Architecture: Intensive Design, 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 1010Introduction to Design1
or ARCH 1020 Introduction to Architecture
ARCH 2010Design Fundamentals I1.5
ARCH 2020Design Fundamentals II1.5
ARCH 3010Architecture Design I2
ARCH 3020Architecture Design II2
ARCH 3110Theory I: Geometry in Architecture1
ARCH 4010Advanced Design Workshop2
ARCH 4120Theory II: Architecture as Cultural Ecology1
ARCH 4310Construction I0.5
ARCH 4320Construction II1
ARCH 4330Building Systems Integration0.5
ARCH 4350Structures I0.5
ARCH 4360Structures II0.5
Art History Requirements
ARTH 2810Modern Architecture,1900-Present1
Select one of the following courses in Art History (ARTH):1
World Art before 1400
The Artist in History,1400-Now
Architect and History
What is Modern Art?
Select one of the following courses in Culture, Society, and the City:1
Origin and Culture of Cities
Urban Sociology
Transformations of Urban America: Making the Unequal Metropolis, 1945 to Today
The Modern City
Transdisciplinary Environmental Humanities
Select one of the following courses in Environmental Science:1
Introduction to Environmental Science
Humans and the Earth System: How it Works, How We Got Here, and How to Save Our Planet
Global Environmental History from Paleolithic to the Present
Environment and Society
Environmental History
Global Climate Change
Additional Requirements
Internship and/or Research Experience
Total Course Units36

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.


A minimum GPA of 3.75 in ARCH courses is required.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.