The 36-credit certificate program provides graduates with the knowledge and skills in plant identification, design and site analysis required for entry-level positions in the landscape design/build field, or provides an additional skill set for those currently working in landscape maintenance. The recommended course sequence is tools classes (T), design studios (DS) then management classes (M).

Program Requirements: 36 credits

LAES 2004  Soils (T)
LAES 3107  Environmental Geology (T)
BY 2235  Plant Communities (T)
IT 3220  Computer-Aided Design (T)*
LAES 2118  Woody Plant Identification II (T)
LAES 2220  Woody Plant Identification I (T)
LAES 3117  Herbaceous Plant Materials I (T)
LAES 3217  Herbaceous Plant Materials II (T)
LAES 3130  Design Studio III: Master Planning (DS)
OH 3205  Site Analysis & the Design Process (DS)
LAES 3213  Landscape Graphics (DS)
LAES 3215  History of Landscape Architecture (DS)
OH 4215  The Built Environment (DS)
LAES 4125   Design Studio V: Natural Systems (M) or LAES 4230   Landscape Contracting and Bidding (M)

This program involves some chemistry and courses marked with * require experience and familiarity with computers and basic software packages.

This credit certificate is available as a stand-alone program and to all undergraduate degree students to complete as part of their studies, regardless of their majors. Students should consult with their academic advisor about how the certificate courses can fit into their individual academic and career plans.

Visit myDelVal to search for upcoming sections. Applicants for the ecological landscape design certificate should complete the Office of Continuing and Professional and Studies Application for Degree Candidacy form. Questions? Please contact Stephanie Morace at 215.489.2904 or

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