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) 13
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 (C1) 24
ARCH 218History of World Architecture: Middle Ages - 18th Century (GE Electives) 24
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
Select from the following:4
Seminar in Architectural History, Theory and Criticism
Topics in Architectural History (Upper-Division C) 2
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 (E) 24
MATH 141Calculus I (B4) 24
MATH 182Calculus for Architecture and Construction Management (GE Electives) 2, 34
PHYS 121College Physics I (B1) 24
or PHYS 141 General Physics I
PHYS 122College Physics II (B1 & B3) 24
or PHYS 142 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 Electives 40
Total units225

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 24 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • If any of the remaining 48 units is used to satisfy a Major or Support requirement, additional units of Free Electives may be needed to complete the total units required for the degree.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in one course in each of the following GE Areas: A1 (Oral Communication), A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking), and B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning). 
Area AEnglish Language Communication and Critical Thinking
A1Oral Communication4
A2Written Communication4
A3Critical Thinking4
Area BScientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B2Life Science4
B3One lab taken with either a B1 or B2 course
B4Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (4 units in Support) 10
Upper-Division B4
Area CArts and Humanities
Lower-division courses in Area C must come from three different subject prefixes.
C1Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater (4 units in Major) 10
C2Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English4
Lower-Division C Elective - Select a course from either C1 or C24
Upper-Division C4
Area DSocial Sciences - Select courses in Area D from at least two different prefixes
D1American Institutions (Title 5, Section 40404 Requirement)4
D2Lower-Division D4
Upper-Division D4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
Lower-Division E (4 units in Support) 10
Area F Ethnic Studies
F Ethnic Studies4
GE Electives in Areas B, C, and D
Select courses from two different areas; may be lower-division or upper-division courses.
GE Electives (8 units in GE Electives fulfilled by 4 units in Major and 4 units in Support) 10
Total units48