Undergraduate Architecture Program

The Architecture Program consists of a four year, pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies degree and the Master of Architecture professional degree. The pre-professional degree prepares students to enter career fields related to architecture or to enter the professional Master of Architecture degree program. The Master of Architecture qualifies for professional licensure and architectural practice.

In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Special Requirements for the  School of Architecture and Design 

The following regulations pertain to all students within the School of Architecture and Design:

1. “C” Requirement: The School of Architecture and Design requires students to earn a “C” or better in all courses required in the curricula for the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies. The Bachelor of Interior Design and Industrial Design degrees require students to make a “C” or better in all courses with the exception of MATH 100 or 105. Students must earn a “D” or better in MATH 100 or 105.

2. Second-year admission requirements: The purpose of the Review is to ensure that students have the necessary skills and knowledge to complete the program and enter the competitive fields of architecture, industrial design and interior design after completion of the basic design sequence. Two reviews, each lasting one to two days, will take place at the conclusion of both spring and summer semesters. During these reviews, the First-year Review Committee will evaluate each student’s portfolio to determine if the candidate has demonstrated an adequate grasp of the material covered within the first year design sequence. Additional consideration will be given to overall academic performance. In either case, the number of desks available in that program will limit the number of students entering any design program.

The portfolio must be received by the specified date and time. WORK RECEIVED AFTER THIS POINT WILL NOT BE REVIEWED. Contact the office of the School of Architecture and Design for specific dates. These portfolios as a minimum must be at least ten 8-1/2” x 11” pages and should consist of no more than twenty pages and must feature work from the following courses:

  • DSGN 101 Basic Design I
  • DSGN 102 Basic Design II

Upon completing this review, the Committee will give a final assessment to each candidate. Only students who receive an “accepted” review will be allowed to enroll in the second-year design courses.

In addition to assessment of each student’s design performance, academic performance will be assessed. The following courses are required for consideration for admission to the sophomore year of major study in addition to maintaining a minimum 2.4 cumulative GPA.

  • DSGN 100 Introduction to Design
  • DSGN 101 Basic Design I
  • DSGN 102 Basic Design II
  • DSGN 121 Survey of Design (architecture majors only)
  • ENGL 101 Rhetoric and Composition
  • ENGL 102 Composition and Literature
  • MATH 100 or 105, (MATH 140 or MATH 143).

Visit these sources for more information on academic and professional careers in architecture:

Academic Bulletin: Undergraduate 2013-2015

The NCARB Handbook for Interns and Architects
Toward an Evolution of Studio Culture
The Emerging Professional’s Companion

Admissions Requirements