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CSU is a bsla program. We're within the school of agriculture and alot of what we study actually focuses toward the sciences such as plant biology, ecology, etc. I'm not sure how different that is from a program in an arch college, but thats my experience.

OK, That makes sense. I have a BLA from the University of Idaho and the majority of our study focused on design and the technical aspects of LA such as CD's, stormwater, grading, drainage... we had one 2 semester plants class, one soil class, one ecoloy class, one biology class, and maybe a couple other sciences, but most of it was design studio and technical stuff.
No, that sounds pretty much the same as our program-

1 soil science, 1 Plant Bio, chem, two ecology courses, geology, plant id, two site engineering "studios," and 8 or so design studios among a few other core requirements.
I have a BLA from LSU and I think I heard somewhere that a BLA program is 5 years and BSLA I think is 4 years.
Untrue. Our BSLA program is 5 years.

Back when I was trying to determine WHICH University LA Program I felt was best for me...I was choosing between LSU and Texas A&M.  Well, LSU was "out of state"....more expensive and a 5 year LA program.  Texas A&M was (in state) and a 4 yr. LA Program (B.S.L.A.).

Even IF LSU had been the SAME $$$ as A&M......I still would have gone with Texas A&M.  I just didn't feel that spending (5) yrs. studying Landscape Architecture was a plus.....still don't. Though, it seems most LA programs these days have gone to a (5) yr. program.

University LA programs provide "the basics" really LEARN when you get out into the REAL world......and go to work for an LA firm.  

I still question WHY some LAs go after an MLA (after they earn their undergraduate LA degree).....unless they have their heart set on becoming a University Professor.  Personally, I wouldn't want to have to put up with a Universities red tape, regs, requirements that you get published, etc.  I may be wrong, but, I really don't believe LA firms offer a higher annual salary to new hires who have both an LA undergraduate degree & an MLA.  I'm thinking, if you felt you needed a Master's Degree after you earned an undergraduate LA might be better to go for an MBA.

Though, late in my LA career.....I think it would be interesting to be a "guest lecturer" at a University that had an LA program.

To add to your thought... I am not sure whether getting an MLA helped me with my job search out of college, but I'm glad I did it. At U of Idaho an MLA was an extra 1.5 years and I learned more in that year and a half than I did as an undergraduate. It gave me a chance to work for a year side by side building architects and I learned a lot of technical and graphic skills I did not have just working in LA studio classes. Plus, a semester of just thesis work allowed me to focus on a climate outside of the northwest, a focus I wanted to pursue and three months of tightening design, graphics and written language. Sure, it was expensive and I'll be paying for it for awhile but I came out much better for it professionally I think.

I have a BLA from UIUC. The department was in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, with Architecture, Music, and Dance. We were often forgotten. It was a 4 yr program in 2006 when I graduated but has since changed to a 5 yr program. I think a lot of it depends on where it is placed within the University organization and what types of classes are required.

I'm sure the accreditation board has some sort of guideline that they follow.
Here is a Link for ASLA. you can dig through here and maybe find some answers. Looks like about half way down you will find this 2005 LAAB Accreditation Standards. Might have something in it.
BSLA programs are in fact 5 years and studio focused. We also have a spearate program here for Landscape design, horticulure and contracting in the building adjacent to ours.
I just found out that a BSLA is considered a "non-professional degree" and a BLA is considered a "professional degree"...
I don't think it really matters on a resume. I don't think someone would rather hire someone with a BLA than a BSLA.


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