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Bachelor of Science in Architecture

The undergraduate pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS Arch) introduces concepts and skills upon which graduate accredited professional Master of Architecture (MArch) studies are based. 

Learn more about BSArch Program Requirements and Curriculum

Freshman Fall Semester

ARC 101 Design Studio 1 5
ARC 111 Architecture Media 1 1
ARC 121 Introduction to Architecture 3
UBE 101 Freshmen Seminar or Cognate 1
ENG 101 / END 120 Writing 1* or Introduction to Urban Environments 3
ULC 148 / MTH 121 / MTH 131 Intermediate Trigonometry/Precalculus* or Survey of Calculus 1* or Calculus for Management* 4
Requirements 17
* — Placement determined on SAT/ACT/TOFEL scores and/or AP courses and/or completed collegiate courses. Students placed into ULC 148 for the Freshmen Fall must complete MTH 121 or MTH 131 during the Freshmen Spring. Placement policies can be located in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Freshman Spring Semester

ARC 102 Design Studio 2 5
ARC 112 Architecture Media 2 1
ARC 211 American Diversity & Design 3
ENG 201 Advanced Writing* 3
PHY 101 / AP 101 College Physics 1* or MTH 121 Survey of Calculus 1* or MTH 131 Calculus for Management* 4
   
Requirements 16
* — Placement determined on SAT/ACT/TOFEL scores and/or AP courses and/or completed collegiate courses. Students completing MTH 121 or MTH 131 during the Freshmen Spring must complete College Physics during the Summer semester between the Freshmen Spring and Sophomore Fall. Placement policies can be located in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Sophomore Fall Semester

ARC 201 Design Studio 3 6
ARC 311 Architecture Media 3 1
ARC 231 Architecture History 1: Ancient-1450 4
ARC 241 Introduction to Building Technology 3
UGC 111 World Civilization 1 3
Requirements 17

Sophomore Spring Semester

ARC 202 Design Studio 4 6
ARC 312 Architecture Media 4 1
ARC 234 Architecture History 2: 1450-Present 4
ARC 352 Structures 1 3
UGC 112 World Civilization 2 3
Requirements 17

Junior Fall Semester

ARC 301 Design Studio 5 6
ARC 411 Architecture Media 5 1
ARC 453 Structures 2 3
UAB *** General Education Course or Elective 3
UAB *** General Education Course or Elective 3
Requirements 16
   

Junior Spring Semester

ARC 302 Design Studio 6 6
ARC 412 Architecture Media 6 1
ARC 442 Construction Technology 4
ARC 473 Environmental Controls 1 3
UAB *** General Education Course or Elective 2
Requirements 16

Senior Fall Semester

ARC 403   6
ARC 362   2
ARC xxx   3
UAB ***   3
Requirements 14

Senior Spring Semester

ARC 404 Design Practicum + Proseminar 3+3
UAB *** General Education Course or Elective 3
UAB *** General Education Course or Elective 3
UAB *** General Education Course or Elective 3
Requirements 15
MINIMUM NUMBER OF CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED 128
** — Transfer students may have a different set of degree requirements. Contact School of Architecture and Planning Undergraduate Academic Services for advisement.

BS Arch students are educated in design, construction technologies, digital arts, the humanities, social sciences, and aesthetic expression. Goals of the BS Arch include introducing architecture as a profession and a way of understanding our natural and built environments.

It allows students to complete all prerequisites for eligibility to enter a two-year accredited professional master of architecture (MArch degree) program. The University at Buffalo is the only campus in the State University of New York system to offer the accredited professional master of architecture (MArch) degree. 

The pre-professional architecture degree, on its own, is useful for those who desire a foundation in the field of architecture as preparation for either continued education in an accredited professional Master of Architecture (MArch) degree program or employment options in architecture-related areas.

The four-year pre-professional bachelor of science in architecture, without the accredited first professional master of architecture degree, is not accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Read more about NAAB-accredited programs in the Department of Architecture.

More Information

Additional information on the pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Archictecture degree requirements and related career opportunities can be located in the University at Buffalo Undergraduate Catalog.

Interested in an Bachelor of Science in Architecture?

Undergraduate Academic Services
132 Hayes Hall
Phone: 716-829-3484 ext. 4
Email: ap-advising@buffalo.edu