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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
  May 29, 2024
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Architecture, BS

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The Architectural Studies Program’s website is an invaluable resource for detailed information about current activities and projects, the curriculum in each track, and resources for students seeking to pursue careers in architectural professions. Please visit

Required courses for the major

The Architecture major requires the completion of 74 credits, distributed as follows.

History of Art and Architecture courses

Physics courses

Choose one of the following courses.

Carnegie Mellon University courses in Building Science

Choose two of the following courses offered by Carnegie Mellon University.

  • CMU 48-215 Materials & Assembly
  • CMU 48-351 Human Factors
  • CMU 48-324 Statics & Structures
  • CMU 48-315 Environment 1


Proficiency in calculus is required for students seeking a career in architecture. It is highly recommended that students successfully complete at least one semester of college-level calculus (MATH 0220 ) before they graduate.

Required Related Area

Every preservation track major must select either the History of Urban American  or the Public Service Related  area.

Grade requirements

A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in those courses that count toward the major. A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required for the internship and a 3.00 for a recommendation to graduate school (although students wishing to apply to graduate school should maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25.)

Satisfactory/No Credit option

Only the experiential learning courses ARC 1990 , HAA 1901 , ARC 1901 , HAA 1905  and HAA 1909   may be taken on an S/NC basis. None of these courses can be applied toward the architectural history course requirement.

Writing requirement

Students must complete at least one W-course in the major. Each track has a w-course in its requirements - ARC 1160  for the Design track and ARC 1310  for the Preservation track.


It is imperative that students who intend to pursue the architectural studies major contact the departmental advisor as soon as possible to discuss the recommended course sequence for each track, course availability and entry into restricted classes.

Maria D’Anniballe
Undergraduate Advisor

To set up an appointment, go to

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