Landscape Design Course Descriptions

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Number sequencing next to course name means the following: first digit designates the number of lecture hours for the course; the second digit designates the number of lab, clinic or practicum hours; and the third digit designates the credit hours for the course.

Prerequisites: High School diploma or the equivalent; completion of two years of high school math (Algebra I and Algebra II) with final grades of “C” or better.

LD 101 Identification and Uses of Trees 3-0-3
Students will be introduced to evergreen and deciduous trees commonly found and used in the Northeast. Emphasis will be on identification, cultural requirements and design applications in the landscape. Students will become proficient in identifying trees by recognizing distinctive features such as height, form, twig and bud characteristics, leaf shape, color and flowers.

LD 102 Identification and Uses of Shrubs, Groundcovers and Vines 3-0-3
Students will be introduced to evergreen and deciduous shrubs, vines and groundcovers commonly found and used in the Northeast. Emphasis will be on identification, cultural requirements and design applications in the landscape. Students will become proficient in identifying plants by recognizing distinctive features such as height, form, twig and bud characteristics, leaf shape, color and flowers.

LD 109 Basic Site Grading and Surveying 2-2-3
This course is designed to familiarize students with surveying techniques and grading principles that are integral to interpreting topographical information and understanding natural and man-made features that influence grade changes in the landscape. Emphasis will be on practical and basic applications of survey equipment, note-keeping, plotting and other measuring techniques that are useful to landscape contractors and designers. Practical exercises include incorporating designed features such as stairs, retaining walls, ramps, walkways, swales, etc., into the landscape. (Prerequisites: high school level Algebra I and Algebra II, with grades of “C” or higher, are recommended)

LD 112 Landscape Drawing and Presentation Techniques 2-2-3
This course focuses on learning the fundamentals of landscape design drawing necessary to graphically communicate design ideas. Students will learn techniques to improve line quality, lettering, sketching, rendering and drawing layout. Black and white and color media will be used. These drawing and rendering techniques will be used to create presentation quality site plans, elevations and perspectives. The use of computers as a means in creating presentation drawings will be introduced.

LD 115 Landscape Architectural Design Theory 3-0-3
This course introduces the student to the field of landscaping architecture. Lectures, reading and problem-solving exercises provide a basic overview of historical, philosophical and technical aspects of the profession of landscaping architecture. The course will also explore how design, site environment and legislation affect the design process.

LD 217 Small Scale Design Project 2-2-3
A studio project involving a real site to develop techniques of site analysis, client interview, and program development of a base sheer from field measurements and designing a site plan that corresponds to the client's needs, site conditions, human scale, and environmental contexts. Also included is the development of site details for decks, patios, pools, fences, and site furniture. (Prerequisites: LD 102, LD 109, and LD 112 or permission of the Department Head of the Landscape and Environmental Design program)

LD 220 Planting Design 3-0-3
Lecture includes the combination of landscape elements when used with architectural, aesthetic, engineering, and climate control uses of plants. Students work in graphics skills and develop the ability to produce professional quality plans. (Prerequisites: LD 102 and LD 112)

LD 225 Landscape Construction Details and Methods 2-2-3
A survey of the materials used in landscape constructions, the methods used in assembling the materials into the landscape and the forces acting on the structures. Included are the characteristics and properties of each of the landscape materials and the relative costs of the materials, including installation. Landscape materials and methods to be studied include site work, various paving materials, various structural materials, and site drainage materials. The student will learn how to read plans and also prepare plans showing construction details including: walls, walkways, wooden structures, and water features. (Prerequisite: LD 112 or permission of the Department Head of the Landscape and Environmental Design program)

LD 270 Sustainable Landscape Principles and Practices 3-2-4
This course will introduce and examine the principles and practices required to create a sustainable environment. Issues facing communities locally and globally will be examined and discussed. Emphasis will be placed on methods used to create landscapes that improve the environment by conserving resources and reducing chemical application. Students will learn how site design, plant selection, and pest and water management practices influence the sustainability of the designed landscape. (Prerequisites: LD 102, LD 112, and LD 220)

LD 290 Senior Project/Internship 0-12-4
As the capstone course of the Landscape and Environmental Design curriculum, this course will require the student to demonstrate integration and application of the knowledge and skills from all courses in the program. This may be achieved either through a comprehensive senior design project developed by the student under the guidance of a faculty member or through participation in a field internship with an approved industry partner. In either case, students will be required to provide regular and ongoing documentation of the learning experience to ensure that all course and program goals are met. (Prerequisite: LD 102, LD 112, LD 220 with grades of “C” or higher and the approval of the Department Head of the Landscape and Environmental Design program)

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