Architecture (B.S.Arch.)

Architecture Undergraduate Curricular Requirements

The four-year curriculum leading to a B.S.Arch. degree provides the undergraduate, pre-professional coursework that qualifies students for entry level architectural work and prepares them to pursue the NAAB accredited, professional M. Arch degree via the seamless degree path.

Admission to the B.S. Arch program is competitive. Students apply to the program after the first year of study, where academic achievement is reviewed to determine eligibility for continued study in architecture. Another application occurs at the end of the second year of study. Here, applicants to the third year are required to submit a portfolio containing examples of graphic work in art and architecture. The deadline for both second and third year applications is mid-May, with the results of the evaluation being made known to applicants by the first week of July. 

Students accepted into the years three and four of the curriculum are required to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and to receive a grade of "C" or higher in architectural design studios. Students who do not meet these criteria are ineligible for acceptance to the M.Arch. degree program and the College of Graduate Studies. (Provisional admittance to the M. Arch. program can be granted, with permission, for students with GPAs of 2.8 cumulatively, or 3.0 over the last 60 credit hours. See below for M.Arch. degree requirements.)

Note: Program permission is required for admittance into architecture design studios (ARCH 253, ARCH 254, ARCH 353, ARCH 354, and ARCH 454) and students must achieve a minimum grade of C in the previous studio course to enroll in the next sequential studio course.

Note: Students who have not been accepted into the third year curriculum may not enroll in architectural design courses. Students who have left the program may only re-enter the curriculum by application to the college admissions committee.

Required course work includes the university requirements (see regulation J-3) and:

ARCH 151Introduction to the Built Environment3
ARCH 154Introduction to Architectural Graphics3
ARCH 243Media in Architecture3
ARCH 253Architectural Design I4
ARCH 254Architectural Design II4
ARCH 266Materials and Methods3
ARCH 353Architectural Design III6
ARCH 354Architectural Design IV6
ARCH 361Structural Systems I3
ARCH 362Structural Systems II3
ARCH 385Global History of Architecture3
ARCH 386Global History of Architecture II3
ARCH 388Architectural Theory3
ARCH 454
Architectural Design: Vertical Studio
and Architectural Design: Vertical Studio (Must be taken twice for credit)
ARCH 461Building Assemblies3
ARCH 463Environmental Control Systems I3
ARCH 463LEnvironmental Control System I Lab1
ARCH 464Environmental Control Systems II3
ARCH 464LEnvironmental Control System II Lab1
ARCH 483Urban Theory and Issues3
ART 110Integrated Art and Design Communication2
ART 112Drawing as Integrated Design Thinking2
ART 121Integrated Design Process2
LARC 251Introduction to Principles of Site Design3
PHYS 111General Physics I3
PHYS 111LGeneral Physics I Lab1
Select one of the following:3-4
Computational Thinking and Problem Solving
Survey of Calculus
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
Introduction to Symbolic Logic
Statistical Methods
Total Hours89-90

Courses to total 124 credits for this degree (including at least 3 cr of 200-level or above courses taken outside the disciplines of architecture; landscape architecture; art and design; interior design; and virtual technology and design; and 3 cr of 200-level or above courses taken within the disciplines; and at least 3 credits of 200-level or above courses taken in any discipline. Credits earned in completion of an academic minor may be substituted).