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The University of Texas at ArlingtonThe University of Texas at Arlington

Bachelor of Science in Architecture

The school of architecture is ranked No. 16 for "Most Hired by Firms" among architecture schools with 70-99 graduates by Design Intelligence.

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.


For more information about our undergraduate programs, please complete the information request form.

Major Requirements

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

Architecture-Intended students complete 1st and 2nd year ARCH courses in the prescribed sequence and also complete the core curriculum 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 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. The course sequencing is strictly enforced.

After completing all requirements for admission to a degree program, students may be declared into the Architecture major. The department requires a 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, as well as the Core Curriculum of the course sequence, before qualifying to take any 3000/4000 ARCH or INTD course.

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

If you are interested in changing your major into the School of Architecture from another major, please refer to the major change requirements page.

Seating in classes is on a space-available basis.

Suggested Course Sequence


First Year

First Semester

ARCH 1101 - Academic Success Skills in Architecture (or UNIV-AR 1131)
ARCH 1301 - Introduction to Architecture and Interior Design
ARCH 1341 - Design Communications I
ENGL 1301 - Rhetoric and Composition I
MATH 1303 - Trigonometry
POLS 2312 - State & Local Government

Total Credit Hours: 16 hrs.

Second Semester

ARCH 1342 - Design Communications II
ENGL 1302 - Rhetoric and Composition II
HIST 1301 - U.S. History I
MATH 1327 - Architectural Calculus w/Analytic Geometry
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 1302 - 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, and have a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA overall at UTA, and a 2.8 GPA within the School of Architecture.

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 - 2 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 need 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.