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Architecture B.S. Arch.

School of Architecture
College of Design
  • Students will no longer be accepted into this program after Fall 2007. Program requirements below are for current students only.
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2012
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 87
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Architecture
The bachelor of science (B.S.Arch.) degree with a major in architecture provides instruction in history, representation, design, theory, and technology, emphasizing the development of architecture as a language of form, space, and order. The program requires an understanding of social, cultural, and physical contexts as a foundation for the examination of the methods, values, precedents, and material reality characteristic of the process of shaping natural and built environments. The major combines core prerequisites with a focused introduction to the discipline of architecture, including required courses in representation, history, theory, technology, and design processes. All major coursework must be taken A-F.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 11 courses before admission to the program.
Freshman and transfer students are usually admitted to pre-major status before admission to this major.
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.80 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 2.80 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 2.80 transferring from outside the University
Students apply for admission to the bachelor of science in architecture (B.S.Arch.) at the end of their sophomore year. Admission is competitive and based on portfolio review, GPA, and courses completed. Students must be admitted first to the bachelor of arts with a major in architecture (B.A.) or the bachelor of design in architecture (B.D.A.) to apply for the B.S.Arch. The first group of courses (plus freshman comp and all high school prep classes) must be completed with a minimum grade of C- before admission to the B.A. or the B.D.A. The second group of courses need to be completed prior to admission to the B.S.Arch.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Requirements for the B.A. or B.D.A.
ARCH 1281 - Design Fundamentals I [AH] (4.0 cr)
ARCH 1701 - The Designed Environment (3.0 cr)
Required prerequisites
Courses to be taken before admission to B.S.Arch.
ARCH 2301 - Introduction to Drawing in Architecture (4.0 cr)
ARCH 2281 - Design Fundamentals II (4.0 cr)
ARCH 3711W - Environmental Design and the Sociocultural Context [SOCS, CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
ARCH 3411W - Architectural History to 1750 [HIS, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
ARCH 3412 - Architectural History Since 1750 [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
LA 3501 - Environmental Design and Its Biological and Physical Context [ENV] (3.0 cr)
MATH 1142 - Short Calculus [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or MATH 1271 - Calculus I [MATH] (4.0 cr)
PHYS 1101W - Introductory College Physics I [PHYS, WI] (4.0 cr)
or PHYS 1201W - Introductory Physics for Biology and Pre-medicine I [PHYS, WI] (5.0 cr)
or PHYS 1301W - Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering I [PHYS, WI] (4.0 cr)
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major or minor in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major or minor (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Students should maintain a portfolio of all freehand drawings, projects, and architecture studio designs. A portfolio is required for application to B.S.Arch. and the accelerated program and the graduate professional degree program. All courses, including courses in math, physics, and English composition must be taken A-F with grades of C- or better to satisfy degree requirements and to progress in sequence courses. Accelerated status in architecture is a competitive opportunity for qualified undergraduates to complete the B.S.Arch. or the B.A. degree with a major in architecture and the M.Arch. degree in six years rather than seven. See an adviser for more information.
Major coursework
ARCH 3281 - Undergraduate Architecture Studio I (6.0 cr)
ARCH 3282 - Undergraduate Architecture Studio II (6.0 cr)
ARCH 4283 - Undergraduate Architecture Studio III (6.0 cr)
ARCH 4284 - Undergraduate Architecture Studio IV (6.0 cr)
ARCH 4511 - Materials and Methods I (3.0 cr)
ARCH 4521 - Environmental Technology I (3.0 cr)
ARCH 4571 - Architectural Structures I (3.0 cr)
Courses to be completed any time prior to graduation
ARCH 3611 - Design in the Digital Age (3.0 cr)
ARCH 4561 - Architecture and Ecology [ENV] (3.0 cr)
ARCH 4701W - Introduction to Urban Form and Theory [WI] (3.0 cr)
ARCH 4421W - Architecture and Interpretation: The Cave and the Light [WI] (3.0 cr)
or ARCH 4423 - Gothic Architecture (3.0 cr)
or ARCH 4424 - Renaissance Architecture (3.0 cr)
or ARCH 4425 - Baroque Architecture (3.0 cr)
or ARCH 4431W {Inactive} [WI] (3.0 cr)
or ARCH 4432 - Modern Architecture (3.0 cr)
or ARCH 4434 - Contemporary Architecture (3.0 cr)
or ARCH 4445W - Suburbia [WI] (3.0 cr)
or ARCH 4446 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
or ARCH 4461 - North American Indian Architecture (3.0 cr)
Architecture electives
Nine upper division architecture credits not used elsewhere. ARCH 3351 and 3352 do not satisfy this requirement.
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ARCH 3xxx
· ARCH 4xxx
Upper division credits outside the major
Nine upper division credits outside the major.
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Accelerated Program
Accelerated status in architecture is a competitive opportunity for qualified undergraduates to complete the B.S.Arch. or the B.A. degree with a major in architecture and the M.Arch. degree in six years rather than seven. Accelerated status applicants must complete all but 14 credits of upper division architecture courses before their senior year. Students complete the first year of the graduate professional degree program in their senior year; courses carry upper division credit and complete the B.S.Arch. or B.A. degree.
To be considered for accelerated status, students must be enrolled at the University as a B.S.Arch. or B.A. major in architecture, have completed one year of architecture design studio (ARCH 3281, ARCH 3282), have completed 90 credits, and have earned an overall GPA of 3.50. Admission to accelerated status does not guarantee admission to the graduate professional program; separate requirements, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and other application documents, must be submitted in January of the year admission to the graduate program is sought. See the director of graduate studies in the School of Architecture for additional criteria. Deadline for consideration is June 15.
Honors
This is an honors sub-plan.
See an adviser for honors program requirements.
 
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ARCH 1281 - Design Fundamentals I (AH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to design thinking in architecture through project-based learning. Lectures, films, field trips. Four design projects, including an off-campus service learning.
ARCH 1701 - The Designed Environment
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Examination of seminal issues in the designed environment, including relationships between place and space, and realms of the ideal and real, public and private. Survey of how the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design have explored those issues.
ARCH 2301 - Introduction to Drawing in Architecture
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02042 - Arch 1301/Arch 5371/LA 5301/LA
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Perceiving/representing material environment. Sketching/drawing conventions of visual phenomena/forms. prereq: pre-arch major or BDA major; no prereq in summer
ARCH 2281 - Design Fundamentals II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Foundation architectural design studio. Design principles, technical drawing, material manipulation. prereq: 1281, [Arch mjr or pre-arch]
ARCH 3711W - Environmental Design and the Sociocultural Context (SOCS, CIV, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02090
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Designed environment as cultural medium/product of sociocultural process/expression of values, ideas, behavioral patterns. Design/construction as complex political process. prereq: Soph or above
ARCH 3411W - Architectural History to 1750 (HIS, GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Built environment as a tool to study the human past from ancient times to 1750. Major trends of style and form and the relationships, practices, beliefs that have shaped human behavior. prereq: Soph or above
ARCH 3412 - Architectural History Since 1750 (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Examples of the built environment from the Enlightenment to the present are studied within a broad social, cultural, and political context. Major architectural movements and their associated forms and designs. prereq: Soph or above
LA 3501 - Environmental Design and Its Biological and Physical Context (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Dynamic relationships between environmentally designed places and biological/physical contexts. Integration of created place and biological/physical contexts. Case studies, student design.
MATH 1142 - Short Calculus (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
A streamlined one-semester tour of differential and integral calculus in one variable, and differential calculus in two variables. No trigonometry/does not have the same depth as MATH 1271-1272. Formulas and their interpretation and use in applications. prereq: Satisfactory score on placement test or grade of at least C- in [1031 or 1051]
MATH 1271 - Calculus I (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Math 1142/1271/1281/1371/1571H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Differential calculus of functions of a single variable, including polynomial, rational, exponential, and trig functions. Applications, including optimization and related rates problems. Single variable integral calculus, using anti-derivatives and simple substitution. Applications may include area, volume, work problems. prereq: 4 yrs high school math including trig or satisfactory score on placement test or grade of at least C- in [1151 or 1155]
PHYS 1101W - Introductory College Physics I (PHYS, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Fundamental principles of physics in the context of everyday world. Use of kinematics/dynamics principles and quantitative/qualitative problem solving techniques to understand natural phenomena. Lecture, recitation, lab. prereq: High school algebra, plane geometry, trigonometry; primarily for students interested in technical areas
PHYS 1201W - Introductory Physics for Biology and Pre-medicine I (PHYS, WI)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00078 - Phys 1101W/1201W/1301W/1401V/1
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Fundamental principles of physics. Description of motion, forces, conservation principles, structure of matter. Applications to mechanical systems, including fluids, waves, heat. Lab. prereq: [High school or college calculus], trigonometry, algebra
PHYS 1301W - Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering I (PHYS, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00078 - Phys 1101W/1201W/1301W/1401V/1
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Use of fundamental principles to solve quantitative problems. Motion, forces, conservation principles, structure of matter. Applications to mechanical systems. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in Math 1271 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in Math 1371 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in Math 1571
ARCH 3281 - Undergraduate Architecture Studio I
Credits: 6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to architectural design in relation to site. prereq: BS Arch major
ARCH 3282 - Undergraduate Architecture Studio II
Credits: 6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to architectural design in relation to program. prereq: [3281 or 4281], BS Arch major
ARCH 4283 - Undergraduate Architecture Studio III
Credits: 6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to architectural design in relation to materials, construction methods. prereq: [3282 or 4282], B.S. Arch major
ARCH 4284 - Undergraduate Architecture Studio IV
Credits: 6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Topical design studio. prereq: 4283, BS Arch major
ARCH 4511 - Materials and Methods I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Building materials, assemblies, construction operations shaping building designs. Material properties for designing/detailing building systems, elements, components. Applications. Modeling, hands-on building experiences. prereq: BS Arch major
ARCH 4521 - Environmental Technology I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Issues related to environmental quality/design. Climate response. Heating, cooling, lighting design. Indoor air quality. prereq: BS Arch major
ARCH 4571 - Architectural Structures I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Structural mechanics, graphic/quantitative analysis. Loads, materiality, strength, equilibrium, stability, serviceability, reliability. External/internal forces. Shear/moment diagrams/calculations. Structural behavior of building systems. Design using wood/steel members. prereq: BS Arch major
ARCH 3611 - Design in the Digital Age
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01278
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to design, design process. Developing/understanding ways of seeing, thinking, and acting as a designer. Changes in design being wrought by digital technology. Team design project.
ARCH 4561 - Architecture and Ecology (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01107 - Arch 4501/Arch 5501
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to theories/practices of ecological approaches to architectural design. Ecological context, implications/opportunities of architecture. Historical/theoretical framework for ecological design thinking. Issues studied at various scales: site/community, building, component.
ARCH 4701W - Introduction to Urban Form and Theory (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Urban form, related issues of design/theory/culture. Thematic history of cities. Lectures, discussions, assignments. prereq: [3411, 3412] or instr consent
ARCH 4421W - Architecture and Interpretation: The Cave and the Light (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01243 - Arch 4421/Arch 5421
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Historical/hermeneutical investigation of iconography of grotto. Intertwined themes of descent into earth and ascent to light, from earliest strata of human culture to present day. prereq: [3411, 3412] or instr consent
ARCH 4423 - Gothic Architecture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01093
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
History of architecture and urban design in Western Europe, from 1150 to 1400. prereq: 3411 or instr consent
ARCH 4424 - Renaissance Architecture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01094 - Arch 4424/Arch 5424
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
History of architecture and urban design in Italy, from 1400 to 1600. Emphasizes major figures (Brunelleschi, Alberti, Bramante, Palladio) and evolution of major cities (Rome, Florence, Venice). prereq: 3411 or instr consent
ARCH 4425 - Baroque Architecture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01095 - Arch 4425/Arch 5425
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Architecture and urban design in Italy, from 1600 to 1750. Emphasizes major figures (Bernini, Borromini, Cortona, Guarini) and evolution of major cities (Rome, Turin). prereq: 3411 or instr consent
ARCH 4432 - Modern Architecture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01097 - Arch 4432/Arch 5432
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Architecture and urban design in Europe and the United States from early 19th century to World War II. prereq: 3412 or instr consent
ARCH 4434 - Contemporary Architecture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01098 - Arch 4434/Arch 5434
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Developments, theories, movements, and trends in architecture and urban design from World War II to present. prereq: 3412 or instr consent
ARCH 4445W - Suburbia (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01285 - Arch 4445W/Arch 5445
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Suburbia, from origins in 18th-century England to present. Historical changes and present challenges, especially in America. Ideology, mythology, planning, development, geography, transportation, the family. Specific sites/designs. Representations in film, television, popular literature, and music.
ARCH 4461 - North American Indian Architecture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01100 - Arch 4461/Arch 5461
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Historic/contemporary principles/theories of North American Indian architecture. Culture, technology, environment, art, and craft of North American Indians in their settlements/architecture. prereq: Arch 3412, Arch or AmIn major