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Curriculum in Architecture

The Department offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs:

A 138-credit undergraduate professional program, preceded by a 28-credit preprofessional program, leading to the bachelor of architecture degree.

A 100-credit graduate professional program leading to the Master of Architecture. Applicants holding B.S. or B.A. degrees in Architecture or other affiliated design fields may be given advanced standing in this program. (M.Arch.)

A 30-credit post-professional graduate program leading to the Master of Architecture. (M.Arch. II)

A 30-credit interdisciplinary graduate research program leading to the Master of Science in Architectural Studies. (M.S.A.S.)

For more complete graduate program descriptions see Graduate Study under Architecture in the Courses and Programs section.

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.

Masters degree programs may consist of a preprofessional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

Preprofessional Program
First Year
  Cr. Fall/Spring
  4 Dsn S 102 (Studio)
  0.5 Dsn S 115
  3 Dsn S 183 (Cultures)
  3 Engl 150
  3 Math142
  4 Physics 111
  6 Social sciences/humanities
    Electives*
  4 Dsn S 131 (Representation)
  0.5 Lib 160
  28
Professional Program
Second Year
  Cr. Fall
  6 Arch 201 Studio 1
  3 Arch 230 Comm.
  3 Arch 221 Hist
  3 Arch 240 Matl/Assemblies 1
  3 Engl 250
  18  
  Cr. Spring
  6 Arch 202 Studio 2
  3 Arch 222 Hist.
  3 Arch 242 Struct. 1
  3 Arch 357 Env Forces 1
  3 Social Science/Humanity Option*
  18  
Third Year
  Cr. Fall
  6 Arch 301 Studio 3
  3 Arch 271 Env. Theory
  3 Arch 344 Struct. 2
  3 Arch 458 Env. Control
  3 Social Science/Humanity Option*
  18  
  Cr. Spring
  6 Arch 302 Studio 4
  3 Arch 346 Struct. 3
  3 Arch 448 Matl/Assemblies 2
  3 SAC Elective*
  3 General Elective
  18  
 
Fourth Year
  Cr. Fall
  6 Arch 401 Studio 5
  3 Arch 482 Prof. Practice
  3 University Communication Elective*
  3 SAC Elective*
  3 General Elective*
  18
  Cr. Spring
  6 Arch 402 Studio 6
  3 SAC Elective*
  3 SAC Elective*
  3 Prof. Elective*
  15
Fifth Year
  Cr. Fall
  6 Arch 403 Studio 7
  3 Professional Elective
  3 General Elective
  3 General Elective
  3 General Elective
  18  
  Cr. Spring
  6 Arch 404 Studio 8
  3 Prof. Elective*
  3 General Elective
  3 General Elective
  15 Electives
    *from approved departmental lists
  166 Total credits