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Are you interested in environmental sustainability, design and the creation of the places where people live, work and play?  Design and technology, science and art all come together in Landscape Architecture, the original green profession.  In an age of increasing environmental concerns, Landscape Architects are designing toward a sustainable future.  We are a profession concerned with creative stewardship of land, the design of sustainable human communities and the aesthetic quality of places.  Many landscape architects work in design firms and others work in public agencies, universities or design-build firms.  

Unique Opportunities

  • Landscape Architecture is a studio-based curriculum where students analyze, design, draw model and build.
  • Landscape Architecture students engage in their profession through paid summer internships.
  • Landscape Architecture students travel abroad in department-led programs or other Education Abroad programs.
  • Landscape Architecture students develop the capability to make the world a better place for the future.


To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture, a student must earn 129 semester hours with at least a 2.0 grade point standing (on a 4.0 scale). Remedial courses may not be counted toward the total hours required for graduation.

The Landscape Architecture program at the University of Kentucky is fully accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architects and meets the necessary requirements for licensing of landscape architects in Kentucky and other states in the U.S.

Career Trends

Landscape architects are in demand worldwide to bridge environmental sustainability and the design of places for human habitation. University of Kentucky graduates are sought by design firms and other employers because they are able to think creatively, are well prepared in the technical aspects of the profession and have successful attitudes. 

Potential Career Pathways

  • Hydrologists
    2016 Median Salary: $80,480 per year
    Job Outlook: 10% (Faster than average)
  • Surveyors
    2016 Median Salary: $59,390 per year
    Job Outlook: 11% (Faster than average) 

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics 

Student Groups Associated with this Program

Our college supports dozens of organizations to help students apply their learning outside the classroom and gain valuable work and leadership experience.  To learn more about the organizations listed below, click here.

  • American Society of Landscape Architects

    participate in organized trips, tour professional offices and visit landscapes and projects across the nation.  

  • Horticulture Club
    provides the means for students to gain additional knowledge, experience and friendship center around horticulture

  • Environmental Science Club 

    join like-minded students that share a common interest in all things environmental; hiking, potlucks, service

Pre-Professional Tracks

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has specialized advising services for students planning to attend professional school (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Law, etc.).  

In addition to helping students fulfill foundational coursework, the college's pre-professional advisor also helps student secure relevant experience such as internships, volunteer opportunities, and job shadowing positions. 

For more information on the college's pre-professional advising, click here.