The Department of Architecture provides training in the art and science of architectural design. Its broadly based curriculum is structured as a two plus three year program, including course offerings in architectural design, architectural technology, architectural practice, urban planning, and architectural history and theory.
Graduates enter the profession as capable architect interns qualified to become registered architects. They are capable of solving a variety of design problems, ranging from simple building design or site planning to the design of building complexes and urban design.
The program of study in architecture is structured as a two plus three year curriculum. The professional degree, Bachelor of Architecture, is conferred upon the completion of the total five years of study. The first two years, referred to as the Pre-Architecture program, provide students with the proper foundation in liberal arts courses such as composition, mathematics, physics, world history and humanities. Students also take introductory courses in architectural design, graphics, architectural history and building systems during the freshman and sophomore years.
Before a sophomore can advance to the third year of the curriculum, the student must apply for admission into the three-year Professional Program. This consists of an application which confirms that all first and second year (Pre-Architecture) courses, except MATH 0207 or 0227, but including the English Proficiency Examination and one Humanities elective have been satisfactorily completed. In addition, a cumulative grade point average of 2.25 overall, and a 2.50 in architecture courses must be earned. Lastly, the student must present a portfolio of graphic work, produced during his/her first two years, which will illustrate an expected level of competence. (Transfer applicants for the Architecture Program who receive transfer credit for courses from the first two years must also meet the requirements described above.)
Upon acceptance into the Professional Program, the student begins the third year of study. These final three years make up the Professional Program. In this portion of the curriculum, students take courses in architectural design, environmental control systems, structural design, construction, architectural history, urban planning and architectural practice.
The architectural curriculum is continually evaluated by its administrators, faculty, and students to ensure that it maintains the high standards required by the National Architectural Accrediting Board and remains sensitive to current significant problems and issues of our society. The program also strives to minimize the traditional schism between the non-academic and the academic world through design studios, field trips, and visiting lecturers.
National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Statement
In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards. Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a preprofessional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
The Department of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program(s):
- Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch) (170 undergraduate credits)
Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2025
NAAB Conditions and Procedures
Architectural Registration Exam
NCARB - National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
AIA - American Institute of Architects
NOMA - National Organization of Minority Architects
ACSA - Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
AIAS - American Institute of Architecture Students
NOMAS - National Organization of Minority Architecture Students