Architectural Studies and Design, BS

Students integrate the study of architecture with strategies of graphic and information design, interaction design, or experience design. A flexible curriculum focused on key contemporary topics related to the built environment is combined with a broad understanding of the principles and systems of perception, communication, and action. Students integrate text and image to visualize concepts and data, create navigable interfaces and systems that allow audiences to take an active role to achieve meaningful goals, and take a holistic and integrative approach that focuses on the quality of the human experience in concrete situations. Successful students emerge with a strong portfolio suited to further graduate education or experience in architecture and design-related fields.

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 attributes Engaging with the Natural and Designed World (ND), Exploring Creative Expression and Innovation (EI), Interpreting Culture (IC), Analyzing and Using Data (AD), Understanding Societies and Institutions (SI), and Engaging Differences and Diversity (DD) are met through the major course requirements. 

In order to graduate, students must complete Formal and Quantitative Reasoning (FQ) and Ethical Reasoning (ER) in their electives. 

*Please Note: We suggest students who wish to be eligible for the two-year Master of Architecture degree take the following courses: ARCH 2240, ARCH 3170, ARCH 5230, along with calculus and physics.

Architectural Studies Courses

Required Courses
ARCH 1110Fundamental Architectural Representation4
ARCH 1310
and ARCH 1311
Buildings and Cities, A Global History
and Recitation for ARCH 1310
4
ARCH 1120Fundamental Architectural Design6
ARCH 2130Site, Space, and Program6
ARCH 2260Introduction to Building Systems4
ARCH 3450Advanced Architectural Communication4
Architecture History Elective
Either ARCH 1370 or any ARCH 2300-level history course4
Electives
Complete two of the following:8
Special Topics in Architectural History
Understanding Design
Urban Institutions
Any second ARCH 2300-level history course
Architecture Topics Abroad: Theory
Architecture Topics Abroad: Drawing
Advanced Topics in Architectural History
Urban and Architectural History Abroad
Design Tactics and Operations

Design Requirements

Art + Design Fundamentals Required
ARTF 1122Color and Composition4
Art + Design Fundamentals Elective
Complete one of the following:4-5
Conceptual Drawing
Form and Structure
and Form and Structure Tools
Movement and Time (with optinal ARTF 2221)
Experience and Interaction (with optional 2224)
Design Required
ARTG 1250Design Process Context and Systems4
ARTG 2250Typography 14
ARTG 3350Typography 24
ARTG 3451Information Design 14
Design Elective
Complete any one ARTG design elective course, as long as prerequisites have been met. 4
Art + Design History Elective
Complete any one art history course within the ARTH subject code.4
Art + Design Elective
Complete any one ARTG, ARTE, ARTD, ARTH, ARTS, or GAME course as long as prerequisites have been met.4
Degree Capstone Project
ARTG 4550Design Degree Project 14

Design Option

Complete one of the following options:8
Interaction Design Option
Interaction Design 1: Responsive (with optional ARTG 2401)
Interaction Design 2: Mobile
Graphic and Information Design Option
Graphic Design 1
Graphic Design 2
Experience Design Option
Experience Design 1
Experience Design 2

Integrative Requirement

Design Degree Project 1

Program Requirement

132 total semester hours required

Sample Four Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTF 1000 or ARCH 10001ARCH 11104Elective4Vacation0
ARCH 1310
and ARCH 1311
4ARCH 11206Elective4 
ARTF 1122 (with optional ARTF 1123)4Architecture history elective 4  
ARTG 12504Art + Design fundamentals elective4  
ENGW 11114   
 17 18 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARCH 21306ARCH 2340
and ARCH 2341
4Elective4Co-op0
ARCH 22604ARCH 34504Elective4 
ARTG 2250 (with optional ARTG 2251)4ARTG 33504  
Architecture elective4Design option 14  
 EEAM 20001  
 18 17 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0Architecture elective4Elective4Co-op0
ENGW 3314 or 3315 (online)4Art + Design history elective4Elective4 
 ARTG 34514  
 Design option 24  
 4 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0Architecture elective4  
Elective (online)4ARTG 45504  
 Art + Design elective4  
 Design elective4  
 4 16  
Total Hours: 134

Sample Five Years, Two Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTF 1000 or ARCH 10001ARCH 11104Vacation0Vacation0
ARTF 1122 (with optional ARTF 1123)4ARCH 11206  
ARTG 12504Architecture history Elective 4  
ARCH 1310
and ARCH 1311
4Art + Design fundamentals elective4  
ENGW 11114   
 17 18 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARCH 21306ARCH 2340
and ARCH 2341
4Vacation0Vacation0
ARTG 2250 (with optional ARTG 2251)4ARCH 34504  
Art + Design history elective4Design option 14  
ARCH 22604Design elective4  
 18 16 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Architecture elective4Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
ARTG 33504   
Design option 24   
ENGW 3314 or 33154   
EEAM 20001   
 17 0 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Architecture elective4Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
ARTG 34514   
Elective4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Art + Design elective4ARTG 45504  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 134