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University Bulletin
Undergraduate Degree Programs

Arts and Architecture

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Begin Date: Summer Session 2006
End Date: Summer Session 2008

Architecture

University Park, College of Arts and Architecture (ARCBS and BARCH)

PROFESSOR DANIEL E. WILLIS, Head, Department of Architecture

The Department of Architecture is a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the Bachelor of Architecture Degree is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. The major provides for the education of architects at the professional and preprofessional levels.

"In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Master's degree programs may consist of a preprofessional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree." (Excerpt from NAAB Conditions for Accreditation, 2004 Edition)

The professional program (BARCH) is a five-year curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Architecture degree requiring 162 credits and contains additional intensive academic studies in architectural and related subjects required for professional development. This program prepares those who seek careers as practicing architects. It is also professional preparation for those entering related design fields. Graduates holding a Bachelor of Architecture first professional degree are eligible, after appropriate internship experience, for admission to the professional state licensing examination, and subsequent registration as architects. Students accepted into the Department of Architecture are admitted into the five-year professional program leading to the Bachelor of Architecture degree.

The preprofessional program (ARCBS) is a four-year curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Architecture requiring 135 credits. The curriculum consists of a foundation core of design, introductory studies in architecture and environmental design at various scales, programming and implementation techniques, architectural data systems application, architectural theories in design and methodology, and research. This program helps prepare those who intend to enter related environmental design professions. Bachelor of Science graduates are trained and eligible for immediate participation as paraprofessionals in the environmental design field, for continuing their studies in intensive and specialized professional training for the first professional degree, or for pursuing graduate studies.

Architecture students are reviewed at the end of the fourth semester (second year) for retention in the program. A portfolio of architectural design work examples will be submitted by each student and evaluated by a committee of faculty members. The review will be based on criteria which evaluates growth over the four-semester period and architectural design competence as evidenced in the architectural design work examples presented in the student's portfolio. A positive review will permit the student to continue in the major. A negative review will not permit continuance in the Architecture program. For students who receive a negative review, every effort will be made to advise them into a related discipline.

Incorporated into both professional and preprofessional programs is a required semester abroad at the department's facilities in Rome, Italy. Other elective foreign study opportunities are also available.

At the end of the fourth year (135 credits completed), students are reviewed for retention in the five-year BARCH program. This review evaluates a student's performance by reviewing the overall University grade-point average which must be a minimum of 2.5 and the student's performance in architectural design studio and visual communications courses where the minimum grade-point average must be 2.67 on the 4.0 scale. In cases where either of these minimums are not met, a portfolio of design work examples will be requested of the student and reviewed by the committee. In cases where retention in the BARCH (five-year) program is not permitted, students having already completed the ARCBS (four-year, 135 credits) requirements will be given a "change of major" and awarded the Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture. Students may also elect to leave Penn State after completing the requirements of the four-year (ARCBS) program and receive the Bachelor of Science degree.

For the B.Arch. degree in Architecture, a minimum of 162 credits is required. For the B.S. degree in Architecture, a minimum of 135 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

Bachelor of Architecture

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(6 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 123 credits[1]
(This includes 6 credits of General Education GA courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (90 credits)
A&A 101(3), A&A 102S(3), A&A 103(3), A&A 104(3), A E 210(3), ARCH 121(3), ART H 201 GA;IL(3), ART H 202 GA;US;IL(3) (Sem: 1-2)
A E 421(3), A E 422(3), ARCH 203(3), ARCH 204(3), ARCH 231(6), ARCH 232(6) (Sem: 3-4)
A E 211(3), A E 424(3), ARCH 311W(3), ARCH 331(6), ARCH 332(6) (Sem: 5-6)
ARCH 499B IL(3) (Sem: 7-8)
ARCH 451(3), ARCH 480(3), ARCH 491(6), ARCH 492(6) (Sem: 9-10)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18 credits)
ARCH 431(6), ARCH 432(6); or ARCH 431(6) or ARCH 432(6) and ARCH 499A IL(6) (Sem: 7-8)
Select 6 credits in Art History or ARCH 499C IL(3)(Sem: 3-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 15 credits from the Supporting Courses Recommendation Listing provided by the Department of Architecture (Sem: 4-10)

Bachelor of Science

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(6 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 96 credits[1]
(This includes 6 credits of General Education GA courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (72 credits)
A&A 101(3), A&A 102S(3), A&A 103(3), A&A 104(3), A E 210(3), ARCH 121(3), ART H 201 GA;IL(3), ART H 202 GA;US;IL(3) (Sem: 1-2)
A E 421(3), A E 422(3), ARCH 203(3), ARCH 204(3), ARCH 231(6), ARCH 232(6) (Sem: 3-4)
A E 211(3), A E 424(3), ARCH 311W(3), ARCH 331(6), ARCH 332(6) (Sem: 5-6)
ARCH 499B IL(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18 credits)
ARCH 431(6), ARCH 432(6); or ARCH 431(6) or ARCH 432(6) and ARCH 499A IL(6) (Sem: 7-8)
Select 6 credits in Art History or ARCH 499C IL(3) (Sem: 3-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from the Support Courses Recommendation Listing provided by the Department of Architecture (Sem: 4-8)

Integrated BARCH-MARCH Program

The Department of Architecture offers a limited number of academically superior students enrolled in the fourth year of the program leading to the Bachelor of Architecture degree the opportunity to enroll in an integrated program leading to both the Bachelor of Architecture and the Master of Architecture degrees. The program permits the student to integrate the fifth year of study for the professional BARCH degree with the program of study for the MARCH degree into a continuous program of study culminating in both degrees. The ability to coordinate as well as concurrently pursue the two degree programs enables the student to achieve greater depth and comprehensiveness than if the degrees are pursued sequentially and to earn the two degrees in a shorter period. In particular, the program encourages the student to integrate the undergraduate thesis design project with the master's thesis, thereby achieving a greater depth of inquiry.

The number of openings to this special program is limited; admission is by invitation of the faculty and is extremely selective.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the integrated program must be enrolled in the fourth year of a BARCH program or otherwise qualified to apply for admission to the fifth year of the BARCH program at Penn State. To be admitted, applicants must be able to meet the following requirements:

--Must have completed a bachelor of science in architecture, or other degree qualifying for admission to the BARCH program, prior to entry into the Integrated Degree program.

--Must be fully accepted into the fifth year of the BARCH program at Penn State.

--Must be unprovisionally accepted into the MARCH program at Penn State (see application requirements for the MARCH degree in the Penn State Graduate Degree Programs Bulletin.

--Must have a minimum 3.20 junior/senior overall grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) as well as: (1) a minimum 3.20 GPA in architectural design courses (studio), and (2) a minimum 3.20 GPA in all course work except architectural design courses (studio).

--In addition to the normal application requirements for the MARCH degree, the student applicant shall provide a Plan of Study of not more than 1,500 words. The plan shall clearly describe the student's proposed general thesis topic and a strategy for pursuing it, including a list of proposed courses and a list of faculty whom the student foresees as contributing to the course of study.

The best-qualified students will be accepted up to the number of spaces available for new students. Acceptance to the program prior to the completion of all required course work is provisional, contingent upon meeting the previous requirements.

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2006

Blue Sheet Item #: 34-06-009 BARCH and 34-06-010 ARCBS

Review Date: 2/8/07

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