Why study Urban Landscapes?

The certificate in urban landscapes curriculum expands basic knowledge of building and landscape design to address the role of plant life in the sustainable urban environment. 

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  • Recognize the urban systems that support life and current issues in their sustainable development.
  • Recognize the favorable conditions for urban landscape restoration and improved quality of life.
  • Describe the role of plant life in the urban landscape’s social, economic, and ecological functions.
  • Apply the basic principles of sustainable landscape design and construction to the development of an urban site.

The metropolitan area of the University of Cincinnati provides a diverse selection of interesting urban issues for study, including the preservation and revitalization of its historic neighborhoods and sustainable development in the suburban areas, the challenges facing one of the oldest park systems in North America, the assets and challenges of a major city in the climate and economy of the Ohio River Valley, and the role of plant life in the ecology, economy, and culture of the city.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to this certificate must have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average in previous college work. To apply, students should submit the DAAP Undergraduate Application for Certificates and Minor online.

Students who are interested in the sustainable development of the city and its region will excel in this certificate program. This program gives students a new way to see the life of the city through studies of forestry, agriculture, living architecture, and infrastructure.

 This certificate will supplement the fundamental knowledge and skills offered by undergraduate training in:

  • landscape architecture
  • planning
  • architecture
  • horticulture
  • engineering
  • design
  • construction management
  • environmental studies

Students interested in this certificate should work with their major advisors to confirm the compatibility with their major's requirements and course schedules. Questions about the certificate should contact DAAP Admissions at daap-admissions@uc.edu or 513-556-1376.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

DAAP Admissions
PO Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016
(513) 556-1376

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Program Code: 23CRT-URLN-C2