The Undergraduate Student Learning Initiative (USLI) is a campuswide initiative to support departments in establishing educational goals and evaluation procedures for all undergraduate programs. As a result of the initiative, faculty and students have a shared understanding of the purpose of the major and what graduating seniors are expected to know or to be able to do at the end of their course of study. The initiative is in keeping with the fundamental principle at Berkeley that the evaluation of student achievement should be locally defined, discipline specific, and faculty-driven.
Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning (LAEP) Undergraduate Learning Objectives
The statements below represent the pedagogy of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning:
- We must educate our students to imagine, re-invent, renew, and reconsider how the public landscape is a part of our present and how it will continue to be a part of our future.
- The landscapes we create should be beautiful, ecologically constructive, socially vital, and built to endure.
- Through an understanding of aesthetic, ecological, and social variables, our graduates can remedy degraded landscapes, shape resilient ecosystems, and make cities compelling for all citizens.
- Ecological design and planning will have greatest impact in the urban landscape. “Green urbanism” can provide an alternative to the loss of agricultural and wild landscapes by creating evocative settings for everyday life.
- Every student is an individual rather than a product of an assembly-line education. Our programs should guide each student to develop a unique role in facilitating landscape change.
- Students should be exposed to passion and creativity. Their education should be grounded in hands-on field study as well as in theory, methods, and studio projects.
- Landscape architects and environmental planners must be “at the table” for both grassroots and high-level decisions on the landscape. By doing so, we will make possible innovative and inspirational places that enable a just democracy.
- Landscape craft must support our commitment to the collective public landscape.
Undergraduate Learning Objectives
These statements are made operational by skills and abilities common to the theory and practice of landscape architecture that our undergraduate students are expected to acquire:
- To communicate effectively in graphic, written, and verbal formats.
- To understand the relationship of the history and theory of landscape architecture.
- To acquire knowledge of the basic fundamentals of environmental design, particularly the implications of social and natural factors.
- To apply design principles in a range of sites and scales.
Additionally, it is our philosophy that our students be compelled to bring their creative talent to the public landscape. As such we teach them how to be part of democratic decision-making at all levels. Further, we hope our students will self-actualize through their educational process while being grounded in theory, methods (including field), construction craft, and studio design.
The LAEP program leads to the A.B. degree in landscape architecture and provides the necessary education for students interested in entry-level professional practice. To graduate, LAEP undergraduate students are required to take environmental design prerequisite courses — ENV DES 1, ENV DES 11A, and ENV DES 11B; our core curriculum courses (“Required Courses”); upper-division courses outside the major but inside the College of Environmental Design; and a sample of electives. These courses meet the department’s learning objectives as follows.
How Learning Objectives are Addressed in the Landscape Architecture Undergraduate Curriculum
Key to Category Abbreviations
F = Fundamentals
C = Communication
H = History
T = Theory
NF = Natural Factors
SF = Social Factors
A = Application
|CED Prerequisites for Landscape Architecture Students||F||C||H||T||NF||SF||A|
|ENV DES 1: People and Environmental Design||X||X|
|ENV DES 11A: Introduction to Visual Representation and Drawing||X||X|
|ENV DES 11B: Introduction to Design||X||X|
|Required Core Courses||F||C||H||T||NF||SF||A|
|LD ARCH 101: Fundamentals of Landscape Design||X||X||X||X||X|
|LD ARCH 102: Case Studies in Landscape Design||X||X||X||X||X|
|LD ARCH 103: Energy, Fantasy, and Form||X||X||X||X||X|
|LD ARCH 110: Ecological Analysis||X||X||X|
|LD ARCH 111: Plants in Design||X||X||X|
|LD ARCH 112: Landscape Plants: Identification and Use||X|
|LD ARCH 120: Topographic Form and Design Technique||X||X|
|LD ARCH 121: Design in Detail: Materials, Construction||X||X||X|
|LD ARCH 132: Computer Apps. in Environmental Design||X||X||X|
|LD ARCH 134A: Drawing Workshop 1||X||X|
|LD ARCH 135: The Art of Landscape Drawing||X||X|
|LD ARCH 170: History and Literature of Landscape Architecture||X||X|
|Required Three Upper-Division Courses Outside Major but Inside College||F||C||H||T||NF||SF||A|
|Three courses, totaling 9 units, are required for all students with majors in CED to give students a broader approach to environmental design (see upper-division course offerings in architecture, city and regional planning, environmental design, and visual studies)||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|LD ARCH 136: Advanced Landscape Delineation||X||X|
|LD ARCH 137: Observation, Memory and History (summer Italy study course)||X||X||X||X|
|LD ARCH 138: Analysis of Metropolitan Form||X||X|
|LD ARCH 140: Design for Social Sustainability (new name)||X||X||X|
|LD ARCH 141AC: The American Landscape: Multicultural Difference and Diversity||X||X||X|
|LD ARCH 160: Professional Practice Seminar||X||X||X|
|LD ARCH C171: The American Designed Landscape Since 1850||X||X|