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LARC 1150 Introduction to Landscape Architecture 3(3)
Introduction to the foundations and contemporary sources of landscape architecture. The course surveys the relationship between landscape architecture and sustainability, medicine, engineering, art, the natural sciences, planning and development, psychology, recreation and tourism, architecture, preservation and technology.
LARC 1160 History of Landscape Architecture 3 (3)
History of design on the land from prehistory to the present. Overview of the interface of aesthetics, science, technology, and natural features that influence cultures in shaping places.
LARC 1280 Technical Graphics 3 (2)
LARC 1281 Techinical Graphics Laboratory 0 (2)
Introduction to rendering techniques, plan graphics, 3-D projection drawings, drafting skills, perspective drawing, and overview of computer graphics.

Prerequisite: Landscape Architecture major Corequisite: LARC 1281
LARC 1510 Basic Design I  3(6)
Studio introduction to design fundamentals through 2-D and 3-D application of basic systems and development of attitudes essential to the creative design process.

Prerequisite: Landscape Architecture major
LARC 1520 Basic Design II  6(12) 
Further investigations into design fundamentals through 2-D and 3-D application of basic systems and development of attitudes essential to the creative design process.

Prerequisite: LARC 1510
LARC 1990 Creative Inquiry Landscape Architecture I 3(3)
In consultation with and under the direction of a faculty member, students pursue scholarly activities individually or in teams. These creative inquiry projects may be interdisciplinary. Arrangements with mentors must be established prior to registration.

Prerequisite: Consent of faculty member/mentor
LARC 2510 Landscape Architecture Design Fundamentals 6(1)
LARC 2511 Landscape Architecture Design Fundamentals Laboratory 0(10)
Compositional skills introduced in LARC 1510 and 1520 are applied to design in the landscape. Through research, design assignments and discussios, students derive and apply design principles to place, study the processes of design and develop an understanding  of how design principles, plant materials and structures are used in the landscape.

Prerequiste: LARC 1520 Corequiste: LARC 2511
LARC 2520  Site Design in Landscape Architecture 6 (1)
LARC 2521  Site Design in Landscape Architecture Laboratory 0(10)
Students apply lessons from LARC 2510 to site designs considering planting design, responsible land managment strategies and appropriate use of materials.  Also included are participatory and social behavioral aspects of design. Readings and seminar discussions are emphasized as integral to the design and decision making process.

Prerequisite: LARC 2510 Corequisite: LARC 2521
LARC 2550 Community Design Studio 6 (1)
LARC 2551 Community Design Studio Laboratory 0(10)
Studio focused on the study and design of communities and public spaces. Students explore multicultural, historical, and ecological layers of community, as well as the role of landscape management and the creative design process to add new dimensions of meaning to these places.

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing Corequisite: LARC 2551
LARC 2620 Design Implementation I 3(1)
LARC 2621 Design Implementation I Laboratory 0(3)
Basics of landscape architecture construction methods and construction documents including site information gathering and analysis, basic site grading and drainage, cut and fill, principles of storm water management and sustainable land management related to implementation. Includes explorations in hand and computer graphic techniques used in construction drawings.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor Corequisite: LARC 2621
LARC 2930 Field Studies Internship 1-3 (1-3)
Skill-based practical work experience to give beginning students on-the-job learning opportunities. Requires a minimum of five weeks of uninterrupted, supervised, practical experience with a preapproved commercial firm or public agency dealing with landscape architectural site issues. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. To be taken Pass/No Pass only.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
LARC 2990 Creative Inquiry Landscape Architecture II 3(3)
In consultation with and under the direction of a faculty member, students pursue scholarly activities individually or in teams. These creative inquiry projects may be interdisciplinary. Arrangements with mentors must be established prior to registration.

Preqrequisite: LARC 1990 or consent of faculty member/mentor
LARC 3190 Off-Campus Field Study 3(3)
Intensive study of place in an off-campus setting as context for design. Numerous class trips to significant sites in the area of the off-campus programs. Bus trips to distant sites are also planned.

Prerequisite: LARC 2550
LARC 3210  Landscape Architectural Seminar 3(3)
Lectures and seminars dealing with pertinent topics related to environmental, technological and theoretical issues in landscape architecture, land planning, and urban design. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits

Prerequisite: Junior standing
LARC 3510 Regional Design and Ecology 6 (1)
LARC 3511 Regional Design Ecology Laboratory 0(10)
Study and analysis of natural and cultural landscapes at the regional scale. Introduction of landscape ecology as an informant to design. Basic overview of geographic information systems. Regional and ecological issues are applied in a final site design. Also includes relevant readings, discussion and writing.

Prerequisite: LARC 2520 or consent of instructor
LARC 3550 Off-Campus Studio 6(1)
LARC 3551 Off-Campus Studio Laboratory 0(10)
Off-campus landscape architecture studio in Charleston, Genoa, or Barcelona.

Corequisite: LARC 3551
LARC 3620 Design Implementation II 3(1)
LARC 3621 Design Implementation II Laboratory 0(2)
Advanced landscape architecture construction methods and construction documents, including site information gathering, analysis, site grading and drainage, cut and fill, principles of stormwater managment, sustainable land management related to implementation, materials research and use, sustatainable planting strategies, site demolition and construction managment. Includes exploration in appropriate graphic communication techniques.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor Corerquisite: LARC 3621
 LARC 3990 Creative Inquiry Landscape Architecture III 3(3)
In consultation with and under the direction of a faculty member, students pursue scholarly activities individually or in teams. These creative inquiry projects may be interdisciplinary. Arrangements with mentors must be established prior to registration.

Preqrequisite: LARC 2990 or consent of faculty member/mentor
LARC 4050 / 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. Offered in the summer only.

Prerequisite: LARC 2520
LARC 4180     Off-Campus Study Seminar 1(1)
Students will study various cultural and environmental factors to inform and enhance their off-campus experiences in Barcelona, Genoa, or Charleston.

Prerequisite: Landscape architecture major
LARC 4230 / 6230 Environmental Issues in Landscape Architecture 3(3)
Overview of environmental and ecological issues and the relationship to landscape architecture practice and design.

Prerequisite: LARC 3550
LARC 4280 Landscape Architecture Computer Aided Design 3(2)
LARC 4281 Landscape Architecture Comptuer Aided Design Laboratory 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 4281
LARC 4330 / 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: LARC 3550
LARC 4380 Advanced Computer Aided Design 3(2)
LARC 4381 Advanced Computer Aided Design Laboratory 0(2)
Advanced study in computer-aided design for students wishing to develop their skills beyond LARC 4280. Students will develop advanced skills in illustrative drawings, construction drawings, desktop publishing and other computer based applications.

Prerequisite: LARC 4280 Corequisite: LARC 4381
LARC 4430 / 6430 Community Issues in Landscape Architecture 3(3)
In-depth study of issues relevant to community design. Overview of physical design and related social issues.

Prerequisite: LARC 3550
LARC 4530 / 6530 Key Issues in Landscape Architecture 3(3)
Overview of research in landscape architecture and study of relevant research methods. Students write proposals for their own projects positioned within the larger context of research in the profession.

Prerequisite: Junior standing
LARC 4540 Urban Design Studio 6(1)
LARC 4541 Urban Design Studio 0(10)
Landscape architectural design in the urban context. Students study urban issues and offer design solutions for urban areas. The course will include a reading and theory component, as well as an opportunity to collaborate with architecture students.

Prerequisite: LARC 3510 Corequisite: LARC 4541
LARC 4550  Landscape Architecture Exit Project 6(12)
Students select and produce professional level work. This capstone project may be a design-build project or a substantive research project.  Exit studio synthesizes and builds on skills developed throughout the landscape architecture program.

Prerequisite: Senior standing
LARC 4620 Design Implementation III 3(2)
LARC 4621 Design Implementation III Laboratory 0(2)A 
Advanced overview of construction materials and methods used in project implementation. Study characteristics, strengths, nominal sizes and uses of materials (asphalt, brick, concrete, stone, wood). Field trips, excercises, and preparation of construction documents develop an understanding of how design ideas are realized in built form.

Prerequisite: Junior standing. Coreq: LARC 4621
LARC 4710 Chinese and Japanese Garden Traditions 3(3)
This course examines Chinese and Japanese classical garden traditions within the context of the classical arts. Emphasis is placed on understanding garden design principles that deal with scenery manipulation and visualization, as well as in-depth study of the Chinese classical design language, grammer and vocabulary.

Prerequisite: Junior standing
LARC 4720 South Carolina's Landscapes: Then and Now 3(3)
This course investigates South Carolina's designed and cultural landscapes. It addresses the human impacts and settlement paterns, the state's natural and physical environments, and focuses on South Carolina's landscape legacy of the built environment.

Prerequisite: Junior standing
 LARC 4810 Landscape Architecture Professional Practice 3(3)
Lectures pertaining to the general considerations of landscape architecture office procedures. Topics include the professional relationship between the landscape architect and client, including ethical, legal and business issues, as well as portfolio development.

Prerequisite: Junior standing
LARC 4900 Directed Studies and Projects in Landscape Architecture 1-5 (1-5)
Comprehensive studies and/or research of special topics not covered in other landscape architecture courses.  May be repeated for a maximum of ten credits. 

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
LARC 4910 Honors Rsearch Methods for Landscape Architecture 1-3 (1-3)
Students investigate various research methodologies in landscape architecture design or related areas and apply to student generated project(s). Students generate a proposal for Landscape Architecture Honors Research.

Prequisite: Junior standing and membership in Calhoun Honors College and consent of the Honors Program Advisor.
LARC 4930 Professional Office Internship 1-3 (1-3)
Office experience for advanced students. On-the-job learning requires a minimum of five uninterrupted sequential weeks of employment under the direct supervision of a preapproved registered landscape architect, architect, urban planner, or civil engineer. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. To be taken Pass/Fail.

Prequisite: LARC 3620 and LARC 4540 and consent of instructor.
LARC 4940 Landscape Architecture Honors Research 2-3 (2-3)
Independent, student-generated research on a preapproved topic conducted under the supervision and weekly guidance of a faculty member. Second in a sequence of three required courses for students enrolled in the LARC Honors program. Written interim report and presentation to faculty and honors students are required before the end of the semester. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits.

Prerequisite: LARC 4910 and membership in Calhoun Honors College
LARC 4950 Landscape Architecture Honors Thesis 2-3 (2-3)
Continuation of independent research, conducted under the supervision and weekly guidance of a faculty member. Third in a sequence of three required courses for students enrolled in the LARC Honors program. Written thesis is submitted and presented before the end of the semester to qualify for Program Honors.

Prequisite: LARC 4940
LARC 4970 Selected Topics in Landscpe Architecture 1-3 (1-3)
Study of selected topics in landscape architecture. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits, but only if differnt topics are covered.

Preq: Landscape architecture major
LARC 4980 Selected Topics in Landscape Architecture Studio 1-6 (1-12)
Study of selected topics in landscape architecture. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits, but only if differnt topics are covered.

Preq: Landscape architecture major

LARC 4990 Creative Inquiry Landscape Architecture IV 3(3)
In consultation with and under the direction of a faculty member, students pursue scholarly activities
individually or in teams. These creative inquiry projects may be interdisciplinary. Arrangments with mentors must be established prior to registration.

Preq: LARC 3990 and consent of faculty member/mentor.