Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Advisor Name:_______________________ Catalog: Fall 2023 Undergraduate Catalog Program: Architecture and Environmental Design Studies, BSArch
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Architecture and Environmental Design Studies, BSArch

The architecture and environmental design major is a pre-professional degree program that prepares students for continued education in a professional degree program in architecture or a related field, or for employment opportunities in architecturally related occupations. The focus of the major is to enhance the student’s problem-solving ability and produce critical thinkers.

Most states require that an individual intending to become an architect hold an accredited degree. There are two types of degrees that are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB): the bachelor of architecture (B.Arch.), which requires a minimum of five years of study, and master of architecture (M.Arch.), which requires a minimum of three years of study following an unrelated bachelor’s degree or two years following a related preprofessional degree. These professional degrees are structured to educate those who aspire to registration/licensure as architects.

An important component of this major is two cooperative education experiences in an architecture or design-related position that is supervised by the faculty.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in the architecture and environmental design major are expected to:

  • Analyze architectural and urban design problems and synthesize solutions at different levels of complexity, scope, and building types;
  • Employ the oral, written, and graphic modes of communication for expressing research work and design efforts at different stages of the design process;
  • Apply the concepts of architectural history and theory in shaping buildings, cities, and other spatial environments-encompassing international traditions as related to aesthetics, environment, society, and human behavior;
  • Understand the basic principles that inform the design of the structural, material, and mechanical/electrical systems and to assess, select, and integrate such systems into a comprehensive building design.

BG Perspective (BGP) Requirements

Must complete at least 1 course in each of the following:

   English Composition and Oral Communication
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   Quantitative Literacy
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Must Complete at least 2 courses in each of the following:

   Humanities and the Arts
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   _____________________________    ________    

   Natural Sciences - at least one Lab Science required
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   _____________________________    ________                                                                                      

   Social and Behavioral Sciences
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________                                                                        

Complete total required BGP credit hours by selecting courses from any of the above categories:

   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________                                                                                    

University Requirements

Designated courses in Humanities and the Arts and the Social and Behavioral Sciences domains may be used to fulfill both the BGP requirement and one of the following university requirements:

Cultural Diversity in the US    ____________
International Perspective       ____________

Composition Requirement:
WRIT 1120                             

Total BGP Credits: Must be at least 36                      

Courses Required for Major

Cooperative Education (2 Hours)

Course NameTerms TakenGradeCore
TECH 2890 - Cooperative Education
TECH 3890 - Cooperative Education

Architecture Foundation (6 Hours)

Course NameTerms TakenGradeCore
ARCH 1050 - Design Principles
ARCH 1080 - Architectural Design Fundamentals

Concentration (60 Hours)

Course NameTerms TakenGradeCore
ARCH 2210 - Design Studio 1
ARCH 2220 - Design Studio 2
ARCH 2330 - History of Architecture I *
ARCH 2340 - History of Architecture II *
ARCH 2360 - Mechanical and Electrical Building Systems I
ARCH 2710 - Computer-Aided Design for Architecture
ARCH 3210 - Design Studio 3
ARCH 3220 - Design Studio 4
ARCH 3310 - Theory in Architectural Design
ARCH 3360 - Architectural Materials and Systems
ARCH 3370 - Mechanical and Electrical Building Systems II
ARCH 4210 - Design Studio 5
ARCH 4220 - Design Studio 6
CONS 2350 - Introduction to Construction
CONS 3360 - Structural Design
CONS 3380 - Steel, Concrete and Masonry Design

Other Required Courses (31 Hours)

College and University Courses (16 Hours)

Course NameTerms TakenGradeCore
ARTH 3630 - Modern Architecture
ECON 2000 - Introduction to Economics *


MATH 1230 - Mathematics for Architecture/Construct *


MATH 1280 - Precalculus Mathematics


MATH 1310 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry


MATH 1340 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry IA and
MATH 1350 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry IB


PHYS 2010 - College Physics I *

Career Elective (6 Hours, by advisement)

Choose classes from:

Course NameTerms TakenGradeCore
ART 1010 - Introduction to Art *
ART 1020 - Design Studio: Color, Surface and Process
ART 1030 - Drawing Studio: Perception, Practice, Process
ART 1120 - Media Studio: Space and Time
ARTS 2110 - Drawing: The Figure
  • ARTS 2510
  • ARTS 2610 - Introduction to Glass
    ARTS 2710 - Ceramics I
    ARTS 2810 - Jewelry, Metal, and Object Design I
    ARTS 2910 - Physical Practices in Sculpture
    ARCH 1100 - CADD for Architecture and Construction
    ECET 2050 - Renewable Energy and Energy Sustainability
    ID 1160 - Introduction to Interior Design
    SYE 2010 - Engineering Economics
    VCT 1030 - Introduction to Visual Communication Technology
    VCT 1040 - Problem Solving for Visual Media
    VCT 2820 - Photography I

    Business Elective (3 Hours)

    Choose from

    Course NameTerms TakenGradeCore
    ESHP 1010 - Entrepreneurship: The Introduction
    MKT 3000 - Principles of Marketing for Non-Business Majors
    MGMT 3050 - Principles of Organization and Management

    Technical Electives (12 Hours, by advisement)**

    Choose 3000-level or above ARCH, CONS, TECH, VCT or select courses from ARTS, ENGT, ENVS, GEOG, ID, QS, SYE, and SEES
    Coordinate selection with advisor

    Total Minimum Program Credits: 122

    * PHYS 2010, ECON 2000, ARCH 2330, ARCH 2340, ART 1010 and MATH 1230 or MATH 1260 or MATH 1310 count toward BG Perspective course requirements, but are counted only once in total credit hours. ARCH 2330 and ARCH 2340 meet the BGP International Perspective attribute requirement.

    ** ARTS 3940, ARTS 3950, ARTS 3931, ENVS 4130/GEOG 4000, GEOG 4250, ID 4180, ID 4070, QS 3610, QS 3710, QS 3550, SYE 3020, SEES 4500, SEES 3000, and SEES 4100

    College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering General Information for all students in the College

    In addition to completing all requirements, students are responsible for:

    All Architecture courses (ARCH) must be completed with a C or higher. 


    All students in the College are required to complete 2 co-ops, depending on your major. THIS IS A COURSE. It carries credit and is graded. It is full time (40 hrs/week) for the entire semester or part-time (20 hrs/week) for two consecutive semesters, paid and must be directly related to your major. All students MUST complete the Co-op Orientation.


    Official University email accounts are required for all BGSU students. Official BGSU email addresses are in the form: BGSUusername@ At the time of admission or initial registration, all students will receive a email account. Students may anticipate that official University correspondence will be sent to this email account and they should access BGSU email on a regular and timely basis. All correspondence from Undergradute Student Services will be sent to your BGSU email.


    The checksheet should be used in conjunction with the degree audit and advising to track progress toward degree completion.