Bachelor of Science in Architecture

Overview

The Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture, (pre-professional program) provides the common ground for studies in architecture. It is intended to cover the basic content for the preparation of an educated practitioner and to lead to professional studies at the graduate level.

The Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree has two concentrations:

  1. Program A: The professional concentration, leads directly to enrollment in the Master of Architecture professional degree.
  2. Program B: The non-professional concentration, provides a basic education in architecture with the opportunity to study a broad range of elective opportunities.

Both tracks consist of 132 credit hours of undergraduate courses.

Purpose and Goals

The School of Architecture is dedicated to preparing students to play a leadership role in shaping the future and rebuilding America’s cities and improving the quality of the built environment. By offering a diverse curriculum led by an accomplished faculty in a computer and studio intensive environment, the School of Architecture will educates significant practitioners and leaders in the professions of architecture, planning and construction.

Students majoring in architecture will be challenged to develop their abilities in problem solving, creative thinking and informed decision making as a focus of their education. They will accomplish this in a well-protected and student centered environment that fosters personal development and professional excellence. The location of the School near the City of Houston offers an opportunity for students to enrich their learning experience through access to the greater architectural and construction community of the region and to many employment opportunities in their fields.

The School of Architecture offers the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree and the Master of Architecture professional degree; the Bachelor of Science in Construction Science and the Master of Community Development. The Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree is a pre-professional degree with two options: Program A, the professional option, leads directly to the Master of Architecture professional degree. Program B, the non-professional option, provides a basic education in architecture with the opportunity to study a broad range of elective opportunities. Master of Architecture degree are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Suggested Degree Program Schedule

For the official requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, see the Prairie View A&M University Catalog.

First Year – Freshman

First Semester

  • ARCH 1233 – Visual Communications (3)
  • ARCH 1253 – Architecture Design I (3)
  • ARCH 1273 – Intro to Multimedia Computing (3)
  • MATH 1123 – Trigonometry (3)
  • ENGL 1123 – Freshman Composition I (3)

Total Hours = 15

Second Semester

  • ARCH 1266 – Architecture Design II (6)
  • ENGL 1143 – Technical Writing (3)
  • HIST 1313 – The U.S. to 1876 (3)
  • POSC 1113 – American Government I (3)
  • ARCH 2223 – Computer Aided Design (3)

Total Hours = 18

Second Year – Sophomore

First Semester

  • ARCH 2233 – History and Theory of Arch I (3)
  • ARCH 2256 – Architecture Design III (6)
  • ARCH 2273 – Materials and Methods I (3)
  • POSC 1123 – American Government II or POSC 1123 Texas Government (3)
  • PHSC 1123 – Physical Science I (3)

Total Hours = 18

Second Semester

  • ARCH 2243 – History and Theory of Arch II (3)
  • ARCH 2266 – Architecture Design IV (6)
  • PHSC 2123 – Physical Science II (3)
  • HIST 1323 – The U.S. 1876 to Present (3)
  • FINA 2103 – Personal Financial Mgmt. and Planning (3)

Total Hours = 18

Third Year – Junior

First Semester

  • ARCH 3256 – Architecture Design V (6)
  • ARCH 3293 – Structural Systems I (3)
  • ARCH 3453 – Environmental Systems (3)
  • Social and Behavioral Science Elective (3)

Total Hours = 15

Second Semester

  • ARCH 3266 – Architecture Design VI (6)
  • ARCH 3463 – Sustainable Building (3)
  • ARCH 4433 – Structural Systems II (3)
  • ARCH 3283 – Material and Methods II (3)
  • Elective Course #1 (3)

Total Hours = 18

Senior Year – Program A: Professional Track

First Semester

  • ARCH 4456 – Architecture Design VII (6)
  • ARCH 4443 – CAD Constr. Docs and Codes (3)
  • Elective Course #2 (3)
  • Elective Course #3 (3)

Total Hours = 15

Second Semester

  • ARCH 4476 – Architecture Design VIII (6)
  • Elective Course #4 (3)
  • Elective Course #5 (3)
  • Elective Course #6 (3)

Total Hours = 15

Senior Year – Program B: Non-Professional Track

First Semester

  • ARCH 4443 – CAD Constr. Docs and Codes (3)
  • Electives (Courses #2-5 @ 3 hours each) (12)

Total Hours = 15

Second Semester

  • Electives (Courses #6-10 @ 3 hours each) (15)

Total Hours = 15

Total Hours = 132 HRS