Landscape architects design and plan recreation areas such as parks, gardens, college campuses and residences, combining functionality with beauty and harmony with the natural environment. The best U.S. schools in landscape architecture offer accredited programs that qualify students to become licensed professionals in the field. Most states require professionals to achieve a passing score on the Landscape Architect Registration Exam. Of the many good schools for landscape architecture, a few are the cream of the crop: Cornell and the University of California at Berkeley, according to "The Best Colleges," and Texas A&M University and The Ohio State University, according to "Education-Portal."
The Department of Landscape Architecture, in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, offers a bachelor of science and a master of science degree. Cornell is the only Ivy League college to offer an undergraduate program in this field. This department views landscape design as "an expression of cultural values reinforced by many related disciplines," according to the university's website.
The University of California - Berkeley
The Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, which is part of the College of Environmental Design, offers bachelor's, master's and doctor of philosophy degrees in landscape architecture, with emphases on environmental planning and urban design. According to the university's website, the program combines the "art of creating landscapes with a deep concern for ecology, natural resources and social equity."
Texas A&M University
The Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning offers bachelor or master of landscape architecture programs, accredited through the Council of Landscape Architecture. The courses cover design, planning and analysis, and sustainability, as well as computer applications. Landscape architecture is a field "devoted to understanding and managing the human and environmental forces that change the landscape," according to the university's website.
The Ohio State University
Landscape architecture is a field that influences the environment, creating sustainable cityscapes as well as green spaces that protect our resources. The Knowlton School of Architecture offers bachelor's and master's programs in landscape architecture that are accredited through the Landscape Architectural Accreditation board. Courses for the undergraduate degree include basic design, landscape studio, design communication, landscape architecture survey, site planning and landscape plants. The school's location in the Great Lakes Basin and near the Appalachian mountain range enables students to directly experience the environment they're studying.