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The green leaf indicates that the course addresses environmental, social or economic sustainability.
6100 Landscape Graphics (1)
  Use of drafting equipment and development of graphic and sketching skills. Landscape plans, section, elevation, and axonometric drawing.
6201 Introduction to Design (2)
  Design tools for the landscape designer; analysis of existing landscapes; models and research techniques; design project.
6202 Site Analysis (2)
  Inventory and recording of existing site conditions, including slope, soil, microclimate, and context. Base plans, sections, and site programs.
6203 Site Engineering (2)
  Basic site engineering, including grading, drainage, and earthwork; design of steps, ramps, wall, and terraces.
6204 Construction Methods and Materials (2)
  Commonly used materials; design elements such as decks, patios, fences, and walkways.
6205 Digital Representation for Landscape Design (2)
  Introduction to a series of digital tools, such as AutoCAD, PhotoShop, Illustrator, and Sketch-UP.
6212 History of Landscape Design (2)
  Analysis of the built landscape as a physical record of a particular time, revealing influences of culture, politics, geography, natural systems, and precedent.
6213 Contemporary Themes in the Landscape (1)
  Current thinking and trends in shaping the landscape. PSLD 6221, 6223, and 6225 are field courses held at the National Arboretum and other public gardens, offering identification characteristics, design applications, and aesthetic, functional, and cultural aspects of approximately 60 trees, shrubs, vines, and flowering plants for each of the periods specified.
6221 Landscape Plants for Fall (2)
6223 Landscape Plants for Spring (2)
6225 Landscape Plants for Summer (2)
6229 Herbaceous Plants (1)
  The design use, ecology, and cultural requirements of herbaceous and perennial plants commonly used each season. May be repeated for credit.
6232-33 Site Design I–II (2-2)
  Studio course using several small-scale projects to solve a wide range of design problems and resolve conflicts between client requirements and the environmental context.
6234-35 Planting Design I–II (2-2)
  The process of planting design. Plant characteristics, selection, specification, and cost estimates. Cultural requirements and environmental factors.
6240 Comprehensive Project (2)
  Capstone course. Under the direction of a practicing professional, students prepare a full set of design and working drawings for a selected site.
6260 Introduction to Sustainable Design (2)
Sustainable design defined as working within an environmental system without negative effect on future requirements. The interaction of forest systems, air, and water to form an ecosystem. Identifying native plants in the selection of appropriate plant material.
6261 Ecology of the Built Environment (2)
The concepts and theories of natural communities and their ecological relationships. Ecological mapping, phytoremediation, and bioretention.
6262 Tools for Sustainable Design (3)
“Reduce/reuse/recycle” as an approach to design and material selection for energy efficiency. Using natural resources when siting buildings and designing landscapes. Approaches to conserving water and avoiding point-source pollution on a site-by-site basis.
6264-65 Native Plants I–II (2-1)
Identification and use of native plant species that are sustainable due to their evolution as part of its local ecosystem.
6266 Ecological Restoration (1)
Many plants imported from elsewhere have escaped their original confines and invaded woodlands. Techniques for removal of exotic invasives and ecosystem restoration.
6268 Sustainable Design Methods (2)
  Studio course for application of native plant design to specific sites. Students develop conceptual designs with aesthetic and ecological priorities.
6269 Sustenance and the Landscape (2)
Strategies and techniques for introducing edible materials to the landscape as an aspect of sustainable management of resources.
6270 Sustainable Design Charrette (3)
  Studio design capstone course. Expansion of techniques to unify sustainable elements in a single creation. Either singly or in groups, students work in a focused design, development, and juried presentation process on a sustainable site design.

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