This research is not to impose that the required software programs are the only ones that students should learn, but rather to clarify the minimum industry requirement that all student should meet. The research will also include sections that shows the possible products when using these software programs. For the purpose of this research the phrase "foundation software" and "core-skill software" refers to the standard or minimum software program requirement. The results of the research will help bring Landscape Architecture academic programs up-to-date with software programs as well as satisfying the industry demands and requirements. Students coming out of the UC Davis program will be better prepared and trained to transition into offices. Students currently in the program will have the skills, abilities, and experiences to produce and critique industry standard products. With this knowledge, students will have the ability to better decide which aspect of Landscape Architecture they want to pursue and specialize in the future.