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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Architecture

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

PROFESSOR MEHRDAD HADIGHI, 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 pre-professional 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.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree."

The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program:

B.Arch. (162 undergraduate credits)

Next accreditation visit for the B.Arch. accredited degree program: 2022 (anticipated)
(Excerpt from NAAB Conditions for Accreditation, 2009 Edition)

Bachelor of Architecture

The professional program (BARCH) is a five-year curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Architecture degree requiring 162 credits. It prepares those who seek careers as practicing architects. It also provides professional preparation for those who wish to enter related design fields. Graduates of the Bachelor of Architecture program are eligible, after appropriate internship experience, to sit for the Architect Registration Examination. Successful completion of all parts of the Architect Registration Examination is required for registration as an architect. The Bachelor of Architecture curriculum includes coursework in architectural design, history, theory, structural systems, building materials, environmental control systems, visual communications, professional practice, and systems integration. Supporting courses provide students with the flexibility to explore a range of interests, develop concentrations, or pursue minors. A required semester abroad in Rome, Italy, is also a component of this program. All students admitted to the University in the Department of Architecture are enrolled in the five-year professional program leading to the Bachelor of Architecture degree.

Students may elect to leave Penn State after completing the requirements of the four-year (ARCBS) program and receive the Bachelor of Science degree.

Bachelor of Science

The pre-professional Bachelor of Science degree program in Architecture (ARCBS) is a four-year curriculum which requires a minimum of 135 credits. The curriculum mirrors the first four years of the professional (BARCH) program. The ARCBS program prepares graduates to pursue careers in fields such as construction, real estate development, public administration, or historic preservation. Students may also continue their education at the graduate level in fields such as architecture, urban planning, or law. Enrollment in the pre-professional (ARCBS) program is limited to those students who transfer from the professional (BARCH) program.

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 (99 credits)
A E 210(3), ARCH 121(2), ARCH 122(2), ARCH 131S(4), ARCH 132(4), 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 210(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 431(6), ARCH 480(3), ARCH 499A(6), ARCH 499B IL(3), ARCH 499C IL(3) (Sem: 7-8)
ARCH 451(3), ARCH 491(6 per semester, maximum of 12) (Sem: 9-10)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from: ARCH 491(6, maximum 12), ARCH 492H(6), or ARCH 499F(6) (Sem: 9-10)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (18 credits)
Select 3 credits in non-Western traditions in architecture from approved department list (Sem: 1-8)
Select 15 credits in consultation with an academic adviser. This category of course work gives students the freedom to explore a range of academic interests, develop concentrations, or pursue minors (Sem: 3-10)

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 (87 credits)
A E 210(3), ARCH 121(2), ARCH 122(2), ARCH 131S(4), ARCH 132(4), 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 210(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 431(6), ARCH 499A(6), ARCH 499B IL(3), ARCH 499C IL(3) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 3 credits in non-Western traditions in architecture from approved department list (Sem: 1-8)
Select 6 credits in consultation with an academic adviser (Sem: 3-8)

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 post-professional 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 students 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 be unconditionally 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.

Lasted Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2014

Blue Sheet Item #: 42-06-011

Review Date: 04/08/2014

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