Architecture, BS

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The curriculum pairs studio courses with relevant architecture history and technology courses to support the comprehensive learning experience of the student. Students engage in intensive studio projects that encourage them to seek prototypical solutions to problems in the modern city. Instruction takes place in the studio with one-on-one consultations with faculty, critiques with classmates, and formal reviews. Visiting critics participate in reviews, and there is a lecture series that brings prominent professionals on campus to discuss the work they are doing in the field.

As part of their studies, students are enrolled in two six-month co-ops. This allows students to gain real-world experience in architecture that aids them in both their academic development and in professional advancement. Co-op experience can often be applied to one’s IDP credits.

The School of Architecture offers a NAAB-accredited one-year program to our students who have successfully completed the BS degree in architecture. This allows our own students to achieve a master’s degree in an efficient and timely manner.

Applicants should note that the BS degree in architecture is not sufficient by itself to meet the academic requirement to sit for state licensure. (Most undergraduate architecture degrees are not accredited.) Students who graduate with the BS degree have the option to apply to the one-year NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture degree that is open to our BS graduates in good standing.

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 Natural and Designed World (ND), Creative Expression and Innovation (EI), Interpreting Culture (IC), Formal and Quantitative Reasoning (FQ), Societies and Institutions (SI), Analyzing and Using Data (AD), and Difference and Diversity (DD) are met through the major course requirements. In order to graduate, students must complete Ethical Reasoning (ER) in their electives.

Architecture Major Requirements

SEMESTER 1
ARCH 1000Architecture at Northeastern1
ARCH 1110Fundamental Architectural Representation (Studio 1)6
ARCH 1310
and ARCH 1311
Architecture and Global Cultures, Prehistory to 1400
and Recitation for ARCH 1310
4
SEMESTER 2
ARCH 1120Fundamental Architectural Design6
ARCH 1320
and ARCH 1321
Architecture and Global Cultures, 1400 to Present
and Recitation for ARCH 1320
4
SEMESTER 3
ARCH 2130Site, Space, and Program6
ARCH 2240Architectonic Systems4
ARCH 2330
and ARCH 2331
Architecture, Modernity, and the City, 1800 to 1910
and Recitation for ARCH 2330
4
SEMESTER 4
ARCH 2140Urban Institutions6
ARCH 2210
and ARCH 2211

and
0
ARCH 2340
and ARCH 2341
Architecture, Modernity, and the City, 1910 to 1980
and Recitation for ARCH 2340
4
ARCH 3450Advanced Architectural Communication 14
SEMESTER 5
Abroad:
ARCH 3155Studio Abroad6
ARCH 3361Architecture and Urbanism Abroad4
ARCH 3362Seminar Abroad4
Language or cultural elective4
SEMESTER 6
ARCH 3170Architecture, Infrastructure, and the City6
ARCH 5230
and ARCH 5231
Structural Systems
and Recitation for ARCH 5230
4
SEMESTER 7
ARCH 3370Topics in Architectural History4
ARCH 5115Option Studio6
ARCH 5310Design Tactics and Operations4
SEMESTER 8
ARCH 5120Comprehensive Design Studio6
ARCH 5220Integrated Building Systems4
1

 Please note: Advanced Architectural Communication (ARCH 3450) may also be taken in Summer 2 after year two or year four.

Supporting Courses 

SEMESTER 1
MATH 1241Calculus 14
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
SEMESTER 2
PHYS 1141General Physics4
EEAM 2000Professional Development for Co-op1
SEMESTER 6
ENGW 3314Advanced Writing in the Arts, Media, and Design4
or ENGW 3315 Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
Cooperative Education
Architecture majors are required to complete two six-month co-ops.
Co-op Work Experience

Important Note

When registering for classes, note additional electives are required. If you are taking less than 18 semester hours during fall or spring semesters, verify with your advisor that you have registered for all required electives.

Major GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.500 GPA required

Architecture Major Credit Requirement

Complete 96 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirement

146 total semester hours required.

Five Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Division  A—Last Name Begins with A–L

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARCH 11106ARCH 11206Vacation0Vacation0
ARCH 1310
and ARCH 1311
4ARCH 1320
and ARCH 1321
4  
MATH 12414PHYS 11414  
ENGW 11114EEAM 20001  
ARCH 10001Elective4  
 19 19 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARCH 21306ARCH 21406Vacation0Co-op0
ARCH 2330
and ARCH 2331
4ARCH 2340
and ARCH 2341
4  
ARCH 22404ARCH 2210
and ARCH 2211
0  
Elective4ARCH 345014  
 18 14 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0ARCH 31556VacationVacation
 ARCH 33624  
 ARCH 33614  
 Language or cultural elective4  
 0 18 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARCH 31706ARCH 51156VacationCo-op0
ENGW 3314 or 33154ARCH 33704  
ARCH 5230
and ARCH 5231
4ARCH 53104  
Elective4Elective4  
 18 18 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0ARCH 51206  
 ARCH 52204  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 18  
Total Hours: 142

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

Division  B—Last Name Begins with M–Z

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARCH 11106ARCH 11206Vacation0Vacation0
ARCH 1310
and ARCH 1311
4ARCH 1320
and ARCH 1321
4  
MATH 12414PHYS 11414  
ENGW 11114EEAM 20001  
ARCH 10001Elective4  
 19 19 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARCH 21306ARCH 21406Vacation0Vacation0
ARCH 2330
and ARCH 2331
4ARCH 2340
and ARCH 2341
4  
ARCH 22404ARCH 345014  
Elective4ARCH 2210
and ARCH 2211
4  
 18 18 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARCH 31556Co-op0Co-op0Vacation
ARCH 33624   
ARCH 33614   
Language or cultural elective4   
 18 0 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARCH 31706Co-op0Co-op0Vacation
ENGW 3314 or 33154   
ARCH 5230
and ARCH 5231
4   
Elective4   
 18 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
ARCH 51156ARCH 51206  
ARCH 33704ARCH 52204  
ARCH 53104Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 18 18  
Total Hours: 146
1

Advanced Architectural Communication (ARCH 3450) may also be taken in Summer 2 after your second or fourth year.