Architectural Studies, BS


Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Amanda Lawrence, PhD 
Associate Professor
377 Ryder Hall

The Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies teaches students the rigorous design methods of architecture while also offering a flexible curriculum focused on key contemporary topics related to the built environment. After a common sequence of design, history, and technology courses, students may choose from a rich array of electives in the School of Architecture and throughout the university. The culmination of the major is a single capstone course required for all students.

Students will emerge with a strong portfolio, a foundational grounding in architectural design, and will be well equipped for further graduate education or work experience in design-related fields and creative industries. The Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies can be completed in four years. Students in this major participate in one six-month co-op and have the option of a second four-month summer co-op. Students also have the option to study abroad for a semester.

Students may choose from one of three areas of emphasis—real estate; sustainability; or history, theory, and culture—or work with the department to put together a customized plan of study. 

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

NUpath Requirements Natural and Designed World (ND), Creative Expression/Innovation (EI), Interpreting Culture (IC), Societies and Institutions (SI), and Difference and Diversity (DD) are met through the major course requirements.

NUpath Requirements Formal and Quantitative Reasoning (FQ), Analyzing and Using Data (AD), and Ethical Reasoning (ER) must be met through electives.

Architectural Studies Major Requirements

Architecture at Northeastern
Architecture at Northeastern
General Architecture and Studio
ARCH 1110Fundamental Architectural Representation4
ARCH 1120Fundamental Architectural Design6
ARCH 2130Site, Space, and Program6
ARCH 2140Urban Institutions6
ARCH 3170Architecture, Infrastructure, and the City6
ARCH 2260Introduction to Building Systems4
ARCH 1310Architecture and Global Cultures, Prehistory to 14004
ARCH 2330
and ARCH 2331
Architecture, Modernity, and the City, 1800 to 1910
and Recitation for ARCH 2330
ARCH 2340
and ARCH 2341
Architecture, Modernity, and the City, 1910 to 1980
and Recitation for ARCH 2340
ARCH 4960Architectural Studies Capstone4

Major Electives

Students who wish to be considered for Northeastern's two-year Master of Architecture degree should take ARCH 2240 and ARCH 5230. 

Complete six of the following elective courses. Please note: At least four courses must be taken in the School of Architecture. At least two must be above the 2000 level. 24
Any ARCH or LARC course
Real Estate
Global Social Enterprise
Entrepreneurial Marketing and Selling
Lean Design and Development for Entrepreneurs
Business Planning for Technology Ventures
Introduction to Marketing
Water Resources
Sustainable Development
How Cities Work: Experiencing Urban Infrastructure
Environmental Engineering 1
Design for Sustainable Transportation: Netherlands
Sustainable Design and Technologies in Construction
Sustainable Engineering Systems for Buildings
Environmental Ethics
History, Theory, and Culture
Interactive Media and Society
History of Graphic Design
Issues in Contemporary Art
Contemporary Visual Culture
Special Topics in Art and Design History
Information Design History

*Please be aware: Not all courses are available every semester and some have prerequisites. 

Optional Preparation for Two-Year Master of Architecture

If students wish to be eligible for the two-year Master of Archtiecture program at Northeastern, they should take the four courses listed here. ARCH 2240 and 5230 may count as electives toward the major:
Calculus 1
General Physics
Architectonic Systems
Structural Systems

Architectural Studies Major Credit Requirement

Complete 72 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARCH 10001ARCH 11104Elective4Vacation
ENGW 11114ARCH 11206Elective4 
ARCH 13104EEAM 20001  
 17 19 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARCH 21306ARCH 2340
and ARCH 2341
4Optional Summer Co-opOptional Summer Co-op
ARCH 2330
and ARCH 2331
4ARCH 21406  
ARCH 22604ENGW 33144  
 18 18 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Semester in Segovia (or Boston)Co-op0Co-op0Vacation
ARCH 3155 or 31703.2   
ARCH 3361 (or Elective in Boston)3.2   
ARCH 3362 (or Elective in Boston)3.2   
ARCH 3363 (or Elective in Boston)1.6   
ARCH 3363 (or Elective in Boston)1.6   
ARCH 34401.6   
Language elective1.6   
 16 0 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Elective4ARCH 49604VacationVacation
 16 16 0 0
Total Hours: 128