Prospective students must, first of all, gain admission to the UC Davis campus.

The Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, granted from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Davis is a four-year program.  Transfer students can expect to attend UC Davis for three full academic years to complete the degree. The program is fully accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB), which reviews the program every 6 years, and certified by the State of California Board of Landscape Architects.  

All students begin their studies by majoring in either Pre-Landscape Architecture, or the new Sustainable Environmental Design, until they have completed all of the lower division preparatory coursework and have been offered placement in the upper division Landscape Architecture major through a review of a portfolio application. The portfolio application process for the major has no bearing on admission to UC Davis – only on acceptance into the major.

Typically, students enter UC Davis as Pre-Landscape Architecture or Sustainable Environmental Design majors and submit their application in their sophomore year. However, students may submit their portfolio applications for the major at any point, including prospective students who have submitted applications to the University of California, Davis.

The program accepts around 36 students into the Junior class each year. These students have completed all of the preparatory coursework needed to succeed in the major and in the profession.  Students are expected to maintain a major GPA of 3.0 or above.  Students who have a background in art or design can submit their portfolio application at any time and, while offered acceptance into the major, will still need to complete the preparatory courses before pursuing upper division coursework in Landscape Architecture.

Students not admitted into the LDA major should consider our Sustainable Environmental Design major offering.

Portfolio Application Information

Portfolio Application Sheet

Curriculum Checklist

Four of our spring 2009 accepted applicants have graciously allowed us to post their successful portfolios as examples:

1  2  3  4