Bachelor of Science in Architecture

Rashida Ng, Chair
Tyler School of Art, Architecture Building, Room 204
215-204-8813
rashida.ng@temple.edu

The Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree is a 4-year pre-professional program. Design studios are central to the curriculum. Sequential studio courses serve as courses for the comprehension and synthesis of academic and professional knowledge and for the integration of thinking and making. Dedicated studio, woodshop, digital fabrication, and lab spaces allow for in-house drawing, modeling, and digital visualization. 

Graduates are qualified for a variety of positions in architecture and related fields for which a professional degree and registration are not requirements for advancement. Additionally, students may utilize this degree toward the goal of architectural education at the graduate level.

Summary of Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 123 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative 2.00 GPA. 

University Requirements

All students are required to complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements. Go to the General Education section for more information.

Summer or semester study abroad will satisfy the GenEd Global/World Society (GG) requirement.

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are ARCH 3296 and ARCH 4596.

Program Requirements

All required Architecture courses, MATH 1031, and PHYS 1021 or ECE 2142 must be completed with a C- or better to fulfill major requirements.

MATH 1031Differential and Integral Calculus4
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to General Physics I
Engineering Principles for Building Science 1
Freshman Requirements
ARCH 1011Visual Literacy for Architects 13
ARCH 1001Introduction to Design and the Environment3
ARCH 1012Visual Literacy for Architects 23
Sophomore Requirements
ARCH 2121Foundation Architectural Design 14
ARCH 2141Architectural History: Ancient through Renaissance3
ARCH 2151Architecture, Technology, and the Environment3
ARCH 2122Foundation Architectural Design 24
ARCH 2142Architectural History: Renaissance through 20th Century3
Junior Requirements
ARCH 3231Architectural Design III6
ARCH 3152Materials and Methods4
ARCH 3296Movements in Modern Architecture3
ARCH 3232Architectural Design IV6
ARCH 3354Sustainability and Architecture3
Senior Requirements
ARCH 4331Architectural Design V6
ARCH 3251Structural Analysis for Architects3
ARCH 4332Architectural Design VI6
ARCH 4596Seminar in Architectural Theory3
ARCH Electives9

Suggested Academic Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

Bachelor of Science in Architecture

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2018-2019 Academic Year

ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION STUDIES COURSES (YEAR 1 & 2)

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ARCH 1011Visual Literacy for Architects 113
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
MATH 1031Differential and Integral Calculus4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours14
Spring
ARCH 1001Introduction to Design and the Environment3
ARCH 1012Visual Literacy for Architects 2 (spring only)3
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to General Physics I 
Engineering Principles for Building Science2 
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
ARCH 2121Foundation Architectural Design 1 (fall only)34
ARCH 2141Architectural History: Ancient through Renaissance (fall only)3
ARCH 2151Architecture, Technology, and the Environment3
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
ARCH 2122Foundation Architectural Design 2 (spring only)44
ARCH 2142Architectural History: Renaissance through 20th Century3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Free Elective53
Free Elective53
 Term Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours: 62

Note: The Architecture Foundation is common to all three undergraduate degrees. In the spring of the sophomore year, students declare a major in one of the degrees offered. A place in the B.S. in Facilities Management or the B.S. in Historic Preservation is guaranteed for all students in good standing with the University. Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Architecture is competitive. Typically, students have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and an excellent portfolio. Completion of minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission. 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ARCHITECTURE (YEAR 3 & 4)

Year 3
FallCredit Hours
ARCH 3231Architectural Design III6
ARCH 3152Materials and Methods4
ARCH 3296Movements in Modern Architecture [WI]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
ARCH 3232Architectural Design IV6
ARCH 3354Sustainability and Architecture3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
ARCH 4331Architectural Design V6
ARCH 3251Structural Analysis for Architects3
Architecture Elective3
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
ARCH 4332Architectural Design VI6
ARCH 4596Seminar in Architectural Theory [WI]3
Architecture Elective3
Architecture Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 61
Total Credits for the B.S. in Architecture:123

Rome Option

Bachelor of Science in Architecture students who plan to study abroad are encouraged to meet with an advisor as early as the freshman year. While the grid below suggests appropriate coursework, a semester abroad would require using free electives that ordinarily would be taken in other semesters. It will take careful planning with an advisor to ensure that the degree is completed as efficiently as possible, and that courses normally taken in the spring of junior year or the fall of senior year on Main campus are completed before the semester abroad. ARCH 3234 can substitute for ARCH 4331ARCH 3241 counts as an Architecture elective.

ARCH 3234Architectural Design Studio in Rome6
ARCH 3241Seminar Analysis of Urban Structure in Rome3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Total Credit Hours15

Japan Option

Bachelor of Science in Architecture students who plan to study abroad are encouraged to meet with an advisor as early as the freshman year. While the grid below suggests appropriate coursework, a semester abroad would require using free electives that ordinarily would be taken in other semesters. It will take careful planning with an advisor to ensure that the degree is completed as efficiently as possible, and that courses normally taken in the spring of junior year or fall of senior year on Main campus are completed before the semester abroad.

GenEd courses are offered at the Japan campus and can be substituted where appropriate for Free electives. ARCH 3233 can substitute for ARCH 4331ARCH 3242 counts as an Architecture elective.

ARCH 3233Architecture Design Studio in Tokyo (Undergraduate)6
ARCH 3242Urban Seminar in Tokyo (Undergraduate)3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Total Credit Hours15