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The Bachelor of Architecture program has been ranked among the top ten programs in the United States by Design Intelligence every year since 2000. The program is currently ranked seventh among all programs nationally and fifth regionally (2018).

The Bachelor of Architecture Program is a STEM Designated professional program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) requiring a minimum of five years of study. Most states require that individuals intending to become architects hold an accredited degree. These professional degrees are structured to educate those who aspire to registration and licensure to practice as architects.  A total of 170 credits are required for the Bachelor of Architecture degree are organized into three categories:

  • Professional core required courses in architecture study;
  • General Education courses through the School of Liberal Arts;
  • and Electives

The core of 95 credits is primarily taken in the first three years and is designed to give the basic professional preparation in architectural design, construction technology, building system technology, structural systems, sustainability, humanistic aspects of design, graphic communication through digital and analogue means.  Core design studios and core seminars in history and theory, computer media, and building technologies in the first four semesters prepare students for the comprehensive design studios in the fifth and sixth semesters. The comprehensive design studios integrate all related disciplines into the single project.

The general education coursework requires 48 credits, of which 12 are taken within the School of Architecture, 6 credits in Humanities and Media Studies, 6 credits in Cultural Studies, 6 credits in Mathematics and Science, and 6 in Social Science.

The remaining 12 credits are taken as elective courses from the School of Liberal Arts and Science. The remaining electives are composed of 15 credits of professional electives selected from courses offered by the School of Architecture’s undergraduate program, and 12 all-institute electives, selected from courses offered by any school in the Institute. By purposefully selecting courses within all elective areas during their last four semesters, students can develop their own unique architectural education based on their own needs and goals. This personalized fourth-year curriculum is directed toward a culmination in the fifth-year degree project. Individual curricula may be developed to place more emphasis on such subject areas as design, preservation, building technology, history and theory, planning, construction management, and urban design in the final two years of study.

The degree project year completes the student’s academic architectural experience with an in-depth design study, preceded and accompanied by research. The degree project is executed with the guidance from critics chosen by the student. Undergraduate architecture students may also be interested in a Minor in Construction Management or a Concentration in Morphology as well as options combining the undergraduate degrees with various master’s degrees in planning and facilities management


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