Landscape Architecture, BLA


Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Nicholas Brown, PhD
Associate Teaching Professor
539 Holmes Hall

Northeastern University offers a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Urban Landscape. This new major reflects a growing public interest in making our cities more sustainable and in bringing the insights of landscape architects to join those of urban designers and architects. This hybrid field has deep roots in design, ecology, planning, and aesthetics. In the past 15 years, it has come to play an evermore important role in the design of new places, as well as the retrofitting of our older, postindustrial landscapes. An inherently interdisciplinary program, urban landscape will involve collaborations with other academic units on campus.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

NUpath requirements Natural and Designed World (ND), Creative Expression/Innovation (EI), Interpreting Culture (IC), Formal and Quantitative Reasoning (FQ), Societies and Institutions (SI), Analyzing and Using Data (AD), and Difference and Diversity (DD) are met through the major course requirements.

NUpath requirement Ethical Reasoning (ER) must be met through general electives.

Landscape Architecture Major Requirements

Introduction to College
ARCH 1000Architecture at Northeastern1
MATH 1241Calculus 14
Environmental Geology
ENVR 1112Environmental Geology4
Foundation Courses
ARCH 1110Fundamental Architectural Representation4
ARCH 1120Fundamental Architectural Design6
History/Theory Courses
ARCH 1310
and ARCH 1311
Architecture and Global Cultures, Prehistory to 1400
and Recitation for ARCH 1310
ARCH 3361Architecture and Urbanism Abroad4
ARCH 1320
and ARCH 1321
Architecture and Global Cultures, 1400 to Present
and Recitation for ARCH 1320
ARCH 3362Seminar Abroad4
LARC 2330Cities, Landscape, and Modern Culture4
LARC 2340Cities, Landscape, and Contemporary Culture4
LARC 5310Urban Landscape Seminar4
Technology/Science Courses
ENVR 3300
and ENVR 3301
Geographic Information Systems
and Lab for ENVR 3300
LARC 2230Site Materials and Methods4
LARC 2430Plant Identification4
LARC 2240Sustainable Site Construction and Detailing4
LARC 5210Landscape Ecology4
LARC 5220Sustainable Landscape Practices4
LARC 5420Professional Practice in Landscape Architecture4
LARC 2130Sustainable Urban Site Design6
LARC 2140Designed Urban Ecologies6
LARC 2440Planting Design4
LARC 3155Studio Abroad6
LARC 3170Landscape Planning and Urbanism Studio6
LARC 5110Advanced Design for Urban Environments Studio6
LARC 5120Comprehensive Design Studio6
Professional Development
EEAM 2000Professional Development for Co-op1
Cooperative Education
Urban landscape majors are required to complete two six-month co-ops. 0
Co-op Work Experience

Major GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.500 GPA required

Major Credit Requirement

Complete 117 semester hours for the major.

Program Requirement

145 total semester hours required

Five Years, Two Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours
ARCH 10001ARCH 11104Vacation
ARCH 1310
and ARCH 1311
4ARCH 11206 
MATH 12414ENGW 11114 
ENVR 11124EEAM 20001 
 17 19 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours
LARC 21306LARC 21406Vacation
LARC 24304LARC 22404 
LARC 23304LARC 24404 
LARC 22304LARC 23404 
 18 18 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours
ARCH 31556Co-op 1Co-op 1
ARCH 33624  
ARCH 33614  
Language or cultural elective4  
 18 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours
LARC 31706Co-op 2Co-op 2
ENGW 33144  
LARC 52104  
ENVR 3300
and ENVR 3301
 19 0 0
Year 5
LARC 51106LARC 51206 
LARC 52204LARC 54204 
LARC 53104Elective4 
 18 18 
Total Hours: 145