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LARC 6050 Urban Genesis and Form 3(3)
Exploration of urban forms and developments within their historic context through off-campus, on-site lectures and exposure to historic cities and sites. Students visit historic and contemporary cities and analyze those places through readings and direct observations

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
LARC 6230 Environmental Issues in Landscape Architecture 3(3)
Overview of environmental and ecological issues and their relationship to landscape architecture practice and design.

Prequisitie: Consent of instructor
LARC 6280 Landscape Architecture Computer-Aided Design 3(2)
LARC 6281 Landscape Architecture Computer-Aided Design Laborartory 0(2)
Introduces students to the use of computer technology in the landscape architectural design process. Covers the basics of computer applications used in the industry for conceptualizing, drafting, modeling, and graphic communications.

Prerequisite: Landscape Architecture major Corequisite: LARC 6281
LARC 6330 Historic Preservation in Landscape Architecture 3(3)
Study of historic landscape preservation in a number of contexts, including gardens, vernacular landscapes, parks, cemeteries and battlefields.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
LARC 6430 Community Issues in Landscape Architecture 3(3)
In-depth study of issues relevant to community design. Overvew of physical design and related issues.

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
LARC 6530 Key Issues in Landscape Architecture 3(3)
Overview of research in landscape architecture and study of relevant research methods. Students write a proposasl for their own project positioned within the larger context of research in the profession.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
LARC 6810 Landscape Architecture Professional Practice 3(3)
Lectures pertaining to the general considerations of landscape architecture office positions. Topics include the professional releationship between the landscape architect and client, including ethical, legal and business issues, as well as portfolio development.

Prerequisite: Junior standing
LARC 8010 Landscape Architecture Orientation I 6(3)
LARC 8011 Landscape Architecture Orientation I Laboratory 0(9)
Focused study of design, design theory and design communication. Assigned readings, lectures and discussions link those topics to graduate-level explorations of design intervention in the cultural and natural landscape.

Prerequisite: Students in the First Professional MLA program or consent of instructor. Corequisite: LARC 8011
LARC 8020 Landscape Architecture Orientation I 6(3)
LARC 8021 Landscape Architecture Orientation I Laboratory 0(9)
Second semester course of focused study in design, design theory and design communication. Assigned readings, lectures and discussions link those explorations to graduate-level study in nature, culture and design.

Prerequisite: Students in First Professional MLA program or consent of instructor Corequisite: LARC 8021
LARC 8130 Advanced Regional Design 6(3)
LARC 8131 Advanced Regional Design Laboratroy 0(9)
Advanced study and analysis of natural and cultural landscapes at the regional scale with an emphasis on South Carolina. Includes an exploration of landscape ecology as an informant to design and application geographic information systems. Each student also engages in independent research.

Prerequisites: Second Professional MLA or MARCH student or consent of instructor

LARC 8210 Research Methods 3(3)
Foundations and procedures of landscape architectural research design and methods. Explores alternate research methodologies and the theory of knowledge regarding foundations, scope and validity.
Prerequisite: LARC 6530

LARC 8230 Advanced Community Design Studio 6(3)
LARC 8231 Advanced Community Design Studio Laboratory 0(9)
Studio focused on the study of communities. Students engage in a series of design explorations culminating in a mixed-use parcel on a large tract. Includes intensive study of growth and change in the contemporary landscape. New development in southeastern U. S. will serve as a laboratory.

Prerequisite: LARC 6530 or consent of instructor

LARC 8300 Graduate Seminar I 3(3)
Seminar including reading, writing, and discussion on environmental and social / cultural issues in landscape architecture. Course is grounded in an exploration of the history of landscape architectural theory.

Prerequisite: LARC 8020 or consent of instructor

LARC 8400 Graduate Seminar II 3(3)
Graduate seminar in one of the areas of program focus:growth and change, health and design, or restoration.

Prerequisite(s): LARC 8300 or consent of instructor

LARC 8430 Interdisciplinary Design and Research 6(3)
LARC 8431 Interdisciplinary Design and Research Laboratory 0(9)
Students participate in an interdisciplinary project linked to one of the focus areas in the program: health and design, restoration (environmental or cultural /historical), and growth and change. Each student identifies a personal research project related to the larger team project.

Prerequisite: LARC 6530 or consent of instructor Corequisite: LARC 8431
LARC 8500 Graduate Colloquium 3(3)
Series of lectures and presentations by graduating students, faculty members and guest designers and scholars. Students offer reviews and critiques of the various presentations.

Prerequisite: LARC 8400 or consent of instructor
LARC 8520 Advanced Urban Design 6(1)
LARC 8521 Advanced Urban Design Laboratory 0(10)
Advanced landscape architectural desing in the urban context. Students study urban issues and offer design and sustainable management solutions for urban areas. Includes readings and theory component as well as an opportunity to collaborate with architecture students.

Preqrequisite: Second Professional Degree Graduate status in Landscape Architecture Corequisite: LARC 8521

LARC 8530 Advanced Interdisciplinary Design and Research 6(3)
LARC 8531 Advanced Interdisciplinary Design and Research Laboratory 0(9)
Continuation of LARC 8430 with an advanced interdisciplinary project linked to one of the focus areas in the program: health and design, restoration (environmental or cultural /historical), and growth and change. Each student identifies a personal research project related to the larger team project.

Prerequisite: LARC 8430 or consent of instructor Corequisite: LARC 8531
LARC 8610 Design Implementation I 3(3)
An introduction to sculpting the land through the process of grading. Students are introduced to the concepts and technical methods of grading and its role in articulating the functional, aesthetic and ecological goals of designed landscapes. Classes are centered on lectures, case studies and fieldwork.
LARC 8620 Design Implementation II 3(3)
Students explore, develop and refine graphic communication, representation and design skills on a detailed level. Through lectures, labs, fieldwork, projects and hands-on wood shop assignments, students investigate various materials, assembly, fabrication and implementation methods. Preq: LARC 8610 or consent of instructor.
LARC 8900 Directed Studies 1-6(1-6)
Special topics and independent research in landscape architecture with faculty guidance. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits.

Prerequisite: Consent of advisor
LARC 8910 Thesis Project 6(16)
Complex and sophisticated independent project in landscape architectural research and/or advanced design.

Prerequisite: LARC 8430 or consent of instructor
LARC 8920 Landscape Architecture Terminal Project 6(12)
Students complete a complex and sophisticated independent project in landscape architectural research and/or advanced design.

Prerequisite: LARC 8430 or consent of instructor