February 11, 2009 at 4:01 am #175194
does anyone know what the difference is?February 11, 2009 at 4:12 am #175212
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.
-nFebruary 11, 2009 at 8:12 pm #175211
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.February 11, 2009 at 8:18 pm #175210
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.February 11, 2009 at 10:27 pm #175209
Brittany Brock BirdsongParticipant
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.February 11, 2009 at 10:34 pm #175208
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.February 11, 2009 at 10:43 pm #175207
Here is a Link for ASLA. http://www.asla.org/AccreditationLAAB.aspx#_LAAB_Documents 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.February 11, 2009 at 11:12 pm #175206
Untrue. Our BSLA program is 5 years.February 11, 2009 at 11:14 pm #175205
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.October 1, 2010 at 4:19 pm #175204
I just found out that a BSLA is considered a “non-professional degree” and a BLA is considered a “professional degree”…October 1, 2010 at 8:01 pm #175203
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.October 2, 2010 at 5:27 am #175202
Jason T. RadiceParticipant
It makes all the difference in the world when you go to take the licensing test in your state. If your degree is not accredited by LAAB, you do not qualify to sit for the exam after 3 years of practice or so. It will take you 10 years or so to become qualified. A BSLA is not accredited and is not a professional degree, whereas a BLA is accredited and therefore a professional degree. If you go for an MLA right after (and it is accredited). it won’t matter.
Another difference, many times BSLA’s have different courses and options that do not necessarily mirror an structured accredited program.
Just know that a BSLA is not the same as a BLA and it can very greatly affect your licensure candidacy, as well as job prospects (many firms will not hire a BSLA grad)October 2, 2010 at 7:09 am #175201
To my knowledge the difference derives from what ‘College’ your University has classified Landscape Architecture under. I graduated BSLA from an Accredited program and am licensed. Originally, the program was accredited but not a B.S. It moved over to the College of Ag Science to receive an increased budget and greater access to computer labs. With it, came additional soils science and plant biology courses.
Just because a program is a BLA or BSLA does not include or exclude it from Accreditation. Each program is judged individually by the Board. The board judges on curriculum, credit hours, faculty qualifications, longevity, enrollment, faculty petitions and technical writings and various other items.October 5, 2010 at 12:12 pm #175200
Jim Del CarpioParticipant
From an employment perspective, I’ve seen in the past years, job postings from California had BSLA as a minimum requisite for employment as well as BLA. However, in my experience Design Firms are most interested in young candidates with BLA mostly, rarely BSLA, as a minimum requisite. Most common requisite is BLA minimum with 3-5 years of experience, or Master in L.A. with lesser experience.
JDOctober 5, 2010 at 4:54 pm #175199
Jason T. RadiceParticipant
I am researching every LA program in the country, and almost all (thus far) are BLA’s that are accredited. I only found one BSLA that is listed as accredited. Perhaps LAAB makes it part of accreditation that the professional accredited degree is called BLA (like it is supposed to be) and MLA. It’s that way with architecture. Thanks for the correction.
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