School of Architecture

bachelor of science in architecture

The four-year Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree is a pre-professional degree. 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.


All entering students majoring in Architecture are admitted as Architecture-Intended majors.

As Architecture-Intended, students complete 1st and 2nd year ARCH courses in the correct sequence and also complete their core curriculum. These courses must be completed before declaring major and enrolling in any 3000/4000 level ARCH/INTD courses.

The Undergraduate Architecture Program consists of a series of lectures and design studios that must be taken sequentially. The program will take a minimum of 8 semesters to complete for both new freshmen and transfer students.

The course sequencing of both the design and lecture courses has been designed to help students successfully complete the program and the course sequencing is strictly enforced.

To be declared into the Architecture major, students must complete all requirements for admission to a degree program. Applicants must meet the department’s minimum 2.8 GPA both overall and within the major.

Students must complete all Basic Studies courses (first two years of the degree program) in Architecture and must complete the Core Curriculum of the course sequence before qualifying to take any 3000/4000 ARCH or INTD course.

Students not within the program must obtain special permission from the Architecture Undergraduate Advisor to enroll in a 3000/4000 level course.

Students interested in changing their major into the School of Architecture from another major, please refer to the major change requirements at the School of Architecture advising page.

Seating in classes is on a space-available basis

First Year

First Semester:

ARCH 1101 - Academic Success Skills in Architecture*

ARCH 1301 - Introduction to Architecture and Interior Design

ARCH 1341 - Design Communications I

ENGL 1301 - Rhetoric and Composition I

MATH 1325 - Analytic Geometry

POLS 2312 - State & Local Government

Total Credit Hours: 16 hrs.

Second Semester:

ARCH 1342 - Design Communications II

ENGL 1302 - Rhetoric and Composition II

HIST 1311 - U.S. History I

MATH 1327 - Architectural Calculus

Social & Behavioral Science elective - 3 hrs.

Total Credit Hours: 15 hrs.

Second Year

First Semester:

ARCH 2303 - History of Architecture and Design I

ARCH 2551 - Basic Design + Draw I

HIST 1312 - U.S. History II

Language, Philosophy & Culture elective - 3 hrs.

PHYS 1441 - General College Physics

Total Credit Hours: 18 hrs.

Second Semester:

ARCH 2304 - History of Architecture and Design II

ARCH 2552 - Basic Design + Draw II

Literature elective - 3 hrs.

PHYS 1442 - General College Physics

POLS 2311 - U.S. Government

Total Credit Hours: 18 hrs.

Note: In order to declare your major in Architecture, students must be advised by the Undergraduate Advisor prior to enrolling in any course at the 3000 level or above. Must have completed all Basic Studies (1st & 2nd year ARCH/INTD) courses, all core hours, must have a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA overall at UTA, a 2.8 GPA within the School of Architecture, and a laptop.

Third Year

First Semester:

ARCH 3323 - Construction Materials + Structural Concepts

ARCH 3343 - Architecture Computer Graphics

ARCH 3553 - Design Studio: Architecture I

Advanced ARCH Elective - 3 hrs.

University Elective - 3 hrs.

Total Credit Hours: 17 hrs.

Second Semester:

ARCH 3324 - Structures I

ARCH 3331 - Architecture & Environment

ARCH 3337 - Site Development

ARCH 3554 - Design Studio: Architecture II

Total Credit Hours: 14 hrs.

Note: Students must have an approved degree plan prior to registration for this year.

Fourth Year

First Semester:

ARCH 4321 - Structural Systems in Buildings

ARCH 4556 - Design Studio: Architecture III

Advanced Arch History Elective - 3 hrs.

Advanced Elective - 3 hrs.

Advanced Elective - 3 hrs.

Total Credit Hours: 17 hrs.

Second Semester:

ARCH 4557-Design Studio: Architecture IV

Advanced Arch Theory Elective - 3 hrs.

Advanced Elective - 3 hrs.

Advanced Elective - 3 hrs.

Total Credit Hours: 14 hrs.