Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design


Our Program

Founded in 1939, our department is the oldest and most influential landscape architecture program in the Intermountain West, one of the fastest growing regions in the country. LAEP has over 1,800 alumni practicing in 44 states and 15 countries. Thirteen full-time and five adjunct/visiting faculty and instructors serve 150 students. We offer fully accredited BLA and MLA programs, an interdisciplinary Ph.D., an MS in Environmental Planning, and are launching a BS in Environmental Planning. LAEP is home to the Visualization, Instrumentation and Virtual Interactive Design (VIVID) Laboratory with state-of-the art computers, biophysical feedback devices, numerous drones and virtual reality HMDs, and a range of other technology that is regularly updated with departmental funding. Faculty and students enjoy strong working relationships with an array of allied disciplines across USU. The department resides administratively within the College of Agriculture & Applied Sciences and is located within the Chase Fine Arts Center. Examples of partnerships include the Swaner EcoCenter (Park City, UT) and the USU Botanical Center (Kaysville, UT). LAEP Faculty and students jointly conduct research through the USU Ecology Center (Main Campus) and the Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice, and offers a campus-wide Sustainable Systems Minor with the College of Natural Resources.

Established in 1888, Utah State University is the state’s Land-Grant institution, and is nationally and internationally recognized for its intellectual and technological leadership in land, water, space, and life enhancement. USU is a Carnegie “higher research activity” institution whose 700+ faculty partner with more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students. In 2020 the Washington Monthly  ranked USU the #2 public university in the country for promoting social mobility, research and service. USU’s undergraduate research program is the 2nd oldest in the country and was awarded the AURA 2020 Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishments by the Council on Undergraduate Research. Since 2011 USU has been recognized as a Green College by the Princeton Review. Situated in the stunningly beautiful Cache Valley, USU abuts the Cache National Forest, and many world-class recreational opportunities. With 130,000 residents, our community lies 90 minutes north of Salt Lake City, and provides free public transit, housing that is affordable and close to campus, and a public school system that provides four different language immersion programs. Logan annually ranks in the Top 10 College Towns, and among America’s safest small towns.

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PDRF Perks
  • Four-year fellowship
  • $10,000 scholarship (each year for four years)
  • Full-tuition award (each year for four years)
  • Departmental Assistantship
  • Health insurance
  • Enrollment in Research Certification
  • Exclusive socials, special guests, and trainings
  • One-on-one support from the Associate Vice President

Application Requirements

Please contact Katie Stringham at katie.stringham@usu.edu with your questions.

  • Meet all School of Graduate Studies requirements for general admission to USU
  • Have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Complete your Master’s degree in a related field
  • Apply to the Ph.D. program by March 15

Brent Chamberlain
Our Faculty

The PDRF position is available for prospective PhD candidates interested in working with Dr. Brent Chamberlain

Dr. Chamberlain's research and teaching combines geovisualization, information visualization, GIS and environmental psychology to conduct scientific inquiry, facilitate decision making, and improve communication of scientific information. His research interests are in digital modeling (gaming, virtual reality, animation/video, 2D/3D/4D medium) related to representation of landscapes, geovisual analytics of landscape change and processes, landscape ecology, environmental psychology, landscape computation and visualization (e.g. simulation and cartographic).

The Visualization, Instrumentation and Virtual Interaction Design Laboratory (VIVID) Lab is co-directed by Brent Chamberlain and Ben George. The lab serves as a research space for several contributing faculty and a number of undergraduate and graduate students from colleges across the university.

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