Architectural Studies, BS


Program Coor­di­na­tor
Associate Professor

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. After a common sequence of design, history, and technology courses, students choose one of the three tracks within the major:

Specialized courses in each of these tracks supplement a rich array of electives in the School of Architecture and throughout the university.

In all three tracks 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, and students are eligible for the two-year Master of Architecture program at Northeastern.

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 in Berlin for a semester.

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), Formal and Quantitative Reasoning (FQ), Societies and Institutions (SI), and Difference and Diversity (DD) are met through the major course requirements. 

NUpath Requirement Analyzing and Using Data (AD) can be met through major electives.

NUpath Requirement Ethical Reasoning (ER) can be met through track electives for the sustainability track.

Architectural Studies Major Requirements

Breadth Courses
MATH 1241Calculus 14
PHYS 1141General Physics4
Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
ENGW 3314Advanced Writing in the Arts, Media, and Design4
or ENGW 3315 Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
Architecture Requirements
Introduction to College
ARCH 1000Architecture at Northeastern1
Foundation Skills
ARCH 1110Fundamental Architectural Representation6
ARCH 1120Fundamental Architectural Design6
ARCH 1310
and ARCH 1311
Architecture and Global Cultures, Prehistory to 1400
and Recitation for ARCH 1310
ARCH 1320
and ARCH 1321
Architecture and Global Cultures, 1400 to Present
and Recitation for ARCH 1320
ARCH 1450Understanding Design4
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
Co-op Preparation
EEAM 2000Professional Development for Co-op1
ARCH 2260Introduction to Building Systems4
ARCH 2130Site, Space, and Program6
ARCH 2170Urban Research Studio: Context, Sustainability, Development6
ARCH 3170Architecture, Infrastructure, and the City6
or ARCH 3155 Studio Abroad
Architecture Electives
Complete two of the following:8
Architecture and Urbanism Abroad
Seminar Abroad
Topics in Architectural History
Advanced Architectural Communication
Design Tactics and Operations
Cooperative Education
Architectural studies majors must complete at least one co-op:0
Co-op Work Experience


Complete one of the tracks listed below:

Design and Culture Track
Required Courses
ARCH 2360Design Thinking and Architecture4
ARCH 5320Applications of Architectural Design Methods4
Complete two of the following:8
Modern Art and Design History
Contemporary Art and Design History
Contemporary Art Theory and Criticism
Issues in Contemporary Art
Postmodernism: Theory and Practice in the Visual Arts
Contemporary Visual Culture
Cities, Landscape, and Modern Culture
Cities, Landscape, and Contemporary Culture
Sustainability Track
Required Courses
ARCH 2250Introduction to Sustainable Design in Architecture4
ARCH 5210Environmental Systems4
Complete two of the following:8
Site Materials and Methods
Sustainable Site Construction and Detailing
Cities, Landscape, and Contemporary Culture
Planting Design
Environmental Engineering 1
Design for Sustainable Transportation: Netherlands
Environmental Protection and Management
Transportation Planning and Engineering
Traffic Engineering
Water Resources
Sustainable Development
Sustainable Design and Technologies in Construction
Sustainable Engineering Systems for Buildings
Environmental Ethics
Real Estate Development and Design Track
Required Courses
ARCH 2550Real Estate Development and Design4
ARCH 5530Innovative Models in Real Estate Development and Design4
Complete two of the following:8
Global Social Enterprise
Entrepreneurial Marketing and Selling
Sustainable Innovation
Lean Design and Development for Entrepreneurs
Business Planning for Technology Ventures
Introduction to Marketing

Architectural Studies Major Credit Requirement

Complete 78 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARCH 10001ARCH 11206VacationVacation
ARCH 11106ARCH 1320
and ARCH 1321
ARCH 1310
and ARCH 1311
4PHYS 11414  
MATH 12414EEAM 20001  
ENGW 11114Elective4  
 19 19 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARCH 21306ARCH 2340
and ARCH 2341
ARCH 2330
and ARCH 2331
4Track requirement4  
ARCH 14504
ARCH 2250 (Sustainability Track)
ARCH 2360 (Design/Culture Track)
ARCH 2550 (Real Estate Development Track)
 Architecture elective4  
 18 16 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARCH 21706Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
ARCH 22604   
ENGW 33144   
Architecture elective4   
 18 0 0 4
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Semester in Berlin or Boston18Track requirement4VacationVacation
ARCH 5530 (Real Estate Design Track)
ARCH 5320 (Design/Culture Track)
Elective (Sustainability Track)
Track elective4  
ARCH 5210 (Sustainability Track)or Track Elective for other tracks
 18 16 0 0
Total Hours: 128