2017-18 Academic Catalog

Landscape Architecture

Department Head: Prof. Sadik C. Artunc
Graduate Coordinator: Prof. Michael Seymour

Landscape Architecture Building
Box 9725
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Telephone: 662-325-3012
E-mail: ms641@msstate.edu

Graduate study leading to a Master of Landscape Architecture degree is offered in the Department of Landscape Architecture; thesis and non-thesis options are available.  Students in the program have the opportunity to work with faculty on a wide range of research and design topics within the profession of landscape architecture.  Special program emphasis is placed on watershed planning, landscape management, and community planning and design.  The design studio courses broadly consider landscape issues related to water, health, and habitat in an effort to achieve the department’s mission of "fostering the will and ability to plan, design, build and manage regenerative communities.”

Admission

The applicant to the M.L.A. program should have a minimum GPA of 2.80 on a 4.00 scale.  A student without a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from an accredited program may undertake the M.L.A. as a first professional degree but is required to undertake additional “leveling” coursework to ensure competency in the field; this typically requires an additional year of study.  Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores is recommended but not required.  The applicant’s submission should include a letter of interest that includes a written statement (no more than 1500 words) explaining his or her interest in pursuing graduate studies in landscape architecture at Mississippi State University.  Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic work, motivation, and character should accompany the application. The applicant should also submit a detailed résumé.  Applicants with degrees from allied fields (such as architecture or civil engineering) should submit a portfolio if they wish to be considered for course reductions during the leveling year.  Contact the department’s graduate coordinator for more information.

Master of Landscape Architecture - Thesis

Core Courses
LA 6113Design Theory and Criticism3
LA 8513Landscape Architecture Graduate Studio I3
LA 8711Seminar in Watershed Planning and Management1
LA 8523Landscape Architecture Graduate Studio II3
LA 8721Seminar in Landscape Management1
LA 8533Landscape Architecture Graduate Studio III3
LA 8731Seminar in Community Based Planning1
LA 8741Proposal Writing Seminar1
LA 8751Seminar in Contemporary Design Issues1
LA 8613Research Methods in Landscape Architecture3
Approved Graduate-level Elective3
Other Requirements
LA 8000Thesis Research/ Thesis in Landscape Architecture6
Select one of the following:4
Statistical Methods
Graduate Social Statistics I
Total Hours33

A thesis proposal will be developed for presentation to and approval by the graduate committee. The graduate committee is comprised of not fewer than three graduate faculty, at least two of whom must be from the Department of Landscape Architecture. The candidate’s graduate committee must approve the thesis and administer a final oral examination or thesis defense. The thesis must be submitted to the members of the committee for approval at least fourteen days prior to a scheduled defense.

Master of Landscape Architecture - Non-Thesis

Core Courses
LA 6113Design Theory and Criticism3
LA 8513Landscape Architecture Graduate Studio I3
LA 8711Seminar in Watershed Planning and Management1
LA 8523Landscape Architecture Graduate Studio II3
LA 8721Seminar in Landscape Management1
LA 8533Landscape Architecture Graduate Studio III3
LA 8731Seminar in Community Based Planning1
LA 8741Proposal Writing Seminar1
LA 8751Seminar in Contemporary Design Issues1
LA 8613Research Methods in Landscape Architecture3
Graduate-level Elective3
Other Requirements
LA 6124Landscape Architecture Construction V: Construction Documents4
LA 6443Exterior Design-Build Studio3
LA 6514Ecological Planting Design4
LA 8545LA Studio IV-Case Study 15
Total Hours39
1

Non-thesis student must have a signed proposal prior to entering LA 8545. The proposal must include the course instructor and one additional graduate faculty member from the department who will serve as an advisor.

LA 6113 Design Theory and Criticism: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Undergraduates: Consent of Instructor, Graduates: None). Three hours lecture. An examination of the major theories and criticisms of modern landscape design with emphasis upon developing a critical approach to the profession

LA 6124 Landscape Architecture Construction V: Construction Documents: 4 hours.

(Prerequisites: LA 2544 and LA 2644). Two hours lecture. Four hours studio. The course integrates design principles with construction practices, culminating in the preparation of a site design and set of construction documents

LA 6443 Exterior Design-Build Studio: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:Consent of instructor).Six hours studio/lab. An interdisciplinary exploration of an exterior project focused on sustainable site practices from design concept to implementation

LA 6514 Ecological Planting Design: 4 hours.

(Prerequisites: Undergraduates: ART 1123, LA 1153, LA 1333, LA 1533, PSS 2423; Graduates: LA 8513 or Consent of Instructor). Two hours lecture. Four hours studio. Examine and apply adaptation theory and strategies that emphasize resilient approaches to urban and suburban green infrastructure projects

LA 6523 Applications for GIS for Landscape Architects: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:LA 1223 or consent of instructor). One hour lecture,four hour studio/lab. Applying geographical information systems technology to the practice of Landscape Architecture

LA 6653 Study Abroad: Gardens and Urban Spaces: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Junior or graduate standing of consent of instructor). Special on-site travel study to experience and document notable landscape architecture projects, methods of construction, and professional offices overseas

LA 6753 Sustainable Landscape Management: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:LA 2433). Online course. An examination of methods for sustainable land management. Ecological systems, services, and processes providing the foundation for decision-making in land management

LA 6844 Sustainable Communities: 4 hours.

Three hours lecture. Two hours laboratory/studio. Theory and practices that minimize resource use and pollutant production in the human landscape (same as ABE 4844/6844)

LA 6990 Special Topics in Landscape Architecture: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

LA 7000 Directed Individual Study in Landscape Architecture: 1-6 hours.

Hours and credit to be arranged

LA 8000 Thesis Research/ Thesis in Landscape Architecture: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credit to be arranged

LA 8512 Landscape Architecture Graduate Studio I: 2 hours.

(Prerequisite: admission to the Master of Landscape Arch- itecture). Four hours studio. Emphasis on holistic approaches to sustainable watershed planning and management. Course deals specifically with prevention of destruction of habitat, biological stress, and hydrologic changes

LA 8513 Landscape Architecture Graduate Studio I: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Landscape Architecture program). Six hours studio. Emphasis on the use and management of water in the landscape. Course deals with both the planning and design of water systems at various scales and contexts

LA 8522 Landscape Architecture Graduate Studio II: 2 hours.

(Prerequisite: admission to the Master of Landscape Architecture). Four hours studio. Application of spatial anal- ytical techniques and Geographic Information Systems to the execution of landscape planning problems in the Mississippi region

LA 8523 Landscape Architecture Graduate Studio II: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: LA 8513). Six hours studio. Application of research and theories of the built environment and human health to the execution of landscape planning problems in the Mississippi region

LA 8532 Landscape Architecture Graduate Studio III: 2 hours.

(Prerequisite: second year standing in the Master of Landscape Architecture). Four hours studio. Emphasis on community based planning and design, including consideration of natural resource planning, main street revitalization, open space planning, community design, and small town planning

LA 8533 Landscape Architecture Graduate Studio III: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: LA 8523). Six hours studio. Emphasis on the design and planning of communities that integrate human and environmental systems. Broadly considers human and wildlife habitats at various scales and context

LA 8545 LA Studio IV-Case Study: 5 hours.

(Prerequisite: LA 8533, LA 8741 and a signed proposal). Ten hours studio. A culminating course in which students complete a case study, an in-depth project critique and a design of a project of similar size and scope

LA 8613 Research Methods in Landscape Architecture: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Application of research methods specific to problems in Landscape Architecture

LA 8711 Seminar in Watershed Planning and Management: 1 hour.

(Prerequisite: admission to the Master of Landscape Architecture program or consent of the instructor). One hour seminar. Examination of major elements of watershed planning and management pertinent to landscape architecture, with particular emphasis on emerging trends in the field

LA 8721 Seminar in Landscape Management: 1 hour.

(Prerequisite: admission to the Master of Landscape Arch- itecture program or consent of the instructor). One hour seminar. Examination of major elements of landscape manage- ment pertinent to landscape architecture, with particular emphasis on emerging trends in the field

LA 8731 Seminar in Community Based Planning: 1 hour.

(Prerequisite: second year standing in the Master of Land- scape Architecture program or consent of the instructor). One hour seminar. Examination of major elements of community based planning pertinent to landscape architecture, with particular emphasis on emerging trends in the field

LA 8741 Proposal Writing Seminar: 1 hour.

(Prerequisite: second year standing in the Master of Landscape Architecture program or consent of instructor). One hour seminar. Preparation of detailed written proposals of a variety of types including the proposal for the student’s thesis or case study (non-thesis) project

LA 8751 Seminar in Contemporary Design Issues: 1 hour.

(Prerequisite: second year standing in the Master of Landscape Architecture program or consent of instructor). One hour seminar. Exploration and debate of current design, research and planning issues in landscape architecture

LA 8990 Special Topics in Landscape Architecture: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)