About this course
In LA 250, students learn how to research, analyze, interpret, synthesize, and express environmental aspects of sites and to apply that knowledge and skills in the landscape architectural design process.
Environmental aspects include natural systems and the forces that determine site conditions, such as hydrology, topography, vegetation, soils, and climate, along with related issues, such as land-use histories, urban patterns, and cultural practices. Design research at both planning (large) and site-design (small) scales are covered.
The fundamental goal of this course is for students to develop research skills for design application. The corollary objective is for students to develop awareness of and knowledge about design as it is determined by and affects living systems. The premise is that design process should derive from an understanding of site, and any site design response should support and/or generate site function and performance.
Prerequisite: GEOL 100, 101, or 103; or GEOG 103; or consent of instructor.
This course satisfies the General Education for Nat Sci & Tech - Physical Sciences.
3 credit hours