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Bachelor of Science in Architecture


The undergraduate program in architecture leads to the preprofessional Bachelor of Science in Architecture. The program is designed to provide a broad but rigorous design-studio-based educational experience that is a prerequisite to graduate studies in architecture and subsequently fundamental to the professional practice of providing architectural services. Students’ creative and innovative design activities are guided by an understanding of the complexity of factors relating to human interaction with the designed and natural environments and an awareness of the fact that architectural design decisions have consequences that impact global habitability, cultural evolution, environmental change, and the sustainability of human societies.

Interdisciplinary Focus

To effectively address challenges of the 21st century, architects collaborate with various design professionals on complex design and planning issues related to the built environment where interconnections of science, art, and technology are self-evident. The program’s curriculum reflects this interdisciplinary and interprofessional realm and transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries by drawing from related curricula. Design studio and technology courses systematically incorporate concern for the social, economic, political, and physical components of design-research problem-solving processes.

A Strong Foundation

The preprofessional degree is desirable for those wishing a foundation in the field of architecture as preparation for either continued education in a professional degree program or employment in architecturally related fields, such as digital arts, urban development, real estate, and construction. Public agencies, nonprofit organizations, private firms, and service providers also offer employment opportunities. The degree is an excellent preparation for roles in society that benefit from an understanding of and exposure to architectural design.

Tuition & Fees

The Board of Regents of the State of Nevada approved a proposal in December 2010 for the School of Architecture at UNLV to implement differential tuition to the Upper Division Courses of the School’s four degree granting programs effective Spring 2012. Please refer to the Board of Regents Manual, Section 7, on Differential Fees for a breakdown of the additional costs associated with these programs. Get an overview of college costs and more specific architecture costs by selecting Advanced Search on the Tuition Estimator.