- Bachelor of Science in Architecture
The four-year Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree is a four-year pre-professional degree program of studies comprising, with a later two-year graduate program, the six-year Master of Architecture curriculum. This sequence, called the 4 + 2 model, has been adopted by many major universities as the most effective way of combining liberal education with professional education. It provides the basis for various career possibilities, including the professional degree of Master of Architecture or the Master of Landscape Architecture; these advanced degrees are normally awarded after two years of graduate study (refer to the graduate catalog for details).
The Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree combines a core liberal arts curriculum with a structured sequence of courses in architecture and design. A large number of electives allows the student the flexibility to pursue special interests in the school and in the University. The four-year undergraduate architecture program (128 credit hours) consist of two two-year segments: Basic Studies and Major Studies.
The first two years (Basic Studies) is a foundation curriculum taken by all undergraduates at that level in the school. In addition to work in the arts and sciences, Basic Studies includes a series of lecture and studio courses which introduce the student to the concepts, history, skills, and vocabulary of design.
Following the two-year Basic Studies sequence, in the third and fourth years (Major Studies), the student concentrates in one of the design disciplines, taking courses and studios of a more advanced and professional nature. Those pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree follow the architecture sequence.
BS ARCH Academic Advisor: Kelsey Childress
Assistant Director for Academic and Student Affairs / Advising Coordinator:Cheryl Donaldson
Undergraduate Admissions Requirements
BS ARCH Program Director: Brad Bell
Admission to the architecture-intended program is open to all students meeting the general requirements for entrance to the University.
Major Studies: Admissions Requirements
To declare a major (enter 3rd year) in Architecture and gain permission to enroll in upper-level ARCH or INTD courses:
- The student will have completed the final architecture-intended courses and core curriculum.
- Have a minimum of a 2.8 GPA both overall at UT Arlington as well as within the major (first and second year ARCH courses).
- Complete a Major Declaration form available through the School of Architecture
Prior to completing the application in the School of Architecture office, ALL required architecture-intended coursework must be completed.
GPA requirements may change based on changes in the curriculum of the program. Qualified students must meet the GPA requirements that are in place at the time they fulfill all other requirements to declare their major.
To declare a major for a fall semester, qualified applicants will submit their request to declare a major in the School of Architecture office at the completion of the spring semester, by the department specified deadline.
Students meeting the qualifications to declare a major during the summer or fall semesters will submit their request to declare a major at the completion of the fall semester, by the department specified deadline, for spring entrance consideration*.
Consideration for fall admission into the major studies programs for qualified summer applicants will be based on space availability.
Coursework taken at other institutions or universities must be noted on the application with accompanying attachments showing the completion of/or current attendance in the course(s). It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all coursework is transferred to the Office of Admissions at UT Arlington in a timely manner.
Upon entrance into the major studies programs, students will be required to maintain the minimum 2.8 GPAs both overall at UT Arlington and within the major to remain active and proceed within the program.
The undergraduate programs in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington are organized in a structured cohort format.
What Is a Cohort?
A cohort is a group of students that follows the same set schedule and progresses through a program together. The sequential scheduling of the courses promotes an interactive learning environment and facilitates networking opportunities and career-strengthening relationships.
How Does It Work?
The program consists of a sequence of courses that takes a minimum of eight semesters to complete. The courses are offered in specific semesters (Fall and Spring) that require the students to complete the prior level before proceeding to the next level. If a student gets off-track in the cohort, she/he must wait until the missing course(s) are offered again.
How Are the Courses Sequenced?
The major courses must be taken as follows (Please note: For every year listed below, 'First Semester' is Fall and 'Second Semester' is Spring):
Architecture Students Cohort
Student Personal Laptop Policy
All declared Architecture and Interior Design majors admitted to the Third Year (Major Studies) are required to have a personal laptop computer configured to the specifications defined by the School of Architecture. Specifications may be found on the Architecture website: www.uta.edu/architecture/
Special Academic Requirements
GPA Requirements: Upon admission to the Major Studies, all declared majors must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.8 both within the major and in the cumulative GPA to continue in the upper level program to satisfy requirements for graduation.
Grade Requirements: A grade of C or higher must be earned in each School of Architecture course used for credit toward an undergraduate degree and minor offered by the school. A grade of C or higher must be earned in all required Math courses.
Repetition of Courses: Three attempts to achieve a satisfactory grade are permitted for each required course in the School of Architecture. Beyond that number of attempts, the student is denied access to the course in question, or to the sequence of courses for which it is requisite. Enrollment in the course for the time sufficient to receive a grade, including the grade W, is considered an attempt.
Transfer of Credit: The extent of credit toward degree requirements for academic work done elsewhere will be determined by the representatives of the appropriate program. Students applying to transfer credits from studio courses taken elsewhere must present examples of that work for evaluation.
Student Projects: The School of Architecture reserves the right to retain, copyright, use, exhibit, reproduce, and publish any work submitted for course credit. The student is encouraged to develop a portfolio of all work accomplished in advanced courses for future professional and academic uses.
Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture
A least 36 hours must be 3000/4000 level.
Suggested Course Sequence
Competence in Oral Presentations
Students obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture demonstrate oral proficiency by taking and passing ARCH 2551 BASIC DESIGN AND DRAWING I, ARCH 2552 BASIC DESIGN AND DRAWING II, ARCH 3553 DESIGN STUDIO: ARCHITECTURE I, ARCH 3554 DESIGN STUDIO: ARCHITECTURE II, ARCH 4556 DESIGN STUDIO: ARCHITECTURE III, and ARCH 4557 DESIGN STUDIO: ARCHITECTURE IV or approved equivalents.
Competence in Computer Use
Students obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture can demonstrate computer proficiency by:
Taking and passing ENGL 1301 RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I or ENGL 1302 RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II at UT Arlington in a computer classroom environment or ENGL 3372 COMPUTERS AND WRITING, ENGL 3374 WRITING, RHETORIC, AND MULTIMODAL AUTHORING I, CSE 1301 COMPUTER LITERACY (or equivalent), or any other class approved by the Undergraduate Assembly.
Passing the University computer literacy examination.
Minors Advising (all minors):
Minor in Architecture History
Minor Director: Dr. Douglas Klahr
The school offers numerous courses from which to select the 18 hours required for the Architecture History minor.
Students who choose to pursue the minor in History of Architecture must complete our 6 hours of core courses (ARCH 2303 and ARCH 2304).
Upon completion of the two core classes, students must select an additional 12 hours from our other Architecture History courses.
Minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies
Minor Director: Dr. Douglas Klahr
The University offers a variety courses from which to select the 18 hours required for the Environmental and Sustainability Studies minor.
Students are required to take one core course, ESST 2300: Introduction to Environmental and Sustainability Studies, which surveys topics and methods in interdisciplinary studies of sustainability and the environment. This course should be taken in the freshman or sophomore year.
An additional 15 hours of coursework is to be completed from the list of courses below (or others approved by the ESS advisor). At least one course must be taken in each of the two groups. Students are encouraged to inquire about other courses that might qualify for credit. At least 6 hours must be taken as 3000- or 4000-level courses. Additional courses are expected to be approved each semester, so students are encouraged to consult regularly with the advisor. *Students may be allowed to take additional classes from alternate group with advisor approval.
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Minor in Urban and Public Affairs
Minor Director: Dr. Alejandro Rodriguez
The University offers numerous courses from which to select the 18 hours required for a minor.
The Urban and Public Affairs minor is for students interested in complementing their academic career with a broader understanding of Urban Affairs, Urban Planning and the Environment, or Public Administration.
Students are required to take two core courses, PLAN 1301 Intro to Urban Life and PLAN 3301 The Metroplex,
Students pursuing the minor complete the 2 required core courses then select 4 courses (12 hours) from one of the fields of interest.