Bachelor of Science in Architecture

Degree

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 qualified 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).

 

While the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree does emphasize architecture, some graduates of this program pursue graduate study in allied fields such as historic preservation, landscape architecture, urban planning, or real estate development. Because the undergraduate program in Architecture develops a wide range of practical skills and exposes students to diverse intellectual principles, graduates are able to compete effectively in many professional and academic arenas. Graduates of the program have gone on to careers in many professions, including the construction industry, engineering, public administration, business, law and higher education.

 

The first two years of the curriculum focus on developing a broad-based and well-rounded liberal education complemented by a selection of courses that incrementally introduce students to architecture. Students are exposed to the numerous resources of the University while gaining a better understanding of their own academic and career interests. The Architecture Program provides undergraduate advisors who work closely with each student to ensure that his or her career goals are being met and that appropriate academic opportunities are being pursued. The latter two years of the curriculum are centered on design studios, with complementary coursework in architectural history, theory, technology and visual media.

 

In a sense, when combined with the Master of Architecture (professional degree) the pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree can be viewed as analogous to pre-law or pre-med baccalaureates.

The Undergraduate Architecture Program at the University of Maryland is a highly competitive major at UMD that provides students with a rigorous pre-professional exposure to architecture. Admission is coordinated by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Visiting the School

The best way to learn more about the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation is to visit. Throughout the year, both the School and the University of Maryland invite prospective undergraduate students to "Visit Maryland Days" and prospective graduate students to attend our annual Graduate Open House. Whether you choose to visit on one of these special days and get the grand tour or you prefer to arrange an individual tour, a visit will certainly help you decide if the University of Maryland is the place to start your future. In addition, architecture studio reviews are always open to the public.

 

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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 qualified students may apply to continue in the accredited Master of Architecture professional degree program.

 

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 www.naab.org).

 

While the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree does emphasize architecture, some graduates of this program pursue graduate study in allied fields such as historic preservation, landscape architecture, urban planning, or real estate development. Because the undergraduate program in Architecture develops a wide range of practical skills and exposes students to diverse intellectual principles, graduates are able to compete effectively in many professional and academic arenas. Graduates of the program have gone on to careers in many professions, including the construction industry, engineering, public administration, business, law and higher education.

 

Year 1

Semester 1

ARCH170 Introduction to the Built Environment (3)

MATH220 Calculus I (AR/MA) (3)

ENGL101 Introduction to Writing (AW) (3)

XXXXxxx University Elective (3)

UNIV100 Student in the Univeristy (1) 

 

Semester 2

PHYS121 Fundamentals of Physics I (NL) (4)

DSSPxxx Scholarship in Practice (SP) (3) **

DSHSxxx History/Social Sciences (HS) (3) **

XXXXxxx University Elective (3)

ARCH101 Foundations in Architecture (1) (optional)

 

Year 2

Semester 3

ARCH225 History of World Architecture I (3)

ARCH242 Basic Architectural Drawing (3)

DSNSxxx Natural Science Requirement (NS) (3) *

XXXXxxx University Elective (3)

XXXXxxx University Elective (3)

 

Semester 4

ARCH226 History of World Architecture II (3)

DSHSxxx History/Social Sciences (HS) (3) **

DSHUxxx Humanities (HU) (3) **

XXXXxxx University Elective (3)

XXXXxxx University Elective (3)

 

Year 3

Semester 5

ARCH400 Architecture Studio I (6)

ARCH410 Architecture Technology I (4)

ARCH227 History of World Architecture III (3)

ENGL39x English Course (PW) (3)

 

Semester 6

ARCH401 Architecture Studio II (6)

ARCH411 Technology II (4)

XXXXxxx Directed Elective (3) ***

XXXXxxx Elective (3)

 

Summer Term

Recommended Internship and/or Education abroad

 

Year 4

Semester 7

ARCH402 Architecture Studio III (6)

ARCH412 Architecture Technology III (4)

XXXXxxx Directed Elective (3) ***

XXXXxxx Elective (3)

 

Semester 8

ARCH403 Architecture Studio IV (6)

ARCH413 Architecture Technology IV (4)

XXXXxxx Architectural History Elective (3)

XXXXxxx Directed Elective (3) ***

 

“Gateway” Review by 45 Credits include the following courses: ARCH170, ARCH225, ARCH226, ARCH242, MATH 220/140 (AR), PHYS 121 (NL), Natural Science (NS)*

 

* NS List: ENSP101, GEOL120, PHYS122, GEOG140, GEOL/AOSC/GEOG123

** All students must complete two distributive studies that are approved for i-Series courses. Students have a requirement for either two Understanding Plural Societies courses or one Understanding Plural Societies and one Cultural Competency course. These courses may also fulfill a Distributive Studies category

*** Directed Electives: are intended to allow students to pursue their special interests. This array of courses has been designed to provide sufficient flexibility so that students can develop areas of concentration, either within or outside the program.

Grade Point Average in Major Policy

The 2.0 GPA in major policy requires all students matriculating in Fall 2012 to earn a 2.0 grade point average in their major, minor, and/or certificate requirements. With the new plus/minus policy, the minimum grade for most major courses is a C-, now calculated as a 1.7. It is important that students clearly understand what courses make up major, minor and certificate requirements, and that the cumulative GPA for those courses must be at least 2.0.

 

Calculation of Major requirements shall include: ARCH 170 (3cr), MATH 220/140 (3cr), PHYS 121 (4cr), ARCH242 (3cr), ARCH 225 (3cr), ARCH 226 (3cr), XXXX xxx Natural Science (3cr), UNIV 100/ARCH 101/Elective (3cr), ARCH 400 (6cr), ARCH 401 (6cr), ARCH 402 (6cr), ARCH 403 (6 cr), ARCH XXX History Elective (3cr), ARCH 227 (3cr), ARCH 410 (4cr), ARCH 411 (4cr), ARCH 412 (4cr), ARCH 413 (4cr), 3-Directed Electives (3cr ea / 9cr)

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Student Advising

Undergraduate advising is available to assist students in completing the undergraduate curriculum and obtaining the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree. Please contact the School office at the School at 301-405-8000 to check hours and/or make an appointment.

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Mathematics and Science Requirements

Students must take on of the courses to complete the mathematics and Sciences Distributive Studies Core requirement: ENSP101 (3) Enivironmental Science, GEOG 140 (3) Coastal Environments, GEOL 120 (3) Environemental Geology, GEOL 123/AOSC 123/GEOG 123 (3) Causes and Implications of Global Change, or PHYS 122 (4) Fundamentals of Physics II.

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General Education Course Requirements

As a primary goal, General Education provides students with breadth of knowledge and disciplinary diversity. The General Education program exposes students to different disciplines, improves fundamental academic skills, and strengthens a commitment to using knowledge and abilities to better themselves and others. It expands the breadth of the academic experience by focusing classes on major areas of study such as the arts and sciences. In short, it will provide students with a broad academic background that will prepare students for the professional world.

 

The General Education program consists of four areas of study: Fundamental Studies, Distributive Studies, ISeries and Diversity. Students will complete a series of courses in each area with the bulk of the classes counting under the Distributive Studies. The I-Series and Diversity requirements can double count and overlap with the Distributive Studies requirements.

 

Students beginning their freshman year in the fall of 2012 and thereafter will be under the General Education program and its requirements. For more information on the General Education program, please visit:

http://www.gened.umd.edu/

 

ARCH170 will be used to satisfy one Humanities (HU) course under the Distributive Studies.

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Recommended Courses

ARCH101 Foundations in Architecture (1) is not required but strongly recommended.

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Gateway Review

All students may apply for Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP). Limited Enrollment Programs are competitive majors at UMD that control enrollment numbers to maintain program quality. Once a student has earned 45 credits, he/she must have successfully completed a specific set of courses called “gateway” requirements.

For more information see: www.lep.umd.edu

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Elective Courses

Electives: Any 300 or 400 level course may qualify in this category. Electives in architecture are intended to allow students an opportunity to pursue their special interests within the discipline of architecture. This array of courses is designed to provide sufficient flexibility so that students can develop areas of concentration or diversify their knowledge of the discipline.

 

Directed Electives: are intended to allow students to pursue their special interests. This array of courses has been designed to provide sufficient flexibility so that students can develop areas of concentration, either within or outside the program.

 

Selection Process: Students are encouraged to develop a curricular plan that will provide depth and/or breadth of emersion into the offerings of a specific discipline.

 

Student Advisors will maintain a list of suggested courses for directed and directed advanced elective courses. The list is by no means comprehensive or exclusive. Students are encouraged to develop their curricular plans in consultation with their advisor.

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Recommended Internships

At various points in a student’s education practical experience gained through internship complements and provides insight into formal education. The Program provides an annual Career Fair that enables students gain contacts with major firms in the Washington-Baltimore area as well as firms with numerous locations nationally and internationally. Many students arrange internships over the summer and/or winter recess. While the Program does not provide academic credit for work in a professional context, the experiences gained therein are invaluable to a student’s development.

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Recommended Education Abroad

The Architecture Program offers several intensive education abroad programs during the winter term and over the summer session. The programs are generally three or six weeks in duration and are lead by faculty members who have proven expertise in locales in which the programs are located. Past programs have taken students to France, India, Italy, North Africa, Peru, Russia, Turkey, South Africa, and the Yucatan. Students study the historical and contemporary architecture, urbanism, and cultures of the nations visited.

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