LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

Curriculum Tracks

Our curricula include seminars and workshops in history, natural systems, representation, and technology plus a sequence of design studios and interdisciplinary electives in sustainability, architecture, visual arts, natural resources, and urban affairs & planning. Below are sample sequences for the 75-credit MLA, the 36-credit MSLA, and the 150-credit BSAED MLA 3+2 degree options. 


Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) - 75 credits

The MLA is a three-year, first-professional accredited degree for individuals seeking to become landscape architects and have no previous background in design. The option consists of 66 core and 9 elective credits, and normally requires six semesters of full-time study. Individuals with previous coursework in design or a professional undergraduate degree in architecture or city and regional planning can apply for Advanced Standing in the MLA degree option and reduce the total required credits for completion to between 60-75.

Year One
Studio I: Environmental Design 6 Studio II: Ideas of Site 3
Graphics Workshop 3 Digital Representation + Fabrication 3
Environmental Resources I 3 Technology I 3
Urban Plants I 1 Urban Plants II 1
13 Landscape Architecture History 3
13
Year Two
Studio III: Nature in the City 3 Studio IV: Urban Communal 3
Design & Human Behavior i 3 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 3
Technology II 3 Environmental Resources II 3
Urban Plants III 1 Planting Design, Theory, Observation 3
Contemporary Urban Landscapes 3 Elective ii 3
13 15
Year Three
Studio V: Comprehensive 6 Studio VI: Master's Project 3
Research Methods 3 Professional Practice 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
12 9
Total Required Credit Hours 75


Master of Science in Landscape Architecture (MSLA) - 36 credits

The MSLA is an advanced two-year degree for individuals who already possess a professional degree in landscape architecture. The option consists of 36 credits and normally requires three semesters of full-time study. Students choosing to enroll part-time may extend their studies over a longer period of time.

Year One
Research Methods 3 Comprehensive Studio 6
Studio Elective 3 Supervised Research 3
Focus Area Elective 3 Focus Area Elective 3
Focus Area Elective  3 Focus Area Elective 3
12    15
Year Two
Thesis Seminar 3    
Supervised Research 3    
Focus Area Elective 3    
9    
     
Total Required Credit Hours 36


Accelerated 3+2 (BSAED+MLA) - 150 credits *

The BSAED MLA 3+2 (Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Environmental Design + MLA) option is open to undergraduate students in their second year of an associate degree program in architecture or landscape architecture, and second and/or third year students enrolled in Morgan State's AREN program. Students pursing this option typically earn the accredited professional MLA degree within five years of full-time study.

Year One
Orientation for Architecture 1 Concepts & Theories of Built Env. I 3
Communication Skills I 3 Communication Skills II (IM) 3
English Composition I (EC) 3 English Composition II (EC) 3
General Education Req. (SB) 3 General Education Req. (SB) 3
General Education Req. (HH) 3 General Education Req. (BP) 4
Algebra, Functional Geo (MQ) 3 16
16
Year Two
Design I 6 Design II 6
Communication Skills III 3 History of the Build Environment II 3
History of the Build Environment I 3 Site Design 3
Building Materials I 3 General Education Req. (CT) 3
Physical Ed. Activity or Fitness 1 15
16
Year Three
Design III: Housing 6 Design IV: Urban Design 6
Design & Human Behavior 3 History/Theory Elective 3
Plants I 1 Technology I 3
General Education Req. (BP) 3 Plants II 1
General Education Req. (AH) 3 General Education Req. (AH) 3
16 16
Year Four
Landscape Architecture Studio III 3 Landscape Architecture Studio IV 3
Technology II 3 Environmental Resources II 3
Contemporary Urban Landscapes 3 Planting Design 3
Plants III 1 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 3
General Education Req. (CI) 3 12
13
Year Five
Studio V: Comprehensive 6 Studio VI: Mater's Project 3
Research Methods 3 Professional Practice 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
15 Elective 3
15
Total Required Credit Hours 150
*Students must complete the BSAED degree by the end of Year Four.

iOr choose 3 credits from online offerings, including: Introduction to Sustainable Communities (3); The Urban Village-Sustainable Neighborhoods (1); Sustainable Urban Site Design (1); The Natural and Built Environment (1).

iiOnline graduate electives include: Social Justice as a Framework for Sustainable Urban Community (1); Healthy Urban Communities (1); Introduction to Urban Storm water Management (1); Sustainable Construction-Practice & Management (1); Urban Ecology (1); Urban Soils (1); Environmental Site Design for Urban Landscapes (3); Green Roofs/Green Walls (3); Urban Stream Restoration (3); Environmental Planning (3).