Curriculum

Architecture is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing from various bases of knowledge and requiring collaboration with other fields. Our program balances architectural education with a strong liberal arts base. You can take classes in any field that interests you—art, engineering, computer science, psychology, literature, business, and more—allowing you to develop your abilities to think, communicate, and work across disciplinary lines.

We offer two degree tracks that allow students to individualize their educational experience:

The Bachelor of Science in Architecture offers a more intensive study of architecture during your senior year. You'll take an upper-level design studios focused on advanced building design, along with structures courses, architectural history/theory courses that emphasize urban design issues, and technology courses in environmental systems or landscape architecture.

The Bachelor of Arts in Architecture is a more flexible course of study that allows you to take additional architecture design studios or pursue courses in other areas of interest across the University.

Students on both tracks may pursue minors, second majors, and dual degrees. While the BS in Architecture is an optimal springboard to graduate school, both tracks prepare you to move on to a master's degree, positioning you for teaching and leadership positions in architecture and other related fields.

Year-by-Year Overview

All architecture students take similar courses your first three years;
courses during your fourth year will differ depending on your choice of
degree track.

FIRST YEAR
- Beginning design studios, with exploration of materials, media, and geometry
- Interdisciplinary drawing course
- Design of a small building
- Introduction to digital technology
- Additional course work in the liberal arts

SECOND YEAR
- Design studios focused on the relationship of architecture to the landscape and to the urban environment
- Interdisciplinary elective studies between art, architecture, and design
- Architectural history courses
- Additional course work in the liberal arts

THIRD YEAR
- Intensified design studios exploring building assemblies, structure, landscape, and sustainability
- Building systems course
- Architectural theory course
- Additional course work in the liberal arts

FOURTH YEAR
For Bachelor of Science in Architecture:
- Continue in-depth study of architecture through design studios
- Structures courses
- Architectural history and theory course work, with an emphasis on urban design issues
- Technology courses in environmental systems or landscape architecture

For Bachelor of Arts in Architecture:
- Student-directed capstone project
- Ultimate flexibility to complete a second major or additional minor, or to explore other areas of interest
- Option to take additional architecture course work, including your choice of studios and theory classes

Degree Requirements

Download degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Architecture programs, Classes of 2020-2020>>
Download degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Architecture programs, Class of 2023>>

Electives

Electives change from year to year, but recent offerings include:

Architectural History & Theory
Urban Design
Landscape Architecture
Digital Fabrication
Environmental Systems
Furniture Design
Community Building
Ecology of Art
Urban Books
Digital Representation

Digital Technologies

Technology plays a critical role in the educational experience of our students; therefore, the College of Architecture is committed to the integration of relevant technology into our curriculum. Instruction in digital technologies begins in the first year and continues throughout the curriculum. We strongly recommend that all first-year students entering the College of Architecture acquire a computer and software that will serve as the technological foundation for their studies. For more information, click here.