Bachelor of Science in Architecture

Degree

The Bachelor of Science in Architecture is an accelerated four-year pre-professional program designed to efficiently dovetail with the Master of Architecture, our NAAB accredited professional degree (and with similar Master of Architecture degrees offered at other institutions).

 

The Architecture Program offers a four-year undergraduate course of study leading to the Bachelor of Science in Architecture. This degree program is designed to provide students with comprehensive liberal education while delivering rigorous pre-professional study in architecture. Upon completion of the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree students may apply to continue in the accredited Master of Architecture professional degree program.

 

The undergraduate program in architecture is designed to minimize the time required to complete the curriculum leading to the professional degree. Many students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Architecture at the University of Maryland continue in our Master of Architecture program or elect to pursue graduate studies at another institution. Many schools of architecture nationwide provide Master of Architecture programs that are compatible with our undergraduate degree (consult the NAAB directory of accredited programs in North America).

 

The initial years of the program blend general education requirements with foundational work in design thinking and making, design media (manual drawing, digital media, and physical model-making), architectural history and theory, building methods and materials, as well as introductory design studio. 

 

One feature of the program is the potential for a junior-year semester abroad, which is facilitated by a partnership between the University of Maryland and the International Studies Institute in Florence, Italy.  Students learn Italian, live in the heart of this historic city, and draw upon the rich history of the Italy.  Is a semester abroad too long a stay for you?  We offer three-week winter term and six-week summer session programs to Italy, Turkey, France, UK, Scandinavia, and more.

 

Most students will complement their undergraduate major with a minor to give them specific academic credentials in a particular field.  Some of the most popular minors are:

 

Construction Project Management

Real Estate Development

Art History

Archaeology

Geographic Information Science

Sustainability Studies

 

Senior year includes capstone projects that work directly with communities throughout the State of Maryland to address real-world problems.  The Partnership in Active Learning through Sustainability program, or PALS for short, brings the intellectual powerhouse of Maryland students into direct service of citizens throughout the state.  The opportunity to explain your ideas directly to non-architects helps you to find your own professional voice.

 

And what happens after you complete your degree?  Some graduates elect to spend a year or two away from academia in order to develop their professional interests while working as paid interns in an office.  Many students will continue to complete their professional degree either here at Maryland or one of the many NAAB accredited programs nationwide.

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the undergraduate degree programs in the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation here at the University of Maryland. All prospective students must apply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. If you are interested in pursuing Architecture as your major at the University of Maryland, make sure that you indicate this on your undergraduate admissions application. Our majors are not limited enrollment programs, so if you are accepted to the University of Maryland, you will be accepted into the Architecture program.

 

Undergraduate Admissions sponsors many events throughout the year for prospective students.  We encourage you to visit campus!  Explore opportunities for visiting Maryland on the Admissions website.  

 

Contact Undergraduate Admissions at applymaryland@umd.edu.

Year 1:

Fall:

ARCH 171 - Design Thinking and Making (3)

MATH120 or MATH140 - Calculus I (4)

UNIV100 - The Student in the University (1)

ENGL101 - Academic Writing (3)

Elective (3)

 

Spring:

ARCH225 - History of World Architecture I (3)

ARCH200 - Design Media and Representation I (3)

PHYS121 - Fundamentals of Physics I (4)

Elective (3)

Elective (3)

 

Year 2:

Fall:

ARCH226 - History of World Architecture II (3)

ARCH300 - Design Media and Representation II (3)

ARCH201 - Elements and Principles of Architecture (1)

ARCH462 - Methods and Materials of Building Construction (3)

Elective (3)

Elective (3)

 

Spring:

ARCH400 - Architecture Design Studio I (6)

ARCH463 - Sustainable Systems in Architecture (3)

Elective (3)

Elective (3)

 

Year 3:

Fall:

ARCH401 - Architecture Design Studio II (6)

ARCH464 - Architectural Structures I (3)

ENGL39X - Professional Writing (3)

Elective (3)

 

Spring:

ARCH402 - Architecture Design Studio III (6)

ARCH465 - Architectural Structures II (3)

Directed Elective* (3)

Elective (3)

 

Year 4:

Fall:

ARCH403 - Architecture Design Studio IV (6)

ARCH474 - Integrated Education in Architecture NAAB/IDP (1)

ARCH466 - Environmental Systems in Architecture (3)

Elective (3)

Elective (3)

 

Spring:

ARCH601 - Topical Studio (6) or Directed Elective* (6)

Directed Elective* (3)

Directed Elective* (3)

Elective (3)

BS in Architecture

On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students we want to welcome you to the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. We are happy that you will be joining us and hope that your experience is productive, rewarding, and enjoyable. We have assembled some information to aid you in your transition into our classroom/studio environment. Should you find that there are items that are not addressed, please let us know so that we can help you get the answer to your question as well as include that information for future generations. Feel free to contact us to discuss your concerns.

 

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To meet with one of our Undergraduate Advisors, schedule an appointment.

 

Keep up to date on what's happening in the Architecture Program and be informed about important advising deadlines by visiting the ARCH calendar.