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Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Architecture is a four-year pre-professional degree. The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the degree, including Core Curriculum requirements, is 121, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level. Students are advised to complete the B.S. in Architecture coursework in the order indicated in the “Recommended Curriculum” issued by the Department of Architecture for their catalog year.

The B.S. in Architecture is a program that provides students with the opportunity to prepare for the continuation of studies in a professional graduate program to earn a Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) degree. Completion of the B.S. in Architecture degree allows the graduate to pursue limited architectural practice but does not, in itself, fully prepare the graduate for architectural licensure. Students in the B.S. in Architecture program are advised that the certification for architectural registration and professional practice by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) requires, in virtually all cases, an accredited professional degree and broad architectural education such as that provided by the Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) program at UTSA.

In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes two types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture and the Master of Architecture. A program may be granted a six-year, three-year, or two year term of accreditation, depending on its degree of conformance with established educational standards.

Master’s accredited degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree, which when earned sequentially, comprise an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional undergraduate degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. The courses listed below may satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements. If courses are taken to satisfy both Core Curriculum and major requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog.

MAT 1023*, MAT 1033, MAT 1073, or MAT 1093 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics. Two of the following courses should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Life and Physical Sciences: ES 2013, GEO 1013, GRG 2613** or PHY 1943. AIS 1203 and ARC 1113 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Language, Philosophy & Culture. ARC 1213 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Creative Arts. One of the following courses should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social & Behavioral Sciences: ANT 1013, ECO 2003, EGR 1343, GRG 1013, GRG 2623, or SOC 1013. ARC 1513 should be used to satisfy the Component Area Option core requirement.

* Students who may anticipate either a dual major with CSM or change of major to the CSM program that MAT 1023 will not count toward the CSM degree.

** Students who may anticipate either a dual major with CSM or change of major to the CSM program that GRG 2613 will not count toward the CSM degree and PHY 1943 will be required.

Degree Requirements

  1. Foundation Year Program

    1. 16 semester credit hours of required courses completed with a grade of “C-” or better in each course:

      ARC  1113  Introduction to the Built Environment (Core course in Language, Philosophy & Culture)
      ARC  1151  Introduction to Architecture and Design
      ARC  1213  Design I (Core course in Creative Arts)
      ARC  1223  Design II
      ARC  1313  Design Visualization
      ARC  2413  History of Architecture I

  2. Architecture Program sequence

    1. 42 semester credit hours of required architectural courses. Must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better in each course:

      ARC  1513  Great Buildings and Cities of the World (Core course in Component Area Option)
      ARC  2133  Principles of Architectural Structures
      ARC  2156  Drawing and Modeling Studio
      ARC  2166  Digital Design Studio
      ARC  2233  Principles of Environmental Systems
      ARC  2423  History of Architecture II
      ARC  3433  Topics in Architecture and Thought
      ARC  3553  Introduction to Architectural Theory
      ARC  3613  History of Modern Architecture
      ARC  4183  Environmental Systems
      ARC  4283  Architectural Structures
      CSM  2113  Construction Materials and Methods

    2. 24 semester credit hours of required upper-division design studios. Must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better in each course:

      ARC  4156  Building Design Studio (repeated for up to 24 semester credit hours)

    3. 6 semester credit hours of electives

      It is recommended that these electives be satisfied as a part of the International Studies coursework..

    B.S. in Architecture — Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

    First Year
    Fall Credit Hours
    Foundation Year (Pre-Architecture/PRA)  
    AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
    ARC 1113 Introduction to the Built Environment 3
    ARC 1213 Design I 3
    ARC 1313 Design Visualization 3
    WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
    Spring
    ARC 1151 Introduction to Architecture and Design 1
    ARC 1223 Design II 3
    ARC 2413 History of Architecture I 3
    MAT 1023 or MAT 1033 College Algebra with Applications (core) 3
    WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II 3
    Life & Physical Sciences Core   3
    GATEWAY TO MAJOR (Requires Application and Acceptance)  
    Second Year
    Fall
    ARC 1513 Great Buildings and Cities of the World (core) 3
    ARC 2133 Principles of Architectural Structures 3
    ARC 2156 or ARC 2166 Drawing and Modeling Studio 6
    CSM 2113 Construction Materials and Methods 3
    Spring
    ARC 2166 or ARC 2156 Digital Design Studio 6
    ARC 2233 Principles of Environmental Systems 3
    ARC 2423 History of Architecture II Nineteenth Century 3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences Core   3
    Third Year
    Fall
    International Studies Semester (Fall or Spring)  
    ARC 4816 International Studies Studio 6
    ARC 4823 International Studies Theory Seminar 3
    ARC 4833 International Studies Drawing Seminar 3
    ARC 4843 International Studies History Seminer 3
    Spring
    Non-International Studies Semester (Fall or Spring)  
    ARC 3613 History of Modern Architecture 3
    ARC 4156 Building Design Studio 6
    American History Core   3
    Government-Political Science Core   3
    Fourth Year
    Fall
    ARC 3433 Topics in Architecture and Thought 3
    ARC 4156 Building Design Studio 6
    ARC 4183 Environmental Systems 3
    Government-Political Science Core   3
    Spring
    ARC 4156 Building Design Studio 6
    ARC 4283 Architectural Structures 3
    American History core   3
    Life & Physical Sciences core   3
      Total Credit Hours: 121.0

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