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Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies

The four-year, pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies (BSArchStds) degree program, with an optional architectural history track, is an excellent platform for future graduate studies in architecture and associated fields. The required coursework is concentrated in the first three years, leaving the fourth year to develop the student’s career interests.

Applicants for admission to this program must fulfill the Requirements for Admission to the School of Architecture. 

The Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies alone does not fulfill the educational requirements for registration as an architect. Students interested in pursuing registration must complete a first-professional degree in architecture.


A total of at least 125 hours of coursework is required for the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies.

All students must complete the University's Core Curriculum  as well as the courses listed in the following table. In some cases, a course that is required for the BSArchStds may also be counted toward the core curriculum; these courses are identified below.

ARC 310KDesign I3
ARC 310LDesign II3
ARC 320KDesign III3
ARC 520LDesign IV5
ARC 520MDesign V5
Visual communication
ARC 311KVisual Communication I3
ARC 311LVisual Communication II3
ARC 221KVisual Communication III2
Design theory
ARC 350RTopics in Design Theory3
Site design
ARC 333Site Design3
Environmental controls
ARC 334KEnvironmental Controls I3
ARC 415KConstruction I4
ARC 415LConstruction II4
ARC 435KConstruction III4
ARC 308Architecture and Society (visual and performing arts)3
ARC 318KWorld Architecture: Origins to 17503
ARC 318LWorld Architecture: The Industrial Revolution to the Present3
ARC 368RTopics in the History of Architecture3
Core Curriculum Requirements
M 408CDifferential and Integral Calculus (mathematics)4
PHY 302KGeneral Physics--Technical Course: Mechanics, Heat, and Sound (physics sequence meets part I science and technology)3
or PHY 303K Engineering Physics I
PHY 102MLaboratory for Physics 302K1
or PHY 103M Laboratory for Physics 303K
PHY 302LGeneral Physics--Technical Course: Electricity and Magnetism, Light, Atomic and Nuclear Physics3
or PHY 303L Engineering Physics II
PHY 102NLaboratory for Physics 302L1
or PHY 103N Laboratory for Physics 303L
Upper-division humanities elective in literature, foreign language, philosophy, or another field approved by the undergraduate dean's office3
Philosophy elective3
Electives (foreign language courses that are used to remove an admission deficiency may not be used to fulfill this requirement and may not be counted toward the degree)20
Additional coursework to satisfy the core curriculum27
Total Hours125


Twenty-six semester hours of electives are required for the completion of the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies degree program. These electives consist of three hours of upper-division coursework in humanities, three hours in philosophy, and twenty additional open elective hours, generally completed outside the School of Architecture. Students pursuing the architectural history track must take eighteen of their twenty hours of open electives in architectural history. Up to six hours of related coursework taken at the University, and approved by the program director, may be used to fulfill the elective requirement.