Degree Requirements: Bachelor of Architecture

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture offers a five-year program leading to the Bachelor of Architecture degree. Degree requirements are intended to provide students with a rigorous training in and exposure to the creative and technical aspects of architecture. The curriculum's professional courses are supplemented and enhanced by required courses both within and outside the discipline of architecture.

The requirements are as follows:



First Year   Sem 1 Sem 2
ARCH 103 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 3 -
ARCH 106 Concepts of Physics - 3
ARCH 111 Architectonics 4 4
ARCH 115 History of Architecture I 3 3
ARCH 117 Representation I, II 3 3
FA 100RA Shop Tech 1 1
HSS 1 The Freshman Seminar 3 -
HSS2 Texts and Contexts: Old Worlds and New - 3
Total Credits   17 17

Second Year   Sem 1 Sem 2
ARCH 121 Design II 5 5
ARCH 122 Structures I 2 2
ARCH 124 Environments 2 2
ARCH 125 History of Architecture II 3 3
ARCH 127 Representation III, IV 3 3
HSS3 The Making of Modern Society 3 -
HSS4 The Modern Context: Figures and Topics - 3
Total Credits   18 18

Third Year   Sem 1 Sem 2
ARCH 131 Design III 5 5
ARCH 132 Structures II 2 2
ARCH 133 Introduction to Urban History and Theories - 2
ARCH 134 Environmental Technologies 3 3
ARCH 135 Building Technology 2 2
  Electives/Optional Studies* 3 3
Total Credits   15 17

Fourth Year   Sem 1 Sem 2
ARCH 141 Design IV 5 5
ARCH 142 Structures III 2 2
ARCH 143 Construction Management 1 1
  Electives/Optional Studies* 5 5
Total Credits   13 13

Fifth Year   Sem 1 Sem 2
ARCH 151 Thesis 6 6
ARCH 152 Structures IV 2 -
ARCH 154 Professional Practice 2 2
ARCH 205/225 Advanced Concepts/Topics 2 2
  Electives/Optional Studies* 5 5
Total Credits   17 15

Total Credit Requirements for B. Arch Degree 160

*The bachelor of architecture curriculum includes 27 credits of REQUIRED coursework in general studies (non-professional coursework outside the discipline of architecture). In addition to general studies, students also complete 26 ELECTIVE/OPTIONAL STUDIES credits. The elective/optional studies component can be fulfilled by elective/optional studies courses in subject areas such as architecture, humanities and social sciences, visual arts, mathematics, engineering, science, and languages. Among the elective/optional studies credits, at least 6 elective/optional studies credits must be completed in humanities and social sciences. Additionally, a minimum of 7 elective/optional studies credits must be completed outside the discipline of architecture for a total of 13 elective/optional studies credits in general studies.

Architecture students in good academic standing with advance permission who complete a minimum of 15 upper-division credits in a specific field of liberal arts may qualify for a minor in that field of humanities and social sciences. Minors are offered and will be designated on student transcripts in the following fields:

  • Art History
  • Economics and Public Policy
  • History and Society
  • Literature
  • Science, Technology, and Society

Students must apply in advance of completing their coursework to be considered for the minor. Approval from the dean of the School of Architecture is required for the minor. Additional information is available from the Office of the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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