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Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies

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Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies (120 Credits)

Architectural Studies (ARCH) is a four-year program structured into one year of pre-professional coursework and three years of major (professional) coursework. Professional program courses begin in second year fall. Due to the sequential nature of courses there are no spring admits.

To be considered for admission into the ARCH program, a student must have completed the following pre-professional coursework (or their approved equivalents): COM 102 [COMM], ENGLISH 101 [WRTG], FINE ART 101, 201, or 202 [ARTS], HIST 105 [ROOT], PSYCH 105 or SOC 101 [SSCI], and SDC 100, 120, 140, each with a grade of C or better and an overall GPA of 3.3 or higher.

Students not meeting the admission to major criteria above will be considered until enrollment limits are reached. Average enrollment limit into the second year of the architecture major are 45 students. Greater emphasis is given to performance in SDC 100, 120, and 140. Completion of all pre-professional coursework does not guarantee acceptance into the professional program. Students are encouraged to work with SDC advisors to identify an alternate major should they not be admitted to their primary choice of major.

Transfer Students
A limited number of transfer students are considered each year. Requirements include completion of the pre-professional courses (or approved equivalents). Emphasis is given to cumulative GPA. A design portfolio may be requested for additional evaluation.

Schedule of Studies
The plan below is a suggested path to completion of the architectural studies degree. Students will meet with an advisor each semester to confirm academic schedule and monitor progress towards graduation.

Students are required to earn a grade of C or better in all major courses required for the degree (ARCH 201, 203, 209, 210, 215, 301, 303, 309, 351, 352, 401, 403, 451; CST M 201, 202, 332, 333; SDC 100, 120, 140, 250, 300, 350).
First Year
First TermCredits
COM 102 [COMM]3
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN]1,23
SDC 100 [ARTS]3
SDC 1203
Second TermCredits
FINE ART 101, 201, or 202 3
PSYCH 105 [SSCI] or SOC 101[SSCI]3
SDC 1403
Second Year
First TermCredits
ARCH 2015
ARCH 2103
CST M 2013
SDC 2503
SDC 3001
Second TermCredits
ARCH 2035
ARCH 2093
ARCH 215 3
CST M 2023
SDC 350 [M]3
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
ARCH 3015
ARCH 309 [M]3
ARCH 3513
ARCH 451 3
CST M 3323
Second TermCredits
ARCH 3035
ARCH 3523
Biological Sciences [BSCI] 4
CST M 3333
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
ARCH 4016
Diversity [DIVR]3
Supportive Electives34
Second TermCredits
ARCH 403 [CAPS]6
Humanities [HUM]3
Supportive Electives33

1All first-year students must take the math placement exam. Completion of MATH 108 with a grade of C or better, a minimum ALEKS math placement score of 75%, or passing MATH 140, 171, or 202 is required for PHYSICS 101 [PSCI]. MATH 108 does not fulfill the University [QUAN] requirement for graduation.
2Math and Physics are not required for admission to the major (professional program, beginning in second year); however, Math and Physics are course prerequisites for ARCH 351/352 and CST M 332/333 in the third year.
3Supportive Electives: At least 7 credits of any 300-400-level courses from ARCH, CST M, DESIGN, I D, LND ARCH, SDC, or other courses approved in consultation with ARCH Program Head not used to fulfill major requirements.

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