7: School of Architecture

General Information | Academic Information | Degrees Offered | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Student Performance, Probation, and Suspension | Requirements
Academic Regulations | Facilities | Awards and Honors | Graduate Programs

Academic Information

The School of Architecture offers three undergraduate programs of instruction under the Department of Architecture, the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, and the Department of Architectural History. Supporting course work is offered through the cooperation of departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

The specific degree requirements for each program depict the general structure and the number of credits necessary for each degree. Evaluation of courses and curricula modification are continuing processes in the School. Therefore, the specific degree requirements are subject to change.

Bachelor of Science (Architecture)   The undergraduate degree in architecture offers students an opportunity to combine a foundation in the liberal arts with course work in architecture. A four-year, preprofessional program prepares graduates to either enter a variety of graduate or career pursuits, or to complete the requirements of the professional, accredited architecture degree at the graduate level.

Most states require that an individual intending to become an architect hold an accredited professional degree. There are two types of degrees accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB): (1) the Bachelor of Architecture, which requires a minimum of five years of study, and (2) the Master of Architecture, which requires a minimum of three years of study following an unrelated bachelor's degree or two years following a related preprofessional bachelor's degree. These professional degrees are structured to educate those who aspire to registration/licensure as architects.

The four-year, preprofessional degree, where offered, is not accredited by NAAB. The preprofessional degree is useful for those wishing a foundation in the field of architecture as preparation for either continued education in a professional degree program or for employment options in architecturally related areas.

Bachelor of City Planning   The Bachelor of City Planning is a professional degree recognized by the Planning Accreditation Board. The program has a strong liberal arts emphasis, and the student is expected to take most course work in the College of Arts and Sciences. During the final two years the student has a wide range of professional seminars and application courses to choose from in the areas of environmental planning, land use planning and growth management, and urban development and housing policy. The course of study is designed to develop an integrative knowledge of environmental and community processes, professional skills, and leadership.

Bachelor of Architectural History   This four-year program is the only one of its kind in the country. Students are offered a liberal education with an emphasis on the study of architectural history. Available within the degree program is an introduction to the problems of historic restoration and preservation. Further, there is ample opportunity for interaction with the three other departments in the School.

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