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.

A unique aspect of the design curriculum is the studio atmosphere. Students enroll in sequential design studios during every semester of the program, starting in the fall of their first year. Studios are six-credit-hour project-based courses that focus on the act of designing, introducing students to design principles, methods, and the creative process through studio-wide and individual critiques.

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. Thirty-nine hours of general education courses as required by the university must be completed prior to entering third year. The architectural curriculum requires enrollment in specific general education courses, including Physics (physical science), Architectural History (humanities), and Appreciation of Architecture (arts). Courses listed below are to be scheduled in the sequence in which they are listed.

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Bachelor of Architecture Curriculum—162 Total Semester Hours

Semester 1—15 hours

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

Semester 2—15 hours

  • 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

  • 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 – Analytical Reasoning (3)1

Semester 4—18 hours

  • 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

  • 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.