B Arch Curriculum (pre Fall’14)

Bachelor of Architecture
Pre-Fall 2014 Curriculum

First Year

Fall
Spring

Second Year

Fall
Spring

Third Year

Fall
Spring

Fourth Year

Fall
Spring

Fifth Year

Fall
  • Hum. or Soc. Sci. Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Professional Elective Credit Hours: 2
  • ARCH 4980 – B.Arch. Final Project 1 Credit Hours: 5 (see footnote 6 below)
  • ARCH 4981 – Methods Seminar Credit Hours: 1 (see footnote 6 below)
Spring

The degree requires 168 credit hours.
All undergraduate students should develop a Plan of Study with their faculty adviser.

Additional Requirements

In regard to the above template, please note that studios are sequential with the exception of the Design Development studio, which may be taken any time after Architecture Design 4 and before B.Arch. Final Project 1. Students are required to complete eight credits in Math, 12 in Science, and 20 in Humanities and Social Sciences from an extensive list of course offerings (see Institute core requirements for greater detail). In addition, students have 12 credits of professional electives, and 12 credits of free electives which may be used to further focus on a concentrated area of study, pursue a minor or dual major, or as a means of further broadening exposure to a range of disciplines.

Discipline specific sequences embedded in the curriculum are detailed below.

Technology courses: ARCH 2330 Structures 1 is sequential and prerequisite to ARCH 4330 Structures 2; and ARCH 2360 Environmental and Ecological Systems is sequential and prerequisite to ARCH 4740 Building Systems and Environment.

ARCH 2200 Design Studio, ARCH 2210 Architecture Design 1, ARCH 2220 Architecture Design 2, ARCH 2230 Architecture Design 3, and ARCH 4240 Architecture Design 4, and ARCH 2330 Structures 1, ARCH 2360 Environmental and Ecological Systems, ARCH 4330 Structures 2, ARCH 4740 Building Systems and Environment are prerequisites to the ARCH 4300 Design Development studio. ARCH 4740 Building Systems and Environment may be taken concurrently with the ARCH 4300 Design Development studio.

ARCH 2110 The Building and Thinking of Architecture 1, ARCH 2120 The Building and Thinking of Architecture 2 are prerequisites to ARCH 2130 Contemporary Design Approaches.

ARCH 2120 The Building and Thinking of Architecture 2 and ARCH 2130 Contemporary Design Approaches are prerequisites to ARCH 4140 Modernity in Culture and Architecture.

ARCH 2110 The Building and Thinking of Architecture 1, ARCH 2120 The Building and Thinking of Architecture 2, ARCH 2130 Contemporary Design Approaches, ARCH 2140 The Building and Thinking of Architecture 3, ARCH 2230 Architecture Design 3, and ARCH 4140 Modernity in Culture and Architecture are prerequisites to ARCH 4040 Cities Lands.

ARCH 4140 Modernity in Culture and Architecture, ARCH 4330 Structures 2, ARCH 4300 Design Development, and ARCH 4560 Materials and Enclosures are prerequisites to ARCH 4690 Case Studies.


Footnotes:

  1. Humanities & Social Science Institute communications intensive requirement (see Class Hour Schedule for approved courses); Final Project 1 and Final Project 2 will fulfill the Architecture major communications intensive requirement.
  2. Four credits of the Hum. or Soc. Sci core requirements are embedded within The Building and Thinking of Architecture sequence: ARCH 2110 and ARCH 2120.
  3. Four credits of the Institute core Science requirements are embedded within the technology sequence: ARCH 2330, ARCH 2360, ARCH 4330, and ARCH 4740.
  4. In general, the recommended course is MATH 1620 offered only in the spring.
  5. Taken in the same semester as ARCH 4300.
  6. Arch 4980 B.Arch Final Project 1 and ARCH 4981 Methods Seminar (Co-requisite: students in ARCH 4980 are required to co-register for ARCH 4981).  

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