Degrees

Degree
Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.)
Career
Professional Architect
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Requirements and Sample Curriculum
Licensure
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
Duration
5 Years of Study

The Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) degree prepares students for professional practice as an architect. This degree requires 157 semester credit hours and normally takes five years, or ten semesters, to complete.

The curriculum emphasizes architectural history, technology, and design. Midway through the third year, students are evaluated for admission to the professional degree program. Criteria for admission include academic performance, completion of general education courses and demonstrated commitment to work.

Highlights of the professional sequence include a required semester of international study and professional elective courses that allow students to explore different aspects of the field. Recent elective topics include furniture design, construction management and the architectural history of New Orleans.

The Bachelor of Architecture program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Most states require aspiring architects to hold an accredited degree.

Degree
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies (ARSTBS)
Career
Journalism, Planning, Non-profit Organizations, Business, Urban Design, City Planning and Historic Preservation
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Requirements and Sample Curriculum
Duration
4 Years of Study

The Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies (ARSTBS) incorporates coursework from the School of Architecture with liberal arts studies for students with interests in related fields that may not require the five-year accredited degree. This degree could lead to careers in journalism, planning and non-profit organizations. It also provides a good groundwork for graduate study in architecture and allied disciplines such as architectural history, historic preservation, urban planning or construction management.

For more information about Architecture degrees,
call the Advising Center at 479/575-2399.