Environmental Design Architectural Studies - BED

The degree in Environmental Design Architectural Studies requires study in the arts, humanities and sciences. The curriculum fosters creativity and problem-solving skills while providing a solid foundation in design, theory, architectural history, building and technology. Coursework encourages multidisciplinary and comparative perspectives that allow opportunities for communication and team-oriented methods of production. Global perspectives are encouraged by a mandatory semester-long study away experience that includes study abroad or internship opportunities.

Students develop skills and acquire knowledge through a studio-based experience with a variety of proposed or actual design-related projects. The studio projects place a shared emphasis on the technical and expressive content of design work; the processes by which student’s research, synthesize and document their design ideas; and the creation of tangible products that achieve a high quality of graphic and physical craft.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ARCH 249 Survey of World Architecture History I 3
ARCH 281 Seminar in Contemporary Architecture 1
ENDS 105 Design Foundations I 4
ENDS 115 Design Communication Foundations 3
Select one of the following: 3
Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences  
Engineering Mathematics II  
Finite Mathematics  
 Semester Credit Hours14
ARCH 250 Survey of World Architecture History II 3
ENDS 108 Design and Visual Communication Foundations II 5
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
MATH 142
Business Calculus
or Engineering Mathematics I
Cultural discourse 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Second Year
ARCH 205 Architecture Design I 4
ARCH 212 Social and Behavioral Factors in Design 3
ARCH 330 The Making of Architecture 3
PHYS 201 College Physics 4
Government/Political science 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
ARCH 206 Architecture Design II 5
ARCH 213 Sustainable Architecture 3
CARC 481 Seminar 1
American history 3
Life and physical sciences 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
ARCH 305 Architectural Design III 5
ARCH 331 Architectural Structures 3
ARCH 335 Architectural Systems 3
Communication 3
Life and physical sciences 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Study Away  
Select one of the following: 12
Option 1:
Study away elective 2
Option 2:
Field Studies in Design Innovation  
Study away elective 2
 Semester Credit Hours12
Fourth Year
ARCH 405 Architectural Design IV 5
ARCH 431 Integrated Structures 2
ARCH 435 Integrated Systems 2
American history 3
Government/Political science 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
ARCH 350 History and Theory of Modern and Contemporary Architecture 3
ARCH 406 Architecture Design V 5
Directed elective 3 3
Directed elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

All proposals for undergraduate independent study must be signed by the supervising faculty and submitted to the department for approval; forms are available from the Department of Architecture Undergraduate Advisor (in Langford ARCA 219) and on the department website.

A grade of C or better must be made in all College of Architecture courses (ARCH, ARTS, COSC, CARC, ENDS, LAND, LDEV, URPN, and VIST). Students must also make a grade of C or better in any course used as an equivalent substitution for College of Architecture courses satisfying degree requirements.