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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


Approved Courses

The following list includes undergraduate courses that have been approved as of  June 2010.  Courses added after that date do not appear in this list.  Courses eliminated after that date may still appear.  Not every course is offered regularly.  Students should consult the Schedule of Classes at www.testudo.umd.edu  to ascertain which courses are actually offered during a given semester.

COURSE NUMBERING SYSTEM

Number   Eligibility
000-099   Non-credit course
100-199   Primarily freshman course
200-299   Primarily sophomore course
300-399   Junior, senior course not acceptable for credit toward graduate degrees
386-387   Campus-wide internship courses; refer to information describing Experiential Learning
400-499   Junior, senior course acceptable for credit toward some graduate degree
500-599   Professional School course (Dentistry, Architecture, Law, Medicine) or post-baccalaureate course
600-899   Course restricted to graduate students
799   Master Thesis credit
899   Doctoral Dissertation credit

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Courses in "LARC-Landscape Architecture"

LARC - Landscape Architecture

LARC 120 Digital Fundamentals (2) Restriction: Permission of AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture department; and must be in Landscape Architecture program. An introduction to fundamental computer tools and techniques commonly used in design communication and landscape architecture practice. Non-drafting computer tools will be used to orient basic digital image capture, manipulation, and presentation formatting.

LARC 121 Digital Design Futures (4) Students are provided with the opportunity to 1) explore basic design principles and practice, 2) explore and apply computer concepts and principles, 3) learn and apply basic computer tools used in landscape architecture and allied disciplines, and 4) demonstrate competency in design vocabulary and computer applications through demonstrated deliverables used in the built environment design fields.

LARC 140 Graphic Fundamentals Studio (4) Recommended: Concurrently enrolled in LARC160. Restriction: Permission of AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture department; and must be in Landscape Architecture program. Basic techniques and application of various media for graphic communication associated with landscape architecture.

LARC 141 Design Fundamentals Studio (4) Prerequisite: LARC140. Recommended: Concurrently enrolled in LARC263. Restriction: Permission of AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture department; and sophomore standing or higher; and must be in Landscape Architecture program. Fundamentals of basic design focusing on creative problem solving associated with landscape architecture.

LARC 160 Introduction to Landscape Architecture (3) History, theory, philosophy and current practice of the profession of landscape architecture. Explores the interactive relationship between humans and their environment by examining people's perceptions of and changing attitude towards the landscape, as well as, an examination of how these are related to ecological and cultural influences.

LARC 221 Digital Design Tools (3) Prerequisite: LARC120 and LARC141. Recommended: LARC240 and LARC265. Restriction: Sophomore standing or higher; and must be in Landscape Architecture program. The development and application of computing skills as used by the landscape architecture profession. This Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) course develops computer drafting using a variety of software programs. It also introduces students to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping technologies.

LARC 240 Graphic Communication and Design Studio (4) Prerequisite: LARC141 and LARC263. Corequisite: LARC221 and LARC265. Restriction: Sophomore standing or higher; and must be in Landscape Architecture program. Exploration of graphic presentation techniques and original concept development for landscape architecture planning and design.

LARC 263 History of Landscape Architecture (3) A survey of landscape architecture history from the ancient Western civilizations to the twentieth century with consideration of parallel developments in the Eastern World, European Africa and the Americas.

LARC 265 Site Analysis and Ecological Principles (3) Prerequisite: LARC141. Corequisite: LARC240 and LARC221. Restriction: Permission of AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture department; and sophomore standing or higher; and must be in Landscape Architecture program. Credit only granted for: LARC265 or ARCH460. Principles and methods of site analysis with an emphasis on the application of ecological principles in landscape architecture, architecture and planning.

LARC 320 Principles of Site Engineering (3) Prerequisite: LARC221. Corequisite: LARC340. Restriction: Must be in Landscape Architecture program; and junior standing or higher. The study and application of landscape construction principles as applied to grading, drainage, site layout, storm water management, and vehicular and pedestrian circulation.

LARC 321 Landscape Structures and Materials (3) Prerequisite: LARC320; and LARC340. Restriction: Must be in Landscape Architecture program. An examination of the use, properties, and detailing of materials used in landscape construction. The use and design of structures in the landscape.

LARC 340 Site Planning and Design Studio (5) Prerequisite: LARC221; and LARC240; and LARC265. Corequisite: LARC320. Restriction: Must be in Landscape Architecture program; and junior standing or higher. An examination of the influence of landscape character and site features (natural and cultural) on landscape architecture, architecture and planning through application in the studio setting.

LARC 341 Regional Design Studio (5) Prerequisite: LARC320; and LARC340. Restriction: Junior standing or higher; and must be in Landscape Architecture program. An examination of the landscape architect's role within the interdisciplinary regional design field incorporating GIS technologies, spatial modeling, and the regional design process.

LARC 388 Honors Thesis Research (3-6) Prerequisite: Must be in the AGNR Honors Program. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Undergraduate honors thesis research conducted under the direction of an AGNR faculty member in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the College of AGNR Honors Program. The thesis will be defended to a faculty committee.

LARC 389 Internship in Landscape Architecture (3) Prerequisite: LARC221; and LARC240; and LARC265. Restriction: Must be in Landscape Architecture program; and junior standing or higher. Repeatable to 6 credits. A supervised internship where students earn credit for work experience related to their career goals. Each student must keep a work log, work on a special project, and produce a report related to this project. An evaluation from the external supervisor of the project is required. Participation requires application to the internship advisor in the preceding semester.

LARC 398 Seminar (1)

LARC 420 Professional Practice (3) Prerequisite: LARC321. Restriction: Must be in Landscape Architecture program. An introduction to and comparative study of the professional concerns of design firms. Focus on planning, legal, ethical, marketing and management considerations of interdisciplinary practices.

LARC 440 Urban Studio Design (5) Prerequisite: LARC321; and LARC340; and LARC341. Restriction: Must be in Landscape Architecture program. The landscape architect's role within the interdisciplinary urban design process, focusing on urban site design issues. Pedestrian friendly site design and the future of sustainable development will be studied.

LARC 450 Environmental Resources (3) Prerequisite: ENST200; or permission of AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture department. A review of ecosystems and an examination of planning strategies for preservation, conservation, management and development of sensitive natural and cultural landscape resources in the mid-Atlantic region.

LARC 451 Sustainable Communities (3) Explores concepts, strategies and examples of community design which address the needs of a growing population while preserving the environment and its resources.

LARC 452 Green Infrastructure and Community Greening (3) Prerequisite: PLSC100 or PLSC101; or permission of instructor. Restriction: Junior standing or higher. Credit only granted for: LARC489G or LARC452. Formerly: LARC489G. A critical look and exploration of green infrastructure (GI) elements in the built environment in contributing to ecosystems services and the sustainability of the built environment. The course explores the science, issues, challenges, and the policy, planning and design solutions offered by green infrastructure.

LARC 460 Landscape and Identity: Placemaking Across World Cultures (3) Prerequisite: LARC240; or permission of AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture department. Restriction: Junior standing or higher. A cross cultural experience that emphasizes the integration of cultural diversity, individual identity and placemaking skills introduced through the landscape architecture curriculum. Explores the landscape as intimately connected to their individual selves and to the collective sense of community. Examines how the mixture of social-cultural systems, on a global scale, impacts the way we shape our built environment. Investigates these phenomena theoretically and analytically through team and individual projects, lectures, films, discussions and presentations.

LARC 461 People and the Environment (3) Repeatable to 3 credits if content differs. Credit only granted for: LARC489K or LARC461. Formerly: LARC489K. Focuses is placed on human and environmental interactions. Students will look at both natural and built environments and how they influence human health and well-being. Many environmental settings will be examined. These include hospitals, public housing neighborhoods, school settings, retirement communities, transportation corridors and green spaces. We will also explore how racial and socio-economic factors affect living and working environmental conditions. Ultimately, students will be using this knowledge to create environments that support individuals, families and various community groups' health and well-being.

LARC 470 Landscape Architecture Seminar (3) Prerequisite: LARC321; and LARC341. Corequisite: LARC440. Restriction: Senior standing; and must be in Landscape Architecture program. A combination of self-directed study, seminar, and lecture formats. An introduction to aspects of research methods, critical analysis, and proposal writing with a focus on urban and community design.

LARC 471 Capstone Studio: Community Design (5) Prerequisite: LARC440; and LARC470. Restriction: Senior standing; and must be in Landscape Architecture program. A capstone experience that emphasizes the integration of critical thinking skills and methodologies introduced throughout the landscape architecture curriculum. Students apply design and analysis methodologies, evaluate alternative solutions, involve community residents and engage in final design development, using the master plan and site design process, report writing, and oral and graphic presentations. Final presentations are open to the university and the community.

LARC 489 Special Topics in Landscape Architecture (1-4) Prerequisite: Permission of AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture department. Repeatable to 4 credits if content differs. Credit according to time scheduled and organization of course. A lecture and/or studio course organized as an in-depth study of a selected specialization of landscape architecture not covered by existing courses.

LARC 499 Independent Studies in Landscape Architecture (1-4) Prerequisite: 12 credits in LARC courses; or permission of AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture department. Restriction: Must be in Landscape Architecture program; or must be in Plant Sciences program. Repeatable to 4 credits if content differs. Independent studies in landscape architecture including field, studio or library research under the direction of a faculty member.

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