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Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies (Second through Fourth years)

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Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies (Second through Fourth years) (92 Hours)

The Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies is a program primarily for those who want a foundation in the study of architecture. This degree was designed for students who want to pursue a career in architecture or to work in an architecturally related discipline such as planning, technology, project and community development or within government agencies. On successful completion of the B.S. Architectural Studies program, an individual can work as an unlicensed architect in a professional architecture practice. In order to be eligible to license as an architect, a professional Master of Architecture program must also be completed. This degree may also be used as a preparation for professional, accredited graduate education. Students who pursue this option at WSU must complete all university requirements in addition to School requirements listed below.


Students who enter WSU and have an interest in architecture will be assigned an advisor in the School of Design and Construction (SDC). Students interested in architecture should enroll in SDC 100 and 140 fall of their freshman year, as hese are the first two prerequisites in an eight-semester sequence.

Certified Program

The SDC accepts 40-45 students into the second year. Students wishing to certify into the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies program must apply for certification during the spring semester of their first year in the program. Certification requirements include completion of a minimum of 24 semester hours and earning a C or better grade in the following required courses: SDC 100, 120, and 140. Additional required courses are COM 102, ENGLISH 101, HISTORY 105, MATH 171, and one fine arts class (FINE ART 101, 201, or 202 recommended). Transfer equivalents may be approved by the program. While students must have a minimum cumulative WSU GPA of 2.5 to apply for certification, the process is competitive due to limited space in upper division courses. Students’ overall WSU GPA and major specific GPA from the courses listed above are considered.

Transfer Students

Students who wish to transfer into the second year must demonstrate equivalent course work from another institution. Transfer students must make application to Washington State University and the School of Design and Construction. Students will be evaluated based upon grades from coursework that is equivalent to first year requirements at WSU.

Application/Portfolio/Notification Deadlines:

May 1 All second-year applications due.
May 1 Portfolios due from applicants who did not complete SDC 100, 120, and 140 at WSU.
June 1 Screening complete: Applicants will be classified as accepted or denied. Applicants will be notified by mail in June.

Students offered positions in the second-year courses must promptly notify the SDC of their acceptance of the position or the next alternate will be offered the position.
Students that are admitted must be registered for the fall semester and attend the first day of classes or lose their position.
Second Year
First TermHours
ARCH 2014
ARCH 2203
Creative & Professional Arts [ARTS]13
PHYSICS 101 [PSCI] or 201 [PSCI]4
SDC 250 or CST M 2023
Second TermHours
ARCH 2034
ARCH 2093
Communication [COMM] or Written Communication [WRTG]3
Physical Sciences [PSCI]23 or 4
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermHours
ARCH 2103
ARCH 3015
ARCH 309 [M]3
ARCH 3513
CST M 3323
Second TermHours
ARCH 215 3
ARCH 3035
ARCH 3523
Biological Sciences [BSCI]3 or 4
CST M 3333
Fourth Year
First TermHours
ARCH 4015
ARCH 4723
ARCH Emphasis Elective33
SDC 350 [M]3
Second TermHours
ARCH 4035
ARCH Emphasis Electives36
Integrative Capstone [CAPS]3

1FINE ART 101, 201, or 202 recommended.
2At least 3 hours of Physical Science [PSCI] in addition to PHYSICS 101 or 201 are required for graduation.
3At least 11 hours of any 300-400-level courses from ARCH, I D, LND ARCH, or SDC, not used to fulfill major requirements.

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