Curriculum

Nothing is more satisfying than creating.

Those who are driven to study architecture quickly realize that the architecture program is not an easy one. However, those who do so discover that nothing is more satisfying than creating.

The undergraduate degree in architecture requires five-years of study and 162 credit-hours of courses. The program is divided into three phases of study. In the first phase, students develop visual abilities through studio access to complete all first- and second-year architecture course requirements, as well as courses in math, English, and physics and general education requirements in the sciences and humanities before entering the third year. In the second phase, students learn to integrate technical and creative elements with specific architectural projects, and they complete a comprehensive design project. In the final phase, they develop and execute a semester-long project that incorporates all facets of their skills and knowledge.

Normal course progress is imperative for students undertaking the Bachelor of Architecture curriculum. Students who fail to complete required courses more than one year later than the time designated in the curriculum will be prohibited from advancement in the design studio sequence until the courses are completed. All required courses listed through the fourth year must be completed before a student will be allowed to enroll in the designated fifth-year courses. Courses listed below are to be scheduled in the sequence in which they are listed. Thirty-nine hours of general education courses must be completed as required by the university.

Below is a link to the Bachelor of Architecture curriculum. Students with questions about the curriculum should schedule an appointment with a counselor in Student Services.


Bachelor of Architecture Curriculum—162 Total Semester Hours

Semester 1—15 hours

CRITICAL: ARCH 1001

  • ARCH 1001 Architectural Design I (6)
  • ARCH 2401 Appreciation of Architecture (3)
  • ENGL 1001 English Composition (3)
  • General Education course – Analytical Reasoning (3)

Semester 2—15 hours

CRITICAL: ARCH 1002, MATH 1022

  • ARCH 1002 Architectural Design II (6) OR
  • ARCH 1102 Honors: Architectural Design II (6)
  • MATH 1022 Plane Trigonometry (3)
  • General Education course – Natural Science (3)
  • General Education course – Social Science (3)

Semester 3—18 hours

CRITICAL: ARCH 2001, ARCH 2003

  • ARCH 2001 Architectural Design III (6) OR
  • ARCH 2101 Honors: Architectural Design III (6)
  • ARCH 2003 Architectural Techniques (3)
  • ARCH 2007 History of Architecture I (3)
  • PHYS 2001 General Physics (3)
  • General Education course – Natural Science (3)1

Semester 4—18 hours

CRITICAL: ARCH 2002, ARCH 2006, PHYS 2001

  • ARCH 2002 Architectural Design IV (6) OR
  • ARCH 2102 Honors: Architectural Design IV (6)
  • ARCH 2006 Architectural Topics (3)
  • ARCH 2008 History of Architecture II (3)
  • ENGL 2000 English Composition (3)
  • General Education course – Social Science 2000-level (3)

Semester 5—18 hours

CRITICAL: ARCH 3001, ARCH 3003

  • ARCH 3001 Architectural Design V (6) OR
  • ARCH 3101 Honors: Architectural Design V (6)
  • ARCH 3003 Architectural Structures I (3)
  • ARCH 3007 Architectural Systems (3)
  • General Education course – Humanities (3)
  • Professional Elective (3)2

Semester 6—18 hours

  • ARCH 3002 Architectural Design VI (6) OR
  • ARCH 3102 Honors: Architectural Design VI (6)
  • ARCH 3004 Architectural Structures II (3)
  • ARCH 3008 Environmental Control Systems (3)
  • ARCH 4007 History of Architecture III (3)
  • Professional Elective (3)2

Semester 7—15 hours

  • ARCH 4001 Architectural Design VII (6) OR
  • ARCH 4101 Honors: Architectural Design VII (6)
  • ARCH 4031 Architectural Structures III (3)
  • ARCH 4062 Urban Design and Planning (3)
  • Professional Elective (3)2

Semester 8—15 hours

  • ARCH 4002 Architectural Design VIII (6) OR
  • ARCH 4102 Honors: Architectural Design VIII (6) OR
  • ARCH 4202 Architectural Design VIII Off-Campus (6)
  • ARCH 5006 Professional Practice (3)
  • Professional Elective (3)2
  • Approved Elective (3)3

Semester 9—15 hours

  • ARCH 5002 Architectural Design Concentration (6) OR
  • ARCH 5102 Honors: Architectural Design Concentration (6) OR
  • ARCH 5202 Architectural Design Concentration Off-Campus (6)
  • Professional Elective (3)2
  • Approved Electives (6)3

Semester 10—15 hours

  • ARCH 5001 Comprehensive Architectural Design (6) OR
  • ARCH 5101 Honors: Comprehensive Architectural Design (6)
  • ARCH 5005 Advanced Architectural Techniques (3)
  • Approved Electives (6)3

1 For General Education Natural Sciences, both physical and life sciences must be taken: six hours in a physical/life science sequence; three hours in an area (phys/life) not previously selected. PHYS 2001 (required in the curriculum) is a General Education Natural Sciences course.

2Professional electives must be selected in consultation with a faculty advisor.

3Approved electives must be selected in consultation with a faculty advisor.

 

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