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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jul 14, 2024
2017-2018 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 BS requires the completion of 57 to 58 credits, distributed as follows.

History of Art and Architecture courses (12 credits)

Physics courses (three credits); choose one of the following courses

CMU courses in Building Science (six credits); choose two of the following courses

  • 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 (12 credits)

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 HAA 1900 , HAA 1901 , HAA 1904 , HAA 1905 , and HAA 1909   may be taken on an S/NC basis. None of these can be applied toward the architectural history course requirement.

Writing (W) requirement:

Students must complete at least one W-course in the major. Each track has a w-course in its requirements (HAA 1040  for the Design track and HAA 1922  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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