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 across the University—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.

- 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

- 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

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

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

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Within the architecture program, you'll explore a wide array of media and techniques, including freehand drawing and computer-aided design. You'll also study building technology and architectural history and theory. Offerings vary each semester, but recent courses offerings include:

Architecture Design Studio
Drawing and Representation
Digital Technology and Fabrication
Architectural History and Theory
Building Systems and Structures
Environmental Systems
Landscape Architecture
Urban Design
Community Building
Furniture Design

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.