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(Archive) Architecture (ARCBS)

Begin Date: Fall Semester 1995
End Date: Spring Semester 1999

Architecture (ARCBS) - (ARCHIVE)

MICHAEL E. FIFIELD, Head, Department of Architecture

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

The pre-professional 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, may continue their studies in intensive and specialized professional training for the first professional degree, or may continue with further 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.

The professional program is a five-year curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Architecture degree requiring 165 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.

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

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

(6 of these 46 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

(This includes 6 credits of General Education GA courses.)

A E 210(3), ARCH 110(3), 111(3), 121(2), 122(2), 131(3), 132(3), ART H 211 GA(3), (Sem: 1-2)
A E 421(3), 422(3), ARCH 203(3), 204(3), 231(5), 232(5), 281(3), ART H 212 GA(3), 213 GA(3) (Sem: 3-4)
A E 211(3), 424(3), ARCH 331(6), 332(6), ART H 214 GA(3) (Sem: 5-6)
ARCH 311W(3), 499B DF(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ARCH 431(6), 432(6); or ARCH 431(6) or 432(6) and ARCH 499A DF(6) (Sem: 7-8)

Select 3 credits in art (Sem: 3-6)

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

The Pennsylvania State University ©1998

The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 1995

Blue Sheet Item #: 24-05-RT#66B

Review Date: 6/7/99 (General Education Update)


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