Bachelor of Architecture

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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Think critically and creatively about architectural problems.
  2. Use a diverse range of communication skills including writing, speaking, drawing, and modeling to think about and convey architectural ideas.
  3. Understand and apply the technical aspects of architecture, while considering the environmental impact of design decisions.
  4. Synthesize a wide range of variables that contribute to an integrated design solution.
  5. Understand the professional practice of architecture.
  6. Understand architecture in relation to the larger world of knowledge.
  7. Work productively with diverse groups including design professionals, clients, and users.
  8. Use architectural knowledge and skills to make a positive contribution to society.
  9. Make reasoned decisions based on an architectural understanding of ethics, diversity, and sustainability.
  10. Engage in lifelong learning as a professional.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:  

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • 2.0 GPA
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major or support courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

ARCH 101Survey of Architectural Education and Practice (1, 1, 1) 23
ARCH 131
ARCH 132
ARCH 133
Design and Visual Communication 1.1
and Design and Visual Communication 1.2
and Design and Visual Communication 1.3
ARCH 207Architectural Technology Fundamentals 2.34
ARCH 217History of World Architecture: Prehistory - Middle Ages (C3) 14
ARCH 218History of World Architecture: Middle Ages - 18th Century (Area C) 14
ARCH 219History of World Architecture: 18th Century - Present4
ARCH 241
ARCH 242
Architectural Technology Fundamentals 2.1
and Architectural Technology Fundamentals 2.2
ARCH 251
ARCH 252
ARCH 253
Architectural Design 2.1
and Architectural Design 2.2
and Architectural Design 2.3
ARCH 307Architectural Systems Integration 3.24
ARCH 341
ARCH 342
Architectural Systems Integration 3.1
and Architectural Systems Integration 3.3
ARCH 351
ARCH 352
ARCH 353
Architectural Design 3.1
and Architectural Design 3.2
and Architectural Design 3.3
ARCH 420Seminar in Architectural History, Theory and Criticism4
or ARCH 320 Topics in Architectural History
ARCH 443Issues in Contemporary Professional Practice4
ARCH 451
ARCH 452
ARCH 453
Architectural Design 4.1
and Architectural Design 4.2
and Architectural Design 4.3
ARCH 481Senior Architectural Design Project (5, 5, 5)15
ARCH 492Senior Design Thesis3
ARCE 211Structures I3
ARCE 212Structures II3
ARCE 226Introduction to Structural Systems3
ARCE 315Introduction to Structural Design4
ARCE 316Structural Integration in Architecture4
EDES 123Principles of Environmental Design (D4) 14
MATH 141Calculus I (B1) 14
MATH 182Calculus for Architecture and Construction Management (B1) 1,34
PHYS 121College Physics I (B3) 14
or PHYS 141 General Physics IA
PHYS 122College Physics II (B3 & B4) 14
or PHYS 132 General Physics II
Professional Electives18
May include: Any EDES, ARCH, ARCE, CM, CRP, LA or ART course. Any course included in any College of Architecture and Environmental Design minor, or the ART minor.
(See GE program requirements below.)48
Free Electives0
Total units225

Required in Major/Support; also satisfies GE.


Transfer students may substitute ARCH 400-02 for ARCH 101. Contact the department for details.


MATH 142 Calculus II substitutes for MATH 182.

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 24 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BScience and Mathematics
B1Mathematics/Statistics (8 units in Support) 10
B2Life Science4
B3Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
Area CArts and Humanities
C3Fine/Performing Arts (4 units in major) 10
C4Upper-division elective (no ARCH course, except ARCH 326)4
Area C elective(Choose one course from C1-C5) (4 units in major) 10
Area D/ESociety and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D4Self Development (CSU Area E) (4 units in Support) 10
D5Upper-division elective4
Area FTechnology
F Upper-division elective4
Total units48

Required in Major/Support; also satisfies GE.