As a potential landscape architect, is Environmental studies or Environmental Science more useful?

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Posted on : 22-05-2013 | By : My Study Coach | In : Improve Your Concentration
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I am a senior in high school and I am interested in possibly becoming a landscape architect one day. I’m thinking about getting a bachelors degree in either environmental studies or environmental science, then getting a masters in landscape architecture. Work that work? Which one should I choose? Does it matter? I’m in the process of applying to colleges and I’d be grateful for any any help or input (especially if you are a landscape architect or know one closely). Thank you!
*would that work?

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Environmental Science is best./

Let me begin by commending you on your thoughtful question, your writing ability, and your communication skills. All will serve you well as a Landscape Architect. The profession is now more about communication (who?, what?, why?, where?, when?, how?, how much?, how many?) than, unfortunately, artful design.

From Wikipedia, “Environmental science is an interdisciplinary academic field that integrates physical and biological sciences, (including but not limited to Ecology, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Soil Science, Geology, Atmospheric Science and Geography) to the study of the environment, and the solution of environmental problems.” The emphasis sounds to be scientific.

From Wikipedia, “Environmental studies is the interdisciplinary academic field which systematically studies human interaction with the environment in the interests of solving complex problems. It is a broad field of study that includes also the natural environment, built environment, and the sets of relationships between them. The field encompasses study in basic principles of ecology and environmental science, as well as associated subjects such as ethics, policy, politics, law, economics, philosophy, environmental sociology and environmental justice, planning, pollution control and natural resource management.” The emphasis sounds to be humanistic.

Both areas of study are relevant to Landscape Architecture. Because of global environmental impacts, science factors heavily into landscape architectural design. Landscape Architects need to be conversant in ecology, biology, botany, soil science, geology, and hydrology and with the scientists/experts/consultants that are involved in those areas of study. Landscape architectural projects initiated by governmental bodies from the city level to the federal level, often have an environmental impact report or other environmental documents to which the design has to adhere.

If you have not already done so, I highly recommend that you take a career aptitude and interests test through your school’s counseling office or at the local library. The results should confirm the career path you have chosen and/or provide alternatives you may not have considered. This is about the quality of your future life, so don’t hesitate to call a local landscape architect and ask for a few minutes of their time and bit of their wisdom.

ADDENDUM
The American Society of Landscape Architects believes that the practice of landscape architecture…should be defined as any service where landscape architectural education, training, experience and the application of mathematical,
physical and social science principles are applied in consultation, evaluation, planning, design (including, but not limited to, the preparation and filing of plans, drawings, specifications and other contract documents) and administration of contracts relative to projects principally directed at the functional and aesthetic use and preservation of land.
“Landscape architecture is the profession which applies artistic and scientific principles to the research, planning, design and management of both natural and built environments. Practitioners of this profession apply creative and technical skills and scientific, cultural and political knowledge in the planned arrangement of natural and constructed elements on the land with a concern for the stewardship and conservation of natural, constructed and human resources. The resulting environments shall serve useful, aesthetic, safe and enjoyable purposes.”

Per http://www.kansas.net/~tjhittle/ladef.htm , “Landscape architecture is the profession which applies artistic and scientific principles to the research, planning, design and management of both natural and built environments. Practitioners of this profession apply creative and technical skills and scientific, cultural and political knowledge in the planned arrangement of natural and constructed elements on the land with a concern for the stewardship and conservation of natural, constructed and human resources. The resulting environments shall serve useful, aesthetic, safe and enjoyable purposes.”

If you feel passionate about the aforementioned, then get your bachelors in landscape architecture and your masters in environmental studies.

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