Certificate in Landscape Architecture

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This program is intended to introduce at the graduate level the basic subjects inherent to the field of landscape architecture: plant materials suitable to urban conditions; urban utility and transportation systems in relation to topography, natural drainage and pathways; plant and wildlife communities; as well as inquiries about landscape infrastructure and ecology, and the history of human settle­ment in the evolution of urban landscapes. Southern California and Los Angeles provide an exceptionally valuable natural and socio­cultural laboratory for landscape architecture studies. 


Completion of the certificate program requires a minimum of 16 units. Students must take four core courses and select 3 units of electives from the approved list approved by the director of the graduate landscape architecture program.


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Following is the program curriculum for the 2016-2017 Academic Year.  For previous years, please consult the online USC Catalogue archive.


The USC Catalogue is the document of authority for all students. The program requirements listed in the USC Catalogue supersede any information which may be contained in any bulletin of any school or department. The university reserves the right to change its policies, rules, regulations, requirements for graduation, course offerings and any other contents of this catalogue at any time.


Required Courses Units
531 The Natural Landscape 3
537L Urban Plant Ecology: Environmental Perspectives 3
544 Urban Landscape: Process and Place 3
565 Global History of Landscape Architecture 3
  Elective 3


Sample Electives

(or as approved by Program Faculty Advisor or Director)

530 Landscape Architecture Practice 3
534 Landscape Construction: Topographic Design 3
535 Landscape Construction: Performative Approaches 3
536 Landscape Planning Process 3
538L Urban Plant Ecology: Cultural Perspectives 4
545 Urban Landscape: Contemporary History and Prospect 3
566 Cross-Cultural Topics in Landscape Architecture History 3