Architecture: Design (Intensive), BA

The Intensive Major in Architecture is for students in the Design Concentration who intend to pursue a graduate professional degree in architecture. Students in the Intensive Major enroll in their senior year in the technology courses offered in the first year of the Master of Architecture Professional Degree Program. Those accepted into the School of Design’s Master of Architecture Professional Degree Program are qualified to be admitted with advanced placement into the second year of the graduate program, reducing the length of study from three to two years.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 36. Double majors may entail more course units.

Application requirements: At least Sophomore Standing. Please consult with the Undergraduate Chair for other important criteria.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives17
Major Requirements
Architecture Requirements
Architecture courses must be taken in the following sequence:
ARCH 102Introduction to Design1
ARCH 201Design Fundamentals I1.5
ARCH 202Design Fundamentals II1.5
ARCH 301Design I2
ARCH 302Design II2
ARCH 401Advanced Design2
ARCH 411Geometric Design1
ARCH 412Theory II: Architecture as Cultural Ecology1
Art History Requirements
ARTH 102World Art: 1400 to Now1
ARTH 106Architect and History1
ARTH 281Modern Architecture,1900-Present1
Select 1 course unit in Art History (ARTH) (200 to 500-level)1
Additional Required Courses
ARCH 431Construction I0.5
ARCH 432Construction II1
ARCH 433Building Systems Integration0.5
ARCH 435Structures I0.5
ARCH 436Structures II0.5
Total Course Units36


Requirements: GPA of 3.2 in courses required for the major, taken at Penn, and not including BCHE 404 Biochemistry Laboratory.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2021 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.