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.
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
Must Complete at least 2 courses in each of the following:
Humanities and the Arts
Natural Sciences - at least one Lab Science required
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Complete total required BGP credit hours by selecting courses from any of the above categories:
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 ____________
Total BGP Credits: Must be at least 36
Courses Required for Major
Cooperative Education (2 Hours)
Architecture Foundation (6 Hours)
Other Required Courses (31 Hours)
College and University Courses (16 Hours)
Career Elective (6 Hours, by advisement)
Choose classes from:
Business Elective (3 Hours)
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@ bgsu.edu. At the time of admission or initial registration, all students will receive a bgsu.edu 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.