program is the oldest in the state and one of the oldest in the Southwest.

Our mission is to prepare students to become professional landscape architects in private and public sector practice. Our graduates are motivated to be leaders in the field and lifelong learners.

Green infrastructure and open space master plan for a rural community

Leslie Kippes, Riley Nystrom, Alex Pittman, and Katie Urdiales. 2020 TXASLA Student Honor Award. "Rejuvenate, Rehabilitate, and Revive: Preserving Small Town Ecology."

Design strategies for increasing activity and healthy areas in a rural community

Stephanie Morris, Sarah Albosta, Kurtis Bradicich, Callie Whitbeck, and Hope Brice. 2020 TXASLA Student Merit Award. "WellMatrix: Planning Healthy Communities in Rural Texas." 

Students take project-based studio classes that connect the classroom to the professional world by engaging in real world issues. The studio method of teaching fosters innovation, assessment, and professional judgment.

Graduates are prepared for employment in:

Landscape architecture students must spend one semester studying abroad or completing an internship. Study abroad students travel to Bonn, Germany, and take 9-12 hours of studio-based classes. Students on an internship spend a semester working for landscape architecture firms around the country.

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The Texas A&M Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program is four-year accredited by the Council of Landscape Architecture Registration Boards under the auspices of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Provisional accreditation was first granted for the BSLA program in 1971 and it has maintained accredited status since that time.

Public Information Policy

Programs accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) are required to provide reliable information to the public. Programs must report on accreditation status and its performance. This information is to help potential students make informed application decisions.


Professional Licensure and Certificate Disclosure Statement

Our graduates are prepared for employment with private design firms in landscape architecture, engineering, architecture, or planning; and with federal, state, or local government agencies. Upon graduation students are qualified to pursue licensure in the profession or post graduate education in landscape architecture or a related field.

Approximately 25% of the registered landscape architects in the state of Texas graduated from the Texas A&M University landscape Architecture programs. Programs accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) are required to provide reliable information to the public. Programs must report on accreditation status and its performance. This information is to help potential students make informed application decisions.

Notice to students pursuing programs that may lead to a professional license or certification required for employment.

The following programs may lead to a professional license or certification that is required for employment. Professional licensure/certification requirements vary from state to state, which may affect a student’s ability to apply for a professional license/certification upon the completion of the program. The U.S. Department of Education regulation, 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), requires an institution to disclose whether the program will fulfill educational requirements for licensure or certification for each state. The administrative departments that offer the programs have made the following determination regarding their curriculum.

We recommend students contact the appropriate state licensing agency in their state or the state where they intend to work to seek the most up-to-date information about state licensure/certification requirements before beginning the program.


Program Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
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Pertinent information related to the importance of licensure in landscape architecture can be found here:

Pertinent information related to experience requirements for licensure for landscape architects can be found here:




For more information on the BLA program, please contact:

Janet Richards
Academic Advisor III
Langford 219A

Galen Newman
Associate Professor, BLA Program Coordinator
Langford 304